|East Baton Rouge|
|State 4-H Office|
|West Baton Rouge|
To Mrs. Andrea, 4-H is a family affair and she claims that, “Seeing your kids pass it on is the most rewarding experience.”
Mrs. Gwen has been a dedicated 4-H volunteer in Vermilion parish for 18 plus years.
Not only was Mrs. Gayla Crum a 4-Her for 9 years, but she has and is currently serving as a club leader in Concordia for the past 25 years.
Leonard began as a 4-H club leader in 1964 and moved to St. Martin Parish in 1968. He served as school club leader at St. Martinville for 23 years until1990.
For 48 years, Mrs. Deborah Gissel has been involved in the 4-H program.
Elizabeth Jordan has been an administrative coordinator in the Caddo Extension office for 22 years and has been a dedicated volunteer for 36 years.
Mrs. Kathy Landry started her 4-H experiences as a 4-H member more than 40 years ago.
Mrs. Brenda McCoy became a 4-H member in 1972 which led her to become a club leader in 1995.
Ms. Mary Ann says that working with youth is her pride and joy and that’s evident in her many accolades.
Troy Landry Mouton has served Vermilion Parish since 2000.
Mrs. Trina LaCour has been an instrumental part of Desoto Parish 4-H since her junior high and high school years.
Dr. Jackie Simon has served St. Martin Parish as a 4‑H member, a club leader, a Livestock Project leader, and in 4-H capacities for the past 18 years.
Sue Hebert has been involved with 4-H since 1965 when she became a club member in Vermilion Parish for 10 years.
Mrs. Nancy Cronan has been a part of Louisiana 4-H since 1979 when she became a 4-H Club member in Allen Parish.
Mr. Kirk Martin has been serving Lafayette Parish 4-H since the mid-1980s, first as a parent and now as a proud grandparent.
Joanie Basso has 39 years of experience as a 4-H Leader at Dutchtown Primary and Middle schools.
Mrs. Gloria Miller began her journey with Louisiana 4-H in 2004, when her granddaughter joined 4-H in the fourth grade.
Dr. Maurice Gipson has been a part of Concordia 4-H since 1993 and continues to serve important roles.
Dr. Dan Fontenot’s Cooperative Extension career spanned 37 years, from 1955 to 1992.
Dr. Robert McManus, known by many as “Dr. Mac,” has been a part of Acadia 4-H since 1964 and continues to serve important roles.
Barbara Arton has served in numerous volunteer roles in her continued 4-H involvement.
Acadia Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Ted Johnson has made countless contributions to the Acadia 4-H program as well as statewide.
Vermillion Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Mr. Michael Dartez has spent 18 years as a vital member of the 4-H Program.
Iberia parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Mr. Ernest Freyou has been a 4-H member and volunteer for over 55 years.
Caddo Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Mrs. Kay Stough has played a huge part in the Caddo Parish 4-H Program for 25 years and counting.
State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2016. Dr. Saralene Seals served the Louisiana 4-H Program as the Nutrition Specialist and Nutrition...
State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2016. Dr. Paul Coreil has been a huge part of the 4-H Program for 34 years and counting.
Vermillion Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Mrs. Rita Marceaux has been a contributing member of the Vermilion 4-H Program for over 36 years.
Morehouse Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Mrs. Pat Evans has been a huge supporter of the 4-H program for over 41 years.
Desoto Parish. Year Inducted:2016. Mr. Andy Loftus has served as a Desoto Parish 4-H member and 4-H volunteer for over 47 years.
St. James Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Mr. Gerald Wood has been an integral part of the St. James 4-H Program for over 65 years.
Lincoln Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Mr. John Lee has made a huge impact on the Lincoln Parish 4-H Youth Development Program for over 56..
St. Landry Parish. Year Inducted: 2016. Yvonne Normand started as a 4-H member when she was in the 4th grade...
Concordia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Sue Butler served as a 4-H leader at Vidalia Upper Elementary in Concordia Parish for 10 years (1988-98). When the Character Counts! program was initiated, she served as Central Area coordinator. In addition, Sue served on the LSU AgCenter’s Central Area Leadership Council for two years and on the parish advisory committee.
Caddo Parish. Year Inducted 2014. Sandra Brumley became immersed as a Caddo Parish 4-H Volunteer leader when her son and daughter joined the group and wanted to show chickens and livestock 18 years ago. Sandra soon became involved in the Caddo Parish Fair as a board member, poultry superintendent and eventually served as Parish Fair Superintendent for 10 years. She became more involved in her children’s local club and began serving as a key organizational leader, a position she continues today.
Vermilion Parish (deceased). Year Inducted: 2014. For 39 years, Johnny Broussard was involved in the 4-H program as a member and livestock leader. As a member, he exhibited the Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull at LSU and participated in the State 4-H Short Course Meat Identification and Poultry Judging contests.
Jefferson Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. For 17 years (1992-2009) Madge Borne served as a Jefferson Parish organizational 4-H leader and served on the parish 4-H Foundation and Advisory boards for three years. Her innovative program included countless fifth-grade youth in the urban 4-H program. Club officers and committee chairpersons met weekly to ensure preparation and responsibility for activities.
Vernon Parish. Year Inducted: 2013. Thad Bailer was very involved in the Vernon Parish 4-H program as a member, volunteer, livestock leader and advisory commttee member (1993-2003). He worked diligently with the livestock program and helped establish the first 4-H Livestock Club for parents and youth. He served as president of the board. The 4-H program could always count on Thad, whether it was presenting programs or serving as cook for events and fundraisers.
Avoyelles Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Carolyn Bordelon, a volunteer since 1990, serves as president of the Avoyelles Parish 4-H Foundation, organizational leader at Marksville High, 4-H Advisory Board member and Avoyelles 4-H Shooting Sports coordinator. For the shooting sports program, she is archery instructor/leader and Level II state instructor for the overall program.
Beauregard Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. When her oldest child became eligible for membership, Pat Andrews became a very active volunteer, assisting club officers with meeting agendas, providing transportation for parish and statewide events, and chaperoning camps, short course and awards trips. She has assisted youth with small-animal projects and served as a leader for the Junior Cattlemen’s Association.
Ascension Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Dr. Katherine Beier, of Ascension Parish, was inspired to become an avid volunteer of 4-H work because of all she learned as a nine-year 4-H member. She has been extremely successful in balancing a thriving veterinary practice while sharing her time, resources and expertise helping 4-H’ers for 13 years.
West Carroll Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Joanne Bolding, who has 42 years of involvement with 4-H, has been on the 4-H Foundation Board and 4-H Advisory Leadership Council. She has received the Louisiana 4-H Alumni Award and 4-H Good Provider Leader Award.
Meet the people whose dedication to youth development helped make Louisiana 4-H what it is today. Brief biographical sketches are available by parish.
Pointe Coupee Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Josephine Cashio André was an honored educator for 25 years who accepted the responsibility of 4-H Club Leader throughout her career. She led her members and officers through leadership training and personal guidance that helped prepare them to become successful, active members of the community today.
Calcasieu Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. The contributions of Mr. WT Burton, as he was known, to 4-H were enormous and considered visionary for his time. He believed in supporting youth programs, and the 4-H program was one he supported dearly. He played a vital role in establishing the first livestock show and sale in southwest Louisiana. He donated a parcel of land south of Lake Charles to build a facility to hold livestock shows.
Plaquemines Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Brenda Bulot has been a 4-H leader for 15 years. She has also served on the Plaquemines Parish Advisory Committee, assisted 4-H agents with 4-H camp and 4-H University for 10 years and provided invaluable service to the Plaquemines Parish 4-H program.
St. John Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Carroll Adams started his 4-H career in 1973 and served 4-H for 34 years. He attended 4-H Camp every year and spent much of his time serving as a judge for various contests, including pet shows and the Chick-N-Que Contest. He was the St. John Parish garden project leader.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Mark Bonner, a former chairman of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and long-time supporter and sponsor of 4-H, was executive vice president and general manager of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives, Inc. Through Bonner’s leadership, this association supported the 4-H Electric Program for more than 36 years. He received numerous honors including the Citation for Outstanding Service to 4-H and the State 4-H Alumni Award.
Ascension Parish/State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2008. Walter C. Abbott contributed 52 years to the Louisiana 4-H program and served as the State 4-H Leader from 1919-49. He implemented the organization for standard 4-H Clubs for both boys and girls, helped develop the Junior Livestock Shows, organized the concepts of parish Achievements Days, oversaw the building of the state 4-H camp at Camp Grant Walker, and organized the first Junior Leadership, wildlife and forestry camps.
St. Mary Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Emma Broussard credits 4-H for what she has achieved in life. She became a 4-H member in 1949 and remains active with the organization. She serves as a judge for various parish events and has been a 4-H camp counselor.
Acadia Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Joseph L. Baronet, a 4-H alumnus, was a livestock leader for more than 43 years and was instrumental in organizing the first annual livestock sale in 1968. He was a key figure in securing support for the Acadia Parish multipurpose facility and extension office.
Iberia Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Carroll Boudreaux serves as president of the Iberia Parish 4-H Foundation and was a board member of the state 4-H Foundation. He has helped obtain endowed funds for scholarships, awards and numerous events and activities. He has worked as a 4-H livestock volunteer, conducts educational clinics and hosts livestock shows.
East Carroll Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Harriet Bridges is a retired 4-H agent with more than 30 years of service. Her work with the Louisiana State Cotton Museum continues to educate youth about the importance of agriculture.
Lafayette Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. A.J. Brackin, a former 4-H agent in Lafayette Parish, helped establish the first Junior Leadership program, empowering older 4-H members as project leaders. After retiring, Brackin continued to support 4-H and helped establish the Lafayette Parish 4-H Foundation. Outstanding record book winners are recognized with an award named in his honor.
Desoto Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Beverly Bruce was an extension home economist and later a member of the Louisiana Legislature, where she championed the 4-H character education programs. She was instrumental in establishing 4-H Day at the Capitol, which was held for the 6th year in 2008.
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. James Baudoin was hired as a 4-H agent in 1935 to help youth after the Depression. He started working in Vermilion Parish in 1938 and is credited with starting the 4-H handicraft project. He also established a 4-H safety program for rural youth. A parish award is made annually in his honor to recognize outstanding senior 4-H members
Ascension Parish. Year Inducted: 2008 . Crawford Alexander Bishop joined the 4-H Club at the age of 10 and, as an adult, was dedicated to the livestock project because it taught responsibility. He made sure that any child who wanted to participate had the opportunity to do so. He chaired the Livestock Sales Committee for more than 20 years. He received numerous awards and was instrumental in establishing the Acadiana Livestock Show.
Bossier Parish / State Extension Office. Year Inducted: 2008. Dr. Jack Bagent, retired vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, made major contributions to 4-H at the local, state and national levels. During his 37-year career with the Extension Service, Dr. Bagent earned a reputation as an expert entomologist and a caring leader. He was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002.
Morehouse Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. John D. Andrews, a county agent with more than 30 years of service, provided minority youth the opportunities to learn valuable life skills as responsible adults and future leaders in their communities.
Calcasieu Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Lafayette Fearn Swoope Jr. of Calcasieu Parish joined the Cooperative Extension Service in 1957 as an assistant county agent in Caldwell Parish. In 1958 he transferred to East Carroll Parish, then become a county agent in Calcasieu Parish in 1967 until his retirement in 1989. Swoope now serves as a volunteer leader in the livestock program.
Calcasieu Parish. Year Inducted: 2013. Dot Veillon has played numerous roles during her involvement in the Calcasieu 4-H Program (1960-2013) as a member, organizational leader, livestock and clothing project leader and advisory committee member. She became a volunteer leader when her children joined 4-H and enrolled in the sheep project. Her greatest contribution to 4-H has been in the areas of livestock and clothing.
Bienville Parish. Year Inducted: 2011. For more than 50 years (1960-2011), Stephen Young has served Bienville Parish as a 4-H organizational and project leader. He trained numerous youth in the poultry and the dairy projects to judge, groom and show poultry and dairy animals.
Concordia Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Winston was known as “Big Tam” for his generosity in helping 4-H livestock exhibitors learn life skills and for setting an example of helping others throughout his life. Through his determination and leadership, the Concordia Parish livestock program at one point exhibited more than 80 cattle at the district and state shows.
Webster Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Wayne Williams, Superintendent of Webster Parish schools, has witnessed the effect of the 4-H program on his son, who was president of the State 4-H Executive Board. He welcomes LSU AgCenter staff to school board and principal meetings and grants permission for 4-H Fun Day to be held during a school day.
Grant Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Rufus Walker was responsible for donating and selling the first land to form Camp Grant Walker in the 1930s. The camp’s name is representative of Walker’s last name and Grant Parish. His land was the site of the very first 4-H Camp in Louisiana in 1922 where the youth camped out in tents.
Franklin Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Joe Walters, a 4-H volunteer with more than 19 years of service, is a past chair of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board and has received the National 4-H Salute to Excellence Award.
Caddo Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Mary McKee Williams began serving as a 4-H leader and volunteer in 1956, helping many youth prepare demonstration projects and assisting with parish and state 4-H events. She has been honored as the Louisiana Outstanding 4-H Club Leader and attended the Club Congress in Chicago, In the 1970s she received the Good Provider Award, the 4-H Alumni Award and the Attorney General's Award.
Iberville Parish.Year Inducted: 2008. Ivory Williams committed herself to the 4-H program for 29 years. She is the five-time recipient of the parish’s Outstanding 4-H Leader Award, has served as president of the Iberville Parish 4-H Foundation for three years and is currently on the 4-H Advisory Committee. She has volunteered as an adult leader at 4-H Camp Grant Walker for several years as well as helped prepare youth for contests held at 4-H Short Course.
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Otis J. Stelly Sr. (deceased), affectionately known as “Big O” to many youth and adults in Vermilion Parish, served as a volunteer, leader, buyer and 4-H Foundation Board member for 25 years during 1974-1999.
East Feliciana Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Clay Samson served the LSU AgCenter as a trainee, assistant, associate and county agent with 33 years of service. His involvement with 4-H was extensive as he worked with many 4-H families with livestock projects. He began a “Poultry Chain” project to give youth with limited resources the means to participate in a livestock project. He served on numerous 4-H statewide committees related to camp and livestock shows.
Franklin and Ouachita Parishes. Year Inducted: 2008. Willie Russell is a former 4-H agent and member of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Louisiana Catfish Association, which provides $300 annually to the area 4-H cookery contest. He received the National County Agents Association Distinguished Service Award.
Jefferson Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Nancy R. Sarver has played a major role as a volunteer leader in Jefferson Parish for more than 34 years (1977-2012). Her creative programming has involved countless elementary urban youth in 4-H. She is an advocate for motivating youth by engaging them in Rocketry Design contests, sewing and commodity cookery contests, poster and essay contests.
St. Bernard Parish. Year Inducted: 2011. William Schehr has played a major role in the St. Bernard 4-H program since 2003. He began volunteering for 4-H as a construction captain for the St. Bernard Parish Community Playground.
Caldwell Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Patricia Russell, a 4-H volunteer for 21 years, has served on the 4-H Foundation Board and 4-H Advisory Leadership Council. She has trained 4-H University youth in nutrition and entomology projects. Russell has received the Louisiana 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.
Union Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. H.P. Roberts, a retired 4-H agent who served from l954 to 1988, influenced the lives of many 4-H’ers and went out of his way to make each one feel important. Terry Dumas, LSU AgCenter animal sciences specialist and former student of Roberts, describes him as a teacher, leader and “one of us” at the same time.
Cameron Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Stephanie Rodrigue was an active 4-H member and volunteer in Lafourche and Cameron parishes. She is the superintendent of the Cameron Parish school system and also serves on the parish 4-H Foundation and 4-H Regional Advisory Committee and as announcer at many 4-H livestock events.
Avoyelles Parish/State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2008. Victor Leander Roy Sr., considered Louisiana’s “Father of 4-H,” as superintendent of Avoyelles Parish Schools in 1908 organized the first Boys Corn Club. He collaborated with the local railroad to transport boys to the first meeting held at Moreauville High School. The success of this first Corn Club led to establishing other agricultural and domestic clubs that became collectively known as 4-H Clubs.
St. Mary Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Raphael Rodriguez has been active in community organizations for over 40 years and supports 4-H, volunteering for numerous projects. He was a key figure in establishing the St. Mary Parish Fair Association, which has a strong relationship with the 4-H program and livestock projects. His involvement with the program continues with his children and grandchildren.
Franklin Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Among Tom Scott’s many contributions to 4-H was his founding of the Scott Truck and Tractor Scholarship for graduating 4-H members. Annual scholarships have been awarded for the past 19 years. Presently, each parish receives $1,500 for deserving 4-H members.
Natchitoches Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Idell Snowden, an extension agent for 34 years, continues to show support to the Natchitoches Parish 4-H youth development program. When she was employed by the LSU AgCenter, she worked closely with black youth. Throughout her career she created an atmosphere in the parish 4-H organization that allowed all races to interact comfortably, thus making all youth feel welcome.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. Mansel S. Slaughter of East Baton Rouge Parish served on the East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H livestock sales committee and the LSU AgCenter’s Agribusiness Council. He served as superintendent of the parish swine show. Posthumously, he continues to give through the Mansel S. Slaughter Memorial Fund through the East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H Foundation.
Livingston Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Margaret Sorenson began her 4-H career at the age of 10 years old. During her 30-year career as a 4-H Club leader, she received the Leader of the Year Award numerous times and also was awarded the 4-H Alumni Award during Short Course. Margaret also served as an adviser to the State 4-H Fashion Board and was instrumental in starting a 4-H Fashion Board in Livingston Parish in 1995.
East Baton Rouge. Year Inducted 2010: Albert H.Steinbach, an East Baton Rouge Parish cattleman, served the 4-H program for more than 40 years as a volunteer, advocate, fundraiser and philanthropist.
Bossier Parish. Year Inducted: 2009. John Stamper of Bossier Parish was an avid supporter of 4-H throughout his career as an educator and continued to support Bossier Parish 4-H as a volunteer leader after his retirement. He began his education career in Bossier Parish as a coach and teacher in 1956 and retired as principal of Curtis Elementary in 1984.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. While a 4-H agent in St. James Parish, George Simoneaux became known as the man of new ideas. In 1956, he and his coworkers developed a safety program involving volunteer leaders, business leaders and 4-H Clubs. In 1960, he transferred to East Baton Rouge Parish. joining the parish extension staff as a 4-H agent. Over 52 years, Simoneaux served 4-H youth in many capacities.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. Charles E. Severance was employed as a specialist by the Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension Service for 39 years to work with the 4-H and adult electric programs.
Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee, Caddo Parish, Year Inducted: 2009. Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee of Caddo Parish was recognized in 1974 for purchasing the champion market hog at a record price for a special needs youth. The pig provided the youth support to enable him to learn to walk as a result of cerebral palsy. She annually contributes more than $20,000 to 4-H youth during the Junior Livestock Sale at the State Fair of Louisiana.
Beauregard Parish / State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2008. Calvin Stewart Shirley began his 33-year career as a field agent in Bossier and Caddo parishes from 1943-1955. He became a state 4-H agent in 1955 and served in that capacity for 21 years until his retirement in 1976. Mr. Shirley continued to work at youth development through his work in church, community and the 4-H program in his home parish of Beauregard.
Evangeline Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Jim Shipp has been associated with 4-H for more than 30 years in a variety of assignments, including program sponsor and camp volunteer. He has been active in livestock programs, and he was instrumental in establishing a shooting sports program in the parish, securing national support and funding.
Calcasieu Parish. Year Inducted: 2011. Harry Chalkley served as a 4-H volunteer, philanthropist, and business leader in Calcasieu Parish for more than 25 years from 1960 to 1985. 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.
Terrebonne Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Sharon Chatagnier has been an active volunteer at Mulberry Elementary School in Terrebonne Parish for 20 years. Her club members are noted for their fundraising efforts for the Louisiana 4-H Foundation and community service-learning projects such as the annual Veterans Day programs held at the Terrebonne Civic Center.
Terrebonne Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Carroll Charpentier has been a leader throughout 60 years of involvement with 4-H and a firm believer in what 4-H means in developing youth to the best of their ability. He serves on the advisory committee with an emphasis on poultry at the state level. He is recognized as a poultry expert. He and his family have won many poultry awards over the years
St. Martin Parish. Year Inducted: 2012. For more than 70 years (1940-2012), Elsie Castille has been involved in the St. Martin Parish 4-H program as a member, 4-H agent, home economist, advisory board member, 4-H Foundation president, donor and volunteer.
Livingston Parish. Year Inducted: 2013. The lessons learned as an eight-year club member provided Janelle Carrier, of Livingston Parish, a model for her volunteer work (1951-2013). Under her leadership, members excelled in community projects, project work and record book competitions. As school principal, she continued support for the leader and club members.
St. Charles Parish. Year Inducted: 2013. Charles Campbell began his 4-H experience as member in the Gueydan Elementary School in 1945. During high school he served as president and secretary. Through his 4-H project work he was able to save enough money to attend McNeese State College. As a member of the New Orleans Area Chamber of Commerce 4-H Good Provider Committee, he traveled the state for two years interviewing youth for the awards.
Lafayette Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. Anne Chauvin has been a leader in Lafayette Parish for more than 20 years and volunteers about 200 hours annually to the Lafayette Parish 4-H program.
East Feliciana Parish. Year Inducted: 2008. Beth Dawson has been involved in 4-H for 37 years. She has served as a 4-H Club leader, project leader, extension adviser and foundation trustee, as well as a community leader. Dawson continues to influence youth today as a volunteer and project leader.
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2011. James Dardeau’s 29-year extension career began in 1964. He served the LSU AgCenter as 4-H agent in Cameron, Natchitoches and Vermilion parishes, was county agent and parish chairman in Vermilion Parish and district agent in the Southwest District.
DeSoto Parish. Inducted 2011. Deborah Dees first became involved in the DeSoto 4-H program in 1983 when her two children became members and she is still active today. After the children's graduation, she remained active as a volunteer advisory and 4-H Foundation Committee member, a 4-H Exchange Trip host and an advocate for securing local governing support for the LSU AgCenter.
Caddo Parish. Year Inducted: 2010. For more than 50 years, Jack Dillard has been an extension agent and a 4-H parent, grandparent and volunteer as well as ambassador of the 4-H program in northwest Louisiana and East Texas.