Chamber, Baker set to honor Baldwin’s finest
The Baker University/Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce awards dinner is Thursday in the Harter Union on the Baker Campus. The event begins with a social at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Four awards will be given to area residents.
Ted and Peach Madl, co-owners and operators of The Lodge, will receive the Business Persons of the Year Award. The couple built The Lodge with their neighbors, Ron and Linda Lawrenz. The business opened in April 2000.
"We wanted to create a business that would fulfill Baldwin's needs for meeting space and a nice place to house our out-of-town guests," said Peach Madl.
The Madls, who live three miles south of town, enjoy raising elk, deer, zebras, horses, donkeys, chickens, goats and other unique animals on their farm. This hobby has influenced The Lodge's decor, which features stuffed wildlife, including an 8-foot Russian brown bear.
"We hope to add on to The Lodge one day, possibly adding a suite or two," said Peach.
The Madls are involved in various community activities. Ted is a Douglas County Fair board member. Peach is a member of the Kansas STOP Advisory Committee, a member of the KU/Lawrence joint City University Task Force on Underage Drinking, and a Kansas State Techniques of Alcohol Management coordinator and instructor.
A&H Air Conditioning and Heating will be named Chamber Member of the Year. In 1999, Bill and Sha Harmon bought the company, which was started by Ralph Pearson in 1962. Three employees, including Pearson, provided heating and cooling services to the Baldwin area.
On Jan. 1, 2000, the Harmons sold half the business to longtime friends Alan and Amy Wright. Today the company has 11 employees and services residential and commercial customers in Baldwin, Ottawa, Wellsville, Lawrence and the surrounding area.
"Baldwin has been great for supporting local businesses and we do our best in returning our gratitude," the Harmons said.
Plans for the company include improving services and continuing to grow its customer base.
The award for Community Service will be presented to the Jones family, which has provided medical care to Baldwin City for many years. Ray Jones, D.O., established Jones Family Practice in Baldwin City in 1963. In 1993 he opened an office in Wellsville, where he currently works. Jones was on staff at Baker University from 1964-1984, providing medical services to students and staff, and providing medical care at football games. He is a senior staff member at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
"It has been a great privilege to serve both Wellsville and Baldwin over the past 38 years," Jones said.
Also being honored are Ray's wife, Edna Jones; daughter, Carolyn Ruth Perry; and sons, David Jones, and Tim Jones. Edna Jones, worked as a nurse in the Baldwin office through the 1990s,
and many remember her for having "the softest needle in town."
Perry, who has a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry
from Baker University, is the lab director of the Wellsville office. She
also is responsible for staff training for both offices, and is certified to provide a variety medical treatments. She has worked in her father's office in a variety of capacities since she was 13, when she
assumed secretarial duties during the summer.
David Jones, D.O., has practiced family medicine with his father since 1981 and treats patients in the Baldwin office. He is on staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, serves as the medical director for the Baldwin Care Center and cares for patients at Vintage Park Assisted Living Center. David is an aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and the physician on-call for the Baldwin High School home football games.
Tim Jones, D.V.M., of Baldwin City Companion Animal Hospital, is active in a variety of local organizations. He is a member of the Baldwin High School Advisory Committee, is a past vice president of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Douglas County Veterinary Association, member of the Kansas Veterinarian Association, and a mentor to Baker University's pre-veterinary students. He also is active as an assistant coach for several youth sports.
The Partnership Award will be presented to Rick Weaver, assistant professor of physical education and coach of Baker University's mens basketball and golf teams. Weaver is also involved in providing recreational opportunities for Baldwin City's children. He helped organize a fund-raising effort to start youth football in Baldwin City, and coaches youth basketball, football, and baseball teams. Weaver and his family moved to Baldwin City in 1985.
In 1999, Weaver surpassed NAIA founder Emil Liston in career basketball wins at Baker. Weaver has been selected as the conference coach of the year three times, most recently in 1998. He also won the award in 1989 and 1996. His 1989 team finished with a 22-10 record and became the first Baker team to capture a share of the conference championship. The 1996 team set a school record for wins as it went 25-10 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in Nampa, Idaho.