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Norberg Honored by Rotary for Unique Service

Photo by Mitch Lehman / TRIBUNE – Rotary Club of San Marino President J.P. Mainguy, right, presented a trophy to club member Lucille Norberg for her distinguished service.

The Rotary Club of San Marino held a special meeting earlier this month at a unique location.
Club members flocked to the San Marino home of Lucille Norberg for the purpose of bestowing upon her an award acknowledging the 50-year resident for her work with the San Marino Motor Classic.
“Lucille, I’m very happy to present you with a distinguished service award,” said J.P. Mainguy, president of the Rotary Club of San Marino to a large audience camped out on Norberg’s spacious front porch.

“Lucille, you have been at the helm of the motor classic committee since its inception,” said Mainguy. “You have been our lead saleswoman and extraordinary public relations executive.” He also emphasized how Norberg has been the perennial leader in ticket sales for the annual fundraising event, personally sent out “save the date” cards to businesses beginning each January, and solicited sponsors. On the day of the event, she welcomed guests at the VIP tent, ensuring that reserved seats were properly assigned. Not too bad for someone who will turn 99 in September.
“I read and I study and work on keeping my mind sharp,” said Norberg during a recent phone conversation.
She has intentionally remained homebound for the duration of the pandemic except for quarterly visits to her doctor.
“Every time I go to his office I ask ‘why do you want to see me every quarter?’” Norberg said with a lively chuckle. “He says he wants to make sure nothing is going wrong and if it is, he wants to let me know before it goes too far. Then we have a good laugh.”
Norberg moved to San Marino in the ’70s and shortly thereafter became involved in the San Marino Women’s Club, serving several terms as its president. She didn’t join Rotary until 2006, but had been familiar with the service club for 40 years.
“I was always getting an invitation,” Norberg said. “Someone would call and say ‘we have a really good speaker this week’ or ‘we are having a special lunch,’” Norberg said. “Finally, I decided to join.”

Rotarians visited Norberg at her San Marino home for the ceremony as the 98-year-old has remained housebound since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

She has mentored many new club members and remains active in many events and committees.
“The most astonishing thing was she created a Rotary member network party event,” said Mainguy. “She named it ‘Rotary On the Town’ and it still takes place twice a year.”
But the pandemic has put quite the crimp in her social calendar. She has heeded the advice of medical professionals who’ve said that COVID-19 is especially dangerous if contracted by those over the age of 60. To keep busy, Norberg has embarked on a major housecleaning project.
“I’m happy and I am enjoying being at home,” she said. “And I enjoy cleaning house.”
She still stays connected to Rotary and Rotarians, many of whom occasionally drop by for a chat.
“I love Rotary,” she declared. “It does a lot of good things in the community and you won’t meet nicer or more generous people.”

Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

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