Jun 28, 2012 - By Don Warfield, Staff WriterRebecca "Beckie" Gustafson has been named the 2012 Peck Community Achievement Award by members of the Wyoming Mining Association.
Gustafson is executive assistant to the president of Alpha Coal West. She has been an employee of ACW and its previous owners since 1978.
The Peck award was established by WMA in 1983 following the death of Wyoming state Sen. Roy Peck of Riverton and was memorialized again in 2007 after the death of his brother, state Sen. Bob Peck. The Pecks were instrumental in the founding of the WMA and launched The Ranger's annual Mining and Energy Edition in 1956. It was published last week for the 57th time.
The award annually recognizes outstanding voluntary community service by a miner or citizen with ties to the minerals industry.
Gustafson has been active in numerous Campbell County organizations and their activities. She is a 10-year member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and has been chair of the Powder River Chapter. As a volunteer with the Council of Community Services, she has annually distributed food to the needy at Christmas. For 20 years, she has been a "secret Santa," helping to organize and distribute Christmas gifts to the needy.
Her other volunteer activities include the following:
- Campbell County Elections Board
- Campbell County Fair judge
- Industry and Education
- Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students scholarship program
- Mining reclamation presentations
- Wounded Warrior Program
- National High School Finals Rodeo.
Gustafson is married with two grown children.
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