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Roosevelt County couple inducted into New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame

Roosevelt County residents Randy and Diane Lieb were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame at New Mexico State University during the 4-H State Conference.

Man, in a purple shirt, and women receiving plaque from a man.
Roosevelt County residents Randy, left, and Diane Lieb were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame. Presenting the plaque is Rick Richardson, NMSU 4-H Youth Development interim department head. (NMSU photo by Jocelyn Apodaca)

?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. ?Including this group, we have inducted 211 individuals and couples into the hall of fame.?

Both Randy and Diane Lieb grew up as active members in the Roosevelt County 4-H program and raised their three children in the program, as well, by getting them involved even before they were old enough to be members.

Diane became a 4-H club leader, assisting with sewing, baking, canning and other projects, while Randy taught welding, judging and livestock projects.

?Even upon the completion of their children?s careers in 4-H, they continued to be involved in the program,? said Britt Dixon, state 4-H treasurer, during the ceremony.

Diane served more than 15 years as superintendent of the Roosevelt County Fair Home Arts Division and the Cotton Extravaganza. Randy volunteers his services as market lamb superintendent, assisting the exhibitors with their lambs and managing the entries, classes and sale. He served on the Roosevelt County Fair Board for 15 years.

The couple are founding members of the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale and are active in promoting the sale and fundraising.

?Mrs. Lieb created the Youth for Youth Club, in which each 4-H and FFA member who has an animal in the sale donates $25 of his or her sale to create a buyers club that purchases a first-time member?s animal,? Dixon said.

The couple are also members of the Roosevelt County Cooperative Extension Advisory Board.
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.

Joining the Lieb couple as 2015 inductees are Paul Hay, of Eddy County; Joe Atkins, of Harding County; Pete Gnatkowski and Kristin Sultemeier, both of Lincoln County; and David and Mary Howard, of Santa Fe County.