NORMAL (IL)– The Town of Normal named Mandava Rao its Citizen of the Year Thursday night during its annual Appreciation Reception.
Mayor Chris Koos said to say Rao is active in the community is an understatement.
“He has founded and helps to lead numerous organizations, including the Central Illinois Cricket Association, For a Better Tomorrow, and the local chapter of the SEWA – a group guided by the principal: Service beyond self,” Koos said.
Rao moved to Bloomington-Normal from India 16 years ago. He said he stayed here because he fell in love with the community.
“I love this community a lot,” said Rao. “And everybody is cooperative, that’s what I have seen. Wherever I go, with any organization, yes, they are positive with me.”
Rao added the award came as a complete surprise. Koos said Rao lives a life that proves actions speak louder than words.