The Charlie Award

Charlie award, excellence, pride, dedication, leadership

Are you or someone you know Charlie-worthy? Do you know someone who is making a difference on campus, in the Butte community, or where they work and live? Are they an everyday Oredigger changing the world, making extraordinary contributions just like Charlie Oredigger?

Anyone can nominate or be nominated

  • friends
  • family
  • community members
  • anyone that is part of the solution

We are all Orediggers.

We will highlight individuals who exemplify the traits of pride, dedication, excellence, and leadership. Nominate someone today! 


How has your nominee shown pride in their work? How have they demonstrated excellence in their accomplishments and made an impact? How have they shown extraordinary dedication at work, in their community, in their everyday life? How has the nominee shown exceptional leadership skills?

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Kurt Marthaller

Kurt Marthaller

Congratulations to Kurt Marthaller for receiving a Charlie Award. Kurt, the Director of Central Services for Butte School District #1, works tirelessly every day to make sure the kids of Butte get the food they need to succeed. Thanks Kurt for your dedication to the youth of our community.

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson, Butte Schools

Congratulations to Charlie Award winner, Melissa Johnson. Melissa is the Assistant Special Education Director for the Butte School District. She is a great example of an educator in our community who gives every day to make sure others have what they need. Melissa is a part of the Butte School District's Shoes for Souls program, which provides new shoes to those who need them most. Thank you Melissa and all the teachers in our Butte community for all you do. We appreciate you!

Sue Burt

Sue Burt, Butte Central

Montana Tech's 3rd Charlie Award goes to Butte Central’s Sue Burt. Sue goes above and beyond each and every day for the students at BC. She cares about each one of them and treats them like her own. We are pleased to award her a Charlie.

Dan and Kim Steele

Dan and Kim Steele receive Charlie award

Congratulations to Charlie Award winners, Dan and Kim Steele. The Steeles are great community supporters and extraordinary Orediggers.

Butte-Silver Bow Road Crew

We're grateful that Butte-Silver Bow's road crew worked hard all winter to make sure our community was safe. They worked hard to remove a tremendous amount of snow. Thank you for all you do for the city of Butte.

Butte Silver Bow road and snow crew

Mike Thatcher

Mike Thatcher

Montana Tech's next Charlie Award goes to Butte's Mike Thatcher. When someone talks about an individual in the community who truly makes an impact, Mike Thatcher’s name always rises to the top. Mike is the chief executive officer of Community, Counseling & Correctional Services. He is passionate about helping others, improving our community, and making a difference. In fact, on the day Mike received his Charlie Award, he was heading out on a snowy day to pick-up a Butte resident in need to take him to the doctor. He embodies all the traits of an Oredigger.

Kathy Griffith

Kathy Griffith, director of the Butte emergency food bank

Congratulations to Charlie Award winner, Kathy Griffith, the director of the Butte Emergency Food Bank. Kathy oversees the programs and the daily work done at the Food Bank with an amazing all-volunteer group. Kathy is a true leader and has made a huge impact in the Butte community.

Pat Kissell

Pat Kissell

Mr. Pat Kissell is the principal at West Elementary in Butte, Montana. Pat was nominated for his leadership at West and his dedication to his students. Mr. Kissell knows every student by name and takes the time to get to know each one of them! Pat takes pride in his school and it shows!