Wiegers, Prairie Village Post, Crown and Old Mission Lodge win 2012 Prairie Village Community Spirit Awards

The Prairie Village Post was among the four winners of this year’s Prairie Village Community Spirit Awards, announced during the Patriotic Service at Wednesday’s VillageFest celebration.

Now in their tenth year, the awards honor individuals, organizations and businesses that “give their time and service in an effort to improve the quality of life in Prairie Village.”

The winners were:

Doris Wiegers, Lifetime Community Spirit Award:

A long-serving community volunteer, she has been involved in the PTA, Village Presbyterian Church and on the Prairie Village Municipal Foundation, of which she is currently the president. The judges noted that since she took the helm at the Municipal Foundation in 1998, the organization “seems to have been re-energized…adding many new programs to help residents in our community.”

Prairie Village Post, Business Community Spirit Award:

The judges “remarked about how quickly this relatively new PV business…has helped to bring our community together.” A nomination mentioned that “Those that read and follow the PV Post are better connected to the City, and thus have an improved quality of life.”

We scored an exclusive interview with one of the proprietors:

“This is a real honor,” said Community Spirit Award-winning Prairie Village Post Editor Jay Senter, who won the Community Spirit Award and is writing this article. “The reason we started the site here was because we saw such a strong sense of community spirit. To have people suggest that we’ve contributed to making it even stronger means a lot to us.”

Joel Crown, Resident Community Spirit Award:

Affectionately known in his neighborhood as “Uncle Joe,” Crown helped create a fund at Highlands Elementary to provide financial assistance to disabled children and their families. He also built the schoolhouse in the garden at Prairie Elementary. His nomination lauded his remarkable dedication to the community: “Caring for the elderly, caring for children, teaching by example what it means to be neighborly and give back to your community, this generous man is the embodiment of Community Spirit in Prairie Village.”

Old Mission Masonic Lodge 153, Organization Community Spirit Award:

The final award went to an organization without which there could be no VillageFest. Members of the Old Mission Lodge are among the volunteers who arrive early every year to set up the wildly popular pancake breakfast, and then head over to City Hall where they assist with the children’s fingerpaint activity.