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

  • By Jane Moorman
  • 505-249-0527
  • jmoorman@nmsu.edu
  • Jul 27, 2012
Group of people in front of the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame sign.
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.

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.