Bryan Wolfe of Hermiston has received the Northwest Public Power Association’s top honor for community service.
Wolfe, a longtime member of the Umatilla Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, received the Paul J. Raver Community Service Award May 22 at the NWPPA’s annual conference in Boise.
The award honors an individual or company who has demonstrated superior leadership in the betterment of cities, states or regions.
It was first presented to Paul J. Raver (posthumously) on April 18, 1963. Raver was one of the first leaders of Bonneville Power Administration, and later served as superintendent of Seattle City Light.
Wolfe, a rancher and farmer, was cited for championing his city, state and region through 40-plus years of volunteer service. In the public power industry, Wolfe has served on local (UEC), state (Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association) and national (National Rural Electric Cooperative) boards of directors.
Three Oregon governors, in three separate decades, have recognized Wolfe’s leadership by appointing him to the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, the Hanford Cleanup Board and the Oregon Board of Forestry.
His alma mater, Oregon State University, named him to its Agricultural Hall of Fame. Most tellingly, the people who know him best – his friends, neighbors and colleagues – honored Wolfe as Hermiston’s Man of the Year in 1999.
NWPPA is an international association representing and serving about 150 customer-owned, locally controlled utilities in the Western U.S. and Canada. The Association also serves approximately 300 associate members across the U.S. and Canada who are allied with the electric utility industry.