Basehor again wins state’s Pride award
For the seventh year in a row the city of Basehor has earned state recognition as a top community in Kansas.
The Basehor Pride Association and Basehor Gold Pride competed last month in a statewide competition in Great Bend that evaluates cities on community improvement and city development.
The Pride group has participated in the competition since the organization was started in 1994 and has received an award every year, Pride officials said.
The most recent award given to the group was the community excellence award, which is based on completed projects the group had planned at the beginning of the year, said Gold Pride President Chuck Wilderson.
"They decide if you met those goals that you laid out at the beginning of the year and if you made significant contributions to the city," Wilderson said. "This was the seventh year since we have had an organization that we have won first place."
The award the group received was based on the populations of the cities. This year, Basehor fell into the 1,700 to 4,000 category, Wilderson said.
The contest is designed to praise city community organizations on their community service achievements and offer recommendations for further strengthening of the activities.
Wilderson said the contest also helps the group to set goals for itself in the next year.
"It is a competition against yourself and you have to complete those goals each year," he said. "It is a good thing to do for goal setting."
In 2001, the Pride group has participated in numerous civic activities. The activities included the Kansas Highway 24/40 cleanup, sponsoring the Fourth of July festivities and helping organize the Homecoming parade.
The Pride group received a monetary award of $500 for the first-place finish and will use the money for service projects, Wilderson said.
In the past, the proceeds won by the Pride group have been used toward erecting a monument of the founding Basehor brothers.
The monument is expected to be completed later this year