Gissel, Deborah

Janet Fox, Baker, Lindsay  |  4/13/2018 8:01:23 PM

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For 48 years, Mrs. Deborah Gissel has been involved in the 4-H program as both a member and a club leader. As a member, she served as an officer for 7 years and as the president, vice president and secretary of the Jefferson parish 4-H executive committee. She was also delegate to the State 4-H Executive Board for 3 years and has been a delegate to the National 4-H Citizenship Short Course in Washington D.C. Deborah has been the volunteer project leader for a two-year parish healthy living cooking program and has volunteered as a chaperone extensively.

To help members understand environmental responsibility, Deborah’s clubs have promoted projects such as development of a member operated school wide recycling system, taking field trips to the recycling plant and landfill, collecting and cleaning used stuffed toys for the needy and bundling Christmas trees for the wetlands. Over 35,000 Bald Cypress and oak seedlings have been purchased by Deborah and her clubs and given to the youth in Jefferson parish.

Deborah’s 4-Hers also have a service learning project with Alzheimer’s clients at an adult day care center. Her 4-Hers have also donated over $1,000 to the Louisiana 4- foundation and won over $20,000 in grants to work with community activities.

Her tremendous impact within 4-H has won her and her clubs several awards both on a state and parish level. Some of which include: appreciation awards, outstanding service awards, several record book achievement awards, alumni awards, good provider 4-H award, State Electric Leader award, and several awards of excellence for her personal and professional leadership. It’s evident that Deborah’s contributions and impacts to this organization are truly great!
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