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New Leaders Elected for New Mexico 4-H

LAS CRUCES- Seven 4-H members were elected as state officers July 14 at New Mexico State University. As part of the state leadership team, the officers will participate in state and national events such as the western regional leadership conference, New Mexico State Fair and 4-H fund-raising events.



4-H members elected 2004-2005 state officers July 14 at New Mexico State University. From left, bottom row, are Lindsay Thomen of Las Cruces, parliamentarian; Whitney Kupferer of Albuquerque, president; Dusti Cason of Socorro, vice president; and Ashleigh Oldenburgh of Santa Fe, song and recreation leader. Top row, from left, are Chanz Robbins of Hachita, secretary; Russell Hendricks of Roswell, reporter; Russell Walter of Animas, treasurer; and adviser Craig Painter, 4-H agent in San Juan County. (07/21/2004) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

The 2004-2005 state 4-H officers are Whitney Kupferer of Albuquerque, president; Dusti Cason of Socorro, vice president; Chanz Robbins of Hachita, secretary; Russell Walters of Animas, treasurer; Russell Hendricks of Roswell, reporter; Lindsey Thomen of Las Cruces, parliamentarian; and Ashleigh Oldenburgh of Santa Fe, song and recreation leader. The officers' adviser is Craig Painter, 4-H agent in San Juan County.

Kupferer's goals as president are to recruit new members and organize more state events. "4-H embodies everything that is good, true and beautiful in my life," she wrote in her application essay. "It embraces honesty, integrity and friendship." The former state 4-H secretary is involved in baking, leadership and dairy heifer replacement projects. She is active in student government, volleyball and the swim team at Sandia High School. Her parents are Carl and Suzanne Kupferer.

Cason, the vice president, has completed projects in photography, swine and public speaking during her nine-year 4-H career. Her resume includes terms as Socorro County 4-H Council president, Yucca 4-H Club president and state 4-H diplomat. She wrote that 4-H helped her discover who she was, what she wanted to become and how she wants to be remembered. She is involved in National Honor Society, the Magdalena FFA chapter and the student council. Her parents are Ken and Jo Helen Cason.

Robbins, the secretary, hopes to start a rural/urban 4-H exchange program. For one week during the summer, an urban 4-H member would visit a rural member for firsthand experience with agriculture and raising animals. The following week, the rural member would spend a week in the city. Robbins wrote that 4-H has taught him the value of hard work and how to be a person of character. Beef production, market swine, and market lambs are among his 4-H projects. His parents are John and Sandy Robbins.

Walter, the treasurer, is a past state 4-H vice president. He is involved in FFA, National Honor Society and the student council at Animas High School. His 4-H projects include market lamb, leadership, citizenship and landscaping. He wrote that 4-H has helped him gain skills that he can use for the rest of his life, such as record keeping, self-presentation, patience and confidence. His parents are Rick and Nyla Walter.

Hendricks, an eight-year 4-H member, has participated in the market lamb, steer and swine projects. He credits 4-H with teaching him to give his best effort. He is a member of the yearbook staff, Saint Andrew's Church and Goddard FFA. His parents are Pat and Karen Hendricks.

Thomen, the reporter, has served as Doņa Ana County council president, state 4-H ambassador and national 4-H youth directions council representative during her nine year 4-H career. She said her experience has taught her that everyone has potential to be successful with a little guidance and encouragement. Her 4-H projects include beef, clothing, and food and nutrition. Her parents are Richard and Gloria Thomen.

Oldenburgh, song and recreation leader, said 4-H is a safe environment where youth can learn and reach their potential as adults. Through dog training, sewing and photography projects, she has learned the importance of documentation, punctuality and self-acceptance. She has held the offices of Santa Fe County council vice president, club treasurer and song and recreation leader. Her parents are Alfred Martinez and Kareen Reyer.

4-H is the world's largest youth organization with 6.4 million members. New Mexico has 72,500 members representing 447 clubs. 4-H members participate in contests, service projects and activities to develop leadership, citizenship and life skills.