Arlington’s Kiwanis Club recognized Rex Bartlett, owner of Rex’s Rentals in Arlington, for his community service and giving spirit on Oct. 3.
The club recognized Bartlett with their Citizen of the Year Award at their annual installation banquet.
The club has given out the award for more than a decade to various local figures who members think deserve some recognition for the work they do in the community.
“We want to honor the people who would otherwise go unnoticed,” said Arlington Kiwanis member Jan Bauer.
“There are a lot of people who participate in community service and who do good things around here,” she said.
Bartlett has owned Rex’s Rentals with his family since April 2006 and managed United Rentals in Arlington for 17 years before that.
“He has a rental business that has a lot of machines that we can rent, but it’s not just the machinery but things like tables and chairs,” said Bauer.
Bauer said that Bartlett is always willing to help with local events and has given time and equipment to many different local groups, including the Kiwanis Club, the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Arlington High School and various local Christian schools.
“These are things that he would be able to receive money for and he just donates them,” said Bauer.
“If it’s for a good cause he’s just right there for you, ready to help you with what you’re asking for,” she said.
The Kiwanis Club and other organizations put on many different events throughout the year and Bartlett has helped many of them be successful, said Bauer.
“During our annual auction we needed extra tables and he donated a lot of tables and chairs for us to use,” she said.
There are many community members who are also friends with Bartlett because he is friendly and welcoming, said Bauer.
“People like the fact that he’s always treating people as friends and family,” she said. “He has such a big hear."
Bauer said that Rex’s Rentals is always a friendly place to step into as well, and Bartlett is a big part of that.
Bartlett also spends a lot of his extra time coaching soccer in Marysville and Granite Falls and has a passion for the sport, said Bauer.
“He has led some of the local teams to some good finishes throughout the years as well,” she said.
Bauer said that the local Kiwanis Club was glad they could honor Bartlett his year.
“It was our pleasure to honor Rex for all of his work and dedication to others,” she said.