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Eddy County resident inducted into New Mexico State University 4-H Hall of Fame

LAS CRUCES - An Eddy County resident is among 15 4-H leaders and supporters who were inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame recently at New Mexico State University. An unveiling of new nameplates on the hall of fame plaque followed the ceremony.

Norbert McCaw, left, receives a plaque from Frank Hodnett, department head of the New Mexico State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development, recently while being inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame. (NMSU Photo)

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.

"These individuals have given cumulatively more than 450 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H Program," said Frank Hodnett, department head of the Extension Service's 4-H youth development. "Including this group of inductees, we have inducted 111 individuals and couples into the hall of fame."

This year's inductees include Norbert McCaw of Eddy County; Anita Blanton, and the late Bill and Catherine Grandia, all of Bernalillo County; C.J. and Nancy Blackburn, Gene and June Locknane and the late Dorothy Marks, all of Curry County; Sheila Massey of Hidalgo County; J.M. and Fay Jeffries, and Floyd McAlister, all of Roosevelt County; Don Leonard and Karin Vallo of Sandoval County; Helen Candelaria and the late Alan Grace of San Juan County; Albert and Denise Gonzales of San Miguel County; and Rose Mary Rosas of Socorro County.

McCaw has served as a 4-H leader in Eddy County for more than 20 years and for the past 15 years he has served as chairman of the Southern New Mexico 4-H Foundation Board. He has also taken the lead for the Scott Able 4-H Camp.

"The 4-H programs and this camp are true passions for Mr. McCaw," Phillip Zuni, NMSU freshman and state 4-H president, said during the induction ceremony. "He has given countless hours to preserving the integrity and history of Scott Able in order to provide a quality camping experience for young people from across New Mexico."

McCaw has served as a role model to many 4-H members and Extension personnel by encouraging them to be a part of the camping experience and serve on the board.