Even in May, Santa keeps working.
With the efforts and goodwill brought on by the Rotary Santa Run, the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights was recently recognized by Rotary International with the Significant Achievement Award. The acknowledgment is for addressing the needs of the community through charitable acts.
With more than 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, only 250 have been honored to receive the award.
On behalf of Rotary International president, Sakuji Tanaka, District Governor Mike Yesner presented the award to Mark Tauber, president of the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights.
Tanaka stated in a letter to Tauber, "the Significant Achievement Award recognizes outstanding Rotary club projects that address the most pressing needs of their local communities. These projects illustrate Rotary's avenue of community service in action and they provide successful models for other Rotary clubs to replicate."
"Your club has made a meaningful impact in the life of your community," added Tanaka. "Your project represents the very best in your district and the Rotary world. On behalf of Rotary International and Rotarians worldwide, I commend and encourage you to continue building Peace Through Service."
More than $35,000 raised by the Rotary Santa Run has gone to local community projects identified by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights. They include holiday gifts and Thanksgiving meals to more than 100 needy families, vocational scholarships for Arlington Heights residents seeking technical training, book scholarships for local high school graduates, the Job Seekers program in partnership with the Arlington Heights Library, "Kids on Track" program for the children of Arlington Park migrant workers are among the various needs addressed by the Rotary club.
Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. The Rotary's 1.2 million members around the world are committed to "Service Above Self." For more information about the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights, please visit www.rotaryah.com