The Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement celebrates the spirit of our founder, Dottie Stimpson, and her late husband, Ed. The couple believed that no problem was so great that it couldn’t be solved by people with open minds, using civil discourse.
The City Club of Boise honors a person or organization that exemplifies that conviction. In 2009, the award was presented to Dottie and Ed.
In 2011, the club presented the award to the Owyhee Initiative, Inc. Members of that group worked tirelessly over eight years to negotiate an agreement between diverse parties that became the basis for the designation of the 517,000-acre Owyhee Wilderness in southwestern Idaho in 2009.
The second Idaho Citizens’ Reapportionment Commission received the award in 2012 for its work rising above partisan politics to draft new legislative and congressional boundaries for the state.
In 2014, Mr. Ben Ysursa received the award, acknowledging his long career or service to the citizens of Idaho as Secretary of State.
City Club of Boise, in 2016, recognized Congressman Mike Simpson and Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson for their successful efforts to create the Boulder White Clouds Wilderness. Boise City Club cited the risks the two men took with their reputations and careers in taking on a controversial and often unpopular project; standing up to opposition from sometimes even their own supporters; demonstrating courage in the face of those risks to do what they believed was right for Idaho; and creating a model for how Idahoans and Americans can find resolution on divisive environmental and political issues.
Dr. Bob kustra was the 2018 honoree of the prestigious Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement. During his 15 year tenure, Dr. Kustra’s leadership transformed Boise State University into a Metropolitan Research University of Distinction and created the Colleges of Innovation and Public Service. Dr. Kustra is personally known throughout the Treasure Valley for the weekly public radio program he created and hosts, Reader’s Corner.