Harry G. Chalkley Jr.
Year Inducted: 2011
Harry Chalkley served as a 4-H volunteer, philanthropist and business leader in Calcasieu Parish from 1960 to 1979. As chairman of the Southwest District Livestock and Rodeo committee, he was instrumental in spearheading a campaign to pass a tax to build the W.T. Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, La. In recognition of his tireless efforts in making the coliseum a reality in 1976, the meeting/conference room was named the “Chalkley Room” in his honor. He was very involved in the parish, district and statewide livestock sales, supporting countless youth with their projects. Mr. Chalkley was a well-known agricultural leader in southwest Louisiana, especially in the rice industry and sponsored 4-H rice production awards to recognize members. For more than 20 years, Mr. Chalkley hosted a going-away breakfast for 4-H interstate exchange students. His family business, Sweetlake Land and Oil Company, continues to be a major supporter of the 4-H and extension programs.