By Kevin Shannahan
Over 150 4-H members, families and supporters attended the inaugural 4-H Foundation Auction and Dinner held Thursday, March 30 at Westside Baptist Church. The event started with a dinner served by 4-H youth members. A silent and live auction of everything from hunting prints to guns to vacation getaways followed. The event’s fund-raising goal for the night was $20,000, all of which will stay in the parish and be used for supplies, programming and camp scholarships.
Natchitoches Parish boasts 600 young people in 20 4-H clubs in various schools in every corner of our parish. Pam Pearce, the 4-H Agent for Natchitoches Parish, described the popular program as “co-curricular, not extra-curricular.” In addition to the traditional livestock and agricultural activities one usually associates with 4-H, the program features science, engineering and technology. Most importantly, it teaches leadership and exposes its young men and women to new experiences and opportunities to learn and grow.
With approximately 180,000 members in Louisiana, 4-H is the state’s largest youth development program. This year, those 180,000 members are led by State 4-H President Jill Wiltz, a senior at Natchitoches Central. After her tenure at the helm of the State’s 4-H, Jill will attend Oral Roberts University and major in Biblical Literature with a minor in Biblical Languages. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes Miss Wiltz the best in her future endeavors and commends the young people of Natchitoches 4-H for their hard work and dedication.