Adults Honored For Service To La. 4-H

Terril D. Faul, Honeycutt, N. Jane  |  6/17/2005 1:28:05 AM

News Release Distributed 06/21/05

Ten adults were cited for their contributions to the Louisiana 4-H program at a banquet Tuesday (June 21) during the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University event.

4-H University, previously known as 4-H Short Course during its 91-year history, brings young people from across the state to Baton Rouge where they participate in educational activities and demonstrate their skill and knowledge in a range of 4-H projects.

The adults were honored for their contributions to the 4-H youth program – which depends on volunteer leaders, as well as LSU AgCenter, to bring the youth development program to more than 175,000 4-H Club members across Louisiana.

Those recognized during the LSU AgCenter event included two AgCenter faculty members, two Ag Center secretaries, two parish school superintendents and four 4-H alumni.

LSU AgCenter faculty members singled out were Dr. Lynn Hannaman, an engineer in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, and Dr. Gary Hay, a professor in the Dairy Science Department.

Hannaman has served as superintendent for the compact tractor contest for many years. He also has been involved in 4-H achievement days and has designed facilities critical to the success of the safe handling of animals at 4-H livestock shows. He was recognized for his attention to detail and diligence in maintaining high standards, as well as his willingness to help wherever his skills can be used.

Hay was in charge of the 4-H dairy project and coordinated the state 4-H dairy poster contest as well as the national 4-H conference trip, the national 4-H judging contest trip and the dairy educational awards trip. He wrote the 4-H project books for dairy and livestock, and he helped to develop the Premier Dairy Exhibitor Program. He continues to be an active participant in the 4-H youth program even though his assignment is now primarily in adult education.

The two LSU AgCenter secretaries recognized were Linda Tarver of Concordia Parish and Sylvia "Tweety" Trahan of Vermilion Parish. Both long-time employees were cited for their professionalism, their support of the 4-H youth program and their willingness to help with fund-raising activities, contests and other events beyond their regular secretarial duties.

Tarver was cited for her desire to help others, for providing a professional touch with exhibits, for helping to judge numerous competitions, for volunteering to teach "Character Critters" lessons to youngsters and for helping with a host of special events after office hours.

Trahan’s long affiliation with 4-H began when she was a volunteer 4-H leader. That eventually evolved into a paid secretarial position, where she has used her knowledge and skills to work with 4-H’ers and their parents. She is a member of the State Volunteer Leader Association, chairman of her parish’s 4-H Advisory Committee and president of the Vermilion Parish Cattlewomen.

Awards recognizing parish superintendents of education went to Dr. Ronald Mayeux of Avoyelles Parish and Wayne "Butch" Williams of Webster Parish. Both long-time school superintendents were singled out for their support of parish 4-H programs in school and after-school settings.

Mayeux was called "an innovative and inspiring teacher" of vocational education and is credited with helping many young adults to choose agriculture as a career. His impact on students has been considerable, and he often attends 4-H Achievement Days and other events. He also has coached a number of championship teams at FFA contests. As superintendent, he has helped with transportation of youngsters to 4-H events and has made school facilities available for special events.

Williams, who before being named superintendent was principal of Lakeside High School, also has helped to provide transportation and school facilities for 4-H events, most notably 4-H Fun Day. Because of his support, the event now attracts more than 500 youngsters, 50 junior leaders and 50 adult volunteers from Webster Parish. He is a strong advocate of the Character Counts! program and has helped with programs at all educational levels.

Alumni award winners were Beverly Bardin Addison of DeRidder, Jennifer Brixey Freeman of Vidalia, Rochelle Orgeron of Cut Off and Delynn Dayton Vines of Vidalia.

Addison was a Sabine Parish 4-H’er for nine years and now serves as a resource person, volunteer leader and Louisiana 4-H Foundation member. She has trained horticulture judging teams and general demonstration teams and has been a guest speaker at 4-H events, provided transportation and chaperoned contestants.

Freeman also was a 4-H’er for nine years, during which time she participated successfully in a number of cookery contests and held several offices. Now a volunteer and a resource person, she helps raise funds for 4-H activities and charities. She also has helped with community service projects.

Orgeron was a 4-H’er for eight years and has been a leader for 18. Home environment was her main project. She is best known for her work with community service projects and with fund-raising success for charities supported by her 4-H’ers. She has twice been named Teacher of the Year at Galliano Elementary School.

Vines was active in 4-H for nine years and has three children in 4-H. Her major projects in 4-H were livestock, and she won two trips to the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago as a youngster. She has been a member of 4-H advisory committees in both Concordia and Tensas parishes, and she was honored for her work with young people both during school and at after-school activities.

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Contact: Terril Faul at (225) 578-2196 or tfaul@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Jane Honeycutt at (225) 578-5866 or jhoneycutt@agcenter.lsu.edu

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