Distinguished Service Award

The KAR honors its members who go above and beyond yearly at its Annual Convention.

The KAR Awards Task Force invites individuals and boards to submit a nomination for the annual Distinguished Service Award. Individuals to be nominated would have shown dedication and service over a span of years and/or to recognize a member that has made outstanding contributions to the association.

Individuals must meet all of the criteria on the nomination form and completed nominations must be received by KAR by July 1 of award year!

Download your DSA NOMINATION FORM


Distinguished Service Award Honor Roll

*Deceased

*1982 – George Etherington, Abilene
1983 – Steve Clark, Wichita
*1984 – David M. Neiswanger, Topeka
1985 – Nestor Weigand, Jr., Wichita
1986 – Dennis Coleman, Shawnee Mission
1987 – David Craig, Topeka
*1988 – Earl Brown, Junction City
1989 – Ben Blair, Topeka
1991 – Terry Cobb, Topeka
1992 – Bob Kirk, Topeka
1993 – Esther Newton, Wichita
1994 – Kirby Deeter, Overland Park
*1995 – Jim Mayer, Wichita
1996 – Francis X. Thorne, Leavenworth
1997 – Larry Von Feldt, Overland Park
1998 – Ruth Simnitt, Topeka
1999 – BJ Melvin, Colby
2000 – Rob Curtis, Olathe
2001 – John Green, Topeka
2002 – Pat Tholen, Overland Park
2003 – John McKenzie, Wichita
2004 – Mike McGrew, Lawrence
2005 – Jody Abbott, Overland Park
2006 – Corky Hyatt, Stilwell
2007 – Jeanette Johnson, Topeka
2008 – Dan Sight, Overland Park
2009 – Frank Stucky, Newton
2010 – John Brocker, Iola
2011 – Delores Dalke, Hillsboro
2012 – Judy Miller, Overland Park
2013 – Brian Jones, Pittsburg
2014 – Cal Lantis, Ottawa
2015 – Carol Mangan, Coffeyville
2016 – Jeff Carson, Leawood
2017 – Steve McCullough, Newton
2018 – Sue Wenger, Mulvane
2019 – Bryon Schlosser, Topeka