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Monrovia Honors Betty Sandford as Older American of the Year

The longtime volunteer was recognized by the City Council Tuesday.

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.

Gayle M. Montgomery May 04, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Betty is a remarkable woman of achievement and a pistol to boot! She is a great asset to the community, and her dedication and service to others bears emulating. Thanks for recognizing Monrovia's great treasure!
Iamsam May 04, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Met Betty many moons ago, a wonderful woman and the perfect choice for this honor.
David Steinmeier May 05, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Foothill Unity Center, Inc. would not be the effective organization that it is today if Betty had not served on our original Board of Directors and then again in recent years. As a past "Humanitarian of the Year", Betty was recognized for her passion in serving our community. Her passion has never abated! Betty, thank you for your shining example and congratulations on your newest award! David Steinmeier, President, Board of Directors, Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
Carolyn Ziegler-Davenport May 09, 2011 at 06:17 PM
I have known Betty Sandford for nearly 40 years, when she hired me into the newly opened U.S. Committee for UNICEF's Western Regional Office in Pasadena. What an opportunity for me--a newly single mother of 4 young children just re-entering the workforce. I formed the basis of my career in PR under her tutelage. Along with her late husband, Jules, she introduced me to many new experiences (including sushi), as well as incredibly interesting people over the next 5 years. In that process, I came to know and admire her, not only for her expertise, but for the Sandford lifestyle of community service that makes a difference. And it is not only in Monrovia that the Sandfords made that difference. They found causes and invested in people that they met in their world travels. I count Betty and Jules among those I most admire, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of an award. The "Older" is an insignificant adjective. Sincerely, Carolyn Ziegler-Davenport (Yes, mother of recent Monrovia City Council candidate Chris Ziegler)
Sheri Bonner May 24, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Congratulations, Betty! We are in awe of your spirit and commitment to improving the lives of women and families in our communities. You’re an inspiration and we are thrilled to know you! Sheri Bonner President & CEO Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

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