Request for Nominees for the 2020 Oroville Lifetime Achievement Award
OROVILLE, CA – January 14, 2020 – The Oroville City Council is asking the community to provide nominations for the “Samuel J. Norris Award for Excellence.” In 2002, the City Council approved this annual award for significant lifetime achievements toward improving the quality of life in the City of Oroville.
Samuel (Sam) Norris was a civil engineer who arrived in Oroville in 1903 with his wife and three children. He served in private and official capacities, including preparing a report that led to the construction of the Western Pacific Railroad with a one percent grade through the Feather River Canyon, doing most of the rail connection studies while working incognito. He served as City Engineer from 1911 until his retirement in 1952. His first assignments were paving specifications for the business district and the plans for the City’s storm water system.
Nominees can either be an individual or group of individuals that have improved the quality of life in the City of Oroville. Consideration will also be given to significant community service, providing positive leadership to the community and significant achievement(s) in the nominee’s life that inspired others to improve the community.
Past recipients include, Bernie Richter, Dan Cook, Kenneth Richter, Donald Richter, Eugene Ludwig, Jack McKillop, Elisabeth Isch, Clay Castleberry, Jim Moll, Darrell Stevens, Jim Lehoff, Ray Sousa, Lee Jernigan, Wendell P. Hammon, the Charlie Gee Family, Dean Hill, Sr., Stu Shaner and Bud Tracy. Awardees are displayed on a plaque in the foyer of the City Council Chambers.
Nomination applications are available by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (530) 538-2535, or by stopping by the Oroville City Hall located at 1735 Montgomery Street, Oroville, CA. 95965. The application is also available on the City’s website: www.cityoforoville.org. Completed nomination applications will be accepted until 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The applications will be reviewed and considered by the City Council with the recipient honored at the State of the City on April 2nd at the State Theatre.
Additional information about the Samuel J. Norris Award for Excellence
The Samuel J. Norris Award for Excellence is to recognize the outstanding efforts and commitment of an individual or individuals in improving (or has improved) the quality of life in the City of Oroville. Areas of importance are:
- Improving the quality of life in the City of Oroville
- Contributing significant community service in the City of Oroville
- Providing positive leadership to the community
- Significant achievement(s) in their life that inspired others to improve the community
The criteria for the selection will be based on the nominee’s lifetime achievements in improving the quality of life in the City of Oroville. The City Council’s decision will be final.
Any member of the community in the City of Oroville or Greater Oroville area may be nominated.
Nomination applications will be available and accepted January 15 - February 26, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and considered by the City Council in January. The award will be presented at a meeting or event selected by the City Council. If applicable, letters of recommendation from individuals or organizations should be included with the applications.
An ongoing award will be displayed at City Hall and individual awards will be presented to the recipient. One or more awards may be approved by the City Council.
Applications are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 1735 Montgomery Street, Oroville, California, 95965. Telephone (530) 538-2535.