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

Seven 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.


Group of people in front of the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame sign.
The 2012 inductees into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame appearing with Rick Richardson, interim department head of NMSU's Extension 4-H Youth Development program, left, are, left to right, Geraldine "Gerry" Copeland of Bernalillo County, Barbara Arko of Colfax County, Don Umbrage of Bernalillo County, Tina and Chet Robinson of McKinley County who received the honor for the late Dempse and Virginia Anderson, and Connie Moyers and Patrick Kircher of Roosevelt County who received the honor for the late Willie Glen "Bill" and Edna Vinzant. (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 Rick Richardson, interim department head of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H Youth Development Program. "These individuals have given cumulatively more than 180 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H program. Including this group, we have inducted 186 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."

This year's inductees are Geraldine "Gerry" Copeland and Don Umbrage of Bernalillo County; the late Dempse and Virginia Anderson of McKinley County; Barbara Arko of Colfax County; and the late Willie Glen "Bill" and Edna Vinzant of Roosevelt County.