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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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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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