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Six Quay County 4-H supporters were among 2007 inductees into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame in Las Cruces. These volunteers have been tireless in their efforts to enable the Quay County 4-H program to thrive, according to a press release. The following highlights why the six inductees were chosen for the hall of fame:
Sam Dunlap has worn many hats during his lifetime and the experience from each one has helped him to contribute to youth development programs in Quay County. While a 4-H member, Sam learned that only hard work and dedication would get a person where they needed to be in life.
This philosophy not only made Dunlap a success as a brand inspector, but also as a 4-H volunteer. Dunlap has served as the Quay County 4-H Rodeo Secretary for 17 years and currently sits on the State 4-H Rodeo Board.
He cares deeply for the sport of rodeo, but more so for the youth who compete. He works diligently throughout the summer, not only for the local rodeo, but for all the rodeos on the 4-H circuit Quay County 4-H members are blessed to have a volunteer such as Dunlap.
Bob Morgan is best known around the state as the Quay County 4-H Rodeo Arena Director, a position he held for over 20 years. He is still active with organizing the rodeo, negotiating the stock contract and making sure rules are followed.
Morgan offers his personal arena for 4-Hers to practice and annually donates hay and feed for the rodeo stock.
He was one of the initiators of the State 4-H Horse Show and has worked to put on a quality horse show for 46 years.
Morgan has seen a lot of changes in his time and is often the person who makes others stop and look at the whole picture before making decisions.
He has worked tirelessly to improve fair facilities while serving on the County Fair Board and helped start the Quay County 4-H Memorial Scholarship.
Lyle and Jackie Greer
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. Lyle Greer donated his semi-truck to haul wood and hay, give hay rides, and for any other activity when it was needed.
Jackie Greer provided transportation, too, and chaperoned numerous county, district and state trips and served as a Quay County Fair Superintendent for 20 years.
The Greers owned Valley Feed Store in Tucumcari 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.
Lyle Greer died in 2000 and unfortunately, Jackie Greer was unable participate in the presentation. The award was accepted on their behalf by Billy Dictson, retired Director of Extension.
Bruce and Mayme Runyan
Bruce and Mayme Runyan have given a lifetime to 4-H. Both grew up in the program: Mayme Runyan competed at State Conference with her sewing projects and Bruce Runyan enjoyed showing steers at the county and state fairs.
Mayme Runyan served as the McAlister 4-H Club Leader from 1959-1979 offering support to the county and state 4-H program whenever needed, including starting the Quay County 4-H Scholarship program and working to have Lea County youth eligible to exhibit at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.
Bruce Runyan served as a county commissioner for two terms providing strong support for the County Fair, the Junior Livestock Sale and the 4-H Program. Bruce Runyan died in 1999, but he and his wife have left a legacy by raising their children and now grandchildren in 4-H.
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