Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2003

PRIDE members wait for state conference

September 18, 2003

Basehor PRIDE and Gold PRIDE members are gearing up for the statewide PRIDE Day conference and awards banquet later this month in Great Bend.

PRIDE organizations from around the state will gather Sept. 27 to take part in the event.

With workshops scheduled for discussing topics such as capitalizing on tourism and community partnerships as well as new ideas for fund raising, the conference should provide worthwhile information for the Basehor PRIDE and Gold PRIDE organizations.

"Those (seminars) are some that would be of interest," PRIDE chairman Chuck Wilderson said.

But, work isn't the only dish on the PRIDE group's plate for that day; Basehor PRIDE and Gold PRIDE are also expected to receive a Community of Excellence award, a citation for exemplary community service.

The award comes with a $500 prize.

PRIDE's work on the Community Assessment -- a review and goal-setting program for the city initiated earlier this year -- should provide state judges with enough reason to merit the Community of Excellence award, Wilderson said.

The group last received the award in 2001. Basehor PRIDE and Gold PRIDE did not enter the competition in 2002.

Gold PRIDE could also win a Star Projects award during the banquet. A Star Projects award is given to organizations undertaking an unusual community service project.

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