A Fitting Tribute to Orinda City Councilmember Amy Worth

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(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)
Orinda Mayor Inga Miller (far left), former Mayor Dennis Fay and City Councilmember Darlene Gee presented the City Council’s proclamation to Councilmember Amy Worth (center) at the reception honoring her. Worth served 24 years on the Orinda City Council and will continue to serve her term on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

    A large crowd of Orinda residents, as well as local and regional politicians, assembled at the Orinda Library’s Dick Heggie Plaza on Dec. 4 to honor long-time Orinda City Councilmember Amy Worth.
    Worth served on the City Council for 24 years, including five terms as mayor. Although she will no longer be on the council, she will continue her work helping residents as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
    Nature accommodated Worth’s reception with a respite from the rain and an abundance of sunshine as guests enjoyed a variety of refreshments in the outdoor setting.
    The formal program included speeches and proclamations from Orinda City Councilmembers, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, a representative from State Senator Steve Glazer, Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Anderson and Orinda Chamber of Commerce members Mike McGill and Juliet Don to name just a few.
    The program culminated with a ribbon-cutting and dedication of the Library Rotunda as the Amy Worth Rotunda.
    Worth, who acknowledged being “overwhelmed” by all the accolades, thanked her husband Tom and daughters Betsy, Annie and Kate for not only putting up with her long hours, but for helping her with mailings and other tasks throughout the years.
    A “Thank You” program included many more acknowledgements and well wishes, including Orinda City Clerk Sheri Smith who wrote, “Over the years, because of her vast knowledge and patience to teach, she has been a mentor and inspiration to me. We often spoke many times a day regarding the day-to-day workings of a city.”
    Smith noted she hoped to still call on Worth’s “wise counsel from time to time.”
   
Sally Hogarty can be reached at sallyhogarty@gmail.com.

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