Janet Fox | 4/13/2017 3:34:58 PM
Mrs. Gloria Miller began her journey with Louisiana 4-H in 2004, when her granddaughter joined 4-H in the fourth grade. Within no time, Mrs. Miller began to bleed green by offering her help anywhere and everywhere possible.
In 2008, she became a leader of the St. Charles 4-H Fashion Club, offering at least three to four sewing workshops per month. In 2009, she became a St. Charles 4‑H Foundation Board member, and, later, treasurer. She has served on the St. Charles Parish Overall Advisory Leadership Council and 4-H Advisory Council. She also was an active member of the Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, where she has served as treasurer and attended several VLA conferences. She has also attended several Southern Region VLA forums in Rock Eagle, Georgia.
In 2013, Mrs. Miller won the “Above and Beyond” award from the Louisiana 4‑H Volunteer Leaders Association. On an annual basis, Mrs. Miller is recognized as an Outstanding 4‑H Club Leader at the annual Parish 4‑H Volunteer Leader Banquet.
Mrs. Miller truly goes above and beyond to make a difference in the 4-H Program. She continues to provide a positive experience for all youth involved in the program. She currently serves as a St. Charles 4-H Foundation Board member, a St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Overall Advisory Leadership Council member and a St. Charles Parish 4‑H Advisory Council member. Mrs. Miller also serves as a project club leader of the St. Charles Parish 4-H Fashion Club.
As a club leader she plans and offers several age-appropriate sewing workshops each month. She also incorporates service-learning into the club by having members sew items for people in need. She mentors club members and St. Charles State 4-H Fashion Board members. She attended the 4-H State Fashion Camp as a volunteer chaperone.
Mrs. Miller assists the 4-H Jr. Leader Club by attending monthly meetings and events, assisting with fundraising events and offering support. She has served as an overnight chaperone at 4-H University and has trained several fashion contestants, many of whom have received blue ribbons at 4-H U. Mrs. Miller is also involved with 4-H on a state and national level. She has sewn the regional flags used at every opening ceremony held at 4-H University.
Mrs. Miller is a retired purchasing agent at the agribusiness company Bunge, where she worked for 30 years. In addition to being a dedicated employee, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she has always enjoyed sewing. She taught her daughters and granddaughter how to sew at a young age. She has sewn curtains, cheerleading team outfits, wedding and bridesmaid dresses, homecoming suits and much more.
Just a few of the many contributions to 4-H include sewing beanbags for Jr. Leader teambuilding games, arm rests for 4-H Shooting Sports and quilts made out of 4-H t-shirts for volunteers, the volunteer association and raffles. She also does embroidery for 4-H shirts.