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Heart of Washington County Award going to Pat Reser

The community activist earned the honor for a long record of community service
by: Submitted photo PAT RESER

Longtime Beaverton resident Pat Reser will receive the 2011 Heart of Washington County Award presented by the Washington County Museum.

The presentation will be June 24 at A Taste of Washington County, one of the museum's signature community events. The annual event honors an outstanding local resident for dedication and community service and recognizes a lasting contribution to the community and beyond.

A Taste of Washington County showcases some of the area's finest wines and features the culinary talent of local restaurants, caterers and chefs. A Taste of Washington County promises to be a lively evening with mouth-watering small-plate entrees, wine and luscious desserts. Attendees can mix and mingle before dinner while enjoying live music and browsing the museum's exhibits.

The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Washington County Museum, located on the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus. Reservations are $65 per person and include dinner, dessert and beverages.

For reservations or more information, call 503-645-5353, ext. 110, or reserve online at washingtoncountymuseum.org.

Chairwoman of the board of Reser's Fine Foods, Pat Reser is a former elementary teacher who retired from the Beaverton School District in 1995. Married to the late Al Reser for 52 years, Pat always has always given back to the community, even while she worked and reared five children.

She has served organizations such as the Washington County Museum, OMSI, parent-teacher organizations, the Beaverton Schools Foundation, Boy and Girl Scouts, the Beaverton Arts Commission, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Medical Teams International and Dress for Success, to name a few.

Reser is co-chair of the OSU Foundation Campaign Steering Committee and has been a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees since 2003.

Additionally, she serves on the museum's board of stewards and recently established the Reser Family Foundation. She has 14 grandchildren and is active in their school events, sports and other activities.

Born in Canada in 1938, Reser moved to Portland during her high school years and then attended Portland State University where she met her husband, Al. They married in 1958, transferred to Oregon State University and both graduated in 1960, Pat earned a bachelor's in elementary education.

She later returned to Portland State to earn a master's in special education. She taught in Forest Grove and Hillsboro before retiring from the Beaverton School District in 1995. Serving as the corporate secretary for 13 years, Pat currently chairs the board of Reser's Fine Foods.

Curiosity and a desire to make a difference have been hallmarks of Pat's life. Having been married to Al for 52 years, raising five creative and successful children and enjoying 14 grandchildren continue to provide many opportunities for both.