Members in good standing at Club Nintendo got a heads up from Nintendo of America today, as "Elite Status" rewards for 2009 will be arriving soon. Specifically, Club Nintendo is "preparing to begin shipping" said rewards.
That means you should keep an eye out for the Mario hat or Animal Crossing calendar that you may have opted for this year, lest your neighbor steal your mail and coveted Nintendo-themed trinket. Club Nintendo cautions "even though your friends or neighbors may receive their Reward before you do, please be assured that your order is being processed too!" So be patient.
We've not heard of anyone receiving their Club Nintendo goods yet, but we're sure we will soon enough. Thanks to everyone from the tips line for the heads up! (Even though I got my notification too!)