If you have attended the fair, a 4-H meeting or service project in Scotland County over the last 40 years, you have probably met Pat Wiggins, doing what she does best; helping build leaders out of Scotland County’s youth. Now, after 24 years of serving as Scotland County’s 4-H Youth Program Assistant, Pat Wiggins is retiring from her position on January 29th 2016. In honor of her service and national 4-H week, this article provides a short overview of her career.
Pat Wiggins came to Scotland County from Columbia in 1965. When Mrs. Wiggins’ oldest son, David, was old enough to join 4-H, she helped found the Jolly Jacks and Jills, one of the three 4-H clubs in existence today. Mrs. Wiggins served in many leadership roles throughout her time as a volunteering parent, including club leader, council adult advisor, project leader, and food supervisor at the fair. Pat was a volunteering member in the Jolly Jacks and Jills until she began working as the County’s Youth Program Assistant in August of 1991. After 2001, she became a full time Youth Program Assistant and has been in that position ever since.
During the course of her involvement in 4-H, Mrs. Wiggins has touched the lives of hundreds of Scotland County children, including many of the county’s current and future leaders.
When asked what during her time of service was the most fulfilling part of her involvement in 4-H, Mrs. Wiggins responded by saying “Seeing kids in 4-H when I started become community leaders and having kids of their own in 4-H.”
When asked what her plans were for her retirement, Mrs. Wiggins said that she plans to work around her yard and house, travel and spend time with her children and grandchildren.
Although Scotland County is losing a true servant to our County’s children in January, do not expect Mrs. Wiggins to be completely absent from the 4-H events she has long been a common sight at. She has expressed that she will always be willing to volunteer for 4-H in any capacity she can.