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About 4-H
As early as 1908, 4-H could trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V.L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson. The first parishwide meeting was held in an old schoolhouse in Moreauville; more than 300 attended. By 1909, a membership of 1,129 was recorded in the boys' corn clubs of the state.

Through non-formal, research-based, experiential education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities. 4-H has three primary program initiatives: citizenship; healthy living; and science, engineering and technology. Youth learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through a variety of projects with topics such as outdoor skills, aerospace, animal science, nutrition, forestry and community service. "Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them. They make things. They take part in club meetings. They learn interesting new things. They learn to follow, and they learn to lead. They help their neighbors and their neighborhoods through club activities.

The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development program continues to expand to meet the needs of youth, with participation exceeding 175,000.



La. 4-H History
4-H can trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish in 1908 with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V. L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson.
How to Join 4-H!
Contact your parish LSU AgCenter Extension office and obtain an enrollment card. Complete the enrollment card, and have your parent or guardian to sign the back of the card.
[Image: CLF Conference Participants]The 4-H Citizenship Project
The 4-H Citizenship program helps to build strong leaders that are involved in their community. View the list of project books available to 4-H members interested in Citizenship.
What is 4-H?
"Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them.
[Image: Camper at LOST Camp]Louisiana 4-H Robotics
Louisiana 4-H is using robotics to increase youth interest in science, engineering and technology. Several opportunitities are available for youth to participate in robotic workshops through parish programs.
[Image: Randy Stutes]Stutes, Randy
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Since 1982, Randy Stutes has volunteered in almost every aspect of the Vermilion Parish 4-H program, including project leader, 4-H Foundation and Advisory Board member, judge and chaperone. He has served as chairman of the Extension Service Leadership Advisory Council and vice president of the Acadiana District 4-H Livestock Show Board.
[Image: Judia LaCombe]Lacombe, Judia
Acadia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Judia Lacombe has devoted her life to the Iota 4-H program as a member (1955) and organizational and project leader for Iota Junior and Iota Senior Clubs for 40 years, Acadia 4-H Advisory Council (25 years), 4-H Foundation Board, Awards Trip and Scholarship Coordinator (24 years) and donor. She believes 4-H is a family affair and recruits parents, grandparents and caring adults to assist the 100+ members in each club.
[Image: Judia LaCombe]Lacombe, Judia
Acadia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Judia Lacombe has devoted her life to the Iota 4-H program as a member (1955) and organizational and project leader for Iota Junior and Iota Senior Clubs for 40 years, Acadia 4-H Advisory Council (25 years), 4-H Foundation Board, Awards Trip and Scholarship Coordinator (24 years) and donor. She believes 4-H is a family affair and recruits parents, grandparents and caring adults to assist the 100+ members in each club.
[Image: Randy Stutes]Stutes, Randy
Vermilion Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Since 1982, Randy Stutes has volunteered in almost every aspect of the Vermilion Parish 4-H program, including project leader, 4-H Foundation and Advisory Board member, judge and chaperone. He has served as chairman of the Extension Service Leadership Advisory Council and vice president of the Acadiana District 4-H Livestock Show Board.
[Image: Ann Langlinais]Langlinais, Ann
Vermilion Parish. Year inducted: 2014. Ann Langlinais has a 4-H background as a member, parent, organizational and project leader, 4-H Foundation Board Chairman, parish advisory committee member, SW Region LSU AgCenter Leadership Council member and 4-H Trail Ride hostess. As a six-year club member in Kaplan, she excelled in food demonstrations.
[Image: Pete Miranda]Miranda, Pete
Iberville Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Pete Miranda has been involved in the 4-H program since 1928 when he became a club member. All three of his children were 4-H members as well. He has served the program on advisory boards and councils and as a livestock project leader with the horse, dairy and poultry programs. He was instrumental in establishing the Mike Zito Multi-Purpose Facility in Iberville Parish where parish livestock events are held.
[Image: Pete Miranda]Miranda, Pete
Iberville Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Pete Miranda has been involved in the 4-H program since 1928 when he became a club member. All three of his children were 4-H members as well. He has served the program on advisory boards and councils and as a livestock project leader with the horse, dairy and poultry programs. He was instrumental in establishing the Mike Zito Multi-Purpose Facility in Iberville Parish where parish livestock events are held.
[Image: Ann Langlinais]Langlinais, Ann
Vermilion Parish. Year inducted: 2014. Ann Langlinais has a 4-H background as a member, parent, organizational and project leader, 4-H Foundation Board Chairman, parish advisory committee member, SW Region LSU AgCenter Leadership Council member and 4-H Trail Ride hostess. As a six-year club member in Kaplan, she excelled in food demonstrations.
[Image: Carolyn Lang]Lang, Carolyn
Winn Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Carolyn Lang is a 4-H alumna and has served as leader of the Atlanta High School Junior 4-H Club for 18 years (1996-2014). Trademarks of her 4-H Club are community service and learning activities. She instills in youth that everyone has something to contribute to their club, community, country and world. Some of the notable projects include “I Can Pull a Tab” aluminum can pull tab collection for Winn cancer patients and the Ronald McDonald House.
[Image: Carolyn Lang]Lang, Carolyn
Winn Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Carolyn Lang is a 4-H alumna and has served as leader of the Atlanta High School Junior 4-H Club for 18 years (1996-2014). Trademarks of her 4-H Club are community service and learning activities. She instills in youth that everyone has something to contribute to their club, community, country and world. Some of the notable projects include “I Can Pull a Tab” aluminum can pull tab collection for Winn cancer patients and the Ronald McDonald House.
[Image: Terril Faul]Faul, Terril
State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2014. Terril Faul’s Extension career began in 1970 when he was appointed 4-H agent in Vermilion Parish. After five months of service he entered the Army and served in Vietnam. Upon his return he was assigned to Avoyelles Parish but transferred back to Vermilion after 18 months. Some of his most notable accomplishments were the expansion of the overall 4-H program and the livestock program.
[Image: Terril Faul]Faul, Terril
State 4-H Office. Year Inducted: 2014. Terril Faul’s Extension career began in 1970 when he was appointed 4-H agent in Vermilion Parish. After five months of service he entered the Army and served in Vietnam. Upon his return he was assigned to Avoyelles Parish but transferred back to Vermilion after 18 months. Some of his most notable accomplishments were the expansion of the overall 4-H program and the livestock program.
[Image: Lynn Farrar]Farrar, Lynn
Parish: DeSoto/Caddo. Year Inducted: 2014. “Momma Lynn” Farrar, as she is affectionately known, has a special love for 4-H since she became a club member in 1957. She has a special interest in small livestock projects because they are more financially friendly and accessible to youth. Her passion is poultry, and she has worked with youth and new agents throughout the Northwest Region.
[Image: Lynn Farrar]Farrar, Lynn
Parish: DeSoto/Caddo. Year Inducted: 2014. “Momma Lynn” Farrar, as she is affectionately known, has a special love for 4-H since she became a club member in 1957. She has a special interest in small livestock projects because they are more financially friendly and accessible to youth. Her passion is poultry, and she has worked with youth and new agents throughout the Northwest Region.
[Image: Sue Butler]Butler, Sue
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.
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