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4-H leader selected for outstanding lifetime volunteer award

Thelma Jo Riddle, a 4-H leader for 20 years in Quay County, was selected as the New Mexico recipient of the 2009 Salute to Excellence Award.

New Mexico 4-H 2009 Salute to Excellence Award recipient Thelma Jo "T.J." Riddle, right, with her daughter Valtie at the 4-H State Horse Show held in Quay County. (Submitted photo)

This award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H while promoting service through volunteerism, as both an opportunity and a privilege.

Riddle is active in the 4-H Horse Program and has served in county level positions and as a 4-H club leader. Her enthusiasm and organizational skills has been a model for the 4-H members and their families. She encourages her members to complete their tasks and gives them the limelight to shine.

In the nomination form it was written that "T.J. has a heart of gold." She is committed to her 4-H members and strives to help them live the 4-H motto, "To Make the Best Better."