Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2004

Basehor PRIDE brings home state hardware

November 11, 2004

Chuck Wilderson and George Smith -- two high-ranking members of the Basehor PRIDE organization -- received a round of ovations at Monday night's Basehor City Council meeting. Wilderson and Smith received the recognition on behalf of PRIDE for bringing high praise to the city.

In Salina on Saturday, the organization received a Community of Excellence award during the state's PRIDE day celebration. Saturday marked the eighth time in 10 years Basehor's PRIDE group, a civic-minded organization, has received the community excellence honor.

"It's an honor to receive this," said Wilderson, who noted the award is a "joint effort" between PRIDE, the Chamber of Commerce, Lion's Club, the city and other community organizations. "It's the result of a lot of good people doing a lot of work."

Smith, PRIDE chairman, told the City Council that PRIDE is aiming for a new trophy next year -- the Star Award, which goes to groups that complete a "big project." He added that the $500 prize money for winning Saturday will be funneled into other community projects.

The excellence award is based on PRIDE groups demonstrating effective organizational structure, assessing the local situation and needs of the community, establishing partnerships, developing plans for community improvement and successfully executing plans and important projects, among other criteria.

According to comments regarding Basehor's organization from state judges, the award received Saturday was based on PRIDE's creation of the community assessment. The assessment was an aggressive analysis of the city's current state of affairs and goal-setting initiative.

"After taking an honest self assessment, the community developed plans to address areas of need and identified priorities for future community development," according to the comments. "PRIDE volunteers are stepping up to do an excellent job organizing, inviting and involving others into the community."

Basehor PRIDE is "stepping forward to actively improve life in Basehor," the comments read.

Smith said the PRIDE group is considering building a trophy case that could be placed at Basehor City Hall to display the PRIDE awards.

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