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
  • Jerry Wooley

    Faulkner County

    Outstanding Arkansas 4-H Alumnus, 2015


    Jerry’s first knowledge of 4-H was around the age of 12 when he started showing steers at Faulkner County Fair. He really got to know and understand the depth of 4-H when he began working as a 4-H Program Assistant in Faulkner County in 1972-73 while attending ASU-Beebe. He worked in schools with project clubs, such as poultry and embryology. The goal was to organize community clubs from these efforts. After graduation from U of A, Jerry worked for what is now the Tyson/Dardanelle complex, before going to work in Conway County as a 4-H Agent from 1977-1983. From 1983-1990 Jerry worked in Crawford County as an Agriculture Agent/Community Development Leader. From 1990-2009 Jerry worked as Extension Poultry Specialist with major emphasis on youth.

    Jerry has been married to his wife, Jo Ellen, for 37 years. She has served many years as a 4-H volunteer leader. They have two sons, Jacob of Fort Smith and Justin of Vilonia. Both were very active 4-Hers, always encouraged to participate in as many 4-H possibilities as they could. Jerry lives in Vilonia in Faulkner County and stays busy with cattle, gardening, and horticulture projects. He continues to serve 4-H on occasion in several different capacities.

    Jerry had this to say about Arkansas 4-H, I wish more adults could know and grasp the depth of 4-H and what it can do to help develop the potential of young people. 4-H is so much more than the animal project, the trips, the competitive activities, the club meetings and the camps. It encourages growth and development of a 4-Her's potential, enabling them to face life's challenges using their experiences from 4-H opportunities. I have seen it's positive impact on the hundreds of youth that I have had the opportunity to work with, as well as with my own family. I am forever grateful for what 4-H means to me.

    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).