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(J.R.H. 143)

Offered by: Representatives Allard of St. Albans Town, Keenan of St. Albans City and Willett of St. Albans City.

Whereas, the game of Monopoly, whose goal is to enable eager players to strategically purchase and amass an impressive fortune of railroads and real estate, originated as a wishful dream conceived amidst the economic doldrums of the Great Depression, and

Whereas, its international popularity is evidenced by its availability in 80 countries and in 26 different languages, and

Whereas, as a young boy, Matt Gissel participated in the annual spring vacation Monopoly tournament that children's librarian Sue Wade stages at the St. Albans Free Library, and

Whereas, the skills that Matt learned at his hometown library served him well in 1999 when he won the Vermont Monopoly championship title, and

Whereas, this achievement entitled him to represent Vermont at the National Monopoly Game Championship in Las Vegas, and

Whereas, a now shrewd 20 year-old Monopoly veteran, Matt outlasted his competitors from 48 other states and was declared the winner, and

Whereas, he thus earned the right to represent the United States at the World Monopoly Game Championship to be held in Toronto in 2000, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Matt Gissel on winning the 1999 National Monopoly Game Championship and wishes him well as he prepares for the international competition in Toronto, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Matt Gissel in St. Albans.