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Friend of 4-H Award

Since 1974, the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals has recognized the outstanding support and personal involvement in Georgia 4-H programming efforts with the Friend of 4-H Award. Given to an individual, group of people, or business/organization, this award signifies important contributions in helping to fulfill the Georgia 4-H vision and mission. GAE4-HYDP solicits nominations annually from its members and votes on the recipient(s) each spring.

2022 Recipient: Georgia Association of Educational Leaders

Previous Winners Include

1974Pat LahatteAtlanta Journal
1975No Award
1976Georgia Association of Superintendents
1977Julius BentonSavannah Sugar
1978Charles KentChairman, Association of County Commissioners
1979Bobby CarrollGeorgia House of Representatives
1980Georgia Bankers Association
1981Georgia Power
1982Para Lee BrockThe 4-H Hour
1983Frances TegederAtlanta Gas Light
1984Fred GreerCitizens & Southern Bank; 4-H Foundation Trustee
1985Olin Ginn
Nat Harrison
Frank Bunch
Georgia Power
1986Rep. Charles Allen
1987Margy De GeorgeGeorgia Power
1988Tom MurphySpeaker of the House
1989Edgar RhodesChairman, Board of Regents
1990Oglethorpe Power Corporation
1991Harold Darden
Martha H. Jones
Tommy Walton
Associate State 4-H Leader
State Home Economics Leader, State 4-H Staff
State 4-H Leader
1992Rep. Frank E. StancilGeorgia House of Representatives
1993Mort EwingPresident, Georgia Farm Bureau
1994Edmund Taylor Gas, Inc.4-H Foundation Board of Trustees
1995Charles InmanGeorgia State Fair
1996Six Flags Over Georgia
1997Wayne ShackelfordCommissioner, GA Department of Transportation
1998Thomas F. RodgersState 4-H Leader
1999Pat Barkaloo
Rep. Ann Purcell
Rep. Billy Ray
Tift County Extension Agent
Georgia House of Representatives
Georgia House of Representatives
2000Frank Carter4-H Foundation Trustee
2001Lt. Gov. Mark F. TaylorState of Georgia
2002Herman Talmadge Family
2003Rep. Richard RoyalGeorgia House of Representatives
2004Robert & Regena Whitaker
Wayne Dollar
Founders, Camp Fortson
President, Georgia Farm Buraau
2005Paul WoodPresident and CEO, Georgia EMC
2006Mel Garber
Robert & Maxine Burton
Director of CES; Associate Dean CAES
Burton 4-H Center Benefactors
2007Bill EdwardsAssociate State 4-H Leader
2008Rep. Bob Smith
Jim & Renee Williamson
Georgia House of Representatives
Saint Simons Island Donors
2009Horace HamiltonKroger Cabin Campaign
2010Scott AngleDean, CAES
2011Mike & Karen GarrettRetired, President, Georgia Power; 4-H Foundation
2012Wanda BarrsChairwoman, State Board of Education
2013Gail Hanula
Rep. Johnny Bulloch
UGA FACS Specialist
Georgia House of Representatives
2014Bo RylesRetired, State 4-H Leader
2015Gale CutlerGeorgia EMC
2016Allen Nasworthy
Beverly Sparks
Fortson 4-H Center Director
Director of CES; Associate Dean CAES
2017Ronnie SilcoxRetired, UGA Animal and Dairy Science Professor
2018Governor Nathan DealState of Georgia
2019Don BowerFACS Professor Emeritus and Extension Specialist
2020George LeeRetired, 4-H Program Development Coordinator
2021Doris BelcherRetired, 4-H Extension Agent
2022Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL)