Calcasieu Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Lafayette Fearn Swoope Jr. of Calcasieu Parish joined the Cooperative Extension Service in 1957 as an assistant county agent in Caldwell Parish. In 1958 he transferred to East Carroll Parish, then become a county agent in Calcasieu Parish in 1967 until his retirement in 1989. Swoope now serves as a volunteer leader in the livestock program.
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.
Bossier Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. John Stamper of Bossier Parish was an avid supporter of 4-H throughout his career as an educator and continued to support Bossier Parish 4-H as a volunteer leader after his retirement. He began his education career in Bossier Parish as a coach and teacher in 1956 and retired as principal of Curtis Elementary in 1984.
Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee, Caddo Parish, Year Inducted: 2009. Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee of Caddo Parish was recognized in 1974 for purchasing the champion market hog at a record price for a special needs youth. The pig provided the youth support to enable him to learn to walk as a result of cerebral palsy. She annually contributes more than $20,000 to 4-H youth during the Junior Livestock Sale at the State Fair of Louisiana.
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.
St. John Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Diane Duhe served St. John Parish 4-H from 1976-2005. Each year she led the St. John 4-H /St. Jude Wheels for Life Bike-A-Thon, promoting cancer research for children and raising thousands of dollars. She served as 4-H Club leader, 4-H Junior Leader coordinator, Foundation Board secretary/treasurer and 4-H Club organizational leader coordinator. She was given the award posthumously.
Lafourche Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Loretta Guidry of Lafourche Parish has been a 4-H leader who whose club won Achievement Day in its division 15 years in a row. A large number of her club members won state and national contests. She was a teacher at Larose-Cut Off Junior High School for 30 years. She now devotes her time to helping her grandchildren with 4-H record books, contests and activities.
Bienville Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Billy B. Nutt of Bienville Parish began his career in extension in 1966 in Lake Providence as an associate county agent. He transferred to Lincoln Parish and in 1972 he moved his family to Bienville Parish as county agent and parish chair. Now retired, he assists in garden contests and beautification activities at his church, library and the courthouse.
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Nancy W. Marceaux of Vermilion Parish has served as an organizational leader at Kaplan High School for 30 years. She was named State 4-H Alumni winner in 1999. She has been an active member in the parish 4-H Advisory Committee, serving as chairman for five years. All four of her children were active in 4-H and are now serving as adult volunteers.
Beauregard Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Mable Yvonne Lorenz of Beauregard Parish, as a school bus driver for 15 years (1973-1988), volunteered her time and fuel to transport 4-H’ers to the annual Beauregard Parish 4-H Achievement Day, where she also served as a judge for contests. For three years, she held summer workshops for 4-H’ers at her home, teaching girls how to sew, cook, complete handicraft projects and work on 4-H record books.
St. Bernard Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Marleen Mayfield of St. Bernard Parish organized one of the first 4-H clubs to return to St. Bernard after Hurricane Katrina at Andrew Jackson Elementary. She received a Toyota Prius after Hurricane Katrina from Phoenix Suns basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire and was recognized with a Gold 4-H Club Award in 2003, 2004 and 2005. This award has not been given since Hurricane Katrina.
Lafayette Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Denise Turner of Lafayette Parish began volunteering with 4-H when her sons Chad and Cody joined their local 4-H Clubs. She received training in the Louisiana 4-H Sportsfishing Program and has served as an angling skills instructor for seven years, providing lessons on casting and knot tying to youth. She also helps plan and coordinate the annual 4-H “Let’s Go Fishing” clinic each year.