Chu Praises Norberg as ‘Matron of San Marino’

Congresswoman Judy Chu (left) on Saturday recognized well-known community volunteer Lucille Norberg as the San Marino representative among 12 “Women of the Year” from the 27th District.
Congresswoman Judy Chu (left) on Saturday recognized well-known community volunteer Lucille Norberg as the San Marino representative among 12 “Women of the Year” from the 27th District.

Lucille Norberg, the 94-year-young community volunteer with an illustrious life and career, was awarded San Marino’s Woman of the Year by Congresswoman Judy Chu last Saturday.
Calling Norberg the “de facto matron of San Marino,” Chu recognized her among representative women from each of the other cities in her congressional district.
“Every one of them, it was hard for me to decide who I’d have chosen if I had been a judge,” Norberg said in a phone interview, remarking on the quality of her peers on Saturday.
Norberg, born into a farming family in New Orleans that migrated to Texas and later Arkansas, has quite the life story to back up the accolade.
“I didn’t finish high school,” she said. “I got my education when I left home at 16-and-a-half. I knew I was from the farm, that my parents weren’t educated and that when they took my sister out of school to work on the farm, that I would be the next one.
“I just took charge of my life, left home and never went back,” Norberg added. “I’ve been on my own for 94 years. I’m not degreed in anything, but I know a lot about everything.”
That she does. Her career includes show business as a professional events and ballroom dancer and being the second woman in the state to receive a dealership license from Ford. As president of the San Marino Women’s Club, she convinced the club’s board to create a charity endowment by selling the club building.
Chu also lauded Norberg for proudly declaring herself “one of San Marino’s few Democrats” and for participating and donating to Democratic Party-related events in the area.
Norberg remains active in Rotary Club of San Marino, having previously earned the Rotarian of the Year recognition, and remains charitable to Rotary International. She volunteers with the club’s annual San Marino Motor Classic fundraiser and at the Hill-Harbison House, and presently works as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
“I believe in what Rotary does and I live — I pray — by Rotary code,” Norberg said. “I believe in giving back to others what has been given to me in life, so that is what I do.”
Chu, who has honored her district’s women of the year for nine years, selected Norberg among other San Marino candidates nominated by residents. The ceremony was held at the San Marino Center.

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