Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES New Mexico's 4-H youth development program is accepting nominations for a state 4-H Hall of Fame, which will induct its first members Sept. 12 at the state fair in Albuquerque.
"We want to honor people who have had a major impact on 4-H and the lives of millions of members since 4-H was started in New Mexico," said Jesse Holloway, head of the state 4-H office at New Mexico State University.
The Hall of Fame is being established this year in conjunction with 4-H's national centennial. About 50,000 young people in New Mexico currently participate in 4-H, which is the world's largest youth program with 6.4 million members.
State Hall of Fame nominees may be 4-H members, club or project leaders, fair superintendents, faculty or staff with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, advisory board members, 4-H Foundation trustees or other volunteers, either living or deceased. However, current 4-H faculty and staff are not eligible.
Nominations should be made through county Extension offices by Aug. 8, Holloway said.
"We plan to recognize at least one person from each of New Mexico's 33 counties in the first induction class during Youth Week at the state fair," he said.
NMSU officials will unveil a permanent plaque with Hall of Fame members' names at a campus ceremony during National 4-H Week, Oct. 6-12.
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