MT. PLEASANT—At the Miss Mt. Peasant pageant on Friday, May 13, the first ever Miss Legacy award was given to Coleen Oltrogge.
The Miss Mt. Pleasant pageant committee said that the Legacy Award was created this year to honor influential women in Mt. Pleasant who live by service. The committee talked about the nominees and felt that Coleen was who they wanted to honor this year.
Coleen moved with her husband, Jim, to Mt. Pleasant in 2004. He had recently retired from the United Airlines after 39 years, and she retired as an interior decorator after 30 years. They have eight wonderful children—yours, mine, and ours. They have been married for 42 years and lived in Arvada, Colorado for 29 years before they moved to Mt. Pleasant.
In 2005, Coleen saw a notice in the paper asking people to run for a seat on the city council. She went down to the city offices and applied, and she was elected. That was the start of her journey in Mt. Pleasant.
She was on the city council for eight years. While on the city council, she served on the library board as a rep for the city and was assigned the task of celebrations for the city. She felt a need to have more activities for the people of Mt. Pleasant to bring neighbors and youth together. The mayor informed her they would be lucky to have 100 people attend if she planned anything. She accepted the challenge.
She invited the Mt. Pleasant Elementary School to come and entertain at the lighting ceremony on Main Street. She already had the businesses involved with games for all the children. The first year was a great success, with about 1,500 people in attendance. It grew from there.
Coleen noted that she always had Teri Tuttle to help her with every celebration, as well as her own family and the families of the youth city council, which Coleen volunteered to head.
She also helped mentor the Mt. Pleasant Royalty, who are a big example to the youth in Mt. Pleasant, for ten years. Coleen took the royalty and youth city council to the Capitol every year.
They met with former Lt. Governor who is now Governor Cox and different legislators to help the youth learn more about government and how it is run.
Additionally, Coleen has volunteered at the Sanpete Food Pantry for 10 years and on Wednesdays, she helps do kids packs for the county.
Coleen said that it has been a pleasure to help in this wonderful city. She and her family love it here, and Mt. Pleasant has been home.