Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club is thrilled to announce that the 23rd Annual Community Service Award will be presented to H. Arthur Anderson III, at its awards dinner on June 13 at the Garden City Country Club from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Community Service Award was established in 1991 to honor Maurice Kirby, who had served as an active Rotarian since 1980. In addition to being a fine Rotarian, Maurice was a dedicated village trustee and an active volunteer in various other community organizations. Peter Gall, Garden City mayor from 1987-89, was the first recipient. This prestigious award that recognizes the spirit of volunteerism, alternates each year between Mineola and Garden City.
The many organizations, in which Anderson so generously serves, recognize him as a consummate volunteer. A life-long village resident, Anderson has served the Kiwanis Club of Garden City, as past president, and continues in an active role. Also a friend of Rotary, he has promoted the idea that both Kiwanis and Rotary should support each other’s activities and efforts toward their various service projects. As a result, he volunteers for the RotaCare project.
This year’s award recipient is also past president emeritus of the Garden City Republican Club. He has served the parish of St. Joseph’s RC Church, Garden City in many capacities, including co-chair of the semi-annual blood drive, minister extraordinaire, lector and substitute usher. He volunteers for St. Joseph’s Human Services, as well.
Anderson also donates his time to Winthrop University Hospital, Island Harvest, Long Island Cares and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. He is a civic member and volunteer for the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, and for a number of years has served on its Pineapple Ball Committee. In addition, the Garden City resident has coordinated with the Kiwanis Key Club of Adelphi University to secure volunteers to assist the chamber with both the Fall Street Fair and Easter Vintage Car Parade activities. He is an Eagle Scout and is a current member and past vice chair of the Central Property Owners’ Association (CPOA).
Without being asked, Anderson has been known to step up as needs arise in multiple organizations. Former 2007 award recipient and fellow Kiwanian Roger Eltringham said, “Arthur’s boundless energy and enthusiasm are great qualities which I admire. He leaves his imprint on any project or charity in which he has become involved.”
When asked how he feels about receiving this prestigious award, the award winner said, “I am honored and very much humbled to receive this award. I truly do not look at what I do each day as necessarily service, but rather a way of life. When you make service an integral part of your day, it just happens. It becomes part of who you are. Doing something for someone who cannot do it for themselves, or working to help foster a better business district to benefit the business owners, and in turn the residents of a community, is gratifying. Service to others is one of the most rewarding things in my life.”
For reservations to the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club’s Community Service Award Dinner at $70 per person, please call Liz at 746-7724, Ext. 101; or mail checks made payable to the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club to the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, 230 Seventh St., Garden City, NY 11530.