2013 Shining Star Honoree Jim Famini



Jim Famini, a longtime director of the 4-H Foundation who has actively advocated for 4-H while generously donating time and money to secure the youth organization’s important place in Sonoma County, is the 2013 recipient of the Shining Star Award.

The Shining Star Award, given by the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, annually recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to the Foundation and 4-H Club work.

It’s difficult to think of 4-H in Sonoma County without thinking of Jim Famini and his unwavering commitment to the organization.

“Of all the youth organizations, 4-H is the very best because it offers educational opportunities in so many aspects of life, from parliamentary procedure to public speaking while fostering citizenship, leadership and community service,’’ said Famini, a Realtor with the Wine Country Group.

Famini has been on the 4-H Foundation’s board of directors since 1994, serving as foundation president for five years. He is a major benefactor at 4-H fund raisers. While an executive at Long’s Drug Stores, he secured $40,000 in corporate grants for the 4-H Foundation. For many years, he served as the countywide 4-H poultry leader.

Famini’s 4-H roots run deep. He was a member of the Gravenstein 4-H Club, completing projects in poultry, rabbits and gardening. He was a 4-H All Star in 1965. His two sons, Dan and Chris, also were outstanding 4-H members and All Stars.

2013 4-H Alumni Award Recipient Pat Emery



Patrick W. Emery, a Santa Rosa attorney and community leader, a staunch supporter of 4-H, FFA and the Sonoma County Fair, is the 2013 recipient of the 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.

The 4-H Alumni Award, presented by the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, honors a former 4-H Club member who upholds the values of leadership, citizenship and community service, which are the hallmarks of the 4-H program. Emery, who continues to give back to the community in the 4-H tradition, will be honored at the 4-H Foundation BBQ and “Fun”draiser on Sept. 21 at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor.

Emery credits his work ethic and core values to growing up on a 70-acre farm in El Dorado County where he was a member of the Southside Topnotch 4-H Club. He picked fruit on the family farm and as a member of the 4-H raised and showed market steers, lambs and poultry for the county fair.

Emery’s dedication to 4-H and the Sonoma County Fair is part of his extraordinary legacy of community service, which has paralleled a distinguished 36-year legal career following his undergraduate education at Harvard University and a law degree from the University of California, Davis.

Emery was appointed to the Sonoma County Fair board of directors in 1989 and became an honorary fair director in 1997. He continues to take an active role in the fair and the fair’s junior livestock auctions, buying animals raised by 4-H’ers and serving as an announcer at the auction.

Emery donated his legal expertise to file the federal paperwork to establish the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County as a registered, non-profit charitable organization. He also donated his services to establish the Sonoma County Fair Foundation and serves as president of the Fair Foundation.