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Home For The Holidays Parade announces Grand Marshal
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In tune with the theme ‘Let It Snow’ Sunflower Diversified Services is pleased to announce the 2011 parade Grand Marshal, Mayor Mike Allison.
Mayor Allison is at the helm of a bustling community that requires a man of clear vision to continue to prosper. Mike graduated from Augusta High School in 1957, attended KU and graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry in 1964. After serving five years in the United States Air Force, in SAC and USAF European Command. Mike opened a full time dental practice in Great Bend in 1969 he, and wife Sally, raised three boys who graduated from Great Bend High School. Sally, his biggest supporter, died in 2009 but Mike remains at the helm of a growing family that includes three grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
Mayor Allison has always been active in community and professional activities. Service to Great Bend includes support as founding donor of the Golden Belt Foundation and Heartland Cancer Center; past Cub Master; past president of Babe Ruth Baseball, Panther Booster Club and Central Kansas District Dental Society. Beyond the Borders of Great Bend Mike as been named CKDDS Man of the Year in 2000 and was on the Kansas State Dental Association Executive Board in 1975. He currently serves on the board for the Friends of Cedar Crest Association.
Mayor of Great Bend since 1999 Mike has worked to keep Great Bend growing and vibrant. He believes a positive atmosphere will continue help local businesses grow; create jobs, attract new business, and new residents to the local area. Creation of local jobs ensures that the community prospers and provides the amenities that people want. Mike has worked hard to foster an attitude of partnership and he often is complemented on his ‘we’ attitude as he works to make our community a place folks, no matter their age, want to live.
While the young among us frequently can be heard laughingly hollering “LET IT SNOW – hooray no school”, and some of us long for a day off work,  Mayor Allison knows that Great Bend will continue its history of being the place to be during the holiday season. After all, part of the public works systems he oversees, is removal of the snow, keeping the city open for business.