4-H alums and volunteers Donna and Tom Miller have shared 17 years of leadership with the Madison West Questers 4-H Club.
The Millers organized the West Questers, an urban club, with a philosophy of youth empowerment, community service, and creating a safe place for all. Their fun meetings include mixed ages and parents.
The Millers’ youth empowerment philosophy is evident in these quotes: “Let the kids be in charge,” Donna has been known to say. Tom often asks, “How’s that going to work?” to foster their critical thinking on logistics. Their success in developing a terrific 4-H club has benefitted hundreds of children and is evident in the growth of individual club members who are recognized at the county and national level.
Donna and Tom were Dane County Fair Superintendents in Foods and Photography for many years. Donna is currently a Sewing Project leader. Tom has been an active member of the State 4-H Photo Committee reviewing photography curriculum, teaching at statewide photography leader training, and judging the State 4-H Photo Exhibit. Tom’s knowledge and personality make him a popular county fair photography judge. He served on the Dane County 4-H Leaders Association Board, including two years as President.
Donna and Tom recently retired from careers at the Madison VA Hospital in nursing and employee education and quality improvement, respectively. Tom currently teaches part-time classes on business leadership at Madison College. They have served 4-H for nearly 30 years.