Mrs. Edith A. Guindon, Plankinton, South Dakota, is a native of Aurora County. Young people in the area have been both her work and her hobby. As a girl she was in the first Boys and Girls Club to be organized in Aurora County.
She married Roy Guindon in 1925. It was 1943 when Mrs. Guindon took over a 4-H club. In 1945 she organized a second and for the next five years served as leader of both. In 1943 she also helped organize the Aurora County 4-H Leaders Association and continues to serve as secretary.
She has held offices of president, vice president and secretary of the state-wide 4-H Leaders Association; helped incorporate the South Dakota 4-H Club Foundation in 1963 and is now secretary of the Board.
Mrs. Guindon has been very active in the congregation of First Methodist Church in Plankinton, serving as a Sunday School teacher, a Bible School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and as a Methodist Youth Fellowship Counselor in both her church and at church camps for several years.
“We grew up as a family—my husband and I—always interested in what the children were doing,” says Mrs. Guindon. They raised four: Don and Ray both farm near Plankinton; Renee is now Mrs. Jack Miller, Plankinton, and also lives on a farm. Ann is now Mrs. Dave Wagner of York, Nebraska. As you might expect all four were very active in Aurora County 4-H activities. Three of the Guindon children were selected for trips to attend National Club Congress in Chicago.
Mrs. Guidon’s community activities have not been limited to youth. She is a charter member of the Aurora County Bit and Halter Club, an organization for area horse lovers. She joined extension club in 1926, helped organize a second, called the Lazy Daisies a few years later. She has held all offices in the local Extension Club and also served on the Aurora County Extension Board.
Mrs. Guindon has been active in Eastern Star and served as Past Matron in 1947. Far from being retired, she just began her ninth year as a teacher of the fifth grade in Plankinton Public Schools.