4-H Salute to Excellence Awards

Diana P. Langshaw

Diana P. Langshaw

Class Year: 2012

County: Barry

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Diana Langshaw has been a 4-H volunteer for 50 years, starting out as an organizational leader for the Busy Beavers 4-H Club for five years before moving into project leadership roles in other clubs that needed adult volunteer assistance. Her passion for 4-H has led her to broaden her horizons to international 4-H, including hosting 15 international youth and leaders in her farm home from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Belize. Diana has been very active in the Barry County Advisory 4-H Council and county fair, serving as a catalyst in modernizing the structure of both and clarifying their missions, policies and procedures. She was the Barry County 4-H intergenerational coordinator to strengthen activities between youth and seniors. Increasingly, with experience, she was engaged with county and state initiatives and events of all sorts, always anxious to move from planning to implementation. Besides her dedication to 4- H, Langshaw has been a parent to 27 foster and adoptive children besides her own natural children. She has served as a Ross Township trustee, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission member, and a member of the Four Township Water Resource Board, the Kalamazoo Environmental Health Advisory Council, Surface Water Advisory Committee and Kalamazoo Conservation Committee. She has carried her 4-H banner into other agricultural organizational roles such as the Southwestern Michigan Polled Hereford Association, American and Michigan Rabbit Breeders, and the North American Gladiolus Council. She is the co-owner-operator of Langshaw Farms, Inc., with 10 acres of flowers hybridized for top growers. A Barry County 4-H alumnus, Langshaw was inducted into the 4-H Emerald Clover Society in 2002. She has also been announced as both the North Central Regional Outstanding Lifetime 4-H Volunteer and the National OutstandingLifetime 4-H Volunteer.