Gary & Connie Andrews – 2019 Glendora Citizens of the Year

Besides operating the successful, long-established business, Andrew’s Inc., Gary and Connie Andrews have given of themselves to Glendora in countless ways. Gary grew up in this community as did his mother. He has been a merchant in the Glendora village for almost 49 years. Since 1981, on a weekly basis, the couple raised and lowered the advertising banners across Glendora Avenue, a task which they are still in charge of today. 

Connie’s been active in PTA, was co-chair of Red Ribbon Week and involved with their daughter Jennifer’s soccer program. When their Jennifer was a student at La Fetra, the Andrews generously donated books and cassettes. Helping out wherever they can, Connie was presented with the Kiwanis Club of Glendora Kiwanniane’s Community Service Award in 2019.

CSM Ret. Gary W. Andrews served our country as a member of the National Guard for 38 years, retiring in 2006. Gary and Connie consider the Army part of their family. Gary has been a crucial member of the Village Business Improvement District. He has been the organization’s strength time and time again.

Gary’s memberships include: Past member of the Glendora Rotary Club, the Village Business Improvement District and the Glendora Chamber of Commerce. Their family are third generation members of the First Christian Church. In 1991 Gary was honored by the Glendora Community Coordinating Council for his many dedicated civic involvements. In 1996 Gary and Connie’s story was featured in the Glendoran Magazine.

Andrews, Inc. began in 1972 as a family corporation operated by Gary at 161 N. Glendora Ave. From there it was relocated across the street to 160 N. Glendora Ave. In 1983 the family purchased the 70+ year old legendary Venberg Building at 111 N. Glendora Ave. and renovated the building with a beautiful transformation, the third business in the village to do so at that time. The exterior is an attractive example of the historical early 1900’s architecture as one enters the “Village”. The city council officially designated the Venberg (Andrews) Building as a historic landmark.

In 1986 Gary’s parents, Lowell and Betty were named Glendora’s Citizens of the Year.  The Andrews family has long been, and continues to be, an asset to Glendora. 

The 72nd Annual Banquet Honoring Glendora’s 2019 Citizens of the Year Gary & Connie Andrews will be held Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Glendora Country Club. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be reserved at https://glendorachamberofcommerce.ticketspice.com/2019-glendora-citizen-of-the-year-banquet

Information provided by the Glendoran Magazine

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