Basehor PRIDE to participate in state contest
The Basehor PRIDE committee will give several presentations on community betterment as part of a statewide competition that evaluates city development.
The Basehor PRIDE organization is a volunteer group designed to participate in civic activities that benefit the community. In the past, PRIDE activities have included a Kansas Highway 24-40 clean up, sponsoring of the Fourth of July parade and fireworks display, and being responsible for recycling containers in front of Basehor City Hall.
The contest is designed to appraise the cities on their community service achievements and to offer recommendations for further strengthening of the activities.
According to Basehor PRIDE chairperson Dorothy McGregor, the contest helps the Basehor PRIDE organization in bringing awareness to various volunteer organizations and to recognize those groups for their achievements.
"We believe it brings more attention to some of the volunteers," McGregor said. "It brings attention to those people who want to get involved in helping their community. We have a lot to be proud of in our community. Without the help of our volunteers, we would not have been able to have so many accomplishments."
There will be three judges who will rate the city on four major categories. The judges will review the PRIDE efforts on the community development atmosphere, community development process, and the overall impact and accomplishments within the community.
This year the three judges will be coming from Manhattan, Topeka and Oklahoma City.
In years past, the contest has been a competition against other cities with a similar population. However, for the past three years the contest has switched gears and focused not so much on rivaling cities, but on overall improvement from the previous year.
The Basehor PRIDE organization has had a prestigious history in the contest, winning the community excellence award each year since the contest started. Before the contest switched from competing against other cities to overall improvement, the PRIDE organization had Basehor rated as No. 1 in the state in their division.
Should the city of Basehor be given a top-rated assessment, it would then receive statewide recognition at the annual PRIDE day on Sept. 22 in Great Bend and a monetary award of $500 would be given to the Basehor PRIDE organization.
In the past, the proceeds won by Basehor PRIDE have been used towards the erecting of a monument honoring the founding Basehor brothers. The monument is expected to be completed next year.
This year McGregor said she is hopeful for a good finish in the contest.