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New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame honors 10 volunteer leaders

Ten 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 breakfast.


Group of people with two ladies on front row.
The 2013 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, back row left, are, front row from left, Martha Sayles of Dona Ana County and Berniece Coriz of Rio Arriba County. Second row from left are Alma "Skeeter" Schmitz of Rio Arriba County, Janie Hardin of Roosevelt County, Fran Welch of Roosevelt County, Debbie Manzanares of Rio Arriba County, and Charla Johnson of Sandoval County. Back row from left are Richardson, Jim Fox of De Baca County, John Allen of Hidalgo County, and Timothy Johnson of Sandoval County. (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 210 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H program. Including this group, we have inducted 195 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."

This year's inductees are the late Jimmie Dee Fox of De Baca County; Martha Sayles of Dona Ana County; the late Elmer Allen of Hidalgo County; Berniece Coriz, Debbie Manzanares and Alma "Skeeter" Schmitz, all of Rio Arriba County; Janie Hardin and Fran Welch, both of Roosevelt County; and Timothy and Charla Johnson of Sandoval County.