Taiwan Soka Association Recognized as Excellent Community Organization for 15th Consecutive Time
The Interior Ministry of Taiwan has chosen Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) as an Excellent Community Organization. TSA was selected from among over 8,000 organizations as having contributed the most to Taiwanese society during the past two years. This was TSA's 15th consecutive recognition since 1991, one year following its official registration as a religious organization. No other community organization in Taiwan has surpassed this achievement.
Determined to become exemplary citizens in their respective communities and societies, TSA members have been actively engaged in various initiatives to build community, including organizing culture festivals, sponsoring exhibitions at local SGI community centers to raise awareness on issues such as peace and sustainable development and promoting art and cultural events that feature renowned overseas performers. TSA students also volunteer as staff at the annual Soka Joy Summer Camps for elementary students in Taiwan's rural areas.
At an awards ceremony on September 10, 2008, Deputy Interior Minister Lai Feng-wei highly lauded TSA's exemplary efforts over the years to contribute to Taiwanese society and presented a certificate to TSA Vice General Director Chen Yeung-ho. In October 2003, when Mr. Lai was Penghu County Chief, the county conferred an honorary citizenship on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in recognition of TSA members' continuing sponsorship of cultural and educational activities that benefit the county.
[Adapted from an article in the September 28 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and an article in the September 19, 2008 issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photo courtesy of Harmony Press]