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The Lakeland College Alumni Association honored three graduates during its annual Homecoming Banquet on Oct. 4.
Harvey Kandler '55 was named the winner of the LCAA's Professional Achievement Award. Tom Leonhardt '70 was the winner of the Community Service Award. Mark J. Miller '78 was the winner of the Service to the College Award.
Kandler celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a United Church of Christ minister and life of service to others.
Kandler's personal philosophy has been built around caring for people, which is evident in his many achievements and commitment to service within the community.
He was the founding leader and is still the chair of Round House Manor, which provides affordable, dignified retirement options for those on a low income. In 2000, he was named the recipient of the Retirement Housing Foundation's Board Member of the Year Award, and this year received his 25-year service pin for his work with Round House Manor.
In addition, Kandler worked for 42 years with UNICEF, 15 years with the Boy Scout program, led numerous trips to the Holy Land and was a long-time member and past president of the Kaukauna Rotary Club.
While at Lakeland, Kandler involved himself in athletics, band, the Mu Lambda Sigma fraternity, Campus Players, and many other activities. In 1955, he graduated and began his studies in the Mission House Seminary, where he graduated with honors in 1958.
He led his first congregation in western Nebraska, where he met his wife, Nancy. Their four children, Craig, Cindy, Kim and Kris, are all Lakeland graduates.
Leonhardt exemplifies service to the community. He currently serves as president for the Village of Kohler, he is a member of the board of directors for the Wisconsin League of Municipalities and as a member of the Lakeland College Alumni Board.
He has also served on the Kohler School Board, president of the Church Council for Grace UCC church in Kohler and as a volunteer firefighter for 32 years. His devotion to Lakeland is evident in his enthusiastic willingness to volunteer at alumni events and help whenever needed.
Miller has repeatedly shown his dedication to Lakeland's mission by volunteering his time at many alumni events. He currently serves on the LCAA Board as treasurer, and was recently the master of ceremonies at the 50th anniversary banquet for J. Garland Schilcutt.
Miller is actively involved in the community, including the Optimist Club of Sheboygan, the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Chapter of National Association of Tax Professionals, Friends of the Senior Activity Center of Sheboygan and Friends of the Sheboygan Jaycees.
The LCAA also honored the contributions of the Women's Auxiliary to Lakeland for 50 years.
Formed in 1958 by Catherine Krueger, the wife of former Lakeland president Arthur Krueger, the Women's Auxiliary began with the wives of members of the board of directors, but it expanded over the years to include alumnae, wives of men who attended Lakeland or women whose children or grandchildren have or are attending Lakeland.
The group's mission was to serve and promote the general welfare of Lakeland, and it had a profound impact over the years. The Auxiliary has been part of the Commencement tradition of serving homemade cookies and punch during the annual reception following Commencement. The group has funded two scholarships given to Lakeland's young women since 1970, and provided funds over the years for numerous projects, including athletic uniforms, library books and winter clothing for international students.