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Beckwith receives Dippel Award (copy)

Kandie Beckwith accepts the 2015 Dr. Al Dippel Community Service Award for her work on behalf of Friends of the Baraboo Zoo, the Baraboo Lions Club and other organizations.

The Baraboo Kiwanis Club is seeking nominations for its annual Dr. Al Dippel Community Service Award.

For decades, the club has selected a member of the community to receive an award named after Dippel, a founding member of Baraboo Kiwanis and a strong supporter of the community. Since 1986, 31 members of the community have been honored for their efforts to make Baraboo and the surrounding area a strong and healthy community to live, work and play.

Kiwanis selects citizens who have dedicated their time and talents to community causes year after year.

“Our club is honored to put a spotlight on unsung heroes in our community,” said David Vander Schaaf, Kiwanis president. “Although we’ve celebrated dozens of great Baraboo volunteers over the years, we know there are many more dedicated people out there worthy of this prestigious award.”

The selection committee is made up of past Kiwanis club presidents. Like Dippel, recipients of the award largely have been dedicated individuals who have made a positive impact in the world of volunteerism.

Kiwanis invites members of the community to help nominate the next winner. Nomination forms are available from Kiwanis board member Ben Bromley at

The forms ask for a history of volunteerism for the nominee, along with the names of the organizations with which they’ve been involved. Two people are required to sign nomination forms. Completed forms are due March 1.

“We look to the community’s help in choosing yet another worthy successor to Dr. Dippel’s legacy,” Vander Schaaf said.