John E. Hains
Year Inducted: 2012
John E. Hains has a long history with the Acadia 4-H program as a member, project leader, parent, and advisory committee and foundation member (1971-2012). The six Hains children and grandchildren continue the family 4-H tradition. Mr. Hains, affectionately known as “Grandpops” by parish youth, has an open door policy to club members and has generously donated his time, personal property and equipment to host and conduct training events for small engines, tractor, bicycle and shooting sports events. He has spent countless hours judging records and setting up for many clinics and workshops in forestry, poultry, woodworking, electricity and dairy to provide learning experiences for youth. He was an avid recruiter for Short Course/4-H University, providing transportation and training for youth and has attended this state event for more than 30 years to show support for the parish delegation. He has organized citizenship programs including attending police jury meetings, district court sessions, tours of the State Capitol, and conferences with public officials. Mr. Hains was one of the major organizers of the Acadia Parish 4-H Exchange Program. He hosted two international exchange students from Japan and chaperoned multiple trips in the United States. This retired rice and soybean farmer and army veteran is active in church, civic and community organizations and serves on the Selective Service Board, State Master Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, president of the Chamber of Commerce and International Rice Festival. John E. Hains has received many distinguished 4-H awards including the Good Provider Award, the 4-H Congress Leader Award, the 4-H Alumni Award, the Attorney General Award and the Acadia Parish Achievement Day honoree.