2005 – Jim Henderson
For 2005, Jim Henderson was selected Citizen of the Year. At the time, Jim was a fifty-three year resident of Novato and leads a life of service, selflessness and commitment.
Mr. Henderson was a tenacious and effective public servant, role model and leader who served a four-year term on the Novato City Council, including one year as Mayor.
Mr. Henderson was one of Novato’s quiet but tireless community volunteers; many local organizations and the communities they serve have benefited from his dedication, commitment and service including Novato Rotary, Novato Senior Citizens Club, Our Lady of Loretto Church, Audubon Society, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, Novato Multicultural Commission, Novato Garden Club, Novato Human Needs Center, Novato Chamber of Commerce, Novato Business and Education Roundtable, among many others.
He also spent countless hours sharing his time as a judge for speech and debate events, as a hands-on helper at Homeward Bound, parking cars for both the Senior Health Fair and Novato Art and Wine Festival, manning booths, serving, cleaning and flipping pancakes; and Mr. Henderson was a proud servant to his country and a decorated WWII veteran; he received a Silver Star for Gallantry in Action and was recognized with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Good Conduct Medal; he served in leadership roles for the Timberwolves, a group of veterans from his U.S. Army Infantry Division who have remained friends over fifty years after serving together.
Above all, Mr. Henderson was a true gentleman, always treating people with respect and dignity. A person of unbending integrity, a devoted family man and an inspiration to those he comes in contact with.