Beverly B. Hains of Acadia Parish was among the dozen inductees into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame during ceremonies recently in Mansura. She is pictured with Toby Lepley, LSU AgCenter associate vice president and 4-H program leader. (Photo by Bruce Schultz)
Hains among 2019 4-H Hall of Fame inductees
The Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame has a dozen new members among its ranks after a ceremony on April 27 to recognize the honorees.
Among them is Beverly B. Hains of Acadia Parish.
The Hall of Fame has inducted 232 members since it started in 2008.
Hains started working with 4-H in 1971. She has served in various roles in the Acadia Parish 4-H program. She was 4-H school leader at Redemptorist Catholic School for sewing, child development, and food and nutrition.
All six of her children participated in 4-H at the same time. She still volunteers as a record book judge. One year, her club had a 98 percent record book completion.
Hains has volunteered at the 4-H office; held training meetings; helped her husband, John Hains, also in the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame, hold the dairy judging contest at their own residence; assisted at the International Rice Festival Livestock Show; helped with the parish 4-H Electric Clinic; and served as a judge at many Achievement Day contests.
In 1979, she won the Good Provider Record contest and in 1981 attended the District Leader Conference.
Along with her husband, Hains won a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago as a leader winner, and they accompanied the 4-H exchange group to Brown County, Wisconsin, to promote the Acadia Exchange Program.
Her family also hosted two international 4-H exchange students from Japan.
Toby Lepley, LSU AgCenter associate vice president and 4-H program leader, said the work and sacrifices of the honorees are significant.
“The 2019 Hall of Fame class represents over 250 years of service to the 4-H program, with each of these inductees representing countless hours of service and dedication to the youth of our state,” he said. “They serve as role models and mentors for all of us, from AgCenter employees to volunteers to our 4-H members.
“This 2019 class is truly the picture of leadership and dedication.”
Other 2019 inductees included:
• The late A.J. Melancon Jr., who worked as an AgCenter county agent in St. Charles Parish for 25 years and retired in 1971 after devoting 36 years to extension work.
• Burnell Lejeune, of Lafayette Parish, who began his career as a vocational agriculture teacher at Franklin High in 1976 and, a year later, he transferred to the Lafayette Parish School System, where he continues his dedication to agriculture and career preparation.
• Chris Martin, of East Baton Rouge Parish, who was an active 4-H member and a volunteer for more than 35 years and helped start the East Baton Rouge Parish shooting sports program and the bee program.
• Lonnie McCray, of Caddo Parish, who earned his doctorate from the University of North Texas in 2011 and currently serves as the dean of the Division of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education at Southern University in Shreveport.
• Claudette Broussard, of Vermilion Parish, who began her involvement in 4-H in 1962 as a 4-H’er and has served as a valuable volunteer since 1988, volunteering countless hours and contributing many dollars to help Vermilion Parish 4-H members, including conducted numerous project workshops on the local and parish levels, reaching hundreds of members.
• Emile Thibodeaux, of Vermilion Parish, who has provided continuous support to Vermilion Parish 4-H livestock and horticulture programs since 1983 and who, in 2008, he helped generate funds for the Vermilion 4-H program’s 100th anniversary celebration by donating a first-edition Danbury Mint 4-H Collection doll to be raffled.
• The late Jamey Allemond, of St. Martin Parish, who was a dedicated and pivotal adult volunteer in St. Martin Parish, where he was a physical education coach for more than 16 years.
• Jeanie Rowland, of Lincoln Parish, who joined 4-H as a fourth grader and has continued to be an active part of the Lincoln Parish program, having been recognized in 4-H newsletters and the local newspaper and has been recognized at Lincoln Parish Achievement Day as the parish’s Outstanding Leader.
• The late John S. Sullivan Jr., who served as a beef cattle specialist and livestock show manager with the LSU AgCenter from 1966 to 2001 and was credited with several innovative programs, such as the development of a 4-H beef cattle leader’s guide and the production and implementation of computer programs used in livestock shows statewide.
• Melinda Miles, who has worked for the Winn Parish School Board for 31 years, was voted Winn Parish Teacher of the Year and has been recognized as Winn Parish Outstanding Club Leader numerous times.
• Sarah Jones, who has been a vital part of Sabine Parish 4-H for 16 years, has been a Sabine Parish Fair board member for three years and has served on the Sabine Parish advisory board for the past nine years and also serves as the secretary on the Sabine Parish 4-H Foundation board.