Haars Honored for Volunteer Service

Randy and Chris Haar have dedicated countless hours over the last eight years to the restoration and conservation of northwest Ohio's globally rare Oak Openings. They have also been leaders in educating the public about the uniqueness and importance of the region.

In recognition of their hard work, Randy and Chris have received the Green Ribbon Initiative’s Oak Openings Conservation Volunteer of the Year Award.

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The couple was also honored recently with President George W. Bush’s “Daily Points of Light Award.” The national honor is presented to volunteers who act on their power to do good every day, using their hearts, hands and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems. The Points of Light Award “recognizes individual’s stories, and lifts them up to inspire others so we may each, in our own way, answer the call to make a difference.”

"We are so fortunate to have both of you as part of our organization," Scott Savage, president of the Board of Park Commissioners, said during a presentation to Randy and Chris at the October 21 board meeting. "Please accept these awards on behalf of Metroparks Toledo with our sincere thanks and appreciation."