Lindsay Baker, Fox, Janet E.
Mr. A.J. Melancon Jr. worked as a county agent in St. Charles Parish for 25 years and retired in 1971 after devoting 36 years to extension work. He was an avid supporter of 4-H youth as well as a great promoter of community service projects for senior citizens. Additionally, he was very active in supporting 4-H livestock programs and other community service work. He was active in the Louisiana Guernsey Cattle Club, the Hahnville Lions Club, the Council on Aging, the Crescent Soil and Water Conservation District and the parish Farm Bureau.
As a constant supporter of 4-H livestock programs, Mr. Melancon was active in getting the district livestock show moved to Arabie. Many times, Mr. Melancon financed the dairy and poultry projects for members who could not afford the animals. Mr. Melancon was responsible for soliciting money for the wildlife and fisheries trip to Pilottown and for getting funds from Shell Oil for the St. Charles 4-H program. The Shell funds led to the 4-H Club receiving funds from the United Givers of St. Charles, today the United Way of St. Charles. In 1984, the Melancon family donated $1,000 to fund the A. J. Melancon Memorial Award to pay for trophies and livestock sponsorship. On behalf of Mr. Melancon, monies were donated to assist the St. Charles Parish 4-H program.
Among many of his accolades, the St. Charles Parish Police Jury recognized Mr. Melancon for his community service work by naming a senior citizen center in Luling in his name, the A. J. Melancon Senior Citizen Center. Mr. Melancon is also recognized each year at the annual 4-H Achievement Day, as the top three clubs who participate in community service projects are recognized in his name by receiving the A. J. Melancon Community Service Award. Additionally, Mr. Melancon will be recognized annually as a contributor of the St. Charles Parish A.J. Melancon Memorial Scholarship along with a Louisiana 4-H Foundation scholarship that grants $1,000 to a graduating senior from St. Charles Parish 4-H who wants to pursue any sort of continuing education. Please help us welcome the Melancon family, who are accepting this well-deserved award on behalf of Mr. A.J.
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