NMSU branding

4-H Hall of Fame

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Esther Garcia

Nominated by: Taos County

Inducted in: 2002

Esther Garcia served as a leader in Questa Achievers 4-H club for more than 22 years. She's taught and guided many 4-H members, leaders and parents. She's served as a Taos County Fair Board member and as fair superintendent. Although retired from 4-H, she's still active in the Questa Quilt Guild as a founding member.

Ed (Sonny) Garnett

Nominated by: Floyd McAlister - Roosevelt County

Inducted in: 2004

Benny and Diane Gilbert

Nominated by: Union County

Inducted in: 2002

We honor Diane Gilbert and her late husband, Benny Gilbert, for their years of service to the 4-H programs in Union County. From the time he was a youngster on horseback, Benny was active in livestock judging. He also loved to share his lifelong passion for cutting horses, often spending hours showing young 4-H'ers the ropes. Meanwhile, Diane was doing her own leading in 4-H, juggling her duties as both hands-on teacher and transport facilitator for her four energetic kids who were active in 4-H.

Robert Gilliland

Nominated by: State 4-H Office

Inducted in: 2002

Long-time Extension administrator and 4-H advocate Robert Gilliland is one of our stellar examples of leadership. From his experience as a 4-H member to his work as an Extension agent and later state 4-H program leader, he's been an example of dedication to the positive principles of this 100-year-old organization. Gilliland led NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service as director for seven years in the mid-1980s and early 1990s before moving on to a top post at Utah State University, where he retired.

Eugene & Vada Gollehon

Nominated by: Roosevelt County

Inducted in: 2002

The late Gene and Vada Gollehon dedicated 30 years as 4-H leaders in Roosevelt County, guiding hundreds of 4-H'ers, including their own three sons. They spent six years volunteering with Perry 4-H Club in their home community, then after moving to Portales, organized Valley 4-H Club, a premier club for years. They always had time and encouragement to spare for 4-H. The inscription on their tombstone reads, "Dedicated to God, Family, and All Youth".

Albert & Denise Gonzales

Nominated by: Jeannie McKinley & Patrick Padilla

Inducted in: 2006

"Albert and Denise Gonzales of San Miguel County Denise and Albert Gonzales are San Miguel County Organizational Leaders for the Blue Ribbon Wrangler Club. The also serve as project leaders and play an active role in the county council. Having served as leaders for the past eight years, Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities and maintained a club with over 50 members, increasing membership in the last two years. They have worked with the club to establish scholarships for their graduating seniors and raise money to assist youth in attending statewide events. Though they live 55 miles from town, this couple has maintained the club in Las Vegas, sacrificing time and money to keep the club operating effectively and efficiently. It has been through the nurturing roles and efforts of Albert and Denise Gonzales that the largest 4-H club in the county has continued working to make the best better by inspiring their members to become leaders. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales.

Alan Grace

Nominated by: Jewel Waggner

Inducted in: 2006

"Alan Grace of San Juan County Alan Grace was the right hand man of Right Stuff 4-H Club in San Juan County. He would help with anything that was needed – building, repairs, hauling kids and/or animals, painting, or simply being there, he could always be counted on. Mr. Grace always spoke positively to the members and treated them with respect. They knew they could ask him for help at anytime and he would come through. As a result of his involvement, the members learned a lot from him and so did the other adult leaders. Mr. Grace was instrumental in coordinating the annual club camping trip. He had the knowledge and made the time to sit and talk with the members about whatever their interests were. Alan Grace was a gentle man whose heart matched his stature. His impact is still evident in those who worked with him. It is because of his work with children that his legacy will never die. Mr. Grace’s posthumous award is being accepted by his wife, Janet Grace.

Bill & Catherine Grandia

Nominated by: Elliot Sachse

Inducted in: 2006

"Bill and Catherine Grandia of Bernalillo County 2006 marks the 40th year of existence for the Riverside 4-H Club in Bernalillo County. The club was founded by Bill and Catherine Grandia, both of whom served as organizational leaders until Mr. Grandia passed away in 2004. Mrs. Grandia has maintained her role as organizational leader making this her 40th year as well. The Grandias were instrumental in the groundbreaking of the Bernalillo County 4-H Center in 1965. This building has been used by thousands of youth, volunteers and Extension personnel to meet, learn by doing, experience new ideas, gain friendships and have fun. The impact of this building has been felt at both the County and State Levels and Mrs. Grandia still serves on the 4-H Building Corporation. Mr. and Mrs. Grandia have touched the lives of countless youth, contributed to the training of numerous 4-H agents and been a guiding force in the Bernalillo County 4-H Program. Thank you, Mrs. Grandia.

Mary Jane Gray

Nominated by: Eddy County

Inducted in: 2002

For many years Mary Jane Gray was co-leader of the Cottonwood 4-H Club in Eddy County with her good friend Marjorie Thigpen, also a Hall of Fame inductee. Mary Jane has been a role model for her family on the farm and thoroughly involved in the community. But she may never know the full value of her impact on young lives. Fittingly, her nomination came from a 4-H member in the 1950s, who still remembers what Mrs. Gray meant to her and calls her a "treasure of 4-H".

Sonja Gerard

Sonja Gerard of Socorro County

Inducted in: 2007

Sonja Gerard has been the Que Posse 4-H Riders’ organizational leader for 21 years. She provided daily riding lessons to the majority of the members of this Horse Project Club. Not only has Mrs. Gerard served as an instructor for the State 4-H Horse School, she has also trained youth that have been selected to serve as Junior Instructors. Mrs. Gerard is willing to help wherever help is needed. From District Horse Shows, to Working Ranch Horse Programs, to Kids, Kows and More, you can count on her for anything from volunteering time to supplying horses. Do you have to own a horse to be in Mrs. Gerard’s club? Of course not, she will supply you with one. She has a gigantic heart. If youth have a passion for riding, she will do what it takes to find a way for them to do it. Thank you and Congratulations, Mrs. Gerard.

Lyle and Jackie Greer

Lyle and Jackie Greer of Quay County

Inducted in: 2007

Lyle and Jackie Greer were 4-H leaders in Quay County from 1962-1982. They were very supportive of the 4-H Program and the Quay County Fair. They also kept the club active with community service projects and fundraisers. Mr. Greer donated his semi truck to haul wood, hay, give hay rides, and any other activity. Mrs. Greer provided transportation to and chaperoned numerous county, district and state trips and served as a County Fair Superintendent for 20 years. They owned Valley Feed Store in Tucumcari, NM and also supported 4-H through their business. They raised four sons in the program and have passed the tradition on through their granddaughter who is now an active Quay County 4-Her.

Beatriz Gonzales

Nominated by: Rey Torres - Taos Co.

Inducted in: 2008

Cindy Grooms

Cindy Grooms of Dona Ana County

Inducted in 2010

Mrs. Grooms is an individual who whole heartedly believes in the 4-H program and knows the positive impact it has on the lives of youth. Mrs. Grooms benefited from 4-H as a youth where she was a member of the Dona Ana County 4-H program for 10 years. She has continued her involvement as a leader for twenty plus years. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, positivity and creativity resonate throughout her. Mrs. Grooms has had a significant impact on 4-H not only at the club and county level, but by conducting educational workshops and serving on planning committees at the state and national level. She challenges members to explore all opportunities of 4-H. She encourages youth to become involved in club, county and state activities and take on leadership roles fostering youth and adult partnerships. Mrs. Grooms is a valuable asset and 4-H as a whole is very fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated individual involved in the program.