WV Farm Bureau Magazine December 2015 - Page 20

Harper, Carter Honored for Distinguished Service Jeanne Carter and Joe Harper were recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award at the WVFB Annual Meeting in November. Jeanne Carter hails from Green Bank, West Virginia and now lives in Ohio County. Carter has a long history of involvement with agriculture, starting at age 9, when she joined 4-H, later becoming an All-Star. Jeanne attended West Virginia University, and while there met her late husband, Harlan. She graduated magna cum laude in 1952 with a degree in Vocational Home Economics Education, and later went on to earn a master’s in Counseling and Guidance. Jeanne and her husband ran a dairy farm, selling bulk milk to a local dairy. Later, the farm switched to growing hay for local horse owners. Carter worked outside the farming operation in a variety of roles: educator (teaching grades from seven through college); Mason County Home Economics agent; Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Nursing; Ohio County 4-H assistant; Jackson’s Mill employee; 4-H camp instructor and more. 20 West Virginia Farm Bureau News Jeanne has been a member of West Virginia Farm Bureau for more than 40 years. She served on the Women’s Leadership Committee for 15 years, and for most of the last 20 years, she’s been known as the ‘official’ song leader at WVFB Annual Meetings. Carter has been a pioneer in a number of areas, both inside and outside of agriculture. She was a regional chairman for the national dairy industry “June Dairy Month” promotions; helped to establish Blaker Mill as an operating entity at Jackson’s Mill; served on the board of trustees of the Ohio Valley Medical Center where she was the first woman elected as Chairman and was also the first woman to chair the WVU College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Science Advisory Committee and Alumni organization. She and her late husband were also the