Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is accepting nominations for the 2017 Peggi Timm Civic Leadership Award, which will be given to a woman residing in OTEC’s service territory who most exemplifies Timm’s ceaseless spirit of volunteerism. Emphasis will be placed upon recognizing individuals who have led in the creation, revitalization and success of local organizations and institutions.
OTEC will contribute $25,000 to a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chosen by the recipient. The beneficiary must be based within the four counties of OTEC’s service territory (Baker, Grant, Harney and Union). The award will be funded through OTEC’s unclaimed capital credit account.
Nomination forms are available online at www.otecc.com under the “Community” tab and should be submitted to OTEC’s Manager of Communications and Government Affairs Lara Petitclerc-Stokes by 5 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2017. Nominations may be made by an individual or group who wishes to acknowledge the work of the nominee or by the nominee themselves. Past applicants who have not received the award are encouraged to resubmit their nominations. Selection of the recipient will be made by the OTEC Board of Directors at the April Board Meeting.
Long time eastern Oregon resident, Peggi Timm, was the driving force behind the creation of OTEC, serving as the first President of its Board of Directors. Peggi served numerous roles on the Board and in the greater electric cooperative community, receiving the Northwest Public Power Association Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2009, and won the White Rose Award from the Oregon March of Dimes for women who have made a significant impact on their communities.
Peggi was named “Baker Woman of the Year” three times and served as Baker County Treasurer and as a City Councilor. The former President of the Oregon Trail Regional Museum, she was appointed by the US Department of the Interior to the National Advisory Board for the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Peggi Timm passed away in 2013.