This post was written by Brittany Babineaux, 4-H Military Partnerships Intern
This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to highlight the contributions volunteers make every day all across our state. Each day we will be celebrating the award winning service of Louisiana 4-H volunteers.
For almost 20 years, Lonnie Borderlon has been volunteering with the 4-H program. According to Avoyelles Parish Agent, Ester Boe, Lonnie is an asset to the livestock and shooting sports programs. “He takes on leadership role in both of these project areas by recruiting youth and their parents to get involved.”
Borderlon is responsible for conducting activities and events that support agents, instructors, ambassadors and more than 40 youth. He is a certified level 2 instructor in rifle and assists in statewide rifle trainings. “As a shooting sports instructor he promotes safety and wellbeing as the first priority with the firearms. He supports youth at the parish, district, and state competitions,” says Avoyelles Parish 4-H Agent Ester Boe.
His hard work and dedication have resulted in grant funding for targets and safety gear. His efforts have contributed to a 35% increase in youth participation and a 25% increase in program volunteers and instructors.
For the livestock program, Bordelon serves on the Advisory Board, as a rabbit project leader and also raises rabbits for 4-H youth. Bordelon and his wife support parish youth who would have otherwise not been able to participate. Youth are provided a rabbit to show, taught how to groom and care for the animal and helped to prepare for competition.
Borderlon has stepped up to support the needs he saw in the parish, “We were between agents and a livestock show was within a month. I am very happy to see how much the parish 4-H club has grown in the past years. My children benefitted from this [4-H], so this is my way of giving back.”
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture