LANSING—On June 21, Pat Dishaw was one of eight new members inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society during the 4-H Emerald Awards Ceremony held at the Wharton Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.
The goal of the Emerald Clover Society is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate individuals who have had significant 4-H involvement as a youth and who have made significant contributions to their local, state and national communities.
Membership in the Emerald Clover Society is bestowed upon former Michigan 4-H youth members with significant professional achievements and/or service to their communities and society. Emerald Clover Society nominations are accepted every two years.
Dishaw was nominated by Adrien Brzoznowski, Iron County’s 4-H program instructor, and her two daughters, Sharon Nickels and Shirley Dishaw-Beck, also 4-H leaders.
The selection committee includes state and county 4-H volunteers and staff members, Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees and current Emerald Clover Society members.
Nominee selection is based on evidence of three or more years of 4-H youth membership, professional and business achievement, leadership in community service and philanthropy, contributions to or impact on American society, and significant leadership and achievement as a 4-H member. Nominees must be living.
“I believe 4-H involvement helps develop a caring attitude. 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,” said Dishaw.
Dishaw has volunteered with countless organizations in the community.
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.
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 for 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 Medicare 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.