Erin McGlumphy is the new 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Fall River and Custer counties. (Photo by Cathy Nelson/Fall River County Herald)
By Cathy Nelson
HOT SPRINGS - Erin McGlumphy seems to be a natural fit for her new position as 4-H Youth Program Advisor in Fall River and Custer counties. Her warm, friendly smile greets you as you walk into the Extension office in the South Annex and makes you feel welcome immediately.
A native of Arizona, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Arizona in 2002. She taught life sciences and family and consumer sciences (formerly known as home economics) and was an advisor of Future Farmers of America (FFA) in southern Arizona. Just before starting her position as 4-H Program Advisor here, she was the data tech coordinator at the Hot Springs schools for six months but had a desire to work directly with children, which the data tech position did not provide.
“I wanted a permanent position where I could be back working with the students.” she said. “I love youth programs because of the leadership, the hands-on learning, getting kids involved and the community service.”
She lives in Hot Springs but will spend half of her working time in Fall River County and the other half in Custer County. “I’ll be wherever I am needed,” she said. “My goals are to know what is going on in each county and do what I can to get students involved in the county, state and national levels and to run a successful program.”
Not a stranger to moving, she taught in Arizona for nine years, then moved to Minnesota, where she worked for General Dynamics, then moved back to Arizona and then to Texas before moving to Hot Springs. Her son, who is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, lives in Mitchell, and her husband owns and operates a semi company in Texas, where he works in the oil fields and travels.
Erin’s hobbies include knitting, quilting, and crocheting. She has two dogs: one named Sadie, that is a 12-year-old healer German shepherd mix, and Ginger, that is a two-year-old boxer rescue dog.
Being fairly new to the area, she said she looks forward to getting to know the people. I’m really excited to be here and to work with the community and the kids,” she said. “It’s going to be challenging but fun.”
4‑H is sponsored through Cooperative Extension and has been welcoming kids of all beliefs and backgrounds for more than 100 years, giving them a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better. In 4-H, kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. For further information about 4-H call Erin at the county Extension Office, 745-5133.