Area residents inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

PNT Staff Report

LAS CRUCES — Three Roosevelt County 4-H leaders and supporters were among 15 inducted into the state 4-H Hall of Fame at New Mexico State University recently, according to a NMSU Cooperative Extension news release

Roosevelt County Extension Agent Floyd McAlister and volunteers J.M. and Fay Jeffries of Portales received the honor for their work with Roosevelt County 4-H programs.

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.

J.M. Jeffries served on the Roosevelt County Fair Board for 34 years as livestock superintendent and concurrently as a 4-H leader.

“Throughout that time, as beef projects became increasingly more expensive, Mr. Jeffries managed to increase participation in the beef show with the addition of a breeding beef class,” Phillip Zuni, NMSU freshman and state 4-H president, said during the induction ceremony.

Fay Jeffries has also served more than 30 years as a 4-H leader. She saw record books as an important part of any 4-H career and offered encouragement and support to youth in their completion, according to the release.
McAlister has been a life-long resident and contributor to Roosevelt County, according to the release. He was an active 4-H member himself and attended the National 4-H Congress.

“He has dedicated his 21-year career to making Roosevelt County a better place and providing its citizens the most accurate information possible,” Zuni said. “He believes in the 4-H program and strives to make sure that it is cared for and managed in a manner that benefits children all across the county.”