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Citizen Of The Year Is A Tireless Volunteer

Novato's Citizen Of The Year for 2013 is Susan Stompe, a previous mayor and a volunteer with many organizations.

Susan Stompe - photo credit the Paint the Town Red Committee


For 43 years, Susan Stompe has poured her soul into Novato, driven by her hearty Midwest work ethic to make this a better place to live. She has now found herself as Novato Citizen of the Year.

Her list of public service is dizzying. She has worked to preserve both homegrown democracy and Novato's and Marin's gorgeous environment.

Stompe has been a Novato resident since 1970. She received kisses from her husband of 56 years, Brian Stompe, plus her three sons and their families during the gala, which marked the Novato's 54th birthday.

In announcing its selection, the Citizen of the Year Committee said Susan had much in common with past Citizens of the Year because “she is a fervent believer in giving back to her community and in many instances became the leader of the groups she worked with. Other people often credit her with being their inspiration to become involved in their communities.”

It was her husband Brian who urged Susan to run for city council after a decade of run-the-gamut civic service, With staunch support from myriad friends from all her civic organizations, she was elected in 1980 and served through 1987, twice wielding the gavel as mayor.

Through the years, Susan devoted significant time to volunteer with such a long list of groups that it is impossible to list all of them. Some of these organizations are:

The Boy Scouts of America

The Hamilton Advisory Committee

The Novato Human Needs Center

The Novato General Plan Steering Committee

The Association of Bay Area Governments

The Novato 50th Birthday Steering Committee

Novato Clean and Green Day

The Olompali People

Olompali State Historic Park

The Marin Conservation League

The Sierra Club

The Petaluma River Enhancement Committee

The Novato Advisory Committee on Aviation at Hamilton

and many more.

In her retirement, Susan remains embroiled in countless environmental issues. Her passion for trash pickup and commitment to recycling is intense.

Her versatility has been physical as well as mental. She’s a former triathlete and expert white-water rafter. She continues to swim regularly. And easily keeps up with three energetic grandchildren.

It is easy to see why Stompe was selected as Citizen of the Year.


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Sylvia Barry January 25, 2014 at 01:36 AM
So well deserved, Susan! Congratulations!
Bubba six pack January 25, 2014 at 01:49 AM
I agree, Sylvia. I talked to her ( and you, too) at the party tonight, and was humbled by the tireless efforts of such a great lady.
Pat Ravicz January 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Congratulations Susan! Thank you for your years of selfless giving to your community.
Al Nymous January 25, 2014 at 04:30 PM
How about giving the award to a non politician? It looks like the city council grandstanding themselves.
Craig Belfor January 25, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Most of the past recipients of this award were not politicians. Look at the history of past awards. Cops, (Al Mendoza), business owners (Deitrick Stroeh, Dennis Hagerty), and many common citizens who gave the most important thing we all have so little of, time. I'm amazed at the personal time each of these wonderful people gave to better their community, while I'm too busy to do not much more than blog. None of the committees that Susan Stompe served on are closed to you, Al, (except the League of Women Voters, maybe). Time to Shiiit or get off the pot. You can volunteer any time you want.
Al Nymous January 25, 2014 at 05:17 PM
I never said she didn't deserve it. All I'm saying it has a bad taste to it, like Bill Clinton getting the medal of freedom or Obama getting the Nobel peace prize.
Trailbikerbilly January 25, 2014 at 05:32 PM
You wanna know a bad taste? How about that guy in Tam Valley?
Eleanor Sluis January 25, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Congratulations to Susan Stompe. She exemplifies the best of Novato in her endeavors to care for and provide friendly, flexible, and thoughtful considerations throughout our rural environment for all the residents. Bravo, Susan.
Al Nymous January 25, 2014 at 06:56 PM
Willy, I'm gonna barf again.
Trailbikerbilly January 25, 2014 at 07:43 PM
The teen running the Mill Valley Patch deleted the same basic comment, so I blogged over her head and basically said she must have suffered the same fate. She was too dumb to get it. That's what happens when you have people with no English skills running a blog. This will get deleted as soon as she is told about it. I'll probably get purged, too.
Craig Belfor January 25, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Have any of you bloggers noticed that Susan Stompe, or any of the past citizens of the year, never blog? They take it to the next level.------ They DO!
Al Nymous January 25, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Looks like most of her "volunteering" is some sort of government committee... Just saying.
Hopkin January 25, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Trailbikerbilly, Julia Angel is in charge of all purging, so I'd get on her good side if I were you...
Craig Belfor January 25, 2014 at 07:54 PM
If you can't beat them, join them! Change from within. If every blogger here joined just one committee, we could change the future of Novato. I'm making a commitment myself to do this now.
Al Nymous January 25, 2014 at 08:03 PM
I'm game. You got to come up with a fancy name, a really feel good wrapped with silk name.
Hopkin January 25, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Trailbikerbilly, her profile says she is a mother of 3, so I really hope she's not a teen but nowadays you never know. And I am noticing an issue on Patch which is the same issue I have with the Topix boards. Isn't there some way to have a "Marin County" Patch that automatically coalesces all the individual city Patch posts into one spot? So everyone can comment on one story rather than multiple cross-city posts of the same story with separate city commenting?
Trailbikerbilly January 25, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Don't look at me. I'm a dope about computers, and I'm about to get banned when the Mill Valley editor finds out what I meant. I'll just come back later with another name, but she'll need another brain to catch me.
Susan Stompe January 26, 2014 at 06:41 PM
I thank everyone for their congratulations. I am truly honored by the award. As Craig said, if everyone who blogs just participated in ONE effort, committee or organization to help this town and everyone who lives here, it would be even a better place than it is today. For starters you can come to the Civic Green on April 26 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help clean up the town on Clean & Green Day!!!
Sylvia Barry January 26, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Thanks, Susan, a gracious lady and tireless volunteer/leader for Novato Clean and Green Day (among other causes) for many years. Here is the link to Novato Clean and Green Day in case anybody needs it - http://novatostreetscape.wordpress.com/clean-and-green-day/
Al Nymous January 26, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Do we get to clean up the bums and dump them in San Francisco where the came from?
Craig Belfor January 26, 2014 at 11:51 PM
Susan Stompe has personally demonstrated by her own efforts that democracy is not a spectator sport. Participation is required. If a 70+ year old lady will pick up garbage in a park on a Sunday, it makes blogging a cheapened form of citizenship. We must aspire to this higher level. If 63% of Novato residents are homeowners, then we should have a large pool of people who want to see the future of Novato go forward in a positive direction. Since most of the homeowners are busy hanging on and working long hours to pay the nut, we cannot expect a lot from many, but those who have time to blog have time to do. Calling all trolls, (including me) to put up or shut up. I'll start with 2 hours a week. Not much, but if everyone did it, we'd be fixing a lot of problems.
Susan Stompe January 27, 2014 at 01:15 AM
Terrific! Thank you, Craig. It is so true, many doing a little can accomplish a lot.
Maggie January 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Congratulations Susan, they couldn't have chosen anyone better!
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Picking up trash is a nice thing to do, but you are delusional if you think it will stop the jerks from throwing garbage on the ground or fix the unethical politics.
Brent Ainsworth January 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Here's some video I took when Susan was honored: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73oTx8Yw5Jk
Bubba six pack January 27, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Hey Al- you forgot world peace. True, a Sunday morning meeting friends, new and old, getting a little fresh air and exercise, and picking up a little garbage doesn't come close to your much needed list of what's wrong with our planet, but Susan chose this instead of drink and blog as a better way to help. I'm no triathlete (unless eating, drinking, and smoking are considered a sport), so I'll not challenge her energy and passion, but she shames me into wanting to do something besides bitch.
Sylvia Barry January 27, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Craig and Bubba - I sure am happy the two of you went to the event (had to drag your guys in, but very happy that you went). There are certainly tons of very nice people in Novato. By the way, Craig, the Clean and Green is Saturday, not Sunday. :-D
Hopkin January 27, 2014 at 06:43 PM
Hey, why didn't I get to be dragged in?!?
Al Nymous January 27, 2014 at 06:53 PM
*and world peace

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