Honoring the Memory of Norma Novy

Giving thanks… Turning the corner on the final months of the year is a great time to reflect on the gifts we enjoy. On every gratitude list of mine, “community” appears.

From my heart I thank all who have supported us throughout the year by engaging our professional services, volunteering to assist in the Egg Hunt or the Garage Sale, or any other gaps in taking care of each other and our community. And to those who have simply acknowledged the ones who make the effort, we are grateful. Community doesn’t happen by itself!

So, it is with profound sadness that I acknowledge the passing of a pillar of our community, whose time and talent brought much good to the greater Santa Venetia area. Norma Novy passed last month, one year after her beloved husband Hank.

If you have ever read the periodical The Santa Venetia Communicator, you held Norma’s work in your hands. She did the layout, a lot of editing and perhaps more writing than we know. For the magnitude of the project, she did it with kindness and a pure heart, the epitome of service.

May her passing bring more good… Nothing in the community happens by itself.

Please look for opportunities to step up and offer time to lighten the load and nurture our community.  Your kids, their kids, and their kids will benefit. In the neighborhood and in schools opportunities abound. Here are a few of our favorites:

Substitute teachers and classroom aides are a continual need. Contact the Marin County Board of Education for information: https://www.marinschools.org/Page/359

The Second Saturday group continues to meet to maintain and beautify N. San Pedro Road. Nature only does so much. Grab your gloves and your favorite garden tool (don’t worry, they will have extras). Meet at the N. San Pedro Road medians just east of Meadow Drive, 2nd Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m.

High School Sports Officials are sought. Experience in the sport or as a youth official are a plus but not required. Contact Jim for more info.

We get out of our lives what we put in. Won’t you take on a service opportunity?