The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce last night honored the selections for non-profit, chamber member, citizen and business of the year at its annual dinner.
For the second time in 29 years the Chamber Member of the Year went to a couple. Diana and Greg Ogle received the honor.
“We have embraced everyone in this community and you guys have got the greatest chamber on the planet,” Diana Ogle said.
The two have helped out with a majority of chamber events in the past couple of years including Taste of Wisconsin, Race Into Summer and chamber golf outings.
Diana has been an important promoter for chamber events and for getting citizens interested in the chamber. Currently she is chairing on several chamber committees.
Greg was applauded for his behind the scenes work for the chamber. Things like before and after clean-up of chamber activities. Also, his sense of humor was noted to show non-members “what kind of fun we can have in the chamber.”
Church Health Services was awarded Non-profit of the Year. Church Health Services was created by Dr. Mike and Lois Augustson. It provides health care services to the community through pro bono work from physicians, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals.
Horicon Bank received Business of the Year award. Horicon Bank is family owned and has expanded its business in Beaver Dam and all over Wisconsin. The business has been a strong supporter of the chamber and it has aided a plethora of charities in the community.
Mark Killingsworth was honored as Citizen of the Year for his abundance of volunteer work in the city of Beaver Dam. Some of his volunteer work includes Lions Club, YMCA of Dodge County, Dodge County Humane Society, Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation, First Lutheran Church and Noon Kiwanis Club among other organizations in the community.
“The volunteer work that I happen to do I like to do, I like to help,” Killingsworth said.
He has been on the YMCA of Dodge County board for more than 20 years and was board president for about three years.
Killingsworth was been a member of the Lions Club for about 25 year. Currently he is the vice president. He helps with eye glass recycling and transporting eye tissue for those in need.
“It’s good to know that we got a club out there and where raising fund and using those funds to help people see better, cope better without seeing or how to prevent blindness in other parts of the world,” Killingsworth said.
Killingsworth has also been on the board of the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation for around 17 years and has been board president for three of those years.
The foundation aids those students – who need financial assistance – who reside in the Beaver Dam Unified School District boundaries and attend a school with in the district.
“Some of these kids are the first ones to go to college from their family,” Killingsworth said. “So it’s kind of neat to be a part of that to see someone who could really use those resources. The scholarship foundation is not trying to help the surgeon’s kid go to college.”
Currently he is a finical advisor at Wells Fargo Advising where he has been an employee for 27 years.
“I think I will stay involved,” Killingsworth said. “I’m not at an age where I want to retire.”