TOWN OF WORCESTER - It takes a lot of commitment to volunteer your time to a community organization. One woman, Ruth Sutton, spent decades of her life helping Price County children. Early in November, she was one of ten people recognized statewide for her service.
"Oh it felt very nice," said Sutton.
Sutton was inducted into Wisconsin's 4-H Hall of Fame, after volunteering with Price County's 4-H programs for more than 65 years. 4-H programs through UW-Extension try to teach kids responsibility and create meaningful roles for them in the community.
"Hopefully that they'll learn to do some cooking, do maybe some sewing, and that kind of thing," said Sutton. "Things that you need. It's something the kids could always go to."
She served in several different leadership roles over the years. But last year she decided to retire as the leader of the Phillips 4-H club. Sutton credits her lengthy volunteer record to one thing.
"The kids," said Sutton. "The enthusiasm of the kids."
Sutton's husband, Don, also volunteered with the group over the years.
"It gets people to go together, to work together," said Don.
He's proud of his wife's newest accomplishment.
"She well deserved it," said Don.
Members of the 4-H community clearly agreed and sang her praises at the hall of fame ceremony at Green Lake Conference Center. One ceremony speaker said of Sutton's service "Four generations have benefited from direct interaction with Ruth. Her legacy will live on forever as they continue to model the lessons she taught."
It's a legacy Sutton said she never imagined she'd spend more than six decades making.
"I never expected an award like that either," said Sutton.