Patrick W. Emery, a Santa Rosa attorney and community leader, a staunch supporter of 4-H, FFA and the Sonoma County Fair, is the 2013 recipient of the 4-H Alumni Recognition Award.
The 4-H Alumni Award, presented by the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, honors a former 4-H Club member who upholds the values of leadership, citizenship and community service, which are the hallmarks of the 4-H program. Emery, who continues to give back to the community in the 4-H tradition, will be honored at the 4-H Foundation BBQ and “Fun”draiser on Sept. 21 at Richard’s Grove and Saralee’s Vineyard in Windsor.
Emery credits his work ethic and core values to growing up on a 70-acre farm in El Dorado County where he was a member of the Southside Topnotch 4-H Club. He picked fruit on the family farm and as a member of the 4-H raised and showed market steers, lambs and poultry for the county fair.
Emery’s dedication to 4-H and the Sonoma County Fair is part of his extraordinary legacy of community service, which has paralleled a distinguished 36-year legal career following his undergraduate education at Harvard University and a law degree from the University of California, Davis.
Emery was appointed to the Sonoma County Fair board of directors in 1989 and became an honorary fair director in 1997. He continues to take an active role in the fair and the fair’s junior livestock auctions, buying animals raised by 4-H’ers and serving as an announcer at the auction.
Emery donated his legal expertise to file the federal paperwork to establish the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County as a registered, non-profit charitable organization. He also donated his services to establish the Sonoma County Fair Foundation and serves as president of the Fair Foundation.