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New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame honors 21 volunteer leaders

Twenty-one 4-H leaders and supporters were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame in July at New Mexico State University. The induction ceremony, which was held during the 4-H state conference, included individual recognition for the inductees and a reception.

Twenty-one 4-H supporters, cumulatively representing 598 years of volunteering, were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame in July. Seated from left: Linda Purcell Russell representing her late parents Bill and Margie Purcell of Quay County, TJ Riddle of Quay County, Patricia Strange of Cibola County, Gloria Thomen of Dona Ana County, Linda Cosner of Quay County and Bernice Cosner of Quay County. Standing from left, Jackie Clark of Roosevelt County, Tricia Elbrock of Hidalgo County, Rudy Benavidez of Sandoval County, Jim Russell of Quay County, Geno Lujan of Guadalupe County, Mike Riddle of Quay County, Anna Eader of Torrance County, Richard Thomen of Dona Ana County, Craig Cosner of Quay County, James Sachse of Dona Ana County, Virginia Mack of Colfax County, and Penny McDaugale of Cibola County representing herself and her husband, Larry. (NMSU Photo by Jane Moorman)

The hall of fame, established in 2002, honors 4-H members, volunteer leaders, fair superintendents, advisory board members, 4-H Foundation trustees and former faculty with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, which administers 4-H statewide.

"This is the highest honor we have to offer people who have provided support and service to 4-H members in New Mexico," said Frank Hodnett, department head of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H Youth Development Program. "These individuals have given cumulatively more than 598 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H program. Including this group, we have inducted 181 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."

This year's inductees are Patricia Strange and Larry and Penny McDaugale, all of Cibola County; Virginia Mack of Colfax County; James and the late Sydney Sachse and Richard and Gloria Thomen, all of Dona Ana County; Gino Lujan of Guadalupe County; Tricia Elbrock of Hidalgo County; Bernice and the late Brent Cosner, Craig and Linda Cosner, Mike and TJ Riddle, and the late Bill and late Margie Purcell, all of Quay County; Jackie Clark of Roosevelt County; Rudy Benavides of Sandoval County; and Ann Eader of Torrance County.