“Without you, we cannot have a 4-H,” said Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension. “This country is great because of volunteers like you.”
State budget cuts will mean fewer 4-H agents, so more volunteers will be needed, Coreil said. “Many parishes are only going to have one agent.”
The 4-H program demonstrates the commitment to youth and the future, he said. “There is nothing more important than what we do with 4-H. There is nothing more important than our kids.”
Castille has been involved in the parish 4-H program for more than 70 years. She started as a club member during World War II, when she sold war bonds to help 4-H purchase a Liberty Ship. She also planted a 4-H Victory Garden to raise vegetables during wartime. She recruited numerous 4-H volunteers among her contacts from 14 different civic and church organizations and affected the lives of thousands of youth by working tirelessly on numberous 4-H events.