Photo by George Lauby
DiAnn Kolkman has gone above and beyond in contributing her time and talent to the community, and will receive honors for it. Kolkman will receive Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation’s Above and Beyond Award at the Foundation’s “Red & Black” recognition Friday night, Feb. 1.
Community Foundation president Bob Spady praised the personal qualities of Kolkman along with her long-time commitment to the community foundation and charitable causes.
“Everyone associated with the Community Foundation greatly values the many ways that DiAnn has supported our mission to help worthy causes in this area,” Spady said.
Kolkman served on the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, including two years as president. She has served on many Community Foundation committees and always been willing to help when needed, Spady said.
She helped develop the John Russell Applegate Fund for Teachers, from which more than $1 million has been disbursed for grants to area schools and for scholarships for area teachers.
DiAnn and husband Rick also established a charitable fund at the Community Foundation.
“Serving the Community Foundation was truly enjoyable and rewarding,” she said. “I remember when the Community Foundation started with so little, yet it continued to grow into a wonderful organization that makes a big difference with grants and scholarships.”
“People help this area with large and small donations to the Community Foundation as well as with time given to review scholarship applications and serve on the Board and committees.”
Kolkman grew up in Sutherland and moved to North Platte with her family at age 14.
She began working for First National Bank in North Platte in 1975, filing checks and running errands.
Since then, she has worked and led many departments at the bank. She currently manages retail banking operations for the bank’s locations in North Platte, Alliance, Chardon and Scottsbluff. She has been recognized as one of North Platte’s “Women of Achievement” for her business accomplishments.
Kolkman has helped the United Way, Connection Homeless Shelter, Community Day Care Center, Golden Spike Tower and Visitor Center, Salvation Army and Great Plains Regional Medical Center. She is a former president of Sertoma Club and a long-time member of North Platte Chamber Hostesses.
She also served on the State of Nebraska’s Investment Council and the Nebraska Commission on Housing and Homelessness.
“DiAnn is a wonderful champion of the North Platte community,” said Eric Seacrest, executive director of the Community Foundation. “Again and again, she has played a role in making things happen in this community – typically without any desire for recognition. DiAnn is known for handling difficult tasks with professionalism and grace.”
DiAnn and Rick have three children: Lisa (Jeff) Hill of Wymore, Aaron (Jacki) Kolkman of Maple Grove, MN and Dr. Paul (Marcy) Kolkman of Omaha.
On Friday, Feb. 1, the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will hold a wine and cocktail buffet recognition event at the Holiday Inn Express. Founded in 1978, the Community Foundation will celebrate 35 years of philanthropy.
During the event, there will be recognitions and musical entertainment. For reservations to attend, call 534-3315. The cost is $50 per person.
The Community Foundation administers 250 charitable and scholarship funds, each with its own charitable purpose and specifications. In the most recent fiscal year, $773,000 was paid out in scholarships and grants to worthy causes, made possible by donor generosity and investment earnings.