Distinguished Service Award – April 10, 2017

AZ Wheels for Kids Distinguished Service Award winners

from left to right: Jack Melville, Libby Melville, Dick Swain, Arlene Douglas, Rose Mary Meyer, Olivia Haupt, Tom Meyer, Rick Haupt

Recently Wheels For Kids created a Distinguished Service Award to honor WFK team members who have faithfully, tirelessly, unselfishly and over many years dedicated themselves to the Wheels For Kids Mission: “Receive gently used bikes from donors throughout Tucson, refurbish them and then donate the bikes to charities who distribute them to deserving kids and families.”

On April 10 the Wheels For Kids Distinguished Service Award was presented to three individuals who have been an integral part of building this organization into what it is today. In February we donated our 2000th bike. That milestone is due in no small measure to the contributions of these exceptional people. Their generous hearts have brought joy to many.

Thanks from the 40+ Wheels For Kids team and a grateful acknowledgement from over 2,000 children and families goes to:

  • Rick Haupt – President with visionary leadership for 5 years, extensive structural and business process improvement work and bicycle mechanic since Wheels For Kids early days
  • Jack Melville – bicycle mechanic since Wheels For Kids early days and Parts Purchasing Leader
  • Tom Meyer – liaison with Vistoso Cyclists, Board Member, Governance leadership and business process improvement work

Their leadership and dedication to serving others serves as an inspiration to us all.