Terril D. Faul, Gautreaux, Craig | 6/21/2006 1:08:52 AM
Twelve adults were recognized for their contributions to the Louisiana 4-H program during an awards ceremony Tuesday (June 20) proceeding the opening session of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University program on the LSU campus.
The adults honored included four alumni winners, two secretaries from LSU AgCenter parish offices, two school superintendents, two specialists on the LSU AgCenter faculty and two individuals recognized for their many years of support of the state’s 4-H program.
"Without the dedicated support of volunteer leaders, school superintendents and our own faculty and staff, we wouldn’t be able to successfully implement our 4-H youth development program across the state," said LSU AgCenter Vice Chancellor Paul Coreil. "It’s a pleasure to recognize some of those who have put forth so much effort to make 4-H Clubs the best they can be."
Alumni winners were Stella Juneau of Concordia Parish, Mychelle Barnett and Dr. Michael Woolbert both of Caddo Parish and Meredith Durrett of Vernon Parish.
Recipients of the Superintendent’s Award were James Hoyle of Plaquemines Parish and Doug Chance of Cameron Parish.
LSU AgCenter faculty acknowledged for their contributions were entomologists Dr. Dale Pollet and Dr. Dennis Ring both of the Baton Rouge campus.
Recipients of the awards presented to LSU AgCenter secretaries for their support of 4-H were Cindy Steib and Elaine Delatte, both of Pointe Coupee Parish
In addition, state Superintendent of Education Cecil Picard and LSU AgCenter employee Mike Futrell received awards for their dedication to the 4-H program throughout their careers.
Juneau is a teacher at Vidalia Junior High and is a volunteer and project leader for 4-H. She is a member of the Concordia Parish 4-H Advisory Council and has chaired 4-H projects such as the 4-H CAN Fight Hunger food drive and book drives for area hospitals.
Barnett is a classroom teacher in Caddo Parish and has been an adult leader for four years. She serves as organizational leader for the Claiborne Magnet 4-H Club and oversees the parish Achievement Day. Barnett also is instrumental in coordinating service projects conducted throughout the year by parish 4-H students.
Woolbert, a Shreveport dentist, has been a Caddo Parish 4-H sponsor for 13 years and serves on the Caddo Parish 4-H Advisory Board. Woolbert was a 4-H member for nine years and credits his experience in 4-H as being instrumental in learning what it takes to be leader in the community.
Durrett is a department manager in a retail store in Many and is a volunteer and project leader in Vernon Parish. She is a member of the Vernon Parish 4-H Advisory Committee and is active with the 4-H Teen Leader Club in the parish. Durett also is an adult leader for the 4-H Forestry Adventure Camp.
Hoyle serves as superintendent of Plaquemines Parish schools and describes 4-H as one way to offer the students in his parish the maximum educational experience. He says he has been impressed by the presentations given by 4-H students at club meetings. As a result, even after Hurricane Katrina devastated lower Plaquemines Parish, Hoyle continued his support of the program and said 4-H will remain in the school curriculum.
Chance is a long-time supporter of the Cameron Parish 4-H effort. After Hurricane Rita caused widespread damage across that parish, he helped establish a school platoon system to accommodate parish students and allowed 4-H to be part of the curriculum. This past April he also approved a program called "Hurricane Hazards," which is an effort to help students and their parents develop a family disaster plan.
Pollet judges the entomology demonstration contest for the annual 4-H University. He also is credited with being instrumental in acquiring sponsorship for 4-H awards and providing insect samples for 4-H summer camp.
Ring also serves as a judge for the entomology contest. He, too, has gathered donations from private sources to cover the cost of the prizes and recognition given to the winner of the insect identification and insect demonstration contests.
One of Stieb’s primary responsibilities is seeing that the monthly Pointe Coupee Parish 4-H newsletter is published and mailed to the parish club members and volunteers.
Delatte assists with the Pointe Coupee Parish Livestock Show and Sale and plays a vital role in the mosquito abatement program for the parish.
Picard has been an avid supporter of 4-H programs throughout the state as superintendent of education.
And Futrell served as the master of ceremonies for the final night assembly and helped to run the public speaking contest at Short Course for many years.