4-H Hall of Fame

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Travis Nelson

Nominated by: Quay County

Inducted in: 2002

Travis Nelson joined 4-H when she decided she wanted to be a home demonstration agent. As an assistant state club leader, she carried 4-H to kids across New Mexico in a van loaded with volleyball nets, softball bases, a generator, and a bedroll. After retirement in 1972, she was instrumental in starting the New Mexico 4-H Foundation and the Extension Support Council. She formed a 4-H club in Nara Visa and has given many hours as a leader. She organized support to renovate a fairgrounds building for 4-H clubs to meet in, which was renamed in her honor. We can't wait to see what she'll do next!

Bill Neish

Bill Neish of Torrance County

Inducted in: 2007

Bill Neish began his career in San Juan County as a 4-H agent. He left to work in the meat packing industry but returned as a Torrance County Agriculture 4-H Agent. He served from 1974 until his retirement in 2002. Mr. Neish had many accomplishments in Torrance County, but he took the most pride in developing a strong and active County Council. It was important that youth learn how to run a meeting and conduct business without the interference of adults. Mr. Neish is credited with developing Electric Camp, which evolved into the Novice Camp. He served as a mentor to young agents, helping them understand their duties and giving them a "gentle kick in the pants" when needed. There are many funny stories about Mr. Neish, but he made the "Best Better" in 4-H for New Mexico. Thank you, and Congratulations, Mr. Neish.