East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Mark Bonner, a former chairman of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and long-time supporter and sponsor of 4-H, was executive vice president and general manager of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives, Inc. Through Bonner’s leadership, this association supported the 4-H Electric Program for more than 36 years. He received numerous honors including the Citation for Outstanding Service to 4-H and the State 4-H Alumni Award.
East Baton Rouge / State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2008. Dr. C.J. Naquin dedicated his career to the 4-H program and served as the first Louisiana 4-H Foundation director. He was promoted to the State 4-H office with the responsibilities of the 4-H leadership program. He developed parish Junior Leader Clubs throughout the state and was responsible for naming a Louisiana room at the National 4-H Center. He started the first LABO exchange program.
East Baton Rouge. Year Inducted: 2011. Leroy Robbins served in East Baton Rouge Parish as a club and project leader for more than 50 years (1953-2003). He began his volunteerism as a parent interested in the sheep project. Over the years, he served the program in many leaderships capacities.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Mansel S. Slaughter of East Baton Rouge Parish served on the East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H livestock sales committee and the LSU AgCenter’s Agribusiness Council. He served as superintendent of the parish swine show. Posthumously, he continues to give through the Mansel S. Slaughter Memorial Fund through the East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H Foundation.
East Baton Rouge. Year Inducted 2010: Albert H.Steinbach, an East Baton Rouge Parish cattleman, served the 4-H program for more than 40 years as a volunteer, advocate, fundraiser and philanthropist.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. While a 4-H agent in St. James Parish, George Simoneaux became known as the man of new ideas. In 1956, he and his coworkers developed a safety program involving volunteer leaders, business leaders and 4-H Clubs. In 1960, he transferred to East Baton Rouge Parish. joining the parish extension staff as a 4-H agent. Over 52 years, Simoneaux served 4-H youth in many capacities.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Charles E. Severance was employed as a specialist by the Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension Service for 39 years to work with the 4-H and adult electric programs.
East Baton Rouge. Year Inducted: 2008. Melvin “Kip” Holden has participated in the 4-H program as a club member, volunteer, benefactor, and advocate for more than 40 years. He has served several terms on the East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H Advisory Council, and he has awarded a mini-grant to the East Feliciana 4-H program to support school enrichment promoting science. Holden began his leadership development in 4-H.
State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2008. As a youth in 1912, Stella Jones was involved in the various agricultural and domestic clubs that became known later as 4-H. As an adult, she dedicated 43 years of service to the 4-H program from 1925-67. From 1961-67, she worked at the state 4-H office on records, demonstrations, parish fairs, and developing enrollment and new programs. She was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2005.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Charles Lesley “C. L.” Flowers of East Baton Rouge Parish began his career with the 4-H Youth Development Program in DeSoto Parish in 1937, specializing in the livestock project. Mrt. Flowers retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish Cooperative Extension in 1972, after serving as county agent and as parish chair. After retiring and until his death in 1999, Mr. Flowers continued to maintain a strong presence with the 4-H program.