Writer: Aspen Lyon
LAS CRUCES–Seven elected 4-H members will lead statewide events as the 2005-06 state officers.
New leadership team members were elected during the State 4-H Conference at New Mexico State University in mid-July. They are Russell Hendricks of Roswell, president; Ben Randle of Roswell, vice president; Raynee Ward of Animas, secretary; Marshall Wilson of Rincon, treasurer; Leticia Varelas of Hope, reporter; Chanz Robbins of Hachita, parliamentarian; and Carol Lange of Milan, song and recreation leader. Their adviser is Catherine (Cat) Kuchan, Colfax County Extension 4-H agent.
In addition to organizing the state conference, officers will attend team leadership training, assist with events at the state fair, help with fundraising, and conduct camps and workshops during their one year term.
Hendricks, a 4-H member for nine years, wants to use his leadership, teamwork and public speaking skills as president. He participates in market animal, citizenship and leadership projects. One of his most rewarding experiences was serving as last year's state reporter. His goals for the year are to increase membership and seek more state funding for 4-H.
Randle's family has been involved in 4-H for multiple generations, and his parents are 4-H volunteers. During his eight years in 4-H, Randle has shown replacement dairy heifers, and market swine and lambs. He has held club and county offices, served on many committees and helped with several leadership and citizenship projects. Randle's most rewarding 4-H experiences were helping younger 4-H members and needy people in the community.
Ward began 4-H as a Cloverbud (4-H's program for 5-8 year olds). Since then, she has spent nine years showing market steers, lambs and pigs, and participating in pasture and range, land, livestock and public speaking events. Her most rewarding experience was showing a grand champion steer at the New Mexico State Fair. Ward anticipates meeting more 4-H members across the state and hopes to serve as a role model.
When Wilson moved with his family from the city to the country, his parents enrolled him in 4-H. Now in his eighth year of 4-H, Wilson has participated shooting sports, welding and market lamb, pig and goat projects. As a 2004-05 4-H ambassador, he learned more about 4-H and has ideas for new ways to present workshops at Teen Get-Away, a leadership retreat for junior members ages 12 and 13.
In Varelas' 10 years in 4-H, she has served as chairman of the community service committee, shown market animals, won awards in public speaking, and practiced parliamentary procedure and woodworking. Her favorite 4-H experience was attending Senior Leadership Retreat in Albuquerque, an event she said "revived her spirit in 4-H." One of her goals this year is to encourage more involvement from senior 4-H members.
Robbins has spent nine years in 4-H. His major projects are in beef and sheep production, horse and market steer, lamb and pig. He was the secretary of last year's officer team and hopes he can make a positive difference this year. His most rewarding experience has been meeting people from across the state and helping younger members with their projects.
Over Lange's nine years in 4-H, she has completed horse, shooting sports, ceramics, dog and consumer education projects. She has participated in leadership, public speaking and community service activities. One of her most memorable experience was helping three young members prepare for the county queen contest, including the eventual winner. Lange wants to serve on this year's officer team to meet other 4-H members, increase membership and improve her leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
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