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October 12, 2007

A lifetime of 4-H work is rewarded

Betsy Vatavuk
Betsy Vatavuk (News & Observer photo by Harry Lynch)

The walnut chest with brass handles holds the papers, photographs and cards that mark the milestones.

It sits against the wall in Betsy Vatavuk's bedroom. The drawers hold her 4-H memories. She has been a member since she was 7 years old, following her parents, who were lifelong members.

Like the porcelain dolls, embroidered pillows and Persian rugs she has kept throughout her 62 years, she has kept the chest, a time capsule of her life.

This weekend, she is in Washington, D.C., where she is being honored at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. Vatavuk has received the 2007 National 4-H Salute to Excellence Award for being an Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

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Posted by Suzanne at October 12, 2007 10:35 AM