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NO. R-118. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating Judge Thomas M. Crowley on his receipt of the 2001 FOR-VT Jack Barry Award.

(J.R.H. 92)

Offered by: Representative Pugh of South Burlington.

Whereas, Judge Thomas Crowley is a native of Chittenden County, and

Whereas, he served for eight years in the U.S. Army and Air National Guard, and

Whereas, after graduating from St. Michaelís College, he embarked on a career in the insurance industry and established the Crowley Agency Inc., and

Whereas, his interest in public affairs and policy prompted Tom Crowley to stand for election to the Vermont Senate in which he represented Chittenden County from 1967 to 1991, and

Whereas, in the midst of very active public and private careers, his life was challenged by alcoholism, a disease for which personal commitment is an essential element of recovery, and

Whereas, Judge Crowley has waged both personal and public battles in his successful effort to recover from the effects of alcoholism, and

Whereas, his perseverance and determination have yielded such enormous progress on the road to recovery that Governor Howard Dean deemed him qualified for appointment in February 1998 to complete an unexpired term as a Chittenden County Assistant Judge, a decision that the voters subsequently affirmed when he was elected in November of that year to a full term, and

Whereas, Friends of Recovery-Vermont (FOR-VT) is a statewide organization which promotes public awareness and understanding of alcohol and substance abuse, and

Whereas, FOR-VT places special emphasis on encouraging persons in recovery to publicly relate their personal stories of recovery as the best educational tool to inform the public concerning this major health care problem, and

Whereas, FOR-VT gives its Jack Barry Award to an individual who has shared his recovery experience with the public, and

Whereas, on Friday, April 6, 2001, FOR-VT, in conjunction with its 3rd Annual Recovery Day, will honor Judge Thomas M. Crowley as the recipient of the 2001 Jack Barry Award, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Chittenden County Assistant Judge Thomas M. Crowley on his receipt of the 2001 Jack Barry Award, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chittenden County Assistant Judge Thomas Crowley.