Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 Community Awards
The Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the 2018 First Citizen Awards. The First Citizen Awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, March 18, at the Mount Angel Festhalle. Tickets are $30 and available to purchase at Columbia Bank in Mount Angel.
FIRST CITIZEN — Andy Otte
Mayor Andy Otte is the 2018 Mt. Angel First Citizen.
Mayor Otte has served on the City Council since 2009 and as mayor since 2013. In that time he has served on multiple committees and in 2016 he established the Youth Councilor role. Most recently he was appointed to the Oregon Mayors Association board of directors.
Otte has been a member of the Mt. Angel Fire Department for 12 years and is currently a captain. He was selected as Rookie of the Year in 2008 and Firefighter of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He has also served as president and treasurer of the volunteer association.
For the last 13 years, Otte has also served as a volunteer coach and mentor for our youth in t-ball, softball, baseball, football and on the Mt. Angel Youth Sports board.
Citizens that nominated Otte describe him as a selfless leader with great patience and integrity.
JUNIOR FIRST CITIZEN — Nick Suing
This year's Junior First Citizen is Nick Suing. A senior at JFK High School, Suing was selected for his leadership skills and community involvement. Suing is captain of the football and basketball team, and a member of FBLA, HOSA, Habitat for Humanity and National Honors Society. Additionally, he has served as class vice president for four years and the FFA chapter President for the last two. Suing has volunteered his time at Oktoberfest, St. Mary Parish and FFA events.
One of his goals is to continue his community service in Mt. Angel. He says he has been inspired by the charitable giving of others and feels an obligation to remain active in the community that has done so much for him.
Mount Angel Abbey will be receiving the Distinguished Service award for more than 130 years of service and commitment to the area. Over the years, Mt. Angel Abbey has provided guidance and support not only for the local parish but the community as a whole. They have been involved in developing the Heritage Trail, part of the design review committee for façade improvement in town, and often attend local events to offer prayers and blessings.
PRESIDENT'S AWARD — Oktoberfest
2018 Chamber President Pete Wall has selected Mt. Angel Oktoberfest to receive the President's Award for its tremendous community accomplishments and the charitable contributions made over the years.
Tiny's Tavern has been selected as Business of the Year. One of Mt. Angel's original businesses still in operation, Tiny's has been a steady source of support for many organizations over the years. The Legion, Community Foundation, fire department, Oktoberfest and local schools all have benefited from Tiny's generosity to the community.
One nomination said, "Tiny's has always been a gathering spot for local farmers and businessmen in the community since the day they opened up. Even when a stranger comes in, they feel welcomed."
SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD — Mt. Angel Legion Post 89
Recognized for its ongoing service to the Mt. Angel community, Mt. Angel Legion Post 89 has been selected for the Special Service Award. Since receiving its charter in 1934, Post 89 has served the community in numerous ways. Its members are responsible for placing flags around town on holidays and on veteran's gravesites in our local cemeteries for Memorial Day. They also provide the Color Guard for veteran's memorial services and Fourth of July as well as the raising of the flags at Oktoberfest. Additionally, Post 89 members annually participate in a cleanup of neglected veterans' headstones and provide scholarships to local high school students to attend Boys and Girls State.
The nomination for the Legion states that the awards of their members past and present are too numerous to list. Military awards for service and valor since World War I have been bestowed on every member of our organization. The men and women of Post 89 represent every brand of the Armed Services. All are proud to have served. All continue to serve their community.