The Ada Edwards Laughlin Award is named for the co-founder of National Assistance League who remained “less visible”. Recipients are those that exemplify someone who works extremely hard, but often stays behind the scenes.
The following narrative, written by Kathy Palmrose, explains why Pat Martin is so deserving of this award:
Pat is always working in the backroom and helping on Thrift Shop Shifts. She is not afraid to take on any duty with a smile. She is currently Thrift Shop Manager, on the Domestics Committee, on the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Finance Committee. Pat is part of the team that makes bookmarks that are included with Operation School Bell®. She also volunteers on Sundays pulling items for domestics. She is an asset to Assistance League of Boise and a friend to all. Most importantly, Pat never let a volunteer leave without acknowledging them and thanking them for all they do for our organization. She became a member in 2016 and has worked on most of the philanthropic committees including, Operation School Bell, Cinderella’s Closet, Teen Retail and Bown House.
Other interests include golf, participating in Welcome Wagon, walking her dog and reading. She has seven granddaughters, and the first granddaughter is getting married this year. She has been moved by the volunteers who stepped up during the pandemic by working multiple shifts and extra hours to keep Assistance League of Boise open for operation and supporting the community.