Writer: Elisa French
LAS CRUCES-Six New Mexicans were inducted as friends of 4-H or honorary members during the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University.
"These individuals have dedicated many years and devoted their resources to assist the 4-H program," said Frank Hodnett, 4-H specialist in agriculture and natural resources. "We are proud that we are able to honor them in this way."
The 2004 friends of 4-H recognized July 15 are Paula Enyeart of Cuba, Cindy Grooms of Las Cruces and the late Jesse Holloway of Las Cruces. Friends of 4-H awards are given to NMSU employees or volunteer leaders who have supported 4-H in New Mexico.
Enyeart has volunteered her time and donated resources to Sandoval County 4-H programs. For the last six years, she has recruited and trained volunteers to help her with the Torreon Wolfpack Club at the Torreon Navajo chapter house. In addition to her duties as club leader, she helps raise funds for the club, provide transportation to events and pay for registration and hotel expenses.
Grooms has served as both a 4-H project leader and organizational leader in Doņa Ana County. She has coached parliamentary procedure teams and served as chaperone for many 4-H events. She played a key role in starting a 4-H club at White Sands Missile Range. She serves as a leader for two clubs and as president of the New Mexico Leaders Forum.
Holloway, head of the state 4-H office from 1994 to 2003, was a recognized leader at the state, regional and national levels. He helped start regional leadership training for state officers. He served as chair of the Western Region Program leaders, member of the National Leadership Council and headquarters chair for the national 4-H congress design team.
The honorary 4-H members are Brian Moore of Clayton, Johnny Ogden of Portales, and Howard and Delores Sherrod of Corrales. Honorary members are donors and volunteers who have supported 4-H.
Moore, a state representative, played an instrumental role in securing funds to upgrade the Union County Fairgrounds. He runs the Clayton Ranch Market grocery store and donates to New Mexico youth.
Ogden, a 15-year member of the Roosevelt County fair board, has spent many hours working with 4-H'ers. He has served as assistant dairy heifer superintendent at the New Mexico State Fair and worked at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair for 12 years.
Howard, a veterinarian, donated his time to teach classes on veterinary and animal science practices. He assisted in checking in animals at the New Mexico State Fair and often treated sick 4-H animals free of charge. Before his death, he requested that donations be made in his honor to the Sandoval County 4-H Council. His wife, Delores, remains a strong 4-H supporter.
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.
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