Basehor couple receive chamber Spirit Award
The Basehor Chamber of Commerce recently recognized a pair of outstanding citizens.
John and Debbie Bonee received the 2006 Spirit Award for their commitment to Basehor.
"The spirit award is usually given to an individual in recognition for lifelong community service," chamber president Karin Dougherty said. "They were chosen because both of them, individually and as a couple, have been involved in community activities."
The Bonees have supported Dairy Days, the library and project grad to name a few local causes. Debbie Bonee said that while she knew they had been nominated for Citizen of the Year honors, because she was on the nomination board for the chamber, the Spirit Award was a surprise. Mary Ann Mogle, city clerk, received the Citizen of the Year award during Independence Days festivities.
"It's nice to be recognized," she said. "I think my husband and I are both community-minded and we care about Basehor. We don't do things for recognition, but it is nice that somebody notices."
Dougherty said the board voted publicly to give the Spirit Award to the Bonees when Debbie was not present -- to keep the award a secret.
"They should be recognized for their contributions, and the Spirit Award seemed like a really good fit for them," Dougherty said. "I really feel like they've set a good example. They both do things separately and together. In reality, that adds to the impact they are able to have on the community because they do that."