BELOIT - The Beloit Historical Society will induct five people into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony set for 1 p.m., Oct. 13 at the Historical Society, 845 Hackett St.
This year's inductees are Bill Barth, Tom Finley, Diane Hendricks, Curt Lansbery and Ron Whitley. The Beloit Daily News will run a story on each of the inductees noting their accomplishments and contributions to the Stateline Area:
Ron Whitley is a business man who believes in giving back to the community and giving people a second chance.
As president of Father & Sons Cleaning, LLC, he provides employment opportunities for ex-offenders, and he offers a student internship program for young people. The family-owned cleaning business was started by his father in 1968. Whitley and his two brothers operate offices in Beloit, metro Atlanta and Metro Dallas.
Whitley has been a volunteer, member or has served on boards for numerous not-for-profit organizations including Jobs For Youth, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Chicago Lighthouse, Chinese American Service League, National Urban League and Habitat for Humanity. In his volunteer work with the organization Beacon of Hope he spent four months in New Orleans assisting in the cleanup effort following Hurricane Katrina.
Whitley is in the early stages of creating a not-for-profit organization called Saving Leftover Food which focuses on saving high quality leftover food from local restaurants and employers and distributing that food to the needing people of the community. He also is a volunteer in the School District of Beloit Lunch & Learn Initiative, the Student Mentorship Program and the BMHS Practice Interview Program. He also is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
He also started a computer training literacy program for underprivileged third and fourth grade students in Beloit, using computers in the high school computer lab.
Whitley is a graduate of Beloit Memorial High School. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and is a member of the Greater Beloit Economic Development Council and Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce.