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Robert Moore Award created by city council


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Though there are no known existing photos of Robert Moore, West Linn resident Larry McIntyre potrays the  1843 Linn City founder in reenactments.There are people in West Linn doing good deeds each and every day. Now, the city wants to recognize those who love working behind the scenes, quietly making West Linn a better place to work and live.

The Robert Moore Award was created by the West Linn City Council this year to recognize individuals who contribute to the quality of life in the community without reward or recognition. 

Named after the founder of West Linn, Robert Moore, the award commemorates Moore’s decision to name the town he founded after his friend and mentor, Dr. Lewis Linn. 

Moore came to the Oregon Country in 1840 as part of a group known as the Peoria Party that helped open up the Northwest. A participant in the vote for an independent government at Champoeg, he knew and mixed with others to help form what was to be the Oregon Provisional Government.

He helped develop industry and transportation around the Willamette Falls area. His shipping and warehousing operation once rivaled and exceeded that of any in Oregon City, according to Larry McIntyre, former mayor of West Linn. Moore worked with people such as Dr. John McLoughlin, the Rev. Jason Lee and George Abernethy.

He was a family man, the father of 10 children and, through his family, had an impact on Oregon that continues today through Pacific University.

Recently, the city recognized a few of its employees for their good performances and exceptional work. Administrators then wanted to take the same concept to the citizens.

“We wanted to look outward and say, ‘Who’s out there doing great things and how can we recognize them?’” Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt said. “There are people out there every day doing good things.”

The city is now seeking nominations for the award. If you know someone who spends his or her free time volunteering, taking time to help neighbors, trying to make a difference in the lives of others or sharing acts of kindness with others, submit his or her name for nomination.

“We are looking for someone who is working with selfless dedication,” Wyatt said. “We know there are amazing people in West Linn doing amazing things, and we want those people to be recognized.”

Nominations for the awards are due Nov. 1. A resident may nominate more than one person, and even groups or organizations can be nominated.

“We don’t want anyone excluded,” Wyatt said. “We know there are great stories out there.”

A review panel made up of members of the West Linn Leadership Academy will review the nominations and forward a select few to the West Linn City Council. 

Moore Award winners will be announced and honored at the Dec. 9 city council meeting at 6 p.m.

The city is accepting nominations at WestLinnOregon.gov/RobertMooreNomination, or call 503-657-0331 for more information.




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