NDTOA Meritorious Award
In 2020 the NDTOA Board of Directors
established the Meritorious Service Award to be given by the Board
of Directors, at their discretion, to a current or former elected
township official that has served their constituents in exemplary
At the 54th Annual Meeting December 7, 2020,
the NDTOA Board of Directors bestowed the first ever Meritorious
Service Award upon Ralph Olson in recognition of his many years of
service to his township and NDTOA.
2020 NDTOA Meritorious Service Award
Presented to Ralph Olson
“For your many years of practicing and promoting the efficiencies
of Grassroots Government with skill and common sense. Your
dignified approach is recognized and well respected by your peers
at all levels of Township Government. Not only has your service
been beneficial to your township, it is also beneficial to fellow
rural residents throughout the state”
North Dakota Township Officers Association
Ralph’s history of service to Townships: Albert Township for more
than 45 years
Benson County Township Officers Association Board for over 30
North Dakota Township Officers Association Board for over 20 years
Ralph and Louise Olson, married 67
Louise is also a Township Officer
NDTOA 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
Click here to see all past
Mr. Township/Grassroots Leadership Award recipients.
Grassroots Leadership Award:
NDTOA 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.
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see all past Legislator of the Year recipients.
of the Year:
Representative Chet Pollert named NDTOA Legislator
of the Year for 2020
Representative Pollert was recognized for his years of
support for townships, he has been instrumental in securing
funding for townships and in passage of other bills of great
importance to rural North Dakota.
Chet Pollert, of Carrington, was first elected to the ND House
in 1999 serving District 29. He served as the Chairman of the
Human Resources Division of the House Appropriations Committee
for several sessions. He is currently the House Majority Leader;
he was elected to that post in the 66th Session.
Representative Chet Pollert
NDTOA President's Award
In 2016, the NDTOA Board of Directors created the President's
Award as a way to recognize exemplary contribution by individuals
that are not elected officials. Willie Huot, Grand Forks, was the first award winner.
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see all past Presidents Award recipients.
2020 President's Award:
Info coming soon