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.
The 2013 Rookie of the Year Excellence in Service award winner Mr. Lindell Valentine began volunteering with DeSoto Parish 4-H only two years ago. In that short time he has served as an overnight chaperone at 4-H summer camp, a helper for the North DeSoto Middle School 4-H Club, a volunteer with black powder discipline for 4-H shooting sports, and as a member of two advisory councils.
“My motivation is to encourage the kids to learn and to have fun while learning,” says Mr. Valentine. “Not just book knowledge, but to teach their mind to go beyond what the book teaches. To explore life for themselves.”
Mr. Valentine’s latest endeavors include working with parish 4-H agents to establish a wood working SPIN (Special Interest) club and to expand the scope of the Cooking and Sewing 4-H Club to include gardening.
“Sometimes it is not what we do for others, it is what we become while we do things for others that is important,” says Mr. Valentine. “In service to your community these young people are changing, becoming better people, people that care about others. I hope that I am having as much of an impact on these kids’ lives as they are on mine.”
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