• LEFT: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Mitchell County Center Director Jeff Vance, right, with Mitchell County resident and 2017 North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame inductee Ed Terrell. RIGHT: Mitchell County resident and 2017 North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame inductee Sharon Runion Rowland, left, with North Carolina State University 4-H Specialist Shannon McCollum.
    LEFT: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Mitchell County Center Director Jeff Vance, right, with Mitchell County resident and 2017 North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame inductee Ed Terrell. RIGHT: Mitchell County resident and 2017 North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame inductee Sharon Runion Rowland, left, with North Carolina State University 4-H Specialist Shannon McCollum.

Rowland, Terrell inducted into NC 4-H Hall of Fame

Ed Terrell and Sharon Runion Rowland were recognized for their years of service to 4-H and their many accomplishments this past July when they were inducted into the NC 4-H Hall of Fame.

Terrell has provided a lifetime of service to 4-H. He worked as a Mitchell County 4-H program leader from 1956-1970 and from 1977-1990 as County Extension Director. In the late 1960s, Terrell was instrumental in moving 4-H from a school program to a community program with various 4-H clubs. Many of his 4-H’ers went on to be state winners in cumulative records, state presentations and demonstrations.

They were elected to district and state offices as well as won 4-H scholarships.

Terrell’s 4-H contribution continues to be felt in Mitchell County through the Ed Terrell 4-H Program Endowment to financially assist Mitchell County youth wanting to participate in district and state 4-H events.

Rowland grew up in 4-H participating in presentations, going to camps and building her leadership skills. Many of the skills she gained were used later in life when she became a 4-H Extension Agent in Union County. After serving in the agent’s position, Rowland moved on to a 4-H specialist position at N.C. State University, where she also served as Executive Director of the N.C. 4-H Development Fund and later served as executive director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Foundation.

Rowland received the Gordon P. Allen Award for Public Service in 2011 for her creation of Camp Challenge at Sertoma 4-H Center. This camp was for leadership development of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from low-resource families.

Throughout her career, no matter where she was located or what department she was working in, Rowland always supported Mitchell County 4-H and was looking out for the programs’ best interests.

Rowland continues to support Mitchell County 4-H in her retirement by serving as a volunteer, club leader and in any other capacity she can to see the program she grew up in be successful.

“For their commitment to 4-H throughout the years and their dedication to the youth in Mitchell County we would like to congratulate both Ed Terrell and Sharon Runion Rowland,” said Jeff Vance, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Mitchell County Center. “Becoming a member of the NC 4-H Hall of Fame is a great honor and one that is truly deserved by these two.”

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