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NO. R-181. JOINT RESOLUTION welcoming the visiting nongovernmental organization delegation from Zakarpatia, Ukraine.

(J.R.H. 136)

Offered by: Representative Hingtgen of Burlington.

Whereas, the Ukraine emerged as an independent nation after the political collapse of the former Soviet Union, and

Whereas, prior to Ukrainian independence, democracy and open and independent nongovernmental citizen activism had been unknown, and

Whereas, the citizens of the Ukraine are building the foundations of a democratic society, including establishing nongovernmental organizations as truly independent political forces in Ukrainian society, and

Whereas, a distinguished delegation representing leaders of various nongovernmental organizations from Zakarpatia, Ukraine is visiting Vermont for three weeks to observe the democratic policy-making process firsthand, and

Whereas, the delegationís visit to the State House on Tuesday, May 22, will be its initial real-life exposure to an American democratic political institution and our deliberative legislative process, and

Whereas, the Vermont General Assembly serves as an outstanding model for these Ukrainian visitors to witness the interactions that comprise lawmaking in the United States, and

Whereas, the members of this distinguished delegation include Yevhen Bondarenko, legal advisor to the Zakarpathian Romany Cultural and Education Union, Havrylo Feyer, chair of the Zakarpathian Hungarian New Society of Students and Young Researchers, Ivan Heryvych, director of the Berhivskyy Regional Charity Fund, Vasyl Kachala, director of the Peopleís Union Health School, Lyubov Pcholnyska, deputy chair of the Uzhgorod Union of Disabled Workers and Children, Tetyana Shepelyak, president of the Zakarpathian Charity Organization, Oleksander Sukhan, president of the Society for Everybody, Anton Symkovych, vice-chair of Our Generation Youth Organization, Myroslav Tsiple, representing the Uzhgorod Rotary Club and Eleanora Vysnyak, chief executive of the Center for Civil Initiatives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to welcome these distinguished leaders of Ukrainian nongovernmental organizations to Vermont and our historic State House, and wishes them every success in their study of public policy formation and the role of citizen activism, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each member of the delegation from Zakarpatia, Ukraine.