Deborah D. Dees
Year Inducted: 2011
Deborah Dees first became involved in the DeSoto 4-H program in 1983 when her two children became members. And she is still active today. After the children's graduation, she remained active as a volunteer advisory and 4-H Foundation Committee member, a 4-H Exchange Trip host and an advocate for securing local governing support for the LSU AgCenter. Mrs. Dees has been extremely successful in helping raise funds for livestock project members and serves as treasurer of the Ark-La-Tex Ag Council that sponsors the sale of champions at the State Fair of Louisiana. She is one of the creators of the DeSoto Parish Livestock Club’s Auction of Goods and Services/Barbeque Dinner, which is a fundraiser to support youth whose animals do not make the sale of champions. More than $56,000 has been raised at this event the past 14 years. Mrs. Dees has combined a successful business as a CPA with civic and community work with the Chamber of Commerce and as chariman of the DeSoto Regional Medical System Foundation. A tree was planted in her honor for her untiring support of DeSoto 4-H at the 2007 Arbor Day program.