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AWARDS 2012

Grassroots Leadership Award

In 1987, NDTOA established the Mr. Township Award which was dedicated to the founder of our organization – Hank Weber of Casselton, North Dakota.  The name of the award was later changed to the Grassroots Leadership Award to recognize the many female township officers in our state.

This award was presented to a township officer who, through his or her actions, had served their township, their community and/or their state with exceptional service.

The first recipient was Jim Braaten from Crary, Ramsey County, in 1987. Click here to see all past Mr. Township recipients.


LARRY SYVERSON -  NDTOA 2012 GRASSROOTS GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

The North Dakota Township Officers Association 2012 Grassroots Government Leadership Award was presented to Larry Syverson, a township officer from Mayville.

Syverson has served Roseville Township as a supervisor since 1986. He has been the township assessor for many years and is currently serving as chairman of the board of supervisors and is also the zoning officer. He served for many years on the board of directors of the Traill County Township Officers Association having served four of those years as chairman of the board.

Syverson was elected in December of 1999 to represent District 3 on the NDTOA state board of directors and has served the last three years as state president of the association.

Larry designed the current computer mailing list for a much improved communication tool. He also revised and updated the NDTOA Handbook that spells out the legal duties and responsibilities of township officers according to the ND Century Code.

He has tirelessly represented the members of the NDTOA in Bismarck the last three legislative sessions and is making preparations for the 2013 session.

Pictured left to right - Al Bekkerus, Awards Committee Chairman, Larry Syverson,
award recipient, and Ken Yantes, NDTOA Executive Secretary

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Legislator of the Year Award

Legislative success requires friends in the legislative arena. This award program was established to reward, on an annual basis, one of those legislators who have been of great help to the NDTOA.

These awards are given at the annual meeting awards banquet. Each winner has a chance to be recognized in the presence of as many township officers as are assembled at the annual meeting and convention. The award recipient is given a plaque and are invited to address the NDTOA membership.

The qualifications to receive this award depend on if the legislator has been a repeated sponsor, co-sponsor or defended in committee or on the floor of their house, township endorsed bills.

Senator David O’Connell, a township officer from the Lansford area, was the first award winner. Click here to see all past Legislator of the Year recipients.

CURTIS OLAFSON -  2012  NDTOA  LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

Former District 10 Senator Curtis Olafson, Edinburg, was named the 2012 North Dakota Township Officers Association's Legislator of the Year at their 46th annual meeting in Bismarck on December 3.

The award was presented at the evening banquet by NDTOA President Larry Syverson and Ken Yantes, NDTOA Executive Secretary. Olafson first received this award as a freshman senator in
2007 and now again in 2012 for his exceptional support of legislation that would affect townships.

Pictured left to right on the picture-Ken Yantes, NDTOA Executive Secretary,
Senator Curtis Olafson and NDTOA President Larry Syverson

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