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

Santa Fe County residents David and Mary Howard were inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame at New Mexico State University during the 4-H State Conference.

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David and Mary Howard, of Santa Fe County, receive a New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame recipient plaque from Rick Richardson, NMSU 4-H Youth Development interim department head. The Howards are among the 211 hall of fame recipients since the honor began in 2002. (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.?

For David and Mary Howard, Santa Fe County 4-H is truly a family affair. They became interested in 4-H and the county fair when their son, Clay, was a booster member of the Four Seasons 4-H Club. Their daughter, Elizabeth, became a 4-H member and the couple?s commitment continued.

?They have been an integral part of 4-H in Santa Fe County as leaders of the Four Seasons 4-H Club,? said Tanah Lowe, New Mexico 4-H Diplomat, during the ceremony. ?Even though both of their children have aged out of the 4-H program, they continue volunteering their time and effort toward 4-H and the county fair.?

David dedicates time and energy serving as a Santa Fe County Fair Board member, and both of them serve as 4-H Booster Club leaders.

?Every year, they can be seen comparing notes at the pig show, taking photos of the kids, setting up a Buyers Lunch, and presenting the annual 4-H Booster?s Scholarships,? Lowe said.

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 Howard 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 Randy and Diane Lieb, of Roosevelt County.