Dumas honored as Pillar of the Community
Patsy Dumas, a 51-year veteran of the banking industry and a advocate of many community nonprofit efforts, has been honored by Hill College as a Pillar of the Community.
She was presented the honor Friday, along with Art Mann of Hillsboro and Cathy Marchel of Cleburne, during Hill College's 11th annual Boots and Suits Gala at the Cleburne Conference Center.
“We looked for individuals who are essential to the life of their communities,” said Preston McReynolds, Hill College's associate director of development. “This year’s three recipients were also recognized not only for their hard work, but also for their giving back to their communities.”
Proceeds from the Boots and Suits Gala are applied toward student scholarships and improvements to Hill College campuses and programs.
Dumas rose from a position as a file clerk at Farmers and Merchants Bank and eventually became president of the Burleson branch of First State Bank of Rio Vista. Since 1999, Dumas has served as vice president of First National Bank of Burleson, and was named to the bank's board of directors in 2008. She presently serves as the bank's senior vice president.
While residing for 58 years in Burleson with her husband, Billy, Dumas has served in a number of roles with various community organizations.
She is the president of United Cooperative Services' board of directors, where she has served as a director since 1990. Dumas is also in her fourth year serving on the board of the Texas Electric Cooperative, serving as treasurer in the past three years.
A two-time chairman of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce, Dumas has earned numerous local and national awards, including for recruiting the most new chamber members in 1989 for a community of Burleson's size. Mayor Ken Shetter and the City Council presented Dumas with the Citizen’s Excellence in Community Involvement Award in 2015, the same year she was honored by the Texas Bankers Association for 50 years in the banking industry. That honor also resulted in Dumas being presented a flag flown over the Texas capitol from state Rep. DeWayne Burns.
Dumas was recognized as Burleson's Citizen of the Year in 1990 and was the first recipient of the Athena Award in 1992. She serves the organization as a member and past president.
Dumas has served in the Burleson Rotary Club since 1993, and was honored in 2003 as the club's Rotarian of the Year. She received Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 2004 and was the first club member to earn the Rotary Builder award in 2007.
A founding member of the Burleson Character Council, Dumas was honored with the Byron Black Character Award in 2007, an honor named for the former Burleson mayor. She is also a board member for the Burleson Opportunity Fund and a charter member of the Chisholm Trail 100 Club.
Her past positions include serving as vice president of Keep Burleson Beautiful and as a committee member of Texas Health Huguley Hospital's Crystal Heart Gala.