Reader-submitted content: Roosevelt woman inducted into state 4-H hall of fame

Jane Moorman

Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark is among the 21 4-H leaders and supporters 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 was established in 2002.

“This is the highest honor we have to offer people who have provided support and service to 4-H members in New Mexico,” said Frank Hodnett, department head of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development Program. “These individuals have given cumulatively more than 598 years of service to the New Mexico 4-H program. Including this group, we have inducted 181 individuals and couples into the hall of fame.”

Clark served as the Floyd 4-H club leader for numerous years as well as serving as the Roosevelt County Extension office administrative secretary for 25 years.

“One of her loves was the Roosevelt County Fair,” said Talon Choate, state 4-H secretary, during the induction ceremony. “She worked on it all year long to ensure that it was a great community event for 4-H members and fair attendees.”

Clark was instrumental in revitalizing the Floyd Achievement Day for 4-H and FFA members, giving the members an opportunity to learn more about showing their animals.

“As the face of the Roosevelt County Extension office, Clark always had a welcoming smile, answers to questions, or directions to the correct source of information,” Choate said. “The importance of each 4-H member, leader and family was always on Jackie’s mind, as well as ideas to improve the program.”