4h awards banquet

Josh Yates, right, Lamar County AgriLife Extension Agent, presents the 2019 Friend of 4-H Award to Rita Haynes, executive director of the Red River Valley Fair Association.

Lamar County 4-H conducted their annual banquet on Thursday, June 6 at First Baptist Church in Paris.

The ceremonies were led by Lamar County 4-H council officers Whitney Mahan, president; Audrey Gooding, vice president; Reese Bassano, reporter; Cadie Gray, parliamentarian and Ethan Adams, health and safety officer.

County Judge Brandon Bell, guest speaker, spoke on the importance of volunteers and the impact they make in not just the young 4-Hers lives but all those they help in the time they donate to our community.

Awards and recognition included 2019 Friend of 4-H, Red River Valley Fair executive director Rita Haynes,  Out-standing Leaders of the Year are Scott Adams and Tiffany Phillips. All leaders were also recognized and given gifts for their service. 

4-Hers that applied for separate awards were recognized and the recipients were as follows; Gold Clover Award - Casey Dorries; Silver Clover Award - Ethan Adams; Bronze Clover Award - Chloe Gray; and Rookie of the year Award - Evan Adams.

All members attending the banquet also received project completion pins and certificates

New officers for the 2019-2020 4-H year were installed: President Reese Bassano; Vice President  Ethan Adams, Second Vice President Cadie Gray; Third Vice President Jaden Johnson; Secretary Aubree Phillips; Reporter Autumn Phillips; Parliamentarian Ty Shannon; and Health and Safety Keara Dorries.

The evening included a dinner catered by Savory Sisters and a silent and dessert auction with the help of Rick Zant concluded the event.

Special guests included Judge Brandon Bell, Rick and Lynda Zant, and Brady Fisher.

For more information on 4-H or on how to sign up, call the Lamar County Extension office at 903-737-2443.

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