Thirteen from Northeast Louisiana inducted into Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame

Dwight Landreneau, Bairnsfather, Deborah M., Van Osdell, Mary Ann  |  2/14/2008 2:00:46 AM

News Release Distributed 01/29/08

Thirteen people from Northeast Louisiana were the first group to be inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame.

The 4-H Hall of Fame has been established as part of the 100-year celebration of 4-H in Louisiana, according to Dwight Landreneau, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor.

“All together, we will be inducting 100 people into the 4-H Hall of Fame this year,” Landreneau said. “Each of our seven regions will be hosting a special event. The Northeast Region was the first.”

The 13 were honored at a banquet in Delhi on Jan. 24. They were nominated by LSU AgCenter parish and regional staff .

The honorees and their parishes are Patricia Russell, Caldwell; Harriet Bridges, East Carroll; Joe T. Walters Jr., Franklin; Ann Keene and Bill Querrey, Madison; Willie Russell Jr., Ouachita; Kathy Colson, Richland; Elvadus Fields, Tensas; and Joanna Bolding and Mattie Rae Strong, West Carroll.

Honored posthumously were Tom H. Scott, Franklin; John D. Andrews, Morehouse; and Kate Kilpatrick of Ouachita.

The 100 inductees will be featured in the 4-H Museum in Avoyelles Parish when it opens in December as one of the culminating activities of 4-H’s centennial year in Louisiana, Landreneau said.

The Northeast Louisiana honorees are:

Caldwell – Patricia Russell, a 4-H volunteer for 21 years, has served on the 4-H Foundation Board and 4-H Advisory Leadership Council. She has trained 4-H University youth in nutrition and entomology projects. Russell has received the Louisiana 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.

East Carroll – Bridges is a retired 4-H agent with more than 30 years of service. Her role with the Louisiana State Cotton Museum continues to educate youth about the importance of agriculture.

Franklin – Walters, a 4-H volunteer with 19 years of service, is a past chair of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board and has received the National 4-H Salute to Excellence Award.

Among Scott’s many contributions to 4-H, he founded the Scott Truck and Tractor Scholarship for graduating 4-H members. For the past 19 years, annual scholarships have been awarded. Presently, each parish receives $1,500 for presentation to deserving members.

Madison – Keene, who has 31 years of volunteer service to 4-H, is a 4-H Foundation past chair. She has received the Louisiana 4-H Alumni Award, 4-H Attorney General’s Livestock Leader Award and State Fair of Louisiana Volunteer Leader of the Year award.

Querrey has been a volunteer for 40 years. As the past president of the parish Farm Bureau and member of Louisiana Angus Association, he supported youth through field days and district and regional livestock shows.

Morehouse – Andrews, a county agent with more than 30 years of service, provided minority youth the opportunities to learn valuable life skills as responsible adults and future leaders in their communities.

Ouachita – Kilpatrick dedicated more than 50 years of her life to the 4-H program. Her work and leadership led to a parish 4-H Leader Award, which is presented annually in her memory.

Willie Russell is a former agent and member of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Louisiana Catfish Association, which provides $300 annually to the area 4-H cookery contest. He received the National County Agents’ Association Distinguished Service Award.

Richland – Colson has been a volunteer for more than 20 years, particularly with the dairy projects.

Tensas – Fields, a retired extension agent with 44 years of service, collaborated with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture Loan Program for youth livestock projects in Northeast Louisiana. His leadership involvement includes the Louisiana Black Farmers and Landowners Association and Delta Livestock Enterprise.

West Carroll – Bolding, who has 42 years of involvement with 4-H, has been on the 4-H Foundation Board and 4-H Advisory Leadership Council. She has received the Louisiana 4-H Alumni Award and 4-H Good Provider Leader Award. She has also served as a national 4-H Congress chaperone.

Strong has supported 4-H for 44 years. She received the Louisiana 4-H Alumni Recognition Award and served on the 4-H Advisory Leadership Council.

LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson told the 150 in attendance that 4-H is vital to the AgCenter.

“I can tell when kids come to our campus and they have been in 4-H,” he said, citing their good manners, class attendance and overall quality. “Thank you for your support.”

Landreneau also thanked the volunteers for “their unpaid hours and contribution to our causes.” He said enrollment is on the increase with 225,000 young people currently involved in 4-H educational activities in Louisiana.

“These are our leaders of tomorrow,” Landreneau said. “These are our leaders of today.”

The banquet also recognized supporters of the Northeast District Livestock Show and local legislators. Attending were Sen. Neil Riser and Reps. Andy Anders, Charles Chaney and Sam Little.

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Contacts: Debbie Bairnsfather at (318) 435-2903, or dbairnsfather@agcenter.lsu.edu

Dwight Landreneau at (225) 578-2391, or dlandreneau@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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