Volunteers honored for achievements
Local volunteers celebrated community achievements during a banquet sponsored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce and Basehor PRIDE last Saturday night.
The banquet featured an awards presentation, Clausie Smith as the guest speaker and the installation of Chamber officers for 2001.
Mayor John Pfannenstiel recognized Bob Vervaecke's service to the community with the presentation of a plaque and key to the city. Vervaecke served on the Basehor City Council for more than five years and as council president for three years. He served on the planning commission for two years.
PRIDE honored the Basehor Lion's Club during the event. Chuck Wilderson said PRIDE has been in existence since 1994, but the Lion's Club has been serving the community much longer.
Garth Christoff, Lion's Club president, thanked PRIDE for selecting the Lion's Club. He described some of the club's projects such as an annual Easter Egg hunt, Christmas tree lighting ceremony and scholarships. The group also provides eye glasses and supports an eye clinic. Christoff invited new members to the club.
Wilderson recognized Lion's Club member Ron Milbourn who served as a charter member of PRIDE.
Wilderson introduced Smith, guest speaker for the event. Smith was the owner and publisher of Chieftain-Sentinel Publications for 21 years.
Smith described changes and accomplishments in Basehor during the past 21 years. Since 1979, the farmland areas between Basehor and Bonner Springs have experienced great residential growth. The communities have grown closer together.
Smith noted how the community has worked to solve problems and make improvements in many aspects, such as schools, resolving sewer issues, highway expansion, a leadership development program and annual Fourth of July Celebration.
Smith commended volunteers for accentuating the positive aspects of the community.
"You can be proud of what's happening in the community", said Smith.
Wilderson recognized PRIDE, Gold PRIDE and Youth PRIDE for receiving the 2000 Kansas PRIDE Community of Excellence award and $500. Wilderson thanked Dorothy McGregor for serving as PRIDE chair. PRIDE has earned the award the past five years.
Kansas PRIDE selected Jamie Beal, Basehor Youth PRIDE, as an outstanding youth leader in 2000.
Julian Espinoza said PRIDE refers to all community groups who worked together on PRIDE projects. Accomplishments in 2000 included a Fourth of July Celebration, Welcome Home project, appreciation banquets, beautification projects, and scholarships.
The Chamber installed new officers during the event. Susan Guy will serve as president in 2001. Other officers for 2001 are Julian Espinoza, vice-president; Carla Kaiser, secretary; and Kathi Bontrager, treasurer.
Guy presented a plaque to Gayle Runnels for her service as a board member and treasurer of the Chamber. Guy also presented appreciation awards
to Chuck and Jane Wilderson. PRIDE officers for 2001 are Dorothy McGregor and Julian Espinoza, co-chairpersons; Cindy Bartko, secretary; and Jeral Cooper, treasurer.
Gold PRIDE officers for 2001 are Chuck Wilderson, chair; Sue Arwine, vice-chair; Ruby Wiley, treasurer; and Pauline Chapman, secretary.
Wilderson presented checks to winners of the Christmas Lighting Contest.
The banquet was catered by Dorothy Klamm.
The Basehor Chamber of Commerce presented Danny and Dearinger with a Spirit Award during a banquet last Saturday night.
Chuck Wilderson presented the award to the Dearingers. Wilderson noted that the Spirit Award was initiated about 10 years ago and is given on special occasions. The Chamber selected the Dearingers as Spirit Award recipients "because of their dedicated service to the Basehor community."
The award was presented to Danny for "his many years of service as treasurer and project leader in the Lion's Club, for serving as a USD 458 board member, and especially for his spirit as the chief pyrotechnician for the 4th of July fireworks display."
The award was presented to Debbie for her leadership and volunteer service to the Community Education Council, PTA and Basehor-Linwood school system.
Mayor John Pfannenstiel presented a key to the City of Basehor to the Dearingers.
The banquet was co-sponsored by the Chamber and PRIDE.