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NO. R-196. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring William M. "Bill" Austin III.

(J.R.H. 138)

Offered by: Representative Hube of Londonderry.

Whereas, William M. "Bill" Austin III, for over a quarter of a century, has been an outstanding civic and community leader in the town of Londonderry, and

Whereas, in 1973, Bill Austin and his family sought an alternative to the hectic urban pace of Stamford, Connecticut, and opted for the bucolic environs of Londonderry, and

Whereas, shortly after arriving in Londonderry, he enthusiastically and energetically delved into the town’s municipal and community affairs, and

Whereas, Bill Austin’s outstanding civic leadership is well documented through his 11-year tenure on the Londonderry Planning Commission, his six years serving as a town selectman, his six-year membership on the local school board, and his 20 years’, and still continuing, service as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, he is a founding member of the local Rotary chapter, a 20-year veteran chorister with the Yankee Male Chorus, and a trustee of the South Londonderry Baptist Church, and

Whereas, without doubt, Bill Austin’s most enduring contribution to his adopted hometown is his very special association with the stupendous Londonderry 4th of July parade, and

Whereas, in 1974, he, along with Milt Stevens and Walt Jenkins, established the 4th of July parade, and

Whereas, since 1975, Bill has been the principal director of this wonderful annual display of community spirit, and has appreciated the essential and magnificent assistance of Joan Johnson, and

Whereas, under his direction, the parade has flourished and become one of the leading Independence Day celebratory events in Vermont, and

Whereas, after leading the parade for a quarter of a century, Bill Austin is passing the baton to his successor, and

Whereas, Bill is a wonderful husband to his wife Judith, and the two of them are outstanding parents to their sons, Morrie and Robert, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor William M. Austin III for his many contributions as a civic leader in Londonderry, and, most particularly, for his role as the cofounder and longtime director of the Londonderry 4th of July parade, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bill Austin in Londonderry.