Governor Dirk Kempthorne and the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children established the Governor’s Brightest Star Awards in 2001 in partnership with the Association of Idaho Cities to recognize Idaho's "unsung heroes" who volunteer tirelessly on behalf of their fellow Idahoans. The purpose of the Governor's Brightest Star Awards program is to affirm and encourage active voluntary participation by citizens of all ages throughout our great state.
The tradition of recognizing Idaho’s outstanding volunteers has carried on through Governor Jim Risch's and C.L. "Butch" Otter's administrations. Since its inception, more than 500 individuals and groups have been recognized as Governor’s Brightest Stars.
These everyday heroes come from every corner of the state, representing large and small communities. They truly are Idaho's Brightest Stars!
The Governor's Brightest Stars was changed to Idaho's Brightest Stars by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter in 2015.
All of the nominees who meet the minimum qualifications are recognized at the annual Idaho's Brightest Star Awards ceremony. Citizen review panels traditionally assist the Governor and First Lady in identifying those who will be featured during the awards ceremony.
Typically the Governor and First Lady present an award for the Idaho's Brightest Star - Volunteer of the Year in each nomination category. Other honorees are recognized during the ceremony.
The Idaho's Brightest Star Awards program is administered by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Serve Idaho is housed within the Idaho Department of Labor in Boise, Idaho.