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NO. R-248. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING FORMER REPRESENTATIVE KERMIT W. RICHARDSON ON HIS REELECTION AS NATIONAL MASTER OF THE NATIONAL GRANGE.

(J.R.H. 194)

Offered by: Representatives Milne of Washington, Pembroke of Bennington and Winters of Williamstown.

Whereas, Kermit W. Richardson's distinguished career in business, politics and the Grange is an exemplary model for young Vermonters to follow, and

Whereas, after graduating from Bradford Academy and serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Germany, he returned to Vermont where he was employed in private industry and farmed on his family's homestead, and

Whereas, Kermit W. Richardson was first elected to the General Assembly in 1957 as the representative from the town of Orange, and served for one term before accepting employment in the executive branch of state government, and

Whereas, he later successfully founded the Richardson Insurance Agency, and in 1988, was once again elected to the General Assembly for the first of three terms, from an Orange County district that included several municipalities, and

Whereas, Kermit W. Richardson has been active in local civic affairs as both a justice of the peace and Orange town moderator, and politically involved in the Orange County Republican Party, and

Whereas, besides his business and political activities, Kermit W. Richardson has devoted considerable time to the Grange, both locally and on the national level, and

Whereas, his dedication to, and understanding of, the ideals and programs of this outstanding agricultural organization which, since 1867, has promoted the importance of family farms and farmers, has resulted in his fellow Grange members electing him, and recently honoring him with a second term as National Master of the National Grange, the organization's highest elected officer, and

Whereas, in this important role, he is representing, and acting on, the concerns of farmers from both Vermont and throughout the United States, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate its former colleague Kermit W. Richardson as he begins his second term as National Master of the National Grange, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kermit W. Richardson in Orange.