Archive for Wednesday, June 11, 2003

State PRIDE judges impressed with Basehor

June 11, 2003

A panel of Kansas state PRIDE judges visited Basehor Tuesday, June 3, and came away impressed after reviewing Basehor PRIDE community projects for the last year.

The three-member panel of judges visited the city as part of a statewide PRIDE community evaluation process.

Communities meeting or exceeding their goal on planned improvements are eligible for a 2003 award, including a cash prize of $500 for a future improvement project.

Basehor PRIDE and Gold PRIDE members presented various community service projects, programs and initiatives during the presentation. All told, 13 PRIDE members presented items before the judges Tuesday morning.

The three-member panel of judges -- two from Kansas and one from Arkansas -- walked away pleased with the local organizations' work, said Chuck Wilderson, local PRIDE chairman.

"I think they were really impressed," Wilderson said. "The judge from Arkansas was really impressed with the Community Assessment (project) and another judge said Basehor has a complete program."

The Community Assessment project, much of which PRIDE organized and coordinated, represented the major portion of Tuesday's presentation.

Judges were also pleased with the cooperation between the PRIDE groups and city of Basehor officials.

The Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing and Kansas State Research and Extension administer the PRIDE program.

Results of the judging will be announced Sept. 27 during a Kansas state PRIDE Day celebration in Great Bend.

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