Writer: D'Lyn Ford
ALBUQUERQUE - About 300 4-H members and adult volunteers honored donors and 4-H Foundation board members during the state leadership retreat Jan. 25-27 at the Wyndham Hotel in Albuquerque.
"We decided to commemorate this year's 4-H national centennial by honoring the 4-H Foundation," said Jesse Holloway, head of the State 4-H Office in Las Cruces. "The foundation has given so much to our youth program in New Mexico. This was an opportunity for us to give something back."
The 4-H Foundation, created in 1986, is run by volunteers who have raised about $60,000 to $70,000 annually for 4-H, the youth development program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
The foundation helps fund scholarships, 4-H members' travel to state and national events and 4-H awards.
In New Mexico, about 47,000 young people and 4,700 volunteers participate in 4-H, which provides programs and activities that allow kids to learn life skills while having fun and contributing to their communities.
At the foundation banquet, Holloway and Billy Dictson, Extension director and associate dean of NMSU's College of Agriculture and Home Economics, presented plaques to four donors: Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Xcel Energy, the Lineberry Foundation and Ben Alexander.
During the ceremony, seven foundation board members were also recognized: Marc Christensen, Stevan Pearce, Roy Cahill, Jimmie Hall, Janet Green, Charolette Collins and Karen Cowen.
The ceremony kicked off the foundation's 2002 fundraiser, which has a record goal of $250,000, Holloway said.
The board has received about $40,000 in donations this year, and a major fundraising event, the 4-H Foundation Golf Tournament, sponsored by Garduno's of Mexico, is planned for September in Albuquerque, Holloway said.
Following the awards, New Mexico's 2002 4-H ambassadors and diplomats were sworn in. A selection committee chose the new team based on presentations made by each candidate during individual interviews, Holloway said. The team will represent 4-H at state and national events and plan the state 4-H conference and leadership retreat.
Ambassadors are: Sarah Ann Dunlap and Ben Wilson of Torrance County, Zach Riley of Curry County, and Ashley Borrego of San Miguel County.
Diplomats include: Erin Kirksey of Quay County, Elizabeth Knight of Doņa Ana County, Kimberly Crist of DeBaca County and Jayme Runyan of Valencia County.
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