Lost, but never forgotten

Dorothy Blanchard

Dorothy was a pillar in the Essex County 4H Foundation and the Essex County Youth Foundation, where she served as an excellent Secretary for many years. Additionally, she served as an outstanding Chair on many of the committies and was involved in numerous other volunteer activities. Dorothy excelled in her occupation as a Jr. High Schoolteacher. She is admiringly thought of by many of her students and those she assisted as the High School Class Advisor at Masconomet. Her skills earned her a "National Teacher of the Year Award. Her support of youth never wavered and she remained very active while bearing the grief of Charles' passing in 2012 until her own passing in 2015. At that time she was almost 90 years of age, still very sharp and witty and was serving as the Essex County Youth Foundation Secretary. 

Doris Cleary

Doris Cleary lived in North Andover with her husband, Harold. Doris taught canning, sewing and many other home economic projects. She was present for the National 4H Club Congress in 1928. She became involved with 4H at 9 years of age and remained involved for over 87 years. She is pictured in a photo, which hangs over the office door, of the ground breaking for the current Essex County Youth Foundation Building. Doris became the treasurer when the Foundation was formed in 1955 and served on it's board of Directors until her passing in December of 2012.

Charles Blanchard

Charles Blanchard lived in Georgetown, MA. Charles was the 4H Extension Agent from 1947 to 1983. Under his leadership, many young people earned 4H awards on the State, Regional and National levels. He was an active Nature Educator at the 4H Camp Leslie in Georgetown, MA. He acquired the title of "Uncle Charlie" at the 4H Camp and he is still Uncle Charlie to many former 4H members. Charles led 4H member exchanges with Counties in Wisconsin and New York State. He was a guide to many Foreign Educators that visited Essex County. His is pictured in the photo, which hangs over the office door, of the ground breaking for the current Essex County Youth Building and he served several terms as President for the Foundation. 

Minetta Scott

Minetta was a very bright woman who skipped grades in school and graduated in 1928, at age 19, from Framingham State College with a Teaching Degree. She married Ormond Scott in 1930 and together they faced the great depression. In 1933, at 25 years of age, Minetta went blind from a problem that could have easily been solved with antibiotics, except antibiotics were not available until 8 years later. Minetta met her new challenge with a very positive attitude. She went to the Perkins Institute For The Blind and learned braille so quickly and well that she became a Braille Teacher. She headed up several volunteer organizations as well as volunteering at the Danvers State Hospital where she taught braille to the blind residents. In fact, she logged more volunteer hours than any other volunteer in Essex County. Minetta became President of the Andover, MA Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind and was the MA Representative to the National Headquarters. During her tenure she set up NFB Chapters in MA. She was also instrumental in getting laws passed to help with such things as the handicapped entrances for wheelchairs. Along with all these other activities she competently ran her own business.  She and Ormond founded Great Scott's 4H Rabbit & Cavy Club in 1964 and it grew to the largest 4H Club in the Nation for several years. The Club is still operatin under the leadership of their granddaughter, Bonnie. The Club  has led thousands of kids in a positive direction over its 52 years in existence.

In 1968, Bonnie who was raised by her grandparents, heard Minetta cry out. Her grandmother had injured her eye on a door latch. Dr. Scott, coincidentally named, performed a cornea transplant at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute. As this was one of the first cornea transplants, the New York Times took pictures and wrote an article titled "Grandmother first sees Granddaughter as a Beauty Queen." Not only did Minetta see her beautiful granddaughter as the reigning Miss Essex County, but she also saw the other amazing changes that had occurred during her 35 years of blindness. Minetta enjoyed her sight for 8 or 9 years, then totally lost it again. Nevertheless Minetta continued to be a gracious lady with a very positive attitude and a willingness to help others.