EAST LANSING- Patricia Dishaw of Crystal Falls was among eight 4-H alumni to be inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society recently.
The Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society honors former Michigan 4-H members whose professional leadership and community service reflect the ultimate outcome of 4-H membership extraordinary use of an individual's head, heart, hands and health to make communities, the country and the world better places in which to live.
This recognition is provided by Michigan 4-H Youth Development with support from the Michigan 4-H Foundation.
Dishaw has lived as a model citizen in her community giving to countless organizations. As a 4-H youth in Iron County, she served as a 4-H teen leader providing direction to younger members and continues after 40 years as a 4-H leader today.
"I believe 4-H involvement helps develop a caring attitude," Dishaw said. "With a caring attitude, you try to help in your community which means getting involved in school, church, clubs and neighborhood activities. Hopefully, in helping someone, they in turn will help others."
Dishaw is in her ninth term as Mansfield Township treasurer, serving 34 years as a public servant. Additionally, she shows her commitment to community by serving as president of the Mansfield Historical Society for 37 years, president of the Happy Hallow Homemakers for 35 years and 60 years as the St. Rose Catholic Church organist. She also served 20 years as co-editor/publisher of the Mansfield News, president of the Iron County Medical Care Facility Auxiliary and a two year term as president and 20-year member of the Crystal Falls Musicale, raising money for music scholarships. She is current treasurer and past secretary of the Heritage Trail Board.
For the past 20 years, Dishaw has volunteered at least monthly for the Iron County Medical Care Facility where she gives beauty treatments to residents, serves residents at parties, assists on off-site outings and assists in purchasing gifts for residents. She also volunteers at the Iron County Historical Museum for student educational programs relating to the history of the mining and logging industries in Mansfield Township.
Dishaw was instrumental in the restoration of the Mansfield Pioneer Church, a local historical building, and also led the development of vacant land to create a community park for children and families.
She has been recognized for her volunteerism as the Iron County Museum Volunteer of the Year, Crystal Falls Woman of the Year and Iron County Homemaker of the Year. She also received a volunteer award grant from MTA/Wal-Mart to purchase playground equipment for Mansfield Township parks.
Also honored were Joan L. Pierce Boewe, of Richmond, Ky.; Joan Dostaler, Lake Linden; Keith Ferris, Hastings; Friedrich Henningsen, Sturgis; Tod Kubiszak, Lawrence; Judith Edison Paul, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; and Stuart D. Sleight, East Lansing.
Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society members are inducted every two years. The inaugural class of 62 members was inducted in 2002 in honor of the national 4-H centennial. Subsequent classes were inducted in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
For more information on the 4-H Emerald Clover Society and its 136 members, visit www.mi4hfdtn.org/ecs.