Generations have been touched by Frock’s 4-H and church leadership
Fourteen years ago — on April 12, 1998 — the Baltimore Sun carried an article about my neighbor and good friend, Kathryn Myers Frock, in which it was noted:
“The Westminster woman, who is believed to be the longest-serving 4-H volunteer in the country, was surprised recently to be honored for 58 years of volunteer service.
“Fifty-eight years? thought Frock. Why 58?
“‘Maybe they don’t think I’m going to be here for 60 years,’ she said with a smile.”
Well, Frock made it to 60 years. As a matter of fact, make that 74 years that she was a 4-H leader and volunteer fair judge.
That said, with Frock, it was not as much about the quantity of years, but the quality.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Westminster Eagle – Katie V. Jones: Kathryn Frock touts merits of 4-H life
Fair ‘queen’ touts merits of 4-H life 07/26/06 By Katie V. Jones
When Kathryn Frock joined 4-H in 1934, there were girl 4-H clubs and boy 4-H clubs. If you lived on a farm and worked with animals, however, you were allowed to belong to a “co-ed club.”
In those days the fair was held in Taneytown, before moving to its current location behind the Agricultural Center in Westminster.
To build the buildings at the new site, the 4-H clubs raised money through various methods such as making moccasins and selling household “guidebooks.”
Accolades mark a life of volunteering Westminster woman lauded for 4-H service April 12, 1998 By Sheridan Lyons
Accolades mark a life of volunteering Westminster woman lauded for 4-H service
The Westminster woman who is believed to be the longest-serving 4-H volunteer in the country was surprised recently to be honored for 58 years of volunteer service.
Fifty-eight years? thought Kathryn Frock. Why 58?
“Maybe they don’t think I’m going to be here for 60 years,” she said with a smile last week.
If there were a grandmaster of homemaking, Frock, 80, would qualify: Her skills range from the “seven-day pickles” she puts up to the carefully centered daisy buttons on a dress she made in 1936 that swept 4-H Club local, state and national needlework honors.
“This woman is phenomenal,” said Bob Shirley, Carroll County’s recently retired extension agent for 4-H. “The amount of volunteer work she’s still doing and the number of organizations she’s giving support to. And she still is a very strong, active leader,” he said.
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