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.