Mike Watters wins West Linn's 2022 Robert Moore Award
To Mike Watters, Robert Moore is impressive for the feats he accomplished — founding a city, opening a mill, publishing a newspaper and helping establish the Oregon Territory.
Watters, who recently received the city of West Linn's annual award for volunteerism that bears Moore's name, carries some of the same drive to get things done.
"As he says, if you want something done, call a busy person. Mike is that very busy person who will find a way to pitch in if asked — and often even if not asked," wrote Pati Presnail, one of the three residents who nominated Watters for the 2022 Robert Moore Award.
Watters has dedicated more than three decades of service to the West Linn community. In those 30 years, he has been involved in the Friends of McLean House and Park, West Linn Lions Club, Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, Bolton Neighborhood Association, Friends of Maddax Woods and the West Linn Historical Society.
"Most of us have benefited in one way or another from Mike's thoughtfulness, inclusivity, generosity, enthusiasm and positive, tireless spirit," wrote Diane Harju, another resident who nominated Watters.
Watters said he was honored to receive this year's Robert Moore Award, but was also thinking of all the community's other volunteers who also are deserving of this recognition.
"All the people I'm close to are volunteers and they all work (very hard)," Watters said.
In the West Linn Lions Club alone, he said, there are 65 members who regularly donate their time and talents to various causes in the community. Many of them have been at it for more than 40 years, he added.
"We need more of (Robert) Moore," Watters said, meaning other volunteers deserve the honor as well.
Watters recalled Harmony in West Linn (a community sing-along), a tool and toy sale, a kids boating safety program, the Locks Fest and the youth tool clinic as some of his favorite memories of volunteerism in West Linn over the years.
As Mayor Jules Walters presented Watters with the award at a West Linn City Council meeting Monday, April 18, Watters was joined by his wife, Peggy, and received words of congratulations from his children and grandchildren. Watters said he comes from a large family of volunteers and credited Peggy, who was a volunteer coordinator for the cities of Portland and Wilsonville, for getting him involved in so many projects.
He also reminded others of their chances to give back through volunteerism.
"You have an opportunity to give," Watters said. "Make good choices. It could be the Lions. It could be the Scouts. It could be the McLean House this Saturday."
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