In every county across Arkansas, there are hundreds of former 4-Hers.
For years it has been a dream of many such people to form a state 4-H
That dream became a reality in April 1982 when several interested people
met to write the articles of incorporation for the Arkansas 4-H Alumni
Association. In September 1982 Arkansas Secretary of State Paul Riviere
signed the Articles of Incorporation, setting the Arkansas 4-H Alumni
Association, Inc. into motion.
Raymond C. Cox of Fayetteville was elected to serve as the first
chairman, along with other executive officers and district
representatives. Throughout 1983 and 1984 the Alumni Association began
to pick up steam and gather membership from across the state.
The purpose of the Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association is to allow 4-H
alumni to be involved in present 4-H work in a supportive way. The
alumni logo depicts a pair of cupped hands holding an outline of the
state of Arkansas with the 4-H emblem in the center. The caption
beneath reads "Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association, Supporting Arkansas
The Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association can provide youth with a living
example of dependable and purposeful citizenship. This special group
of former 4-Hers can highlight the ideals of clearer thinking, greater
loyalty, larger service, and better living as expressed in the 4-H
The Mission of the Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association includes:
Helping to acquaint the general public about 4-H and its purposes.
Cultivating the growth of lasting friendships among 4-H alumni
members who have shared the enjoyments and benefits of the 4-H
Aiding and supporting existing 4-H programs and having input into
Sponsoring college scholarships for outstanding 4-H members.
Establishing a distinguished 4-H Alumni Award.
Providing sponsorship of certain state award programs.
Providing financial support for the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center
and the Arkansas 4-H Foundation.
Meeting annually on the state level with other Arkansas 4-H Alumni
Forming county alumni chapters.
Becoming key resource people and speaking to groups to promote 4-H.
Preserving our rich state 4-H heritage for future generations.
The Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association has already realized several of