For the past 13 years, Lisa Overbey and the Long County 4-H Club have been synonymous.
All of that changed recently, when she accepted a new job as the Long County Family Connections coordinator.
On Aug. 31, club members past and present organized a farewell celebration at the Long County Extension Office to show their appreciation for all that she had done for them. About 40 people attended the event to wish their best to Overbey.
Charlotte McGinn, who worked with Overbey for several years at the extension office, said her friend has been much more to the members than just their coordinator.
“The 4-H program has really flourished during her time, and she became the ‘other mother’ for a lot of students,” McGinn said.
When Overbey first took over the club in 2002, it wasn’t nearly the fixture that it is today. Under her leadership, it grew and now is known for serving the public.
On any given day, county residents might see club members picking up trash along a highway, planting flowers at a park or finding some other way to give back to the community.
Club members also have excelled at individual and team competitions, winning awards and being recognized at the state and national levels. In 2010, the club’s archery team won the state championship and brought home a bronze medal from the national meet.
McGinn said Overbey will find a way to stay interactive with the youth in Long County.
“She will be missed by all of us, but she will do a wonderful job as the Long County Family Connections coordinator,” McGinn said. “I know she will be involved with the students in some other way.”