Friends of John Broussard gathered at the downtown riverbank stage Thursday, Oct. 29 to surprise him with a ceremony and give their congratulations, as Broussard was inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame. Broussard was inducted into the Hall of Fame and given a plaque in his honor.
Broussard, a 4-H alumni, has been a dedicated 4-H volunteer and supporter for over 67 years. Broussard has worked tirelessly to promote, maintain, teach and fund 4-H programming. Beyond his efforts to pioneer a 4-H auction and banquet that provided vital funds for the Natchitoches Parish 4-H program, including camp scholarships, transportation, and educational scholarships, he is also the lone pioneer in establishing a community garden that is maintained, and harvested by him and a group of trustees.
Furthermore, Broussard is currently working on a project with the city officials to develop property outside of the local detention center to enable 4-H members to become more engaged in growing and harvesting of produce. Whether it is working alongside the Junior Leaders at the Farmer’s Market, grilling burgers at Achievement Day, participating in activities with state 4-H boards, assisting with school gardens, or assisting individual 4-H’ers with their gardening project work, Broussard can be found smiling his southern gentleman smile and willing to tackle any task, large or small.
“[Broussard] is just awesome; there’s never been a time where I’ve had to ask him to do something for 4-H or our program that he didn’t just jump in and do with his whole heart. I’m so proud of him and this is a tremendous honor,” said Natchitoches Parish 4-H Agent Pam Pearce.
“4-H has been, for me, a development of who I was and what I was able to do from an early age. It has made me who I am,” said Broussard at the downtown ceremony. “We are so fortunate to have such great kids in this parish. If you follow 4-H in Natchitoches Parish, you will see how great they perform and how they stand in this parish. I’m just a little bit of it. I’m glad to be here and put my two-cents in and it’s enjoyable to see these kids [in 4-H].”
The Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame was created in 2008 during the 100th Anniversary of Louisiana 4-H. The Hall of Fame annually recognizes up to twelve outstanding 4-H volunteers, leaders, and/or Extension retirees who have dedicated themselves and service to the youth of the 4-H program and our state. Nominates are accepted annually in the Fall and Winter with those selected being inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Spring of each year at a ceremony at the 4-H Museum in Mansura.