P. Steven Futch became involved in 4-H as a member in 1958 and continued to be a staunch supporter of the 4-H program throughout his adulthood.
Futch always finds time to help 4-H by supporting the Bradford County 4-H Foundation’s fundraising events and he faithfully attends the fair and other 4-H activities. In his public life he often mentions how 4-H helps the youth of the community excel and teaches them to be responsible citizens.
“Steve is a prime example of what a determined young person can accomplish in his local community, through his success in business and through his leadership in youth organizations such as 4-H,” said Judy Butterfield, 4-H agent in Bradford County.
Futch recently retired as Funeral Director from Futch Jones Funeral Home, which he owned and operated. The Funeral Home has provided 4-H calendars to the community each year for more than 45 years, making 4-H more visible in the community and assuring 4-H’ers that local business care about their projects and what they are doing.
Futch offers encouragement to 4-H’ers telling them they can do whatever they set their minds to do. He tries to be as involved with 4-H as much as possible and even with his busy schedule, always seems to find time to drop into the Bradford County Extension Office to see how things are going and to find out where he can help.
Futch has served as a judge at 4-H county events and has also judged 4-H exhibits at the Bradford County Fair. He serves on the Bradford County 4-H Foundation Scholarship Committee and has assisted at the local 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest for many years. He also supports the 4-H Strawberry Auction, which helps raise funds for 4-H scholarship awards in Bradford County.
“4-H has helped me want to be a better role model for youth,” said Futch. “4-H has influenced many young persons’ character in this community by being a good example of how to study, work and live together. In a small community such as ours, 4-H is a force of motivation to our young people. The work ethics learned through 4-H are used for the rest of their lives.”
In addition to 4-H, Futch is involved in many community service and civic organizations. He served on the Bradford County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Governors, where he served as president. He is a charter member of the Starke Kiwanis Club where he served as President for two terms. He has served as both a Starke City Commissioner and Mayor of Starke City. He has served on the Bradford County Tourism council, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Board and is a Board member of the Bradford Association of Retarded Citizens.