4-H Hall of Fame

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Travis Nelson

Nominated by: Quay County

Inducted in: 2002

Travis Nelson joined 4-H as soon as she was old enough and decided early on that she wanted to be a home demonstration agent. As an assistant state club leader, she carried 4-H fun 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 4-H leader. She organized support to renovate a fairgrounds building for 4-H clubs to meet in, which was re-named 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 the 4-H agent, then left to work in the meat packing industry, returning to Extension as the Torrance County Agriculture / 4-H Agent where he served from 1974 until his retirement in 2002. Mr. Neish had many accomplishments during his time in Torrance County, but he took the most pride in developing a strong and active County 4-H Council. It was important to him that youth learn how to run a meeting and conduct business without the help or interference of adults. Mr. Neish is also credited with developing Electric Camp which evolved into the Novice Camp we have today. He served as a mentor to many young agents helping them understand their duties and giving them a "gentle kick in the pants" when they needed it. There are many funny stories about Mr. Neish, but if you only remember one thing about him, remember that he made the "Best Better" in 4-H for New Mexico and Torrance County. Thank you and Congratulations, Mr. Neish.