Lifelong Monrovia resident Betty Sandford was honored by the City Council Tuesday as the city's Older American of the Year for her volunteerism and dedicated service to the community.
Sandford was presented with a proclamation read by Mayor Mary Ann Lutz and briefly addressed the council and thanked them for the distinction.
"I thank you Mayor Lutz and members of the City Council," Sandford said. "I've known all of you for a long time and I'm honored to be honored by you."
Sandford , attended local schools and raised her children in town. She has held numerous leadership positions with local organizations, including President of the Pasadena Area League of Women Voters, President of the United Nations Association of Pasadena, Western Regional Director for UNICEF, and President of the Monrovia School Board.
Sandford has also been active in Monrovia's and chaired Monrovia's Centennial Committee. She was also one of the founders of and once acted as the campaign manager for former mayor, Bob Bartlett. She is still involved in the Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board.
"She has crafted a lifelong career in public service that continues to benefit the community," said Penny Arroyo, recreation coordinator for the city.
Sandford, who also received a commendation from Congressman David Dreier (R-San Dimas), will attend a county luncheon where other older Americans will be recognized. She will also ride in the Monrovia Day Parade on May 12.
Sandford joked Tuesday that she hopes to see some veteran members of the council named as Older Americans of the Year soon.
"If you live long enough, you too will be Older American (of the Year)," Sandford said.