I want to adjourn tonight in memory of Betty Seldner, a longtime Santa Clarita resident and SCV Woman of the Year, who recently passed away at the age of 94.
Betty was known for the energy she brought to everything she did, including her lifelong dedication to serving others in our community. She was born in 1923 in Baltimore as the daughter of an Air Force officer, moving around the country many times before she and her husband Al settled in Santa Clarita in 1978.
Betty became a Human Resources executive for HR Textron in the Valencia Industrial Center and later ran her own business, Seldner Environmental Services, which helped train employees who handled hazardous waste and other substances.
She served on the board of the Child and Family Center for 25 years and also volunteered her time with the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the Elks Lodge, the SCV Boys and Girls Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Zonta Club.
For her dedication to and passion for the Santa Clarita Valley, Betty was named SCV Woman of the Year in 2000. She continued to volunteer with a number of organizations in retirement and was active in the selection of the SCV Man of the Year and Woman of the Year award recipients in recent years.
It goes without saying that Betty was a pillar of our community and the foundation she laid throughout Santa Clarita will benefit scores of individuals and families for years to come. We are saddened by Betty’s passing and our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.