PRIDE in Lansing
At Lansing’s last council meeting, the Lansing Pride Committee was presented a resolution from the mayor and council. It states:
“Whereas, community development needs and problems can best be determined and solved through a cooperative effort between elected officials and those citizens they represent”,
“Whereas, the Mayor and Council do herewith pledge their full support, endorsement, and cooperation in carrying out the requirements of the Kansas Pride Program.”
Every Lansing resident is an automatic member of the Lansing Pride Committee. This is our 26th year to be part of this program. The Pride Committee in the state of Kansas just celebrated its 40th Aanniversary of helping communities.
The KANSAS PRIDE PROGRAM is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas PRIDE, Inc. PRIDE is dedicated to serving communities across the state to encourage and assist local government and volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work.
Anyone who has an idea of improving our community should present it to our local PRIDE members. Our PRIDE committee was instrumental in forming the start of our museum and library, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, the annual recognition banquet, to recognize volunteers in our city. One that is really special is the organizing and building of the Welcome to Lansing sign south of town with the help of all the organizations that are represented on the sign. Each group also helps maintain the grounds to keep it neat and presentable throughout the year.
Presently, Lansing is one of the largest cities in PRIDE. Membership towns have a population of from 100 to 15,000. The motto is “Can DO.” There are so many success stories of how this program has helped small communities, simply through volunteer efforts of working together. PRIDE asks all residents of small towns what is important to them, to coordinate meaningful projects, involve others and celebrate success. Each community has its own PRIDE organization with different needed projects and are supported by the state board members and given awards as their projects become successes. Our own Lansing has been very blessed with volunteers, good people who work well together.