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Belle Plaine Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

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The excitement of building endowments for the future of our gentle rural way of life is not really about the money. The true value of money is what it can become. With resources, the Belle Plaine Community Foundation can help provide dollars to make our children healthier and happier, our seniors will be well cared for and the community will continue to be a wonderful place to live!

Golightleys named 2018 Quality Citizens

Ken and Gail Golightley, the grand marshals of the 2018 Tulip Time Parade, are no strangers to parades.

The Tulip Time Parade is part of the reason the couple was nominated for this year's Quality Citizen award. Gail is an active member of the Belle Plaine Woman's Club and the club has utilized the Golightley's trailer for its float for several years, and Gail has driven the truck pulling the trailer, too.

While Ken may have been more behind the scenes with that club's parade entry, residents may remember seeing him many times in area parades when he drove a miniature combine with other Sumner County Shriners for almost a dozen years as the Wheatwhackers.

Ken joined the Masonic Lodge in 1978 and became a Shriner almost immediately. For nearly 16 years he has worked to make sure local first graders have tickets and a field trip to see the Shrine Circus. He works to get local donations so each student has a free ticket, a book about the circus and a chance to win a free bike.

He also works to help with Masonic breakfasts, which help provide funding for a local high school band member to participate in the Shrine Bowl Band. In addition, Ken helps with maintenance of the Lodge building and handles the rentals of the building.

In the Woman's Club, Gail also enjoys the annual work to adopt a family through the community's Angel Tree at Christmas. She helps with the work to choose the angels and shop to make sure their organization supports local residents in need during that season.

“I love to do the Christmas Angel Tree,” Gail said.

The couple have been active members in the United Methodist Church over the years and Ken served until recently as a member of the Board of Trustees. Both help with the We Care Meals served by the church – Ken with cooking and Gail delivering meals to those who cannot attend the event.

The two have worked with other organizations over the years, Ken with Lions Club and both with Booster Club when their sons were in school sports. They drove school buses when the boys were in school. From those days behind the wheel, they now have multi-generational families who recognize them.

“We ended up being called Grandpa and Grandma by so many kids,” Gail said. “It's gone from one generation to another generation.”

Their efforts have not always been with organizations, though. Ken has helped many a local resident with plumbing repairs and household jobs – even as simple as changing light bulbs. Gail drives residents to doctor's appointments, picks up medication for those who need it and is known for taking meals to many a home.

In the past year, the couple walked with a neighbor and friend who needed to get the exercise, but was having a problem falling.

Gail is quick to let one know why they make the concerted effort to help others.

“It's something you do for your neighbors,” she said. “They are our neighbors and our friends.”

Ken grew up on the family farm 5-1/4 miles south of Belle Plaine. He said he remembers from a young age seeing his father also working to help neighbors.

Ken is a 1955 graduate of Belle Plaine High School. After serving four years in the Navy, he worked in  San Diego and later Long Beach, Calif. It was those jobs that led to the acquaintance of Califonia native Gail and the couple married in 1964.

As their sons, Kenny (now deceased) and Keven, grew, the couple decided that Belle Plaine schools offered smaller classes and the opportunity to be near local relatives. They moved to Kansas in 1977 and both sons are also BPHS graduates. Keven now lives in Califonia with his family, but Kenny's children (Jamie, Bailey, Brandon, and Brooke) all completed school in Belle Plaine.

Ken and Gail proudly mention two great-grandsons who are now part of the clan, Cooper and Brantley.

The couple were named as the Quality Citizens for this year by the Belle Plaine Community Foundation. They will be presented with the award on the Downtown stage at Tulip Time at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14, and then join the parade at noon.

Belle Plaine Quality Citizens

Oron Heater-2002

Ruby Rowan-2003

Roger Hatfield-2004

Joann Anderson-2005

Margaret Agee-2006

Judy Graber- 2007

Ron and Pat Pomeroy-2008

Arthur Dunn-2009

David and Teresa Heater-2010

Julie Gooch-2011

Don and Darlene Filmore-2012

Esther Heater-2013

Cecil Beaman-2014

Tina Friend-2015

Rosalie Hatfield-2016

Bill Berry-2017

Ken and Gail Golightley - 2018

BPCF is accepting donations for the new Belle Plaine Community Center 

Visit your local Community Center. This is a vital piece of the community and can be used for special events. Check it out!  To contribute to this exciting new venture for Belle Plaine, please send your donation to:

BPCF c/o Legacy
P O Box 713
Winfield, KS 67156

Belle Plaine Community Foundation is an affiliate of Legacy Regional Community Foundation (website)
PO Box 713 Winfield KS      (620) 221-7224