Terril Faul did not get the opportunity to participate in 4-H as a child but as an adult he had the opportunity to shape the minds and character of countless 4-H students through a distinguished career as a parish 4-H agent.
Faul's contribution to Louisiana 4-H was so significant he will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 10 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Faul is the 12th person from Louisiana to be honored. The others are W.C. Abbott, Jack Bagent, Virgie Foreman, Kellett Hathorn, Stella Jones, Ann Keene, Joan McCrory, C.J. Naquin, Leroy Robbins, Victor Leander Roy and Tom Scott.
4-H is the nation's largest youth organization. In Louisiana more than 245,000 youth participate in 4-H activities, which are administered through the LSU AgCenter.
Faul grew up near Church Point in Acadia Parish. After graduating from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Faul began his 41-year extension career in 1970 as an extension agent in Vermilion Parish, where much of his time was devoted to 4-H work.
Murphy Veillon, the parish chair at the time, gave Faul one piece of advice that stayed with him throughout his career. Faul said, "He told me in this line of work that you may not get rich, but you will meet some of the finest people. And he was right."
In 2005, Faul's leadership skills were instrumental as the state was reeling from the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He helped establish a hurricane relief fund for AgCenter employees and 4-H members. Forty-seven states contributed to the fund that raised $179,000, assembled 5,660 care boxes and wrote nearly 1,200 letters of encouragement.
In 2007, Faul retired as state leader of 4-H, but his contributions did not stop. He played a leading role in 4-H Day at the Capitol, the 4-H Dinner at the Governor's Mansion, the annual 4-H Tailgate Party, an event designed to get youngsters to tour the campus and an opportunity to attend an LSU football game.
Faul said, "I had the luxury of starting in 4-H and finishing in 4-H. And from top to bottom, I have worked with many outstanding people. I truly loved my job and working with the many 4-H members and volunteers. It was the perfect job for me."
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