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Peggi Timm Civic Leadership Award


Harney County Historical Society Board President Mildred Fine and OTEC Board President George Galloway.

If you are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization within Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative's 4-county service territory, it is time to mark your calendars for February 2018 and bring your dedicated female volunteers into the Eastern Oregon limelight.

The Legacy: Long time eastern Oregon resident Peggi Timm was the driving force behind the creation of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, serving as the first President of its Board of Directors. Peggi went on to serve 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. She gave back tirelessly to her community, winning 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 has 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 was instrumental in helping to bring many of our local employers to Eastern Oregon over the years and worked with state and national leaders to bring the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to fruition. Peggi’s commitment to Eastern Oregon can be seen in almost every facet of the communities she has so ceaselessly served. Peggi Timm passed away in 2013.

The 2018 Peggi Timm Civic Leadership Award will be awarded to a woman residing in OTEC’s service territory who most exemplifies Peggi’s ceaseless spirit of volunteerism to improve life in our communities. Emphasis will be placed upon recognizing individuals who have led in the creation, revitalization, and success of local organizations and institutions.

The Award: OTEC will contribute $25,000 to a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chosen by the recipient. The beneficiary must be based within OTEC’s service territory. The award will be funded through OTEC’s unclaimed capital credit account.

The Process: Nominations should be submitted to Sandra J. Ghormley, OTEC Director of Member and Program Services, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018. 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. Nomination forms will be available online at in the “community” tab, starting February 1, 2018. Selection of the recipient will be made by OTEC's Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled April board meeting. 

Nomination forms will be available February 2018