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Cotton Recognizes Arkansan of the Week: Marion Fletcher

June 16, 2016
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Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353 or Dylan Haney (501) 223-9081

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) this week recognized Marion Fletcher as the "Arkansan of the Week" for 53 years of service to agriculture education in Arkansas.

You can find the full text of Senator Cotton's recognition on the Senate Floor below. A video of Senator Cotton's remarks can be viewed here.

I would like to recognize Marion Fletcher, of Hot Springs, Arkansas as this week's "Arkansan of the Week," for 53 years of service to agriculture education in Arkansas. Marion recently retired, and I'd like to take a few moments to recognize his legacy, and his impact.

Arkansas is a rural state and for Arkansans agriculture isn't just an industry, it's a way of life. And over the last five decades Marion has been a fixture in the Arkansas agriculture community, serving in dozens of roles in countless organizations, impacting every person he met.

To say he's passionate about agriculture education is an understatement. Since 1997 Marion has worked as the State Supervisor and Program Manager of Agricultural Education at the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education, and before that thirty years spent in numerous roles with the Arkansas Department of Education, Vocational and Technical Education Division. He also had a three-year stint as an ag instructor at Desha Central Schools. Locally, he's been a dedicated Board Member of the Garland County Farm Bureau for over thirty years.

But Marion's service isn't just limited to Arkansas. He's also played an important role in the National FFA where he's been a member of the Board of Directors, served as National Treasurer, and been a part of various task force and action force committees. To quote longtime friend Keith Stokes, "there is not a young person who went through the FFA program that was not influenced in a positive way by Mr. Fletcher."

His hard-work hasn't gone unnoticed and he was honored with the first-ever National FFA Advisor's Golden Owl Award. He's also received the FFA VIP Award, recognition in the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, Arkansas's "Service to Citizen" award, and a litany of others on a long list of well-deserved commendations.

The honors, distinctions, and accolades earned by Marion are endless. Like those before me, I am proud honor Marion's work and legacy. He is an outstanding Arkansan, and our state agriculture industry is better because he committed his life to Agriculture education.

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The "Arkansan of the Week" initiative is designed to honor Arkansans who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their communities, and to the state.

Senator Cotton will honor each "Arkansan of the Week" with a speech on the Senate Floor.

If you know someone who has made an impact on their local community or Arkansas as a whole, Senator Cotton would like to recognize them! To nominate someone for "Arkansan of the Week," send an email to nominations@cotton.senate.gov with the following:
• Name of Nominee
• Detailed description of why they should be recognized as "Arkansan of the Week"
• Contact Info
• Photos if Available

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