CALHOUN COUNTY VOLUNTEER RECOGNIZED AT ALABAMA FARM-CITY AWARDS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 11 -- A Calhoun County Kiwanis Club member and retired Alabama Cooperative Extension System agent was honored today as Volunteer of the Year at the Alabama Farm-City Awards in Birmingham.
|Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms, right, congratulates Farm-City Volunteer of the Year Les Pair, left.|
Les Pair, has planned and promoted Farm-City Week activities in Calhoun County for the past 26 years. He arranges for speakers and special guests to attend Farm-City events and organizes a guest reception as well as the door prize program for the annual banquet.
“Volunteers like Mr. Pair are the driving force behind Farm-City Week celebrations in Alabama,” said Alabama Farm-City Chairman Jeff Helms. “His dedication to bridging the gap between farmers, businessmen and government leaders will pay dividends for generations to come. By embracing Farm-City Week’s mission to foster understanding between rural and urban residents, Mr. Pair built relationships that benefit the whole community.”
Mr. Pair was involved with Farm-City as an Extension agent and a Kiwanian. He served as president of the Kiwanis Club in Jasper and Anniston and was recently recognized for 58 years of perfect attendance.
Those nominating Mr. Pair describe him as someone “dedicated to helping the youth in our area as well as increasing knowledge of agriculture. He has a servant’s heart and has done great works in his time.”
As Alabama’s Volunteer of the Year, Mr. Pair will be nominated for the National Farm-City Council’s Charles Eastin Outstanding Service Award.
Others honored during the Alabama Farm-City Awards included student winners in the Farm-City poster, essay and multimedia contests; outstanding county Farm-City committees; and Alabama’s 2013 Farm of Distinction. For more information about these awards, visit www.alfafarmers.org.
Observed the week before Thanksgiving, Farm-City Week began in 1955 as a way to foster cooperation and understanding between farmers and their city neighbors.
Click here to see all the pictures from the 2013 Farm-City Awards.