NO. R-277. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING DONALD M. WALKER ON RECEIVING THE MONTPELIER ROTARY CLUB'S 2000 DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.
Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Cummings of Washington County and Senator Spaulding of Washington County.
Whereas, the Montpelier Rotary Club annually conveys a Montpelier Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, and
Whereas, this years recipient, Donald M. Walker, and his wife, Audrey have been married for over 51 years, and are the parents of three children and the grandparents of seven grandchildren, and
Whereas, an automobile dealer for over 40 years, Don joined his father in the family business in 1951, and
Whereas, he initially established a used car dealership in Center Rutland, known as Walker Motors, Inc., and moved to Montpelier in 1953 as a franchised Ford dealership, and
Whereas, Don Walker has represented Ford dealers on industry committees, including a legislative activity panel in Washington, D.C., and
Whereas, he also represented his fellow Washington County dealers on the state association board for many years, and
Whereas, from 1994 through 1998, Don served as facilitator for the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association Consumer Complaint Mediation Program, and
Whereas, early on, Don demonstrated a penchant for service beyond his own business to his industry and most impressively to his community, and
Whereas, his passion for sports is reflected in coaching Montpelier hockey and baseball, scoring for Spaulding Highs boys basketball for 18 years and Montpelier High School boys and girls for 10 years, and
Whereas, Don has served as an official scorer for the Barre high school athletic tournaments for nearly 500 consecutive games, and
Whereas, Don founded the Montpelier High School Booster Club in 1971, and he served as President for three years, and
Whereas, the local American Red Cross and American Cancer Society chapters have benefited from his leadership on fund drives, and
Whereas, he has served as a trustee of the Central Vermont Medical Center for 25 years, the past two as Chairman of the Board, and
Whereas, he chaired the Medical Centers planning committee which was instrumental in creating an affiliation with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance, and
Whereas, Don readily admits that his wife Audreys participation and support has significantly contributed to his successful service, now therefore
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly congratulates Donald M. Walker on winning the Montpelier Rotary Clubs 2000 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Don Walker in Montpelier.