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3rd Annual Dubois Awards & Recognition Breakfast

The 3rd Annual Dubois Awards & Recognition Breakfast was held Wednesday, June 15th. The breakfast honored the Miller Family, Milt, Peggy, Kyle, and Nicole.

3rd Annual Dubois Awards & Recognition Breakfast

The community honored the Miller family for sweetening life for Dubois residents at the Boys & Girls Club of Dubois’ 3rd Annual Awards & Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, June 15, at the Dubois K-12 School. The Millers were presented with a Distinguished Service Award for the multiple ways they have impacted the lives of kids in the community. In receiving the award, Kyle Miller paid tribute to his father Milt’s tremendous work ethic, faith, and love for his family and family business—Wonderful Wyoming Honey. Kyle spoke of his mother’s love for her own children and the children of Dubois, demonstrated through her many years teaching physical education and coaching women’s sports.

Fremont County School District #2 Superintendent, Steve Splichal, highlighted the partnership between the school district and the Boys & Girls Club of Dubois in making a difference in the lives of youth. In the upcoming school year, the district plans to partner with the Club to provide vocational training to youth through the Club’s new Career Works’ program and Transfr VR. “We are committed to making sure each of our student’s is committed to success,” Splichal said.

Dubois Mayor, John Meyer proclaimed June 15 as “Boys & Girls Club Appreciation and Awareness Day” to honor the difference the Club makes to help children realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

The Club’s Youth of the Year, Lakota S., shared the impact the Boys & Girls Club of Dubois has had in her life–providing her with caring mentors, helping her to graduate from high school with a 4.0 GPA, while working two jobs and helping care for her younger brother. She grew into a leader with determination and a courageous heart, one who exemplifies the honor she was bestowed by the Club. She shared her excitement for going to college in the coming year.

Keynote speaker and Olympic gold medalist, Nikki Stone, inspired guests with a motivating speech about being like a turtle: have a tough shell, a soft inside, and be willing to stick your neck out. “When turtles fly, success won’t pass me by,” she said. She challenged Dubois residents to strive for great things, write goals down, carry them with you, and bounce back from setbacks and obstacles. “To accomplish great things, you can to strive for great things,” she said.

Nikki experienced this personally after a chronic back injury prevented her from standing–much less walking or skiing down a slope at almost 40 miles per hour. Nikki came dangerously close to being sidelined from aerial skiing indefinitely. The words of her grandmother guided her, “The brave do not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.”

A $2,000 scholarship was presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming Foundation to Dubois High school graduating senior, Jorie Hess, for her essay on her personal laws of life and for her involvement with the Boys & Girls Club of Dubois. Having joined the Club in the fifth grade, Jorie worked as a Youth Development Professional in her last three years of high school. She assisted members with homework, helped run Club programs, and even taught kids baseball.

More About Our Honorees

The Millers have built their lives around vision, volunteering, and honey. “The whole family is a volunteer family, and Milt’s the leader of it. We are the worker bees,”said Peggy. Together, Milt and son Kyle Miller run the third-generation Wonderful Wyoming Honey business, along their “queen bees”–wives Peggy and Nicole.

In addition to operating Wonderful Wyoming Honey, Milt helped start Dubois Search and Rescue, served on the school board, and is a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran church. Peggy, a retired kindergarten and physical education teacher, was instrumental in opening the Boys & Girls Club of Dubois and served as the first Club Director and on the board for many years. Filled with energy and vision, she empowered girls by starting and coaching women’s sports in Dubois when Title IX was introduced. 

Their son Kyle works in the family honey business and coaches boys’ basketball for Dubois High School, taking the team to the State Tournament for the third time this year. Kyle started an obstacle race to raise money for the Chance Phelps Foundation for wounded veterans.

An Advisory Council member and a special education teacher for Dubois schools, Kyle’s wife, Nicole, expanded the family business with Kyle by opening The Honey House Store, which impacts the local economy, draws tourists and provides education through a learning station with a live hive. She and Kyle have two children.

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