BAKER CITY – Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is seeking nominations for a new award that will honor a woman who exemplifies volunteer spirit in her community.

The Peggi Timm Civic Leadership Award will be presented annually. It is named for the longtime Eastern Oregon resident who was the driving force behind the creation of OTEC, and served as its first board president.

She also contributed to her community as Baker County treasurer and a city councilor, served on the national advisory board for the Oregon Trail Interpretative Center and was honored with the Oregon March of Dimes’ White Rose Award.

The new award was created to recognize women in OTEC’s service area 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) nonprofit organization chosen by the recipient. The beneficiary must be based in OTEC’s service territory. The award will be funded through OTEC’s unclaimed capital credit account.

Nominations should be submitted to Steve Schauer, OTEC director of member and program services, by April 1. Forms are available at all OTEC district offices.

The OTEC board will select the recipient by April 18, and the winner will be announced at the annual meeting April 27 in La Grande and in the Ruralite and local media.

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