Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association

Supporting Arkansas 4-H since 1982

Honorees

2018
  • Jim Baker, Faulkner County
  • Annette Martin, Conway County

  • 2017
  • Johnny Belew, White County
  • Suzie Davis Puckett, Faulkner County
  • 2016
  • J J Pitman
  • Judy Riley

  • 2015
  • Joan Coleman Hays, Washington County
  • Brian Helms, Pulaski County
  • Jerry Wooley, Faulkner County

  • 2014
  • Melissa Harrison Allen
  • Avonne Petty, Pike County

  • 2013
  • Steve Jones

  • 2012
  • Bob Blake, Pulaski County
  • Kimberly Bowen Yarbrough, Benton County

  • 2011
  • Kim Smith Harrison, White County
  • Pat Dodgen Schaefers, Faulkner County

  • 2010
  • Dorothy "Dot" Brents, Conway County
  • Ann M. Belden Wilson, Faulkner County

  • 2009
  • Dr. Darlene Z Baker Millard, Pulaski County

  • 2008
  • Joyce Smith Harlan, Craighead County
  • Judy Grabher Martin, Conway County

  • 2007
  • Robert Parish, Perry County

  • 2006
  • Mabel Coleman, Crawford County
  • Etta Louise "Weeji" Belden Niswonger, Faulkner County
  • Sharon Turner, Conway County

  • 2004
  • Sen. Jean Edwards
  • Sen. Stanley Russ

  • 2003
  • Margaret Wheeler

  • 2000
  • LaVerne Feaster, Pulaski County
  • Harvey Gordon

  • 1999
  • Mary Scott
  • Lloyd Westbrook

  • 1998
  • Ettamarie Belden, Perry County
  • C. A. Vines, Pulaski County

  • 1995
  • H. L. Kennedy, Arkansas County
  • Nan Etta Harrell Snider, Craighead County

  • 1983
  • Raymond C. Cox, Washington County

  • 1973
  • Mary Juanita Jones Warren, Cleburne County
  • Avonne Petty

    Pike County

    Outstanding Arkansas 4-H Alumna, 2014


    Avonne Petty began her 4-H experience as Secretary of her fifth grade school club in Arkadelphia. In 1965 she and her husband moved to a farm south of Delight in Pike County. She became an Extension Homemakers Club member. The Extension Agent encouraged her to start a 4-H club in the Bowen community so her two children could be involved. She served as a leader for 12 years of this outstanding group. In 1985 she became the 4-H Program Assistant for Pike County. She said, I am still a leader, I just took on more kids.

    Her 4-H Leaders said, “ Helping young people grow into productive citizens is quiet a rewarding experience’ however, for Avonne, this is an everyday goal. Under her leadership, Arkansas 4-H has been blessed with 12 State Officers, 3 Hall of Fame winners, a Governor’s Award winner, Teen Stars, Ambassadors, and numerous camp counselors. Coming from a small rural county it is more difficult for members to achieve but 23 members have been state record book winners, and three were Regional winners back when there was still a National Record Book competition. Many have received scholarships and have been involved in national trips and competitions. She keeps everyone busy collecting tabs for the “Pop A Tab program. Since the beginning of this program, her county has won the top collector award nearly every year.”

    Other Leaders said, “ Avonne is a motivator, a dedicated, hardworking go-getter, who goes beyond the call of duty from the time the kids join 4-H until they leave 4-H for getting on with their lives. She even continues to help them any way she can. She is not only a dynamic leader but a friend to both adults and the young people whose lives she touches.”

    Other Leaders said, “ Avonne is a motivator, a dedicated, hardworking go-getter, who goes beyond the call of duty from the time the kids join 4-H until they leave 4-H for getting on with their lives. She even continues to help them any way she can. She is not only a dynamic leader but a friend to both adults and the young people whose lives she touches.”

    Alumni of the Year Nomination Process

    In order to nominate someone to be named an Outstanding 4-H Alumni of the year, please complete the nomination form (Form FY4H-133).