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LAS CRUCES - Sixteen 4-H leaders and supporters were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame in December at New Mexico State University. The induction ceremony included individual recognition for the inductees, an unveiling of new nameplates on the hall of fame plaque and a reception.
The hall of fame, established in 2002, honors 4-H members, volunteer leaders, fair superintendents, advisory board members, 4-H Foundation trustees and former faculty with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, which administers 4-H statewide.
"These individuals have given cumulatively more than 436 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H Program," said Frank Hodnett, department head of the Extension Service's 4-H youth development. "Including this group of inductees, we have inducted 146 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."
This year's inductees are Laura Caffey, Nona Cottrell and Charlie Ortiz, all of Bernalillo County; Jessie Fitzgerald of Cibola County; the late LaHonda Fox and the late Billy Jeff Kyle, both of De Baca County; Larry Foster of Dona Ana County; Johnny Ogden and the late Clara Franklin, both of Roosevelt County; Daniel and Kelly Vallo of Sandoval County; Beatriz Gonzales, Gilbert Segura and the late Mary Baca Olguin, all of Taos County; and Lilly Joy Moon and the late Cecil E. Moon of Quay County.
Sixteen 4-H supporters were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at NMSU in December. Receiving plaques during the ceremony were (seated from left) Nona Cottrell and Laura Caffey, both of Bernalillo County; Jessie Fitzgerald of Cibola County; Gilbert Segura and Beatriz Gonzales, both of Taos County; (standing from left) Charlie Ortiz of Bernalillo County; Jimmie Dee Fox of De Baca County for the late LaHonda Fox; Larry Foster of Dona Ana County; Johnny Ogden of Roosevelt County; Kelly and Daniel Vallo of Sandoval County; June Kyle and Payton Henry of De Baca County for the late Billy Jeff Kyle; and Darrell, Charles and Cliff Franklin of Roosevelt County for the late Clara Franklin with Frank Hodnett, 4-H state director. Also induced were the late Mary Baca Olguin formerly of Taos County and Lilly Joy Moon and the late Cecil E. Moon of Quay County.
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