When Pat Anderson, chief executive and president of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, learned she'd been named Kiwanis Club's 2013 "La Cañadan of the Year," she was a little more than surprised.
Although, as a past president, Anderson serves on the selection committee for the annual leadership and volunteerism award, she had no idea she was being considered for the title.
"At first I thought, 'How can that be?'" Anderson said of her reaction to the news. "I'm part of the selection committee, and we hadn't met to select anybody. But, unbeknownst to me, they had been meeting."
Since 1951, the Kiwanis Club has recognized residents who exemplify community service and leadership, and who work hard to promote a positive image of La Cañada Flintridge, according to Kiwanis member Nick Berkuta.
Berkuta, himself a past president and 2012's La Cañadan of the Year, said Anderson was the obvious choice this time around, given her long list of volunteer commitments and the fact that, when it comes to representing La Cañada, not many people are as visible throughout the community as she is.