The Serve Illinois Commission announced the creation of a new Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, October 13, 2017 at the annual National Service Recognition Day held in Springfield, Illinois. In announcing the award and its first recipient, Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission, said that it was being presented to someone who has been long been involved in volunteer efforts locally in Chicago as well as statewide and has been involved in AmeriCorps programming from the beginning, which has included service as a Serve Illinois Commissioner, a board member of America’s Service Commission representing Illinois, and an AmeriCorps program director. More importantly he said she is someone who serves as a mentor to her members and everyone who serves in national service in Illinois and has been a great friend to him and the Serve Illinois Commission. He concluded by saying “in creating a Lifetime Achievement Award we wanted to make sure it had a name that went along with a lifetime of service and so we named it the Dorothy Miaso Lifetime Service Award”.