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NO. R-45. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring Wilson "Bill" Clark, Vermont’s very special "Mr. Maple".

(J.R.H. 33)

Offered by: Representative Waite of Pawlet.

Whereas, for the last 32 years, Wilson "Bill" Clark has epitomized the Vermont maple sugar making industry while serving as the highly respected president of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association (VMSMA), and

Whereas, his passion for tromping in the snow on a mild March day to tap the majestic Vermont maples and celebrate the first rumblings of spring, long predates his professional activities, and

Whereas, Bill Clark’s life as an extraordinary maple sugar maker, deeply dedicated to extolling the glories of his craft to the younger generation, began as a 12-year-old’s lark at his family’s Tadmer Hill Farm in Pawlet during a prolonged mud season school closure, and

Whereas, the wonders and excitement of maple sugaring so enthralled young Bill that he soon realized he had discovered his life’s calling, and

Whereas, under his guidance, the number of trees he annually tapped grew to over 8,000, and

Whereas, Bill Clark’s acumen in tapping trees and boiling the sap at his Pawlet sugar house led, in 1969, to his becoming VMSMA’s president, and

Whereas, during his truly unprecedented 32-year tenure in this position, Bill Clark dynamically led the industry through serious challenges to its future by promoting major technical innovations, annually traveling to maple school sessions for sugar makers across the state, and staunchly advocating the absolute need for purity in Vermont’s maple sugar, and

Whereas, his wise leadership greatly helped to reinvigorate an industry that is now strategically well positioned to prosper in an incredibly competitive 21st century marketplace, and

Whereas, before his recent retirement from the VMSMA presidency, but most assuredly not from maple sugar making, Bill was festively honored at the association’s annual banquet held in conjunction with the 2001 Farm Show in Barre, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Wilson "Bill" Clark on concluding a remarkable 32 years’ presidential tenure, consisting of inspired leadership, innovation and foresight, at the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, and wishes both Bill and his wife Susan many future years of sweet sugar making at Tadmer Hill, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Wilson "Bill" Clark in Pawlet.