In 1942, Ruth Kimball and Carol Ward started the Victory Workers 4-H Club with just 11 members. At the time, the club focused on gardening and canning, but what has been preserved over time is not just the vegetables they grew and canned, but the club’s dedication to the 4-H pledge and developing true leaders in central New Hampshire.
On Saturday, June 24, the Victory Workers Club welcomes current members, alumni, and anyone interested or connected to 4-H to join them for a 75th Anniversary celebration at the Riel Barn in Pittsfield from 1-3 pm.
Since its inception, the club has served more than 1,000 youth from Pittsfield, Gilmanton, Loudon, Barnstead, Chichester, and Epsom. Though the nature of their projects may have changed over the years, they have never lost their focus on learning by doing. Youth continue to take part in activities as varied as community service, quilting, heritage arts, food preservation, forestry, horticulture, and many other subjects.
Ruth Kimball led the organization for 65 years, assisted by Emily Barton, Pauline Barton Wheeler, Corine Kimball Miller, Carolyn Kimball Davis, Mark Riel, and Melissa Currier Babcock. Marjorie Marston Feeny named the club. Leaders Ruth Kimball and Corine Miller were both inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for their work with the club and 4-H in the state.
Currently led by Pamela Clattenburg, the Victory Workers 4-H Club has 61 members age eight to 18, 16 cloverbuds age five to seven-years old, and 31 volunteer leaders. The club currently meets the first Monday of every month, October through June at the Pittsfield Community Center from 6:45 – 8:15 pm. Meetings include organizational business and an educational program.
With dedicated volunteer leadership, family involvement, and active youth members, the Victory Workers 4-H Club carries on the vision from its founding leaders and strives to “Make the Best Better.”