The Webster Parish 4-H Hall of Fame has a new member, W.W. “Butch” Williams.
“When I first came to work in Webster Parish, one of the first people I met was Mr. Williams,” said Joan Almond with Cooperative Extension Services of LSU Ag center.
The Ag center provides the 4-H youth development program in Webster Parish, including programs such as family consumer science, agriculture, natural resources and the live stock program.
“Over the years we have developed a great working relationship,” Almond said. “I have never once asked him for support for 4-H, where he did not readily supply his support.
Williams is already a member of the State 4-H hall of Fame.
“Which is a very elite group,” Almond said. “We like to think that the Webster Hall of Fame is pretty elite, too.
“And so tonight we want to recognize him and induct him into the Webster Parish 4-H Hall of Fame,” she continued. “We appreciate all you have done Mr. Williams.”
Williams was honored that he had been recognized.
“This means an awful lot to me,” he said. “I really appreciate this.”
Even though Williams did not grow up or live on a farm, it did not prevent him from allowing his children to experience all that 4-H has to offer and show support for the organization in through out his career in education.
“4-H has meant a lot to me even though I wasn't raised on a farm and never raised a cow or pig,” Williams said. “So when my son came to me and asked me to be in 4-H, I asked him what in the world he planned to do.
“He said ‘well, Dad, we are going to raise a cow in the front yard.’ I said, ‘Oh, no. We can’t.’”
However Williams gave his support to 4-H and has seen first hand the benefits a student can receive from participating.
“The programs that he participated in, that had nothing to do with raising animals, allowed him to develop leaderships skills,” Williams said. “So for the people that think 4-H is all about raising animals, there is so much more to it than that.”
Williams said that 4-H gives students opportunities to obtain leadership skills, responsibility and relationships.
“I would say that most, if not all, of the job opportunities he has had, have come through 4-H,” he said.
According to the 4-H website, 4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential.
A community of more than six million youth and adults work together for positive change, 4-H enables America’s youth to emerge as leaders through hands-on learning, research-based 4-H youth programs and adult mentorship, in order to give back to their local communities.