Stephen R. Mullen, Coreil, Paul D., Tassin, Mark G., Morgan, Johnny W. | 3/18/2008 7:32:51 PM
The LSU AgCenter honored 14 individuals who made significant contributions to 4-H when they were inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame at the Destrehan Plantation March 6.
They are among the initial 100 4-H Hall of Fame members, who were selected as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of 4-H in Louisiana, according to Dr. Steve Mullen, the LSU AgCenter’s regional director for the South Central/Crescent Region.
The inductees represented 11 South Louisiana parishes and will join 86 others from across the state who will make up the first 100 members of the 4-H Hall of Fame.
Those inducted and their parishes are: William (Bill) Abbott Sr. (deceased) and Crawford Alexander (deceased), Ascension; James Templet and Enaux Rivere, Assumption; Clara O’Sullivan, Jefferson; Dalton Landry, Lafourche; Lan Hoang, Orleans; Brenda Bulot, Plaquemines; Bernie Hambrice, St. Bernard; Catherine Richard (deceased), St. Charles; Kermit Coulon, St. James; Carroll Adams (deceased), St. John; and Carroll Charpentier and Rene Labat, Terrebonne.
The Destrehan event was one of several being held in various parts of the state, according to Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.
“We think this is more intimate in a regional setting,” Coreil said. “We could have done a statewide recognition, but people know each other in the regions, and we feel this is the way it should be done to make it more local and community-based.”
“Each region is having a special night to recognize 4-H volunteers who have made significant contributions through the years,” Mullen said.
The LSU AgCenter formed a special committee to develop the nomination process for the Hall of Fame. Each parish was given the opportunity to nominate three candidates, and the state 4-H office nominated three volunteers who made an impact statewide.
Brenda Bulot, a kindergarten teacher from Plaquemines Parish, said she volunteered to work with 4-H more than 16 years ago, but she would never give it up.
“I didn’t grow up with 4-H, but my daughter was a member. So when her volunteer leader decided not to do it, my principal asked me to help out,” Bulot said. “From that point, I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Bulot said she often looks for something to lay aside so she can slow down, but 4-H has never been one of the things she could walk away from.
Dr. Mark Tassin, head of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development department, said choosing the first 100 Hall of Fame members has not been an easy task.
“We began with over 200 nominees, and the judges made their selections from the criteria of the Hall of Fame committee,” he said.
Tassin said the selection of future Hall of Fame members may follow the national 4-H model of inducting 12 to 20 each year depending, on the number and significance of the applications.
In addition to the Hall of Fame, the state’s 4-H Museum is slated to open later this year in Avoyelles Parish as part of the celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Louisiana.
For more information on the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development Program, contact your parish AgCenter office or visit www.lsuagcenter.com.
Writer: Johnny Morgan at (225) 578-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org