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Eighteen volunteers, supporters inducted into New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame

Eighteen 4-H leaders and supporters were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame in July at New Mexico State University. The induction ceremony, which was held during the 4-H State Conference, included individual recognition for the inductees and a reception.



Inductees into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame are, seated from left, Gene Marshall of Roosevelt County; Jewell Maxine Wilhoit of Roosevelt County; and Brenda Bishop, Quay County 4-H agent, who received plaques for Phillip and Kathlene Box and Ray and Carolyn Sumruld. Standing from left, Don and Cheryl Hartman of Luna County, Sam and Merita Wilson of Dona Ana County, Larry Brown of Dona Ana County, Edward Trujillo of Sandoval County, Albert Lyon of Sierra County, Gary Hathorn of San Juan County, Barbara Pekron of Luna County, Bob Pate of Bernalillo County, and Jerry Bradley receiving for his late wife, Ruby Bradley. The 2010 inductees have donated a total of 420 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.

"This is the highest honor we have to offer people who have provided support and service to 4-H members in New Mexico," said Frank Hodnett, department head of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H Youth Development Program. "These individuals have given cumulatively more than 420 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H program. Including this group, we have inducted 168 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."

This year's inductees are Bob Pate of Bernalillo County; Larry Brown, Cindy Grooms and Sam and Merita Wilson of Dona Ana County; Don and Cheryl Hartman, and Barbara Pekron of Luna County; Ruby Nealene Bradley, Phillip and Kathleen Box, and Ray and Carolyn Sumruld of Quay County; Gene Marshall and Jewell Maxine Wilhoit of Roosevelt County; Gary Hathorn of San Juan County; Edward Trujillo of Sandoval County; and Albert Lyon of Sierra County.