Archive for Thursday, June 10, 2004

PRIDE judges weigh year’s tasks, results

June 10, 2004

Wednesday was one of the pivotal days of the calendar year for the three divisions of the Basehor PRIDE organization.

State PRIDE judges were scheduled to arrive at City Hall at 9 a.m. to evaluate the local organization's projects and progress during the last year, chairman George Smith said.

"It is sort of the highlight of the season for PRIDE," he said. "We tell the state judges what we have done and list the outcomes."

Smith said more than 20 people were scheduled to present information to the judges regarding the many projects that PRIDE has seen through during the past year, including the annual Fourth of July celebration and last weekend's citywide cleanup.

While PRIDE members do not focus on carrying out projects to impress judges or gain personal benefit, Smith said there already has been one recent accomplishment which has pleased him.

"I think the part I am most proud of is the re-establishment of Youth PRIDE," he said.

The organization, composed of roughly 20 fifth through 12th grade students, has already made serious contribution to the community, although it was only recently reorganized. The student volunteers have hosted senior Bingo contests and held canned good collections at high school sporting events.

After their visit here Wednesday, the judges will assess the year's efforts. The state PRIDE organization will announce whether Basehor's organization will again be selected as a Community of Excellence at the annual PRIDE Day celebration in November in Salina. Last year the local chapter was one of only 15 groups in the state to receive such recognition, a feat that Basehor has realized eight times since 1995. A small cash award accompanies the recognition.

"It is always nice for people at the state level to look at your organization and say it is one of the 15 best," Smith said. "It is something to be extremely proud of."

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