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
  • Judy Grabher Martin

    Conway County

    Outstanding Arkansas 4-H Alumna, 2008


    Judy Grabher Martin, of Morrilton, has devoted 37 years of her life to being involved in 4-H. She and her husband Junior Martin have raised three children of their own and been active in the lives of their grandchildren.

    Judy owned and managed a sporting good store for 7 years, worked as an elementary school teacher’s aide for 26 years, and has worked at the Conway County Extension Service for the past 3 years as a resource person.

    As a young person Judy was active in 4-H in Conway County. She was a county winner in Beef competition and also took home awards in Sewing at the state level. Judy held many offices as a 4-H’er and learned leadership skills that she has used all her life.

    Judy was born the only child of a row-crop farmer during the Great Depression and learned at an early age that nothing comes easy. Judy has been an active leader in her family farming operation, could operate farm equipment, keep financial records and still have time to raise a big garden. She and her family were named county and district Farm Family of the year in 1981.She works with the Conway County Fair Board, and in very involved in her church. She has taught Senior High Classes there, Ladies Bible Study, worked in nursery and with toddlers, and has served as her church’s Sunday School Superintendent.

    She has served at PTA president, as Homeroom Mother and as a cheerleading supporter.

    Judy was raised in a generation that knew what it meant to be an American and be proud of it. She has been very active in her community and involved in the governmental structure. Judy continues to meet life with enthusiasm and her no-nonsense attitude allows her to face new challenges head-on.

    Judy never does less than her best, never gives less than her all, and never quits before the job is done. Her focus in life has been teaching ethics to children, in her home, her church, in 4-H and in public education.

    In her own words:

    Sixty years after I first recited the 4-H pledge, I still recall what it means to dedicate my head, heart, hands and health to my community,” Judy said. “After having my family in 4-H for three generations the ideals that are there as just as fresh as they were in the beginning. Leadership skills and good values never go out of style, no matter how old you are.

    4-H is something you can depend on,” She said. “It is a sound program and brings out the best in people. I am pleased to be a part of it all, the past and the present.

    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).