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					                                       Summer Edition 2008

                                        Charles’s Contemplation

LAE4-HA President Charles Hebert’s Acceptance Speech

       On behalf of the association, I would like to offer Donny our appreciation and thanks for
serving as President. Donny, we would like to present you this plaque reading…Presented to
Donny Moon in recognition of your outstanding service and leadership 2007-2008 President
       I also would like to thank this year’s planning committee for putting on a conference that
was informative and entertaining. If the conference committee can please stand, let’s give
them a round of applause.
       A special note of our conference co-chairs, Tanya Walker and Terril Faul. I would like
to present each of you a special gift for all of your efforts.
            “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
                                                         Matthew 19:26
       This verse is one that is posted several places in my home and work. It is one that
Lanette and I remind our son, Griffin, of daily and we believe and try to live. The honor of
serving as your LAE4-HA president is a possibility that I’m humbled to be given.
      In my previous roles in the association and now my current responsibility, I see
tremendous possibilities for each of us individually and as an association.
       What an awesome profession that we have all chosen! To touch a child’s life, to impact
families, to build communities are wonderful possibilities and awesome responsibilities. For
each of us to achieve, our professional development is critical and our association is vital.
        For us to achieve there are a few things I would encourage each of us to keep in mind
as I will keep these in mind as I work as your association president.
 “Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very
                    little wisdom from success.” William Saroyan
       Don’t be afraid to try something different and if it is not “A Success” learn from it. In our
ever changing society, we need to be willing to try different approaches to reach our audiences
and truly make a difference.

       My first attempt to serve as your president wasn’t a success but it helped me to
reevaluate myself and learn. I’m pretty sure I will have several opportunities to learn in this role
as your association president. I ask that you learn with me so each of us can grow and in turn
improve our association.
                          “The true leader is always led.” Carl Jung
     I feel fortunate to have been exposed to some wonderful leaders and I hope I model
some of their characteristics:
       I hope to lead with my heart. I truly believe in our profession, our association and our
organization. It is obvious the passion that we have for our profession. Sometimes that
passion leads to differences. When this happens I encourage all of us to be open, accepting
of differences and focus on our common goal.
        A true leader is a listener. Please use your voice in our association. I will do my best to
listen and make decisions based on your thoughts.
       I will strive to allow myself to be open, to respond and to react as I represent you and
our profession.
      Please accept my sincere thanks for entrusting me with this responsibility and I truly
appreciate this opportunity to achieve many possibilities.
Annual Meeting

       A huge “THANK YOU” goes out to all the state office staff and agents that represented
the “TEAM” that worked jointly to pull off the centennial celebration. The group is to be
commended for their planning and preparations to detail in hosting a great conference in our
capital city. I would like to add a very special thank you to Tanya Walker and Terril Faul for
their work in serving as the local convention co-chairs. They did a wonderful job and we
appreciate all of the extra time they spent on the many details.

       The 32nd Annual Meeting of LAE4-HA truly displayed “4-H Still Great in 08”. We can
all agree that the conference offered opportunities to share with both new and charter
members, professional growth and FUN for everyone. I think that each of us came away from
this conference with new growth personally that will benefit our parish programs. I think we
would all agree the speakers and sessions were very educational and informative.

      Mayor Kip Holden opened the conference highlighting his experience of the 4-H
program, leadership development and life skills. He mentioned that he valued our profession
as one that reaches out to all groups with a positive attitude to offer choices as we develop
youth. He mentioned that we do make a difference in the lives of youth!

       Several of our members were recognized for their accomplishments on Thursday night. Young
Agent Awards were presented to Sheena Grote-Cecil, Tanya Walker and Sandra Russell. Our
Distinguished Service Award winners were Dr. Paul Coreil, Shannon Dietz and Tina Guillory. Receiving
the Meritorious Service Award was Nancy Cronan. Those members that received the 25 year service
awards were Lois Brister, Stan Dutile, Ken Guidry, Helen Page and Ken Spoto. Congratulations to all
our deserving award winners.

        I want to welcome all of our new members that have recently joined the association. I
know many of you attended our conference in Baton Rouge and benefited from your
participation. To those that have joined the organization after December 1, I extend a personal
invitation to join the association now.

        The agents in District 1, currently portions of Southeast and South Central/Crescent
Regions have met and have begun preparations for the 2009 Meeting. Amy Long-Pierre and
Christy Sorenson are serving as co-chairs for the conference. It is being planned for the
Covington area on August 18-21, 2009. They gave out personal invitations inviting everyone
to join for a great conference next year. They promise you will have opportunities to
strengthen your programs and continue your professional development.

NAE4-HA - Galaxy III

       The national meeting will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 15-19, 2008. The
Galaxy III theme is "Celebrating the Extension System: Strengths, Diversity, and Unique
Qualities." We will have a delegation of twenty (20) members in attendance. The conference has
scheduled several dynamic speakers and looks to offer some great breakout sessions.

       These National meetings allow you the opportunity to capture many innovative ideas
and research that can enhance our 4-H program. Next year will be no exception and the
conference is scheduled for Rochester, New York on October 25-29, 2009. The planning
committees are working hard to provide a world-class professional development opportunity.
So come to Rochester, NY in the fall of 2009 and “Imagine the Possibilities!” Registration is
usually about $350.00.

       We will learn more information at Galaxy III in Indianapolis. I would like for each of you
to seriously consider attending a National Association of Extension 4-H Agent’s Conference. If
you have never attended a national meeting and have questions, please give me a call.

Closing Remarks

       In closing, I would like to thank each of you personally for giving me the opportunity to
serve you as president. I look forward to this next year as your president. I pledge to visit you
this year, assess your professional needs and work to lead a team that provides positive,
professional development opportunities to meet those needs and the needs of the youth we
serve. I believe that our leadership team will work together and commit to “Be the best that we
can be”.

       “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things”.
                          Peter F. Drucker

Charles Hebert

                                               LAE 4-HA Leadership Team
President------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Charles Hebert
President Elect-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Renee Castro
Vice President--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Troy Menard
Secretary--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tina Guillory
Treasurer--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cherie Roger
Reporter-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Kori Myers
Past President---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Donny Moon

                                                   District Representatives
District 1---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lacey Urick
District 2--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Kayla Haydel
District 3------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sandra Russell
District 4--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Nikki Mouch
District 5---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Becky Kelly
District 6----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lois Brister
State Office----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tanya Walker

                                                    Committee Chairs
Policy& Resolution------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Karol Osborne
Public Relations & Information----------------------------------Diane Uzzle, Nancy Cronan and Helen Page
Professional Development-----------------------------------------------------------------------Penny Thibodeaux
Programs----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Carol Remy
News & Views---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Kori Myers
Membership-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Troy Menard
Member Recognition------------------------------------------------------------------------------Amanda Simmons
Ways & Means---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Jan Morgan
Nominating-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Donny Moon
Annual Meeting------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Renee Castro
                                                 Moon’s Farewell

       At this time I would like to thank GOD, my family, co-workers, and friends for all the support
that was given to me these past two years. I would also like to thank each and every one of you that has
been associated with LAE4-HA and the last two conventions in Alexandria and Baton Rouge.

        The 2008 LAE4-HA Convention in Baton Rouge was a great success promoting the Centennial
Celebration of Louisiana 4-H. I truly enjoyed this year as your 2008 President of the best organization
in the STATE. This year I learned a lot from each and every one of you throughout the state that is
associated with LAE4-HA. The officers that were elected for the coming year are a group of
outstanding leaders that will do the association an excellent job. So please continue to support this
great association and thank you again for everything.

Donny Moon
Past President LAE4-HA

                                        “4-H Is Still Great In 2008”
        President Donnie Moon opened the Annual 4-H Association Meeting that was held August 19-
22, 2008 in downtown Baton Rouge. Members had the opportunity to meet Charter members of the
Association during the board supper held at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. Through out the week,
the conference focused on the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana 4-H program. The anniversary was
celebrated on a program presented by the first 4-H association president, Dr. Stanley J Lamedola. A
history of the association, facts along with a lot of fun was part of the program.
        Conference Guest speakers included LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri, Carol Pierce from
“Jump Now”, Monica Ford from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and Baton Rouge Mayor –
President Kip Holden. The professional development program seminars consisted of presentations by
various LSU AgCenter Department personnel, National 4-H Association officers, and the Louisiana
National Guard. In addition members were treated to a tour of the LSU Tiger Football Stadium and the
LSU Football complex, the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion and the Louisiana Old State Capitol.
Total of 39 sponsors provided opportunities for meeting in the Lawton Room of Tiger Stadium, Old
State Capitol, Lyceum Dean Hall, and the Hilton Downtown Capitol Center. The 129 participants were
treated to meals provided by the Bank of Iberia, Walk-On’s Restaurant, Bayou Bistro and the Hilton
Downtown Capitol Center.
        The President’s Parle was part of the fun with the anniversary cake and much anticipated award
ceremony held each year. The awards banquet recognized the outstanding young agents, distinguished
service award winners and the meritorious award winner; and 25 year recipients. The membership voted
to hold their next annual meeting in Covington in 2009. The association looks forward to its upcoming
years under the leadership of the new President, Charles Hebert.

Submitted by 2008 Convention Co-Chairs: Terril Faul and Tanya Walker from the State 4-H Office.

                               LAE 4-HA Announces Award Winners

Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual State Convention was held August 19-22, 2008
in Baton Rouge, LA. Award Winners were honored at our Working Luncheon and Awards Banquet
during the convention. Award Winners were selected by the membership of our association.

Agents honored for Communicator Awards included Feature – Chantel Williams; News Story – Chantel
Williams Published Photo – Chantel Williams; Periodic Publication Individual – Ann Gauthier;
Promotional Piece Individual– Chantel Williams. Overall Winners were Ann Gauthier for Periodic
Publication Individual and Chantel Williams for Promotional Piece Individual. Ann Gauthier was
selected as the winner for NAE 4-HA Southern Region Periodic Publication Individual Communicator

Agents honored for 25 years of service were Lois Brister of Rapides Parish, Stan Dutile of Lafayette
Parish, Ken Spoto from the Feliciana Parishes, Helen Page of Calcasieu Parish and Ken Guidry of St.
James Parish. Laurie Lafollette from Grant Parish received the Granger-Arton Award. The Cecil
McCroy Scholarship was presented to Christy Sorenson of Livingston Parish; she received a scholarship
for $450.00 to pursue her education.

Excellence in Team Work Awards were presented to Diane Uzzle for her program on Jurors
Empowering Teens where she partners with the Bienville Police Jury and to Laurie Lafollette, Becky
Kelley and Laura Brumbaugh for their Tri Parish Jr Leadership Retreat. Winners will present sessions
on their work at the 2009 LAE 4-HA Convention.

Achievement in Service awards were presented to Sheena Grote Cecil, Sandra Russell and Tanya
Walker. Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Tina Guillory, Dr. Paul Coreil and Shannon
Dietz. Meritorious Service Award Winner was Nancy Cronan. ASA, DSA and Meritorious service
awards winners will be recognized at the Galaxy Conference in Indianapolis Indiana, Congratulations to
all award winners.
                                        LAE 4-HA Elects Officers
       Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents convened in Baton Rouge in August for their
Annual State Convention. Officers elected to serve the association in leadership roles during the State
Convention included President Elect-Renee Castro, Vice President-Troy Menard and Treasurer- Cherie
Roger. Officers were elected to serve the association for a 2 year term. Officers continuing their
leadership role for the association include President- Charles Hebert, Secretary-Tina Guillory, Reporter-
Kori Myers, and Past President-Donnie Moon. The Leadership Team of LAE 4-HA is thankful to the
membership of our association for electing us to serve as their leaders.

                               LAE 4-HA Honors Our Charter Members
Twenty 23 charter members were honored at our LAE 4-HA Board Supper held during our state
convention last month. Our association began in 1976 with a total of 72 members. These members were
honored as a part of the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana 4-H program. Charter members honored
Lou Altazan-Brown – Rapides Parish                 Dora Ann Hatch – Jackson Parish
Scuddy LeBlanc – St. James Parish                  Donna Montgomery – State Office
Sherian Reed – Avoyelles Parish                    Norma Roberts – State Office
Joan McCrory – St. Tammy Parish                    Stanley Lamendola – Area 4-H Agent
James DeVillier – Evangeline Parish               Sharon Fontenot – Evangeline Parish
Judy Trahan – Vermilion Parish                    Eddie Eskew – Jeff Davis Parish
Eileen Eskew – Cameron Parish                     Keith Normand – Iberia Parish
Bill Davis – Pointe Coupee Parish                 Allen Freeman – Avoyelles Parish
Michele Abington-Cooper – Franklin Parish         Nadine Carlson – St. Landry Parish
Doris Abrams – Jeff Davis Parish                  Dorothy Fair – DeSoto Parish
Cheryl Brandon – St. Landry Parish                Pam Hodson – Jefferson Parish
Terril D. Faul – Vermilion Parish

                                           NAE 4-HA Update
Greetings NAE4-HA Colleagues!
We are on the countdown for Galaxy III September 15-19 in Indianapolis. IN. There are nearly 2,400
Extension staff and administrators from around the United States who will be in at Galaxy III. From
what I’ve learned, about 900 of those attendees are NAE4-HA members.

1) For those joining us in Indianapolis, your Regional Directors have put together an informative
newsletter. Click here to read those details.

2) For those not attending, still read that letter and plan to participate in the election of our National
Board and Regional Directors. Helen Page, LA, with the Organizational Stewardship Committee sends
this reminder:

Online voting will be offered again. Between Tuesday evening, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET (5 p.m.
CT, 4 p.m. MT, 3 p.m. PT, 2 p.m. Alaska, 12 noon Hawaii) and midnight on Wednesday, September 17
(11 p.m. CT, 10 p.m. MT, 9 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. Alaska, 6 p.m. Hawaii) members not at the Galaxy
Conference in Indianapolis, IN will be able to vote electronically for their NAE4-HA candidates of
choice. Early next week just prior to this voting window, members will receive an email message with a

link to the online vote ballot. Ballots not cast within the 30-hour window will not be counted. Visit the
website to view the Candidate Profiles and Comments. Thank you for supporting your

3) Finally, watch our website as we launch our new web look during September! We also have links to
streaming video of the ESP Ruby lecture and hopefully other virtual professional development
opportunities from Galaxy III.

Thank you for a year full of learning and friendship!
Betty Wingerter
President, NAE4-HA

                                                Officer Highlight

                Renee Castro-President Elect
                I began my extension career in 1997 as a 4-H Agent in Assumption parish. Currently, I am still in
                Assumption parish, but at the same time fulfilling an administrative internship in Dr. Coreil’s
                office promoting our 100 year 4-H Centennial in Louisiana. I have a 4 year old daughter,
                Mackenzie. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am really excited about serving as the
                LAE4-HA President elect. I am really looking forward to taking a leadership role in the

                  Tina Guillory-Secretary
                  4-H in Louisiana is “Great in ‘08” and we have all played a part in making it great! I am Tina
                  Guillory from Evangeline Parish, your LAE4-HA Secretary. I have been working for the LSU
                  AgCenter since January of 1998 as an extension agent. In 2002 I added the responsibility of the
                  Family and Consumer Science agent for the parish. It was great to meet, work, and socialize with so
                  many of you during our state convention recently held in Baton Rouge. I also appreciate and thank
                  you for the support you have given me to do the job of secretary. Good luck with the new 4-H year
                  and if I can be of assistance to you with your 4-H program or association information please contact

                  Kori Myers-Reporter
                  LAE4-HA Thank you for electing me as your reporter, I am looking forward to another year in my
                  role as your reporter. I hope you all like the updates to both our newsletter and website. I began my
                  extension career in 2004 in Terrebonne Parish and currently work in Allen Parish. I am working on
                  completing my specialization this fall in Youth Development then hope to on work my doctorate in
                  the future. I enjoying reading, spending time with family and friends and watching movies. I also
                  belong to a bowling league as well.

                    Cherie Roger-Treasurer
                    Hi, this is Cherie Roger, your trusty treasurer. I’m an Assistant 4-H Agent in Terrebonne Parish.
                    I have been employed with the AgCenter since June 1, 2007. 4-H has always been a huge part of
                    my life and I am proud to work with the youth in the 4-H program. I have been an      LAE4-HA
                    member for about a year. I look forward to working with the team of officers and excited to
                    take on the challenge of treasurer.

                                               Museum News
                                          Parish Features Wanted
The first Corn Club, the first Swine Club, the first Tomato Canning Club, the first 4-H Camps, the first
Jr. Leadership Club, winning streaks, new successful programs, outstanding former 4-H’ers – all of
these and more will be highlighted in the “Parish Features” exhibit spots in the Louisiana 4-H Museum.
Every parish has something unique about its 4-H program and the museum plans to celebrate these
things. Parishes are encouraged to submit ideas for museum spotlights for unique traditions, new
programs, historical facts, etc. so that every Louisiana museum visitor sees something special about 4-H
in their home parish.

Information and related photos, documents and 3-D items can be mailed to Rose Anne St. Romain,
Louisiana 4-H Museum, 8592 Highway 1, Suite 2, Mansura, La. 71350. For more information, or if you
have questions, contact St. Romain at (318) 964-2245 or

Submitted by: Rose Anne St. Romain, Louisiana 4-H Museum

                               News from Our Associate Department Head

                            A new way to reach out and market your 4-H club
As youth spend more and more time on the internet today searching and socializing it gives us an opportunity to
reach a new generation of youth for 4-H. The Louisiana State 4-H office is now on Flickr
( and Face book (search Louisiana 4-H). These sites will give us an opportunity to
market our program to more people. If we highlight the activities, programs and opportunities 4-H offers in a fun,
easy to read manner we have the chance to interest new members. National 4-H and many other states are already
using these exciting tools to extend the reach of our message.

Flickr is a photo sharing website that has free and professional accounts. Free accounts will give you the
opportunity to have your 200 most recent photos available for your parish members. The professional accounts
run at $30 a year and will let you have an unlimited number of photos. By sharing photos online this gives more
opportunity for youth to find out about 4-H and see some of the fun our youth are having. This service makes it
much easier to load large amounts of photos to the web and the Louisiana State 4-H office will be loading their
photos to Flickr. If your parish starts using Flicker, please let us know and we can set up a photo page on your
parish website at that will display your most recent Flickr photos.

Face book is a social networking website where you can have groups and pages about your organization or
interests. I am more than happy to set up your Face book page for your parish. When setting up these Facebook
pages one thing we do to keep life simple is automatically pull in the content from your parish website on the
LSU This means you can have a presence on Facebook without having to add to your workload.

As always we want to be safe with our photos and content and not post anything here that you wouldn’t normally
post to the website. The PowerPoint slideshow given at LAE4-HA with instructions and
procedures for requesting and setting up accounts is available on the 4-H Intranet at:

If you have any technical questions please contact Katina Hester at

Submitted by: Dr. Janet Fox, Associate Department Head, 4-H Youth Development

                                    New 4-H Regional Coordinator
        From the moment she got to stand on stage as a State 4-H officer, Tina Goebel wanted to be a 4-
H agent. Why not? They got to travel all the time, they looked like they were having fun, and being
around all those kids sure kept them young. So after being side-tracked and teaching school for a few
years the opportunity finally came when she was hired in Allen Parish as a 4-H Agent.
        After spending about a year in Allen Parish, Tina moved to Jeff Davis where she worked for 17
years as a 4-H Agent. Recently Tina moved to the Central Region as a 4-H Regional Coordinator.
        Tina and her husband, Kurt, have two boys. Derrick, the oldest son, is a recent graduate of LSU
in Ag Business and Political Science. Kevin recently graduated from high school and has started at
Louisiana Tech majoring in Engineering. Kurt is a rice and crawfish farmer and they reside in Elton,
        Agents in the Central Region welcome Tina in her new role as their 4-H Regional Coordinator.

                                   You’re District Representatives
Your District Representative is your direct contact about LAE 4-HA Membership in your district. Please
            call them if you have any questions concerning membership for our association.
 District 1                                             District 4
 Lacey Urick                                            Nicole Mouch
 Assistant Extension Agent                              Assistant 4H Agent
 Washington Parish                                      Lafayette Parish
 1104 Bene Street, STE B                                1010 Lafayette Street, Suite 325
 Franklinton, LA 70438                                  Lafayette, LA 70501 - 6884
 Phone Number: (985) 839-7855                           Phone Number: (337) 291-7090
 Fax Number: (985) 839-6286                             Fax Number: (337) 291-7099
 E-mail:                                                E-mail:

 District 2
                                                        District 5
 Kayla Haydel
                                                        Becky Kelly
 Assistant Extension Agent
 Ascension Parish
                                                        Winn Parish
 9039 St. Landry Road, Bldg G, Suite 2
                                                        119 West Main, Room 108
 Gonzales, LA 70737
                                                        Winnfield, LA 71483 - 5317
 Phone Number: (225) 621-5799
                                                        Phone Number: (318) 628-4528
 Fax Number: (225) 621-5794
                                                        Fax Number: (318) 628-4538
 District 3
 Sandra Russell                                         District 6
                                                        Lois Brister
 Associate Agent
                                                        Associate Extension Agent (4-H)
 Caldwell Parish
                                                        Rapides Parish
 P. O. Box 1199
 Columbia, LA 71418 - 1199                              300 Grady Britt Drive
 Phone Number: (318) 649-2663                           Alexandria, LA 71302
                                                        Phone Number: (318) 767-3968
 Fax Number: (318) 649-2118
                                                        Fax Number: (318) 767-3971
 E-mail:                                                Email:

                                   State Office
                                    Tanya Walker
                              4-H Youth Development
                                    PO Box 25100
                            Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5100
                           Phone Number: (225) 578-2196
                            Fax Number: (225) 578-7847

                                             District News
District 1 – Amy Long-Pierre, Spot Lighter
       St. Tammany Parish News:
    Janie Kelly has been appointed as a 4-H agent for St. Tammany Parish. Mrs. Kelly has a Master's
       Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Promotion and Exercise Science and a
       minor in Family and Consumer Science, nutrition, from Southeastern Louisiana University and
       three years experience with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Department of Health and
       Hospitals where she served as Program Monitor for the Maternal and Child Health program.
    Peter Cannizzaro, Southeast Regional 4-H Coordinator, has left the AgCenter as of August 1,
       2008. He is now employed by the St. Tammany Parish School System as the new Ag Teacher at
       Northshore High School in Slidell.
       Pointe Coupee News:
    After over 13 ½ years of 4-H Youth Development work in Pointe Coupee and St. Mary Parishes,
       Layne Langley is now an FNP & FCS Agent in West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, and Iberville
District 2 – Shannon Dietz, Spot Lighter
     Congratulations to Cherie Roger from Terrebonne Parish for being elected as the Treasurer for
        our association. Cherie and her husband are awaiting the arrival of their baby boy any day now.
District 3 –Kris Mayers, Spot Lighter
     On August 29, 2008, Ms. Kelly Hiemstra, joined the LSU AgCenter as the new Northeast
        Region 4-H Regional Coordinator. Ms. Hiemstra comes to us from the University of Florida.
     Welcome to all the new agents joining extension in the Northeast Region.
District 4 –Shannan Waits, Spot Lighter
     Congratulations to all award winners from District 4
               -25 years of service-Stan Dutile of Lafayette Parish and Helen Page of Calcasieu Parish
               -Achievement in Service Award-Sheena Grote Cecil from Acadia Parish
               -Distinguished Service Award-Tina Guillory from Evangeline Parish
               -Meritorious Service Award Winner -Nancy Cronan from Calcasieu Parish
     After 17 years as 4-H Agent in Jeff Davis Parish, we wish Tina Goebel Good Luck in her new
        role as the 4-H Regional Coordinator for the Central Region.
     We extend a warm welcome to Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Iberia Parishes who are
        joining the Southwest Region.
     We bid farewell to Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Rapides and Vernon who have moved to the
        Central Region and we are looking forwarding to working with these parishes on our 2009
        Challenge Camp.

District 5-Teresa Price, Spot Lighter
       Natchitoches Parish News
    Four–H and FFA goat exhibitors from across the state of Louisiana took part in the second 4-H
       Goat Educational Trip August 3-8, 2008, to the states of Mississippi and Louisiana. Last year
       the trip ventured to the hill country of Texas. The exhibitors earned the right to attend this trip
       by participating in the 2008 LSU Spring Livestock Show and placing with their goat, in
       showmanship or the premier exhibitor contest. The trip is designed to educate the youth on the
       goat industry as a whole and not just through the show ring. The trip also lets the youth explore
       some other aspects of different parts of the country. The youth are introduced to different goat
       farms and operations and hopefully gain some knowledge that they will bring back and apply to
       their projects. The youth participating in the 2008 Goat educational trip were Aaron Martin ,
       Rapides Parish; Hunter Huval, St. Martin Parish; Ian Guillote, Iberia Parish ; Kurt Williams ,
       Livingston Parish; Tanner Ardoin, Evangeline Parish ; Cody Quebedeaux, Lafourche Parish ;
       Wyatt Joiner, St. Tammany Parish ; Garet Berry, Calcasieu Parish ; Ashley Johnson , Lafayette
       Parish; Morgan Thibodeaux , St. Martin Parish; Leah Ewing , East Baton Rouge Parish ;
       Roxanne Paul , Rapides Parish ; Chase Bijeaux , St. Martin Parish ; Caitlyn Rogers, Lafourche
       Parish ; Kylee Beaubouef, Avoyelles Parish ; Miranda Robinette, Bienville Parish; Colton
       Pilcher, Sabine Parish; Madison Shove, Cameron Parish; and Shelby Miller, Calcasieu Parish.
       Chaperones were Steve Borel from Point Coupee; Amanda Calhoun from West Carroll and
       Hubert Wilkerson from Natchitoches.
District 6-Lois Brister, Spot Lighter
    Congrats to Tina Goebel, the new 4-H Regional Coordinator for the Central Region (also known
       in LAE4-HA circles as “Area 6”). Despite the commute, Tina is excited to be working with a
       great group of agents and has many exciting opportunities planned for the 4-H program in this
    Welcome to our “newest” agent in the region- - -Paige Thompson who is the 4-H agent in
       Catahoula Parish. We are delighted to have you aboard, Paige!
    Ada Palermo and her husband, Tony, have just purchased a new home in Vidalia. Ada has been
       employed as a 4-H agent for the past 25 years, but recently made the move “north” from Iberia
       Parish to Concordia Parish. Welcome back to Central Louisiana!
    Best wishes go out to Esther Coco-Boe, 4-H agent in Avoyelles Parish. She is a newlywed and a
       “new” step-mom, which brings her family total to 7! Joy-filled wishes to you and your family,
    Congrats to Laurie Lafollette, 4-H agent in Grant Parish, who received two awards at the LAE4-
       HA Awards Banquet in August! Laurie received the Granger-Arton Award for her work with
       hearing-impaired 4-H’ers. She also was a member of the team that received the Excellence in
       Teamwork Award. Way to go, Laurie!!
    Lois Brister, Rapides 4-H Agent, was recognized with a 25-year service award.
State Office-Dr. Janet Fox, Spot Lighter
    The State 4-H Office would like to send “Best Wishes” to:
                -Peter Cannizzaro, former Southeast 4-H Regional Coordinator, who took an Agriculture
                Teaching Position at North Shore High School in Slidell.
                -David Latona, former State 4-H Environmental Education Associate, who became the
                Manager of Member and Public Relations for Demco, Dixie Electric Cooperative, in
                Baton Rouge.

       These two outstanding professionals will be missed.
      Congratulations to Lindsey Tassin, daughter of Dr. Mark Tassin, who graduated with Honors
       from St. Joseph Academy. Lindsey is majoring in Pre-Med at Millsaps College in Jackson,
       Mississippi on an academic scholarship.

                                        Meet Your Neighbor

Our neighbor for this summer edition is Janie Kelly, 4-H agent in St. Tammany Parish. Janie joined the
LSU AgCenter on July 1st, 2008. Prior to joining the AgCenter, she worked for the Louisiana
Department of Health and Hospitals as the State Program Coordinator for Child Death Review and
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with Bachelors
in Health Promotions and Exercise Science and a Masters in Kinesiology and Health Studies. Her
birthday is December 19th. Janie is from Baton Rouge, LA. Janie was not a 4-Her when she was growing
up when asked why she chose extension for her profession she said she always knew she wanted to work
with children in some capacity. Being a 4-H agent is both rewarding and satisfying and will allow her to
give today’s youth the knowledge, leadership and confidence to become successful professionals. Janie
currently resides in Madisonville, LA with her husband Greg who works as a firefighter in Slidell and
their two laborer retrievers, Sadie and Daisy. Janie enjoys running, swimming, cooking and spending
time her family and friends. Her Favorites include: Color: Yellow, Aroma: Vanilla, Food: Greek and
Mediterranean, Song: “Somebody Like You” By Keith Urban, TV Show: House and Movie: Brave
heart. Janie can be reached at her office at 1301 N. Florida Street, Covington, LA or by phone at 985-
875-2635 or by email at We welcome Janie to our Extension Family.

                                            Kori’s Korner
As Extension Agents, we have all taken numerous courses whether we are working on our Bachelors,
Masters, Specialization or PhD. We spend our days working with people of all ages across our state. So
when I came across this course I thought I would share with you all in hopes it helps you in your work.
                                  “Short Course in Human Relations”
                                    The Six Most Important Words
                                      I Admit I Make A Mistake
                                   The Five Most Important Words
                                         You Did A Good Job
                                   The Four Most Important Words
                                        What Is Your Opinion

                                    The Three Most Important Words
                                               If You Please
                                     The Two Most Important Words
                                                Thank You
                                      The One Most Important Word
                                     The Least Most Important Word
                                             Upcoming Dates
-Galaxy III will be September 15-19, 2008, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
-The next edition of the Pelican Parle will be out on November 30th 2008.
-Our next board meeting and general meeting will take place in December at Annual Conference.
-LAE 4-HA Spring Retreat will be March 30-31st, 2009 at the Grant Walker Educational Center.

                                   LAE 4-HA Pelican Parle Deadlines
The Louisiana Pelican Parle’ will be published quarterly. Please submit articles that you
would like to have published in the newsletter by the appropriate deadline.
Articles Due                                                        Publication Dates
November 24, 2008             (fall edition)                        November 30, 2008
February 16, 2009             (winter edition)                     February 23, 2009

                                            Final thoughts
                       “Don't stare at the steps of success - step up the stairs”.

                       “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom”.
Until Next Time,
Kori Myers
LAE 4-HA Reporter


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