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March 4, 2011 > Clean and Green Task Force recognized by park district

Clean and Green Task Force recognized by park district

Submitted by HARD
Photo by Simon Wong

The Keep Hayward Clean and Green (KHCG) Task Force was presented with the 2010 Hayward Area Recreation and Park District's (HARD) 2010 Annual Board of Directors' Organizational Award at a luncheon at Mt. Eden Mansion on January 28.

In 1962, the Board of Directors established an Annual Awards policy to recognize individuals and organizations that voluntarily assist HARD in its mission to provide high quality leisure facilities and programs to its residents.

The Awards Committee, consisting of HARD Directors Minane Jameson and Carol Pereira and staff members, Kerrilyn Ely and John Gouveia, reviewed the nominations for 2010 and announced the winners in mid-January.

The Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force, established in 2007, was nominated by Hayward Councilwoman Barbara Halliday. For the last three years, the Task Force has held monthly clean-up events in neighborhoods throughout Hayward and has attracted hundreds of volunteers to help with the effort. Activities include picking up litter and painting over graffiti. The work is not glamorous but showing that others care about a neighborhood that may need a little assistance, helps make those in that neighborhood care, too.

Blytha Bowers, Chair of the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force, accepted the award on behalf of her fellow members and volunteers.

The Keep Hayward Clean and Green Task Force meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Room 2A, Hayward City Hall, to plan its volunteer efforts and consider other ideas for improving the quality of life in the community.

"I wish to thank Barbara Halliday for nominating KHCG, HARD for this recognition and the City of Hayward for the privilege of being able to serve the community. The Task Force's members love what we do and enjoy excellent support. Mayor Sweeney volunteers for our events, painting and clearing refuse. Thank you, thank you and thank you," says Bowers, recalling her mother's advice to express 'thanks' three times as a sign of true gratitude.

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