Reporter’s notebook: Work with youth rewarded

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

A LATE CLOVIS resident was honored Tuesday for her lifetime commitment to a program that encourages youth participation in agriculture.

DOROTHY MARKS, who died in 1988, was inducted posthumously into the New Mexico State University 4-H Hall of Fame at the college campus Tuesday afternoon, according to Janis Hallem, NMSU 4-H administrative secretary.

MARKS LED the Cloverettes 4-H Club in Curry County for 48 years, according to Hallem. She urged its young members to participate in agriculture events and contests, Hallem said.

“IT TAKES A good leader to keep these kids motivated and going,” Hallem said.

NMSU ACCEPTS nominations for its 4-H Hall of Fame and a committee selects about 15 inductees from those nominations annually, Hallem said. More than 80 people from around the state have been inducted, according to the NMSU 4-H Hall of Fame Web site.

“THESE PEOPLE (in the hall of fame) have devoted a tremendous amount of service to the 4-H program for most of their lives,” Hallem said.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is:
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