NO. R-188.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Bruce O'Neill on his retirement as South Burlington's outstanding recreation director.

(S.C.R.26)

Offered by:  Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County and Senator Munt of Chittenden County.

                    Representatives Audette of South Burlington, Head of South                                                          Burlington, Martin of Springfield, Mazur of South Burlington, and                                         Pugh of South Burlington.

Whereas, South Burlington’s outstanding recreational program, one of the finest in Vermont, has resulted from the superb leadership of recreation director Bruce O’Neill, and

Whereas, prior to O’Neill’s arrival in 1972, South Burlington lacked any recreational staff, and the six existing programs operated independently, and

Whereas, he quickly demonstrated his commitment to educating the city’s officials and residents regarding the importance of an enticing and coordinated menu of healthy and diverse recreational activities, and

Whereas, under Bruce O’Neill’s auspices, the South Burlington’s recreation department has evolved into an organization with four full-time employees, nearly 100 part-time and seasonal positions, many dedicated volunteers, and one of the most comprehensive sets of activities and services in the state, and

Whereas, given his knack for recreation administration, it is not surprising he has served in many leadership positions on the state, regional, and national level, including president of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association, chair of the New England Regional Council, chair of the Council of Affiliate Presidents of the National Recreation and Parks Association, and New England Professional Delegate to the American Parks and Recreation Society’s Board of Trustees, and

Whereas, accolades honoring his work and public service have abounded as he is the recipient of the local Youth Community Service Award in South Burlington, the Vermont Recreation and Park Association’s Theresa Brungardt Award for Outstanding Professional Service, the New England Regional Council’s Annual Professional Citation Award, and, recently, both the New England Institute for Recreation Professionals and the New England Regional Council have recognized him for his career accomplishments, and

Whereas, beyond the city’s borders, he has actively participated in the International Youth Sports Exchange with Canada, and for many years chaired the Burlington International Games, and

Whereas, while Bruce O’Neill is retiring as South Burlington’s incomparable recreation director, he leaves a legacy of community programs and facilities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Bruce O’Neill on his innovative and outstanding 31‑year model tenure as South Burlington’s recreation director, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bruce O’Neill in South Burlington.