Kenneth Hood Senior Service Award

Nominate Someone for Senior Service Award
Posted on 06/14/2018

The Village of Arlington Heights Senior Citizens Commission is seeking nominations for the tenth annual Kenneth Hood Senior Service Award.  The award nomination form can be filled out online, or you can have one sent to you by calling the Senior Center at 847.253.5532.  Although nominations are accepted at any time, the deadline for submission for 2018 consideration is July 1. 

Prior recipients of the Kenneth Hood Senior Service Award include: Terrence McElroy, 2017; Maureen Seleski, 2016; Julie Wright, 2015; Mary Jo Zeller, 2014; John W. (Jack) Muldoon, 2013; Jack Hanahan, 2012; Joe Cesario, 2011; Frank De Rosa, 2010; and Shirley Garrison, 2009 as well as Jack Schimpf, 2008, honored posthumously.  

Future nominees should also exhibit a history of excellent service to the senior community, have developed or conducted programs that enhance the quality of life for senior citizens, have embraced or nurtured activities that affect, in a positive way, the lives of the senior citizens population.   They must serve as an example by continuing their efforts toward these goals with a zest for the joy of living.  Candidates must reside, work or volunteer in the Village of Arlington Heights. 

This prestigious award carries Dr. Kenneth Hood’s name because of his long dedicated service to the senior citizens of Arlington Heights.  After his retirement from the business world, he served on and then chaired the Senior Citizens Commission.   He was also one of the early and longest term members of the board of directors of Arlington Heights Senior Center, Inc. as well as president of that organization.   Arlington Heights Senior Center, Inc. is the not for profit corporation that raises funds to purchase equipment and support senior center programs.

Ken Hood was instrumental in establishing the “new senior center.”   Ken Hood served as president of the Senior Center Advisory Council.   He served as secretary of the Noon Hour Rotary Club and as the honorary chairman of the Arlington Heights Senior Center Accreditation Committee.  On July 3, 2007, his 100th birthday, Dr. Kenneth Hood addressed his peers, friends and family and advocated carrying forward the torch of service on behalf of today’s senior citizen population.