Purtee named citizen of the year during Fourth celebration
Bob Purtee has volunteered at just about every community function during the 20 years he's been associated with the city.
He's coordinated the city's annual car show, an endeavor he helped start. He's volunteered at the high school's Project Grad. He's been president of the Basehor Athletic Association.
The list goes on and on.
So with a volunteer-oriented resume and a strong sense of community spirit intact, it came as no surprise that Purtee attended the Basehor Fourth of July celebration last Thursday.
The surprise for Purtee was that he was named as the 2002 Outstanding Citizen of the Year recipient. The announcement came during the Fourth celebration.
"I had no idea," Purtee said. "Rick Hogue kind of made sure I was going to be there but I never expected it."
"It makes me feel good that someone acknowledges what I've done," he added.
Chamber of Commerce president Kathi Bontrager said there were three other candidates for this year's award, but when looking at Purtee's resume, the choice became obvious.
"(He was selected) because of his commitment to the community with the ball fields, Project Grad and the car show," Bontrager said. "These are major attractions for Basehor."Purtee, a troubleshooter for the Board of Public Utilities, has logged countless hours of volunteer time for the community.
The annual car show he helped bring to the city seven years ago donates proceeds to Project Grad, an alcohol free post-graduation party in Leavenworth.
In his 10 years with the B.A.A., Purtee, along with numerous other volunteers, helped bring the Field of Dreams complex on-line.
Of all the volunteer work, Purtee said he is the most proud of the Field of Dreams.
"The Field of Dreams is where my heart's at," he said.