Writer: Elisa French
LAS CRUCES - Nineteen 4-H leaders, former staff and supporters from across the state will be inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame on Dec. 2 at New Mexico State University.
The induction ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall auditorium, followed by an unveiling of honorees' names on the 4-H Hall of Fame plaque in the lobby. Inductees and their guests are invited to a reception in Room 330.
New Mexico has 72,500 young people involved in 4-H, which helps members develop leadership, citizenship and life skills through projects, contests and service activities. The Hall of Fame, established in 2002, recognizes outstanding support for 4-H in New Mexico.
This year's inductees are D.K. Brown of Corrales; Lloyd and Valdia Buchwald of Santa Fe; Tom and Norma Cecil of Raton; Carolyn Chance of Peralta; Connie Collis of San Ysidro; Jeanette Hitson Dickerson of Fairacres; Darlene Dickson of Las Cruces; Ed Garnett of Vernon, Texas; the late Jesse Holloway of Clovis; Bennie House of Tularosa; Becky Jenkins of Aragon; Genora Moore of Santa Fe; Angelina Provine of Capitan; Harry and Nancy Teague of Hobbs; and Pat and Bud Webster of Silver City.
Brown has served as 4-H group leader, project leader and fair board member for 16 years. He volunteers to teach 4-H members proper horse care and respect for their animals, and has been instrumental in increasing horse entries at the county fair.
The Buchwalds recently completed 40 years as volunteers with Santa Fe County 4-H. Together they have served terms as club leaders, project leaders and fair superintendents. They have helped plan and host the New Mexico 4-H Leaders Forum and Western Region Leaders Forum.
Norma Cecil served as a horse project leader for many years and helped organize and run county horse shows. Her husband, Tom, arranged radio communication available for rodeo timers, bookkeepers, announcers and grounds crews at 4-H rodeos. The Cecils have provided concessions at rodeos and a free barbecue for the Colfax County Fair Junior Livestock Sale buyers and livestock exhibitors.
Chance supported with 4-H as a Cooperative Extension Service staff member in Lea, Bernalillo and Valencia counties. She worked to increase agricultural knowledge among youth people. She currently serves as secretary for the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.
Collis has helped 4-H members learn to conduct business meetings using parliamentary procedure, keep financial records, plan long-term projects and become team players. She has frequently shared her home, vehicles, horses and trailers with 4-H and community members.
Dickerson has been involved in 4-H all her life. As a child, she served on the state leadership team. As an adult, Dickerson has worked with Extension to establish the New Mexico 4-H Foundation to support future 4-H'ers and programs statewide. She has served as a judge for 4-H contests and hosted the Southern New Mexico State Fair Junior Livestock Auction Buyers dinner.
Dickson, who served as a state youth development specialist and a Curry County Extension home economist, began her 4-H involvement as a member in Roosevelt County. As a state specialist, she helped write and revise 4-H baking, clothing and other projects. She conducted sewing camps across the state and planned New Mexico's 100th birthday celebration for 4-H. She sponsors an annual 4-H scholarship.
Garnett, a former Roosevelt County assistant Extension agent, worked on leadership development projects that started seven new clubs in the county. He initiated a weekly radio show and a Roosevelt County 4-H Council. During his tenure, 4-H membership grew from 96 to more than 300 members.
Holloway, former head of the state 4-H office, established the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame. He served as headquarters chair for four years on the national 4-H Congress design team. He was instrumental in starting a regional leadership training camp for state 4-H officers and in adding a regional consumer decision making contest at the Western 4-H Roundup. He died last November.
House, former Otero County Extension employee, played a key role in starting the Alamogordo Pig and Lamb Sale to help raise money for county fair awards. She has helped coordinate county and district contests as well as the county fair and club meetings.
Jenkins has been a project and organizational leader in Catron County for 22 years. As avid hunters, she and her husband established a shooting sports program. She volunteered to teach hunter safety courses and helped maintain the Reserve Shooting Range.
Moore helped start the first Santa Fe County Fair by establishing a facility for 4-H members and their livestock. She has volunteered with many programs that promote 4-H, including Kids, Cows and More, Agriculture in the Classroom and the Cotton Extravaganza. She helped organize and lead the Four Seasons 4-H Club.
Provine was a Lincoln County 4-H leader for 10 years. She assisted 4-H members with parade floats, took them to swimming lessons and transported them and their exhibits to the State Fair and Eastern New Mexico Fair. She helped organize achievement day at the Lincoln County Fair and continues to serve as a judge for 4-H exhibits. She is a frequent 4-H guest speaker on vegetable growing and daily nutrition.
The Teagues served as leaders of Tierra Verde Country 4-H club until their children graduated from high school. As a Lea County Fair board member, Harry helped increase prices at the junior livestock sale. He now serves as a Lea County Commissioner and continues to promote growth of the Lea County Fair.
The Websters served as leaders of the Mangus 4-H Club for 12 years and the H and K Riders Club for seven years. They own a feed store in Grant County and continue to support 4-H members at the junior livestock sale. Pat, a member of the Grant County Extension Homemakers Club for 10 years, was a volunteer bookkeeper and timer for the Hurley roping club. For eight years, Bud led the Gila Pack Rats, a club that helps kids interested in horseback packing trips go on outdoor adventures.
For more information about Hall of Fame activities, contact the state 4-H office at (505) 646-3026.
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