Thelma Jo Riddle, a 4-H leader for 20 years in Quay County, was selected as the New Mexico recipient of the 2009 Salute To Excellence Award.
This award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege, according to a press release from 4-H.
T.J., as she is known, is active in the 4-H Horse Program and has served in county level positions and as a 4-H club leader.
Her enthusiasm and organizational skills have been a model for the 4-H members and their families, the release said. She encourages her members to complete their tasks and gives them the limelight to shine, the release said.
“T.J. has a heart of gold," and "she is committed to her 4-H members and strives to help them live the 4-H
motto, 'To Make The Best Better,'" according to her nomination.
The selection was made by the New Mexico State 4-H staff at New Mexico State University.