Citizen of the Year

Each year the Citizen of the Year Committee seeks nominations from the community of people who could be selected as Novato Citizen of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is always a well kept Novato secret until the night of Novato’s Birthday Party. The 2019 Citizen of the Year was announced during Novato’s Birthday Party at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging on Friday, January 31, 2020.

We hope you can join us for our “Virtual Evening of History, Traditions and Reflections” celebrating Novato’s Birthday and the 2020 Citizen of the Year!

Novato Citizen of the Year 2019
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Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year 2019

Dale Kline, one of the City Birthday Party’s behind-the-scenes MVPs, was thrust to the forefront as the 2019 choice as Citizen of the Year. Kline is known for assisting restaurants, wineries, and craft breweries in setting up the “Taste of Novato” spread at the annual gala and sticking around late to clean up.

Kline cleaned up with the award, too, after more than 22 years of volunteering for various causes in Novato. Since moving to Novato in 1998, Kline has been intensely devoted to public education and family-oriented civic events. Most notable was his work with the nonprofit School Fuel organization and in his decade of serving as event coordinator for the group’s Tour of Novato fundraiser. He also had a long track record of supporting PTAs and Novato High booster clubs.

The Citizen of the Year honor was the perfect complement to his 2018 Novato Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award & a Rotary Club Paul Harris award being funded in his honor. Kline, an operations manager for an insurance company, is a walking-talking insurance policy for the nonprofit boards and committees on which he serves because of his tireless willingness to help.

Want to nominate someone?

Do you know anyone who might qualify for Citizen of the Year? Don’t be shy! if a member of your family or organization you belong to deserves to be nominated, please do so. If you have nominated someone in the past who was not selected, please do so again as it is always a difficult choice and this may be the year that your candidate is selected.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. A nominee must have resided or worked within the Novato Geographic Area for at least seven (7) years.
  2. Nominations are to be made and resumes obtained, with no prior knowledge on the part of the nominee.
  3. Nominee names will not be divulged. Prior to the public announcement, the chosen recipient’s name will only be disclosed to the appropriate organizations i.e., City of Novato, Senator, Assemblyperson, Congressional Representative and nominator etc. The media will not be advised of the recipient’s identity until the award is made at the virtual event.
  4. Nominations may be submitted at any time during the year, but all nominations must be received by November 25, 2020. Please send nominations to: Novato Citizen of the Year Committee, P.O. Box 1347, Novato, CA 94948 OR email
  5. The person or organization making the nomination will be responsible for obtaining the necessary information concerning the nominee. And, responsible for assuring the 2020 COTY recipient’s availability for a surprise, recorded Social Distance “front porch visit” mid-January 2021 prior to the event. There will need to be close coordination with the PTTR liaison and nominator to make this “front porch visit” successful for the recipient!
  6. Nominees for this award should be a person who has been an outstanding volunteer in the Novato Community. His/her contributions should be in a number of different areas i.e., youth, senior, religious, community organizations, in addition to his/her business and/or profession. The nominee cannot hold public office at the time of nomination.
  7. Only one person can receive this award for a given year. A couple, should they be nominated, will be considered as one person.

Nomination Form

Applications will be reviewed by the committee. The Citizen of the Year is always a well kept Novato secret until the night of Novato’s Birthday Party.

Download, fill out and mail your nomination to:

Novato Citizen of the Year Committee
P.O. Box 1347
Novato, CA 94948

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