Joyce Clifford was recently inducted into the Kentucky 4-H Centennial Hall of Fame in Lexington, Ky. 4-H is celebrating 100 years, founded in 1909. To commemorate this special event, one volunteer leader was selected from each of the 120 counties in Kentucky. These leaders were chosen for their years of service and dedication to the 4-H program. Clifford received a certificate and her name will be placed on a large tree-shaped wooden plaque along with the other 120 inductees. This plaque will be hung permanently at the KY Leadership Center in Jabez, Ky.
Clifford has been involved in 4-H since she was nine years old, growing up in Owen County. These experiences carried over into adulthood when she moved to Harrison County in 1959. For nearly five decades she has been an active leader in all areas of Extension and assumed numerous leadership roles. Clifford served as president of the 4-H Council at the county, area, and state levels. She was instrumental in revamping the council system, much of which is still used today. She served on the planning committee to help build the KY Leadership Center at Jabez. Under her leadership nearly $50,000 was raised to build the Center.
Clifford’s leadership ability in 4-H has also been recognized at the National level. In 1995 she was chosen to serve a three-year term on the National Strategic Directions Team for the Southern Region. In 2000 she was chosen to represent Kentucky on the National 4-H Curriculum Committee in Denver, Colo. She was inducted into the Kentucky 4-H Hall of Fame in 2000, the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2004 in Washington, D.C., and her most recent award came in 2007 when the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences recognized her as a “Centennial Laureate.” She was one of 100 graduates to receive this distinction.
Both in her role as a public educator and as a 4-H volunteer, Clifford has exhibited exemplary character and served as a role model for countless youth, educators and extension professionals.
She continues to be active as a 4-H leader and serves as secretary of the Harrison County Extension Homemakers, is involved in church and community activities and volunteers many hours of service to others.
She and the late Ernest Clifford have two sons, Dan (Rose) and Ben (Jane) Clifford. They have four grandchildren, Shelby, Adam, Lincoln, and Bryson Clifford. Joyce is married to Chuck Duffy and resides in Cynthiana.