Peggy Prowe, co-founder of the Mill Town Bike Trails committee has been awarded of the “Marston Headley Service Above Self Award.” 
The award is given each year to a member of the club who has given of her/his time and energy to make this club a success and also for strong involvement in the community. It was started by Rotary International about thirty years ago and the Northfield chapter began awarding it in 1988.
Prowe, originally from Topeka, Kan., graduated with honors from the University of Kansas before completing a master’s degree in physical education from Emporia State Teachers College (Kan.). Work brought her to Northfield, Minnesota in 1966, when she accepted a job as a faculty member in the Physical Education Department at Carleton College, after teaching for several years at various junior high schools and high schools in Kansas and Kansas City, Mo. She has served as an instructor and counselor at numerous outdoors and wilderness programs throughout the region and was a swimming instructor and synchronized swim coach at Carleton from 1976-2000, while simultaneously founding and leading the aquacise program for senior citizens (1980-2000) and also teaching similar classes for the Northfield Community Education and Recreation program (1986-2000).
Peggy served on the Northfield City Council from 1990-2000 and it is during this period that she became active in the Mill Towns Bike Trail as a co-founder. From the founding of the Mill Towns Trail in 1992 to the present, she has served as an advocate at the city, county, regional and state level. Since 2004, she has been on the Board of Directors of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota and has also served (again at the state level) on the SMART Board, which works with MN DOT, the Department of Natural Resources and various counties to coordinate projects that span several entities, to ensure that resources are used and leveraged to the maximum extent.

She is married to Diethelm Prowe, the Laird Bell Professor of History at Carleton.