NO. R-67.  House concurrent resolution honoring William J. Rowe.

(H.C.R.35)

Offered by:  Representatives Larson of Burlington, Allaire of Rutland City, Amidon of Charlotte, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Cross of Winooski, Dakin of Colchester, DePoy of Rutland City, Donovan of Burlington, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hummel of Underhill, Hunt of Essex, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Livingston of Manchester, Nease of Johnson, Peterson of Williston, Pugh of South Burlington, Schiavone of Shelburne, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington.

     Whereas, Will Rowe, as befits an individual educated in philosophy, is a passionate believer in improving the life of his fellow human beings, and

     Whereas, he has pursued this worthy goal through his formation of community‑based coalitions, utilizing a leadership style which is respectful of others, and

     Whereas, after earning philosophy degrees, a bachelor’s from Manhattan College and a master’s from Duke University, he continued his philosophical studies at both Duke and the Free University of Berlin, and

     Whereas, beginning in 1978, he has devoted his professional career to working in the human services field, initially in the public sector at the department of social and rehabilitation services where he was first a child protection worker and then an adoption caseworker, which led to a five‑year tenure as a social services casework supervisor at the department of social welfare’s Reach Up program, and

     Whereas, his experience as an adoption caseworker inspired him to create the Adoption Alliance, an organization advocating the adoption of often overlooked older children, and through which he started a continuing dialogue among birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees, leading to the area’s first open adoption, and

     Whereas, since 1990, he has served as the outstanding executive director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Inc., and under his leadership, as similar private social service agencies have been forced to contract, Spectrum has expanded its services in support of many innovative initiatives for assisting families and youth, and

     Whereas, under his leadership, the substance abuse coalition has been revitalized, and he has been a key player in the harm reduction movement, and

     Whereas, his reflective spirit shines brightly in his work as an adjunct college instructor teaching philosophy‑related courses, and in his recent solo hike along the entire length of the Long Trail, and

     Whereas, in recognition of his compassionate and effective leadership as a human services advocate, both professionally and as a community volunteer, he was nominated for an award from the Leadership for a Changing World Advocacy Institute, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly recognizes William J. Rowe’s unique and life‑affirming contributions to the field of human services in Vermont, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Will Rowe at Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Inc. in Burlington.