After 63 years on Sunset Boulevard, five children, 12,000 volunteer hours and more than a decade on the Senior Board, West U. resident Betty Aillet is leaving the city for a retirement community. Nov. 17, 2008 was named ‘Betty Aillet Day’ in honor of her service to the city, and Aillet received a plaque and an engraved watch from city staff at Monday’s special council meeting.
“As a young person, she is the epitome of what I would like to be at her age,” said Senior Services Manager Toby Brooks. “She is wonderful. We would like to say thank you for all the hard work. She was a sounding board, she was there for any activity, she was there to assist with any of the extra things we needed in the office.”
“It was my pleasure,” said Aillet, who cried for a second after hearing Brook’s words. Three of her five children watched as their mother received her plaque and gift. “I got more out of this than I gave, I know. But it has been a pleasure. And I am coming back once in a while, but I am retiring from West U. after 63-years.”
Aillet’s volunteerism began when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. According to Brooks, the Senior Center was a place where Aillet could go to get some “time for herself.” After her husband passed away, Aillet’s involvement increased.
Aillet participated in many of the senior leisure activities and began serving as an office volunteer. She served on the Senior Board for more than a decade, and coordinated the weekly bingo game each Friday. She served as a volunteer Red Cross Swim Instructor at Colonial Pool, and was a long-time member of the garden club.
“I’ve moved to a nice retirement place, but it’s not going to be like West U.,” said Aillet. “Everybody’s old there. I haven’t joined anything yet, but I did go to bingo and won four dollars. They didn’t like the new girl on the block winning the first time.”