Recognizing Alcaldessa Marcie Waldronby Representative Mike Thompson
Posted on 2015-02-02
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 2, 2015
Mr. THOMPSON of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize
Marcie Waldron, who has been named the City of Sonoma's 2015
Alcaldessa, or Honorary Mayor. The title ``Alcalde,'' or ``Alcaldessa''
when referring to a woman, is the Spanish word for ``mayor.'' While the
Alcalde was the primary civil authority during the Spanish colonial
period in California, in modern times, it is an honorary title bestowed
upon invaluable members of the community.
Ms. Waldron has lived in Sonoma for 12 years, where she has given back to the community as a leader and member of community organizations. She is the president of the Vintage House board, a non- profit organization that promotes the well-being of elderly citizens by encouraging independence and involvement in community life. Ms. Waldron also serves as the interim president of the WillMar Family Grief and Healing Center, which provides support to families grieving the loss of a loved one or living with family members with a life-altering illness. Outside of her leadership roles with these non-profit organizations, Ms. Waldron serves as a board member of the Sonoma Community Center and Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza.
In addition to her involvement in community organizations, Ms. Waldron works to raise awareness about organ donation. Herself a double transplant recipient, Ms. Waldron speaks to schools and organizations honoring donors and stressing the importance of organ donation. Ms. Waldron also works to recognize donors through her ``LifeStar'' program, which gives donors hand-made silver LifeStar pendants in appreciation for their gift of life.
Mr. Speaker, Marcie Waldron is a beloved and vitally important member of the community and it is appropriate that we acknowledge her today as Sonoma's Alcaldessa for 2015.