Janet Fox | 4/13/2017 6:01:54 PM
Mrs. Trina LaCour has been an instrumental part of Desoto Parish 4-H since her junior high and high school years. In 2009 Mrs. LaCour became re-involved in 4-H through her daughter and was instrumental in in the establishment of the Shooting Sports program.
Mrs. LaCour not only serves as a parent and supporter, but also as the Hunting Skills discipline coach. She has taken firearms and ammunition from her own collection to ensure that young people without that equipment had the opportunity to participate and never expected any recognition.
Trina has a passion for working with youth and wants to see all youth succeed. In Hunting Skills alone, she has produced three national team delegates in three years. Her coaching has helped to produce a second-place Outdoor Skills team for the past two years at 4-H University.
Mrs. LaCour has conducted twice weekly practices with the Hunting Skills participants in shooting sports, teaching them wildlife identification, land navigation, hunting ethics and hunter decision-making as well as providing instruction and guidance to participants shooting archery, shotgun and rifle.
Trina understands that to demonstrate project mastery youth must also learn generosity. She provides opportunities for that by having them assist with the local NRA banquet and Turkey Federation banquets as well as the local Farm Bureau shoot to raise money for other organizations offering youth scholarship programs. Mrs. LaCour also heads the partner organization of the DeSoto Youth Sportsman Team.
Trina is present at nearly all parish functions and actively participates in some way, be it set up, cleanup or fundraising. She provides lovely flower arrangements each year for the contestants in the Miss DeSoto 4-H Ambassador Contest at no cost to 4-H.
Those who work with her say, “She is usually the first parent to step up when we need volunteers and the last parent to leave when cleanup is over. Many times we don’t even need to ask her to fill in, she just does it.”
She assists with fundraising, transportation of youth and fulfilling service projects. She has chaperoned Junior Leader visits to the Veterans Administration Hospital and participates in the Muscle Walk and the Relay for Life. Her work with the Junior Leader club helped raise over $500 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2015. She was selected as the 2015-2016 Salute to Excellence Volunteer Leader of the Year by the 4-H Volunteer Leader Association.
In a rural parish where many people still believe that 4-H is all about cows and cooking, Mrs. LaCour has immersed herself in nearly all aspects of the program and can therefore effectively promote the program to others. She has seen the impact that 4-H has had on her and her children, and she truly believes in the program and wants to see it thrive!