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Thirteen volunteers inducted into New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame

Thirteen 4-H leaders and supporters were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame on Dec. 15 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.



Inductees into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame are, front from left, Suzanne Norton Jones of Lea County; Brenda Montoya of Sandoval County; Vickie Cox of Lea County; Glenda Parrish Anthony of Roosevelt County; Carolyn Franklin of Quay County, representing her late husband Jerry Franklin; and Gigi and Bobby Parker of Quay County, with Frank Hodnett, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service department head of the 4-H Youth Development Program. Back row are Jason Tomko, representing his mother, Jan Tomko of San Juan County; Ervin "Pete" Walls of Quay County; Bobby Cox of Lea County; Larry Hobson of Chaves County; and Joe Armstrong of Dona Ana County. Not pictured is recipient Virginia Barsuaskas of Santa Fe County. The 2009 inductees have donated a total of 328 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H program.(NMSU Photo by Jane Moorman)

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 328 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H Program," said Frank Hodnett, department head of NMSU Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H Youth Development Program. "Including this group, we have inducted 154 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."

This year's inductees are Larry Hobson of Chaves County; Joe B. Armstrong of Dona Ana County; Bobby and Vickie Cox and Suzanne Norton Jones of Lea County; Raymond and Gigi Parker, Ervin "Pete" Walls, and the late Jerry Franklin, of Quay County; Glenda Parrish Anthony of Roosevelt County; Jan Tomko of San Juan County; Brenda Montoya of Sandoval County; and Virginia Barsuaskas of Santa Fe County.