Annual WPUDA Awards

 

2016 Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dick Price, Stevens PUD

Elmgren Public Service Award
Scot Erickson, Chelan PUD

Good Samaritan Award
Joe Helvey, Clallam County PUD

Walkley Scholarship
Aspen Despain, Douglas County 



WPUDA Lifetime Achievement Award

The WPUDA Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor presented by the Washington Public Utility Districts Association. It recognizes the commitment of an individual to the philosophy and purpose of public power and water and to WPUDA. Commissioners, managers, or employees of a member PUD of WPUDA, either past or present, who has shown exceptional leadership in and dedication to the ideals and principles of the association is eligible to receive this award.

Each member PUD is eligible to submit one nomination from its own or another district. The final decision will be made by the WPUDA Awards Committee.

Past Winners

2016 Dick Price Stevens PUD
2015 Roger Sparks and Ron Hatfield Kittitas PUD and Pacific County PUD
2014 Gary Hicks and Ron Ihrig Asotin PUD and Klickitat PUD
2013 Lynn Heminger and Tracy Colard Douglas County PUD and Mason County PUD No. 1
2012 Tom Casey and Jim Sanders Grays Harbor PUD and Benton PUD
2011 Ted Simpson Clallam PUD
2010 Dave Muller Lewis PUD
2009 Tom Svendsen Klickitat PUD
2008 Benjamin H. Settle Mason PUD No. 1/No. 3
2007 Shirley Reese Energy Northwest
2006 Vera Claussen Grant PUD
  Mike Doneen Douglas PUD
2005 Harlan Warner Okanogan PUD
2004 Jim Wall Chelan PUD
2003 Robert Graves Benton PUD
  John Goldsbury Benton PUD


William T. Elmgren Public Service Award

This award pays tribute to the more than 50 years of public service by former Clark County PUD Commissioner William T. Elmgren. Any full-time district employee below the manager level who exemplifies PUD commitment and involvement in the community is eligible. Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria: Community service that addresses or improves the community’s social, educational, cultural, economic, or environmental condition; including involvement in service clubs and volunteer work;
  • Governmental service activities, including membership such as city council, school boards, elected and appointed positions;
  • Professional/technical ability, leadership on the job, outstanding work performance, and relationship with fellow employees;
  • Offices held or leadership in local or other organizations, and;
  • Other related activities.
A traveling plaque with the winner’s name and year is displayed in the PUD district office. A second plaque is presented to the employee. In addition, WPUDA awards a $250 contribution to a local charity chosen by the recipient.


Past Winners

2016 Scot Erickson Chelan PUD
2015 Debbie Gallaher Chelan PUD
2014 Sarah DeLozier Chelan PUD
2013 Susy Anderson Grant PUD
2012 Carol Wardell Chelan PUD
2011 Carl Jonsson Grays Harbor PUD
2010 Brad Hawkins Douglas PUD
2009 Dave Andrews Cowlitz PUD
2008 No recipient  
2007 Gary Long Benton PUD
2006 Len Anderson Douglas PUD
2005 Ray (Mac) McGregor Douglas PUD
2004 Steve Lovitt Grant PUD
2003 Todd Blackman Franklin PUD
2002 No recipient  
2001 No recipient  
2000 No recipient  
1999 Ronald Scott Ihrig Klickitat PUD
1998 Bobbi Weller Ferry PUD
1997 Michael Brennan Wahkiakum PUD
1996 Michael Babst Chelan PUD
1995 Mary Jean Lord Klickitat PUD
1994 Jeff Smith Chelan PUD
1993 Judie Stanton Clark Public Utilities
1992 Herbert Curtis Douglas PUD
1991 Fred Howard Snohomish PUD
1990 Wayne Wright Chelan PUD
1989 Keith Silen Klickitat PUD
1988 Denny Evans Pacific PUD
1987 Robert Hanson Snohomish PUD
1986 Rick Reil Benton PUD
1985 Richard Thompson Mason PUD
1984 Edward Parker Okanogan PUD


Good Samaritan Award

The Good Samaritan Award is presented to a Washington public utility district employee or employees who in the past year demonstrated meritorious action in a life-threatening situation. More than one Good Samaritan can be nominated if involved in the same incident. Nominations may come from managers, commissioners, or employee groups. The winner of the Good Samaritan Award will be honored with a personal plaque.


Past Winners

2016 Joe Helvey Clallam County PUD
2015 Noah Mawae, Mel Ferrier and Kevin Phillips, Larry Schaapman, employees of Okanogan PUD Clark Public Utilities, Mason County PUD No. 3, Grant County PUD, Okanogan County PUD
2014 Jeff Moses and Chelan PUD Crew: Cindy Bowen-Lorrain, Darren Davis, Todd Melton, Chris Shimer, Daniel Martyn Cowlitz PUD and Chelan PUD
2013 Vince Campagna Mason PUD No. 3
2012 Michael D. Howe Okanogan PUD
2011 Dale Benner, Steven Tobin, Justin Mills, Natheon Camus, Steve Button, Toni Fairchild, Rachel Fredrickson Grays Harbor PUD
2010 Matt Hollis Skamania PUD
2009 Lewis Schooler, Curt Brewer, Steve Kozial, Brian Saunders, Steve Horner, Chuck Hansen, Farrell Coulsen, Jesse Martin, Steve Kerr Grant PUD
2009 Todd Gaston Benton PUD
2009 Ashley Stimmel Clark Public Utility
2008 No recipient  
2007 RJ Fronsman & Josh Noga Grant PUD
2006 Mike McBee, Dan Dean, Barry Balvitsch & Dean Oberlander Franklin PUD
2005 Brenna Morris, Kary Meredith, Nate Rogers & Dave Johnson Grant PUD
2004 Mike Snyder, Hiland Hoiland, Brent Darnell & Darren Robertson Douglas PUD
2003 Kathy Weston, jan Ralston & Mike McClean Clark Public Utilities


Walkley Educational Scholarship

The Walkley Educational Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school student who is the son or daughter of a PUD employee in Washington. The scholarship was established by Glenn Walkley, a Franklin County PUD commissioner from 1945 to 1980, and his wife, Elvira. The Walkleys established a $10,000 trust fund for the scholarship. The scholarship consists of the interest from this trust. In recent years WPUDA has augmented the award so that the total scholarship amount is $1,000. Each year, the Board of Commissioners of each member PUD may submit to the trustees the name of one student who:
  • Is a son or daughter of a parent presently employed by a PUDs
  • Is regularly enrolled as a senior in high school
  • Has maintained a grade average of C or better
  • Has a record of average or better participation in high school activities
  • Has been chosen in a local drawing
In accordance with the trust, the trustees will choose the winner by lot. The trustees are the President, Vice President and Executive Director of the Washington PUD Association. The winner and family will be invited to the Washington PUD Association Annual Meeting in December. It is customary for the winner to be the guest of the WPUDA and for the winner’s relatives to be hosted by the nominating PUD.


Past Winners

2015 Paul Bennett Mason County PUD No. 3
2014 Tiana Parker Thurston PUD
2013 Bowe McKay Lewis County PUD
2012 Kira Dunsmoor Pacific County PUD
2011 Nicholas Sargent Franklin PUD
2010 Daniel Thiel Klickitat PUD
2009 Marrisa Davidson Mason PUD #3
2008 Brent Etzkorn Chelan PUD
2007 Alexandria Rostvold Mason PUD #3
2006 Travis Zimmerman Pend Oreille PUD
2005 Anthony Butler Energy Northwest
2004 Desa-Ray McKinney Cowlitz PUD
2003 Thomas Creekpaum III Mason PUD #3
2002 Kellie Brennan Wahkiakum PUD
2001 Brianna Himlie Mason PUD #3
2000 Jessica Nave Snohomish PUD
1999 Jeremy Groth Ferry PUD
1998 Jennifer Gunkel Klickitat PUD
1997 Karen Muller Lewis PUD
1996 John Brust Snohomish PUD
1995 Kortney Dolan Pacific PUD
1994 Jason Holmes Lewis PUD
1993 Joe Louis Asotin PUD
1992 Taryn Pedersen Cowlitz PUD
1991 Melisa Smith Clallam PUD
1990 James Buechel Mason PUD #3
1989 Diane Ash Grant PUD
1988 Rhonda Sanders Klickitat PUD