The Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) presented Newport City Recorder & Special Projects Director Peggy Hawker with the 2021 President’s Award of Distinction. Hawker received the award at the association’s annual business meeting held virtually on Oct. 1.

This honor is awarded to a member of the association who has contributed greatly to a committee or has performed exceptional work for OAMR. Nominations for this award are accepted only from OAMR members. Some areas considered might be in leadership, OAMR committee work, lifetime achievement, OAMR programs, or education development.

During the award presentation, OAMR President Angie Lanter announced, “Ms. Hawker is one of OAMR’s biggest supporters and advocates. She is a wealth of knowledge, always willing to share her experiences, advice and guidance. She is willing to jump in whenever and wherever needed to make things happen, such as the transition to a virtual conference, which she did while on vacation, and I am almost certain that she has served on or chaired every committee in OAMR and quite possibly IIMC at least once.

“Hawker) is a strong advocate of education and works diligently to build a portfolio of presenters to draw from for our annual mid-year academy and annual conference,” Lanter continued. “While she will be retiring in a few months, we are very fortunate that she will be continuing as an active member of OAMR. I am very thankful for her willingness and desire to still be involved, and for taking on the challenge to mentor me as I transition into the chair of the education committee.”

Hawker has been an active member of OAMR since 2000. She has served and chaired on numerous OAMR committees, served as a region director, and elected as second vice president of OAMR in 2003, first vice president in 2004, and president in 2005.

OAMR is a professional organization dedicated to promoting governmental relationships and providing educational and training opportunities for over 200 Oregon city recorders statewide.

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