A Cheyenne attorney whose life-long passion for civic service was kindled by his early participation in the Boy Scouts has been selected as the 2014 Wyoming Tribune Eagleâ€™s Community Spirit Award recipient.
Dyekman said his membership in Boy Scout Troop 101 really laid the foundation for his commitment to community service.
He joined the troop as a teenager, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and was later involved with the Explorers. He has helped to raise money to support the Scouting program, and since 1998 has served on the board of trustees of the Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2006 he was the Distinguished Citizen honoree for the Cheyenne district.
In recent years he has been very active with the University of Wyoming, particularly on the foundation, where he has served on the foundation board since 2003 and is a past chairman, and since 2012 has been an emeritus member.
Dyekman was a founding member of UWâ€™s College of Law Deanâ€™s Advisory Board in 2002 and still serves on the board. Since 1997, he has served on UWâ€™s College of Arts & Sciences Board of Visitors, and is a former chairman of the group.
He has been an avid supporter and fundraiser for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and has served on its board and is a past president.
Dyekman served as a loaned executive for United Way of Laramie County starting in 2003, was campaign co-chairman in 2009 and remains on its board of directors. He has also served on the Meals on Wheels foundation board, including two terms as president.
He has been a member of the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club since 1981 and served as a board member for the club and its foundation. Dyekman also served on the Cheyenne Family YMCA board as president in 1992 and 1993. He also helped to raise funds for the Davis Hospice Center.
Since 2005, Dyekman has served on the board of Cheyenne Newspapers Inc., and since 2012 he has also served on the board of directors for Cheyenne LEADS.
Dyekman is an ordained Elder and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church.He also serves as a volunteer consultant for governance and endowment issues for the Cheyenne Little Theatre board of directors, Cheyenne Animal Shelter Foundation, Meals on Wheels Foundation, Laramie County Library Foundation and United Way.
He is long-time member of the Young Menâ€™s Literary Club of Cheyenne and was in the 2003 class of Leadership Wyoming.
Starting his career as a law clerk in 1979 he is now a senior partner in Dray, Dyekman, Reed & Healey, P.C.
Those who know Dyekman well are hard-pressed to remember him ever saying a bad word about anyone else, or to complain about anything.
â€œI never saw people who were negative accomplish much,â€ he said. â€œPeople who were positive really got the results.â€