Mayor Elden F. Gillespie, who helped establish the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, was honored Friday night at the club's 20th anniversary dinner.
Gillespie, 71, who has been diagnosed as having cancer and is recovering from surgery, made a rare public appearance to accept an award at a Garden Grove restaurant.
"Elden has been associated with the boys and girls club for almost 20 years, ever since we've been in Westminster," said John Herring, the club's executive director.
Herring described Gillespie as a tireless helper who was ready to volunteer whenever he was needed.
Gillespie has been a trustee on the club's board and also its chairman. Gillespie also became the club's acting director when the club had financial difficulties in the early 1980s.
The mayor retired as a superintendent in charge of processing for Atlantic Richfield Co. in 1975. He has been on the City Council about 12 years.