Patricia Milliman Welch (Bear Clan) was honored during the Oz-Stravaganza weekend by the International L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Historical Foundation for her volunteer service to the Museum and entire Chittenango community. Patti received an honorary lifetime membership to the Museum and, along with her family, also received the Bronze Presidential Service Award.

In a Facebook post Patti shared her thoughts on the honor:

“I have tried to raise my kids to be good humans, I have tried to instill the same value of ‘Its not what you have that matters, it how you use what you have to help others that counts.’ All of the bear cubs have helped when they can, and some still do as much as possible. But their love of community is still a value.

I am truly humbled for these honors. The recognition is not why I do it but I am thankful for all of the people I meet and will continue to do what I can, however I can. Thank you to my family for supporting me and following me and Thank you ALL THINGS OZ!!”