PARKERSBURG - The spirit of the Wood County 4-H is best personified by Dessie Romine and Sheila Young. The organization, represented by Romine and Young, is the seventh Cornerstone of Our Community named by Our Community's Foundation-the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates. The foundation's 50th anniversary awards program is sponsored by Superior Toyota. Romine and Young will each receive a gold Fenton vase, and jointly share the joy and honor of awarding $1,000 for charitable purposes.
Foundation Executive Director Judy Sjostedt said a "cornerstone is that fundamental building block on which the foundation of something is set. Dessie Romine and Sheila Young have dedicated decades of hard work to serving young people through their service to 4-H and truly enjoy it. For their service to youth, they deserve recognition as Cornerstones."
Romine has served 4-H for more than 37 yeasr. "She simply does everything," Extension Director Jodi Smith remarked. Romine has spent many years as treasurer for 4-H, as well as for the New Era School and the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. When asked why she chooses to be so involved with 4-H, she responded with a smile, "Do you have all day? There are lots of opportunities for the kids and I love the camp - it's such a beautiful place."
From left to right, Sheila Young and Dessie Romine stand with a gold Fenton vase they were each awarded for being named the seventh Cornerstone of our Community. (Photo provided)
Young has worked with 4-H for more than 47 years. "I just love working with the kids and seeing how they develop over the years. It's amazing how a child will start out not knowing anything and then learn so much," she said. "Now I have the children of former 4-H'ers in my group." Young also serves as a Sunday school teacher, a lead member of the Farm Bureau Women and a member of the Wood County Beef Association.
Romine and Young's dedication to 4-H and their caring for our region's young people has earned the Wood County 4-H organization and Romine and Young recognition as a Cornerstone of Our Community.