Baldwin City BPW names woman, business of the year
The Baldwin City chapter of the Business and Professional Women announced the selections of Robin Goff as its 2015 Baldwin City Community Woman of the Year and the Kansas Belle as its 2015 Baldwin City Business of the Year. The BPW will have a reception for the honorees at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Baldwin City Public Library, Seventh and High St.
These nominations will be forwarded for consideration as 2016 BPW Kansas Woman of the Year and 2016 Kansas Business of the Year.
In 1995, Goff founded The Light Center, a rural spiritual retreat center in Baldwin City. The Light Center formed LoveLight in 2003, a
global outreach program to support the children and grandmothers of the AIDS orphan crises in South Africa. Working in Baldwin City’s sister city Riviersonderend, a rural town two hours from Cape Town, Goff and LoveLight provide assistance with education funding and connect with local South African organizations to support sustainable futures for the children. In support of Goff’s mission, the Baldwin chapter of the BPW has donated to LoveLight’s education funding program.
The Kansas Belle Dinner Train is a for-profit corporation at 215 Ames, which was founded by a group of investors in August 1988. It initially operated in Nebraska before moving to Baldwin City in 2012 with assistance from the city of Baldwin City and its Chamber of Commerce.
The company had its first local trip on Jan, 19, 2013. Kansas Belle currently operates four dining cars, all of which have unique and distinct personalities. Manager Bruce Eveland has been involved in the organization since its inception. He acquired most of the cars as bare shells and remodeled them to resemble railroad cars from the
1940s. The Kansas Belle works in cooperation with the Midland Railway Association, which provides the engine and track the dinner cars uses. Kansas Belle was selected because its strong hiring of women employees and its continuing support for those women.