Recognizing Patricia ``Patty’’ Bennett as the 2012 Citizen of the Year for the Town of Novato, Californiaby Representative Jared Huffman
Posted on 2013-02-06
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mr. HUFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate Novato resident
Patricia (Patty) Bennett as the 2012 Citizen of the Year for the Town
of Novato located in Mann County in Northern California.
Patty's enduring service to the town is marked by her quiet presence and many positive outcomes. As a local community activist committed to the growth and care of the Novato community, Patty has been serving on various committees around town for many years. Since 2004, Patty Bennett has served on the board of the Novato Youth Center (NYC), where in addition to her duties as Vice-President of the NYC Board and chairperson of the Development Committee, she founded and co-chairs their biannual fundraising event Cruisin' the Classics.
Patty's strong compassion for working parents motivated her to join NYC board of directors in 2004 to help make accessible quality childcare for these parents. Among her many contributions as a director, Patty played a critical role in transitioning the leadership of the NYC after the retirement of an Executive Director who served 23 years.
Patty's dedication to Novato has remained constant though the years. She currently serves as Treasurer for ``Novato 2010--Celebrating 50 years'' Birthday Celebration Steering Committee and has worked for many years on the Coordinating Committee for the Paint the Town Red event. She is also an Elder at the Presbyterian Church of Novato and has served as President of the Parent Teacher Association for Pleasant Valley Elementary School and on Leadership Councils for Novato Unified School District schools including Pleasant Valley Elementary, Sinaloa Middle and San Marin High School.
Mr. Speaker and colleagues, it is appropriate that we honor Patty Bennett for her exceptional community service and civic engagement, commend her generosity of spirit and extend to her our congratulations for her selection as the 2012 Citizen of the Year.