For Harry and Alice Ann Moore, supporting 4-H is about ensuring the future of the program.
“We both see the value in giving to 4-H,” Alice Ann says. “It’s all about the kids and helping them learn life skills and succeed.”
Alice Ann grew up in West Tennessee on a small cotton and diversified livestock farm in Alamo (Crockett County) and participated in 4-H through her citizenship project. After high school, she attended the University of Tennessee – Knoxville to earn her bachelor’s degree in child and family studies and a master’s degree in agriculture extension education.
Harry grew up in south Knoxville and focused on outdoor activities. He was not a 4-H member but was involved in Boy Scouts of America and local science clubs. Harry also attended the University of Tennessee – Knoxville to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology.
Harry and Alice Ann met at the Christian Student Center on campus while they were both students, and they were married soon after graduation.
Harry built a career with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in engineering geology. He was proud and ready to support Alice Ann and her 4-H members when she became an extension agent in Grainger County.
Alice Ann was then promoted to District 5 Program Leader and then District Supervisor (now Regional Director) for UT Extension. She was the first female District Supervisor in the history of UT Extension. She then moved to the state office in the role of State Director of the 4-H program.
Alice Ann retired in 2008 but continues to be an active volunteer and donor. Harry retired closely behind her in 2009.
“I loved my job, but I loved working with the people and with 4-H’ers,” Alice Ann says. “That’s one of the big reasons we have been donors for a long time. Ever since I was an agent, we have been giving back.”
Harry and Alice Ann Moore give to the photography project each year, which provides a scholarship and silver bowl for the state winners. They also donate to the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award that was begun when she retired from donations given in her honor.
“I have a special place in my heart for extension agents,” Alice Ann says. “We created the award for agents who have worked hard and deserve recognition.”
– By Hannah Nave Lewis