The Lindsay Youth Supporters was formed in 1995 to insure that eligible youth exhibitors would have financial support for premiums earned at the annual Cooke County Youth Fair (CCYF). In 2014, LYS was designated a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Lindsay Youth Supporters is organized for charitable and educational purposes related to encouraging eligible youth to prepare and exhibit projects at the annual Cooke County Youth Fair, as well as carry out any and all related activities to accomplish this purpose, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. LYS will also strive to inform the Lindsay community of the youth involvement and encourage a general interest in their efforts.
In 2016 LYS awarded the first Doug Anderle Esteemed Character Awards to two members of the class of 2016. The awards are made in memory of devoted LYS volunteer and board president, Doug Anderle, who died in a tragic accident on January 30, 2016. The annual award recognizes CCYF exhibitors and their achievement in the respective program to which they belong (FFA, 4-H, FCCLA). The nominating advisor will consider the member’s project(s), citizenship and work ethic displayed during the student’s involvement in the specific program. The award includes a voucher which may be used by the student for educational classes or training within two years of high school graduation, however intent to pursue higher education or training is not required to be nominated.
Unofficial motto: Confidence Grows When Our Youth SHOW!
· Live Auction held during the Lindsay KC’s Oktoberfest held the first Sunday in October at Lindsay Park.
· Chili Challenge (Cookoff) and Silent Auction held the first Saturday in December at the Centennial Hall.
2016-17 LYS Advisory Board
President: Phil Reiter
Vice President: Damon Foster
Treasurer: Jessica Reiter
Secretary: Janice Williams
FFA Advisor: David Skeans
FCCLA Advisor: Robyn Hedrick
4-H Manager: Laura Fisher
"To Make the Best Better, I pledge-
My Head to clear thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service,
My Health to Better living,
for my club, my community, my coutry and my world"
This is the 4-H Pledge that guides any member through his 4-H years. 4-H clubs were originally tomato and corn clubs formed by the government in 1914 for the benefit of the youth of rural America. In the beginning, the 4-H clubs offered out-of-school programs which provided learning opportunities in areas of agriculture, clothing and nutrition. They offered children the chance to be creative in numerous projects and discover opportunites in different career fields all with the help of adult leaders.
The Lindsay clubs have been among the pacesetters in Cooke County 4-H activities since its origin in the early 1920s as a corn club. The late Michael Kupper started the club on the road to prominence in the mid-1920s when he became the first Cooke County 4-H boy to win a trip to National 4-H Congress in Chicago, IL.
4-H members choose and work in a wide variety of projects with the approval and assistance of leaders and family. Members are involved in areas of agriculture, livestock, home economics, health and science, community service, leadership and citizenship, consumer education, child care, crafts, gardening and many more. The encouragement of parents help the 4-H members complete many interesting and fulfilling projects through the years.
Besides projects, members still have the opportunity to attend camps, win trips and scholarships at the local, state and national level, and all the while meeting new friends. 4-H meetings are held on the third Monday of each month (September through April) in the cafeteria.
The Cooke County Antique Tractor and Farm Machinery Association was formed in April, 1986. The following officers were elected on April 13, 1986: President - Leon Knauf; Vice-President - Henry Hess, Jr.; and Secretary/Treasurer - John Corcoran.
Each club member owns his own equipment and brings it to the show, which is usually the last weekend of August. The shows have been held north of Lindsay at the Tractor Pull arena on the Paul and Lillian Hess farm.
By threshing grain, baling hay with horsedrawn and tractor powered balers, and performing other outdated activities, the club members hope to preserve some of our past farming heritage for the future generations.
Lindsay Young Homemakers of Texas (YHT) was organized on September 19, 1979. Peggy O'Dell served as first president. Loretta DeBorde served as local advisor. The purpose of the club was educational, with an emphasis on homemaking. The membership, drawn from the community, consisted of young adults, 18-35 years of age. It was sponsored by the Texas Educational Agency, along with the local homemaking teacher. The Chapter was active in local community projects, and held monthly programs for its members until 1987. In 1987, the YHT became known as the Lindsay Young Homemakers, still a community service organization. The club still meets on the third Tuesday of each month.