By Charles H. Lind, Charter member, former Executive Director
For a year, starting in mid April 1986, several public-spirited citizens (mostly senior citizens but with a liberal sprinkling of the sub-senior age group) throughout Southwest Bonner County, Idaho became involved in the establishment of a fire protection district. They subsequently raised funds for the construction of a fire station and to purchase some fire fighting related equipment.
With the successful conclusion of the fire station campaign and the forming of a small non-profit public service corporation the founders foresaw a dream of a uniquely new kind of senior’s organization. The group was not limited to the affairs and economic needs of seniors, but also equally directed to the concerns of health, welfare, social and economic needs of the entire community. Blanchard Community Center
The merits of this benevolent organization with a mission so conceptually different from the usual senior groups became immediately apparent. The group would be very influential and involved in the well being of all ages from the cradle to the grave. This stature is bold, indeed, but well within the intended capacity of caring and consideration of the men and women of this organization.
So, in late 1987, the fundraising drive for the fire protection district was successfully completed and the group began “gathering moss”, so to speak. It became evident that many other people in the community had much the same feelings regarding the premise of a strong, active, benevolent group to look after both area and human concerns and interests.
Through subsequent meetings, the concepts of the new organization continued to evolve. After much study, a name and logo were adopted. BLANCHARD AREA SENIORS INCORPORATED became the name with the initials BASIC serving as the pseudonym and the logo, as well. BASIC represents the basic needs of all people everywhere.
BASIC - This small but important word was then superimposed on an isosceles triangle to form the official logo. The broad base of this geometric design aptly represents the broad base of interests of the organization. The two equal sides pointing upward represent the idea of equal concern and consideration for all people and for issues that are particularly appropriate to the situation within the community. The logo also emphasizes the non-biased and nonpartisan precepts of the founders and members. The name perpetuates the same ideals.