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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 2, 2006
CONSENT CALENDAR

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

     The following joint concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the Senate and House and will be adopted automatically unless a Senator or Representative requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day.  Requests for floor consideration in either chamber should be communicated to the Secretary’s office and/or the House Clerk’s office, respectively.

By Senators. Illuzzi, Condos, Flanagan, Leddy, Lyons, Maynard, Mazza, Miller, Mullin, Snelling, Welch and Wilton,

S.C.R. 53.

Senate concurrent resolution recognizing Robert E. Miller for his contributions to Vermont.

Whereas, Robert E. Miller of Burlington, a Rutland native, has contributed  countless hours of his time and expertise in crafting solutions to some of the state’s most pressing challenges and opportunities, and

Whereas, Robert Miller’s leadership has in turn inspired other community members to commit to provide thousands of hours of work on community projects, and

Whereas, Robert Miller’s tireless commitment and financial contributions to the proposed Chittenden Regional Technical Academy assisted the Regional Technical Education Board in its efforts to propose a high quality work-force training and education program, and

Whereas, although voters defeated the specific proposal, Robert Miller’s advocacy and support for work-force education has resulted in a heightened awareness of the need for work-force education, the creation of community partnerships, and an enhanced interest in technical education that will endure and grow, and

Whereas, beyond the field of technical education, Robert Miller has been a one man economic development agency in many areas of Vermont outside of Chittenden County, including Orleans, Essex and Orange Counties, and

Whereas, Robert Miller and his spouse, Holly, have made numerous financial gifts to institutions of higher education, not-for-profit organizations, and community organizations, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Robert Miller for his work on behalf of technical education, higher education, economic development and community development endeavors around Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Robert and Holly Miller; to the Center for Technology, Essex, and to the Burlington Technical Center with a request that it be prominently and permanently displayed in these facilities.

By Senators Collins and Kittell,

By Representative Allard of St. Albans Town, Branagan of Georgia, Gervais of Enosburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, LaVoie of Swanton, McAllister of Highgate, Parent of St. Albans City, Perry of Richford and Winters of Swanton,

S.C.R. 54.

Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Richard Cassidy on his 50 years of service as Highgate town moderator.

Whereas, Richard Cassidy’s civic commitment to his hometown of Highgate has endured for half a century, and

Whereas, when not performing his myriad agricultural responsibilities on the family farm, he has been an outstanding public servant, and

Whereas, there is no aspect of municipal government that has not come to Richard Cassidy’s attention through his many years of municipal service, and

Whereas, for three years, he reviewed town budgets and sundry administrative matters as a selectboard member, and for twice that length of time, he shared election administration duties and the review of tax appeals as a member of the board of civil authority, and

Whereas, Richard Cassidy’s knowledge of the town’s housing stock and real property values was derived from his 20 years of service as a town lister, and

Whereas, for 15 years, when a fire occurred in Highgate, Richard Cassidy responded as a volunteer firefighter, and

Whereas, while his civic focus has always centered on the town of Highgate, he did broaden his geographic area of attention to serve for 24 years as one of the original members of the Missisquoi Valley Union School Board, and

Whereas, most significantly, since 1957, on the first Tuesday in March, Richard Cassidy has assured that civility, decorum, and parliamentary order are maintained at the Highgate town meeting where he has served with fairness, attentiveness, and efficiency as town moderator, and

Whereas, on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, Richard Cassidy will preside at the Highgate town meeting for the 50th consecutive year, a record that only a few Vermonters can claim in any municipality, and

Whereas, this much-admired community icon is not at all certain that he is ready to retire, and

Whereas, the residents of Franklin County have had the opportunity to read Richard Cassidy’s musings on life in rural Vermont in his occasional columns that are published in the St. Albans Messenger, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Richard Cassidy as he wields the gavel for the 50th consecutive year at the Highgate town meeting, and extends best wishes to both him and his wife, Phyllis, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Richard Cassidy in Highgate.

By  Representatives Minter of Waterbury, Dostis of Waterbury and Obuchowski of Rockingham,

By  Senators Cummings, Doyle, Scott and Dunne,

H.C.R. 244.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Peter Miller of Colbyville on his being named the Burlington Free Press’s Vermonter of the Year.

Whereas, Peter Miller developed his interest in the photographic medium and its many intricacies as a youth in Weston, and

Whereas, after attending the University of Toronto and serving as a photographer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Peter Miller gained professional experience as a photojournalist on the staff of Life Magazine, and

Whereas, the rural landscape of Vermont beckoned him home, and he returned to Vermont to pursue a career as a freelance photojournalist, and

Whereas, over the years, Peter Miller has directed his camera’s photographic eye on the agricultural and village roots that are the essence of Vermont, and

Whereas, in 1990, “Vermont People,” the first of his three pictorial and textual essays on Vermont and Vermonters, consisting of memorable black and white photographs and accompanying text, was self-published after 11 in- and out-of-state publishers rejected his proposal as lacking marketability, and

Whereas, the publishers’ predictions proved extremely misguided as the book is now in its fifth printing, and 15,000 copies of this now quintessential book of Vermont and Vermonters have been sold, and

Whereas, in 2002, Peter Miller’s “Vermont Farm Women” was published and garnered much national acclaim, including three national awards, and the Vermont Book Professionals Association designated the publication as its nonfiction book of the year, and

Whereas, to coincide with the Preservation Trust of Vermont’s silver anniversary, his latest book, “Vermont Gathering Places,” was published in 2005, and

Whereas, beyond chronicling Vermont and Vermonters in pictures and words, Peter Miller has established both the Vermont Farm Fund, to assist farmers in the Northeast Kingdom, and the Vermont Farm Women Foundation, and

Whereas, in 1996, he donated 30 large prints to the state of Vermont, many of which have been on display in the State House, and

Whereas, Peter Miller, through his Vermont photographic trilogy, has preserved a record of Vermont’s cultural landscape for future generations, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Peter Miller of Colbyville on his being named the Burlington Free Press’s Vermonter of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Peter Miller in Colbyville.

By  Representatives Peterson of Williston, Cross of Winooski, Allaire of Rutland City, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Dates of Shelburne, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dowland of Holland, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of South Hero, Kainen of Hartford, Keogh of Burlington, Komline of Dorset, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marek of Newfane, McCullough of Williston, McLaughlin of Royalton, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Pellett of Chester, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington,

By  Senators Condos, Doyle, Leddy, Lyons, Miller, Snelling and White,

H.C.R. 245.

House concurrent resolution honoring the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

Whereas, one of the best community youth music programs in New England, if not the entire country, is the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association (VYOA) which serves as the umbrella organization for its outstanding musical ensembles, and

Whereas, the VYOA’s mission is “to provide young musicians with superior educational and performance experiences in orchestral music,” and

Whereas, the organization’s most advanced performing group, the Vermont Youth Orchestra (VYO), has presented professional-quality concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Flynn Center, the Elley–Long Music Center in Colchester, and is scheduled to tour China in 2007, and

Whereas, this superb youth orchestra has attracted internationally renowned soloists, including, most recently, the superstar violinist Midori, and

Whereas, since the VYO first performed in 1963, it has played under the baton of outstanding conductors, starting with Virgilio Mori, then Peter Brown, Thomas Read, and Raymond Anderson, and David Dworkin followed in his footsteps, and

Whereas, since 1995, the VYO’s artistic direction has been under the steady baton of music director and conductor Troy Peters who has raised the orchestra’s performance standards to new heights, and

Whereas, since 2001, the VYO and its associated ensembles have been based at the magnificent Elley‑Long Music Center, a combined performance and administrative facility located in a restored building on the Fort Ethan Allen campus in Colchester, and

Whereas, on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, the VYO’s melodious notes and chords will grace the House chamber as it performs in the Farmer’s Night series with a program of musical selections by Henry Purcell, Gustav Holst, Jose Elizondo, and the Vermont debut of James Woodward’s “Hopes and Dreams,” now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly welcomes the Vermont Youth Orchestra to the State House and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Troy Peters.  

By  Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Bartlett of Dover, Corcoran of Bennington, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington and Morrissey of Bennington,

By  Senators Sears and Shepard,

H.C.R. 246.

House concurrent resolution honoring Woodford Town Clerk Aileen C. O’Neil.

Whereas, Aileen O’Neil graduated from the Traphagen School of Design and Fashion in New York, never dreaming she would embark on a multi‑decade career as a Vermont town clerk, and

Whereas, in 1968, she moved with her family to Woodford, having little idea how closely the town’s life and hers would become intertwined, and

Whereas, in 1969, Aileen O’Neil’s path was directed to the old schoolhouse where the town office was located as she commenced her career as Woodford’s town clerk and treasurer, and

Whereas, she approached her new duties with great seriousness and sought formal training beyond her municipality’s borders, becoming the first Vermont town clerk to graduate from the New England Municipal Clerks’ Institute (NEMCI) in Newport, Rhode Island, and

Whereas, since earning her NEMCI certification, Aileen O’Neil has completed additional educational programs under the auspices of the Vermont Clerks and Treasurers Association (VMCTA) and has served on that organization’s executive committee, and

Whereas, she is known for the friendly smile with which she greets every visitor to her office, and even when she cannot accommodate a request, she responds in a courteous fashion, and

Whereas, it was on her administrative watch that the town’s offices were relocated to their new more commodious headquarters as part of a restoration project, and

Whereas, although she concluded her role as town treasurer in 1991, she has now served as Woodford town clerk for 37 years, and for over 12 years, has also served on the board of listers, and

Whereas, in 1999, Vermont Life Magazine profiled a number of town clerks, including Aileen O’Neil, and the magazine article reported on the diverse types of inquiries she receives, including questions on the sufficiency of snow for snowmobiling and a request from a very pregnant woman to remove a goat from her porch in order that she could proceed to see her doctor, and

Whereas, in 2005, the VMCTA named her as its municipal clerk of the year, and

Whereas, Aileen O’Neil has described serving as Woodford town clerk as “a terrific job” and one from which she “probably won’t step down for the next 100 years,” and

Whereas, Aileen O’Neil and her husband were married for 53 years until his death in 2005, and she has two daughters, Kathleen and Maureen, and three grandchildren, Jaime, Katchen, and Quinn, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Aileen O’Neil for her many years of exemplary public service on behalf of the town of Woodford, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Aileen O’Neil in Woodford, to the town of Woodford, and to each of her daughters.

By  Representatives Endres of Milton, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Dates of Shelburne, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Rusten of Halifax, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington,

By  Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Coppenrath of Caledonia District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Maynard of Rutland District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Welch of Windsor District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District,

H.C.R. 247.

House concurrent resolution designating April 29, 2006 as Vermont National Guard Family Readiness Volunteer Day in honor of the outstanding volunteers who are assisting National Guard families whose loved ones are deployed.

Whereas, the Vermont National Guard members deployed on overseas assignments have left many loved ones behind who must continue their lives in the absence of a father, wife, son, daughter, sister or brother, and

Whereas, the absence of these loved ones and the knowledge that they are confronting potentially dangerous situations place great stress on the family members left at home in Vermont, and

Whereas, the Army and Air National Guard Family Readiness and Support Center provides much needed and appreciated assistance to these family members, and

Whereas, the center’s corps of volunteers offers a support system including both practical and emotional assistance, and

Whereas, the services that the center provides to help the families during their loved one’s absence are extremely reassuring and comforting, and the family readiness volunteers are available on a moment’s notice, and

Whereas, on April 29, the center will conduct its annual volunteer recognition and training conference, and

Whereas, the General Assembly is honored to recognize the work of these very special individuals, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates April 29, 2006 as Vermont National Guard Family Readiness Volunteer Day in honor of the volunteers assisting National Guard families whose family members are deployed, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Tamra Augostino at Camp Johnson in Colchester.


By  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington and Tracy of Burlington,

H.C.R. 248.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Allethaire (Gussie) Goodrum on her 80th birthday.

Whereas, Gussie Goodrum has nursed many a patient during her long career in the health field including hospital patients, school children, her family, and she has also helped many people through difficult times, and

Whereas, she was born in Brattleboro on March 14, 1926, and

Whereas, after graduating from high school, Gussie Gustafson journeyed to Boston where she earned her nursing degree, and met her future husband, Richard “Dick” Goodrum, later nicknamed “The General,” and they were married on August 21, 1948, and

Whereas, after their marriage, Gussie and Dick Goodrum lived in Massachusetts and Connecticut before settling in Springfield, Vermont where Dick worked as an engineer and Gussie was employed as an operating room nurse, a school nurse, and a social worker, and

Whereas, Gussie and Dick Goodrum raised three children, Jim, Carol, and Don, and later enjoyed their three grandchildren, Ashley, Cabot, and Colby, and

Whereas, upon retirement, the Goodrums lived in Florida where Gussie sang with the Sweet Adelines, and The General played golf, and

Whereas, following Dick Goodrum’s death in 1996, Gussie Goodrum returned to Vermont where she now works for the Visiting Nurse Association at its adult day care facility, and

Whereas, she stays active in the community and connected to the arts through volunteering at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and

Whereas, on March 14, 2006, Gussie Goodrum, this wonderful lady, who has touched the hearts of people she meets wherever she goes, will celebrate her 80th birthday, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Allethaire (Gussie) Goodrum on her 80th birthday and extends to her best wishes on this special occasion, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Allethaire (Gussie) Goodrum.


By  Representative Hube of Londonderry,

H.C.R. 249.

House concurrent resolution recognizing the extraordinary public service of retiring Weston town moderator Sam Lloyd.

Whereas, in the town of Weston, public service and the name Sam Lloyd are synonymous, and

Whereas, for over half a century, thousands of theater attendees from near and far have viewed with delight Sam Lloyd’s numerous performances on the stage of the Weston Playhouse, but his most enduring roles have been as a  public servant and civic-minded Vermonter, and

Whereas, he has dedicated much energy  to his community’s well-being as vice president of the volunteer fire department, as a planning commission member and chair, and as the town’s zoning administrator, and

Whereas, Sam Lloyd’s passionate interest in Vermont’s forests and other natural resources motivated him to extend the scope of his civic role beyond Weston’s geographic and political confines, and

Whereas, he sat on the forest and resource advisory council and chaired the governor’s task force on wood as a source of energy, and

Whereas, his desire to serve his community on the state level prompted Sam Lloyd to stand for election to the House of Representatives where he was the member from Weston for four terms and chaired the House Committee on Natural Resources, and

Whereas, after leaving the legislative chamber, he served with distinction as a member of the Environmental Board, and

Whereas, in 2002, the Vermont Arts Council named Sam Lloyd as a winner of the Walter Cerf Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award in recognition of his work at the Weston Playhouse, and he is the only former member of this legislature to be invited to return to the well of the House to perform selections from Shakespeare’s plays, and

Whereas, notwithstanding his life as a thespian of great renown, state legislator, environmental advocate, and president of the Weston Bowl Company, Sam Lloyd’s greatest claim to fame is surely as Weston’s town moderator, a post he has exercised with enormous fairness, patience, and mastery since 1970, and

Whereas, after three and one-half decades at the center of Weston’s annual March municipal conclave, Sam Lloyd has announced that he is concluding his service as Weston’s town moderator, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the extraordinary public service of retiring Weston town moderator Sam Lloyd, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sam Lloyd in Weston.

By  Representative Hube of Londonderry,

H.C.R. 250.

House concurrent resolution congratulating David Hamilton for his many years of civic service in the town of Jamaica.

Whereas, community civic service is the backbone of local government in Vermont, and

Whereas, David Hamilton has served the citizens of Jamaica in different ways for over two decades, and

Whereas, for 23 years, he has served as a member of the Jamaica selectboard, and in that role, was instrumental in determining municipal budgets and other critical local government policy decisions, and

Whereas, as a selectboard member, he also sat on Jamaica’s board of civil authority and he approved the registration of new voters and deliberated, with great care, on decisions pertaining to property tax appeals, and

Whereas, in March 2005, David Hamilton stepped down from the Jamaica selectboard, and

Whereas, David Hamilton is also cemetery commissioner and will continue to serve in this position, and

Whereas, his contributions as a member of the Jamaica selectboard will be missed, but the community is delighted he will continue to serve as a cemetery commissioner, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates David Hamilton for his many years of service as a member and chair of the Jamaica Selectboard, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bonnie West, Jamaica town clerk.


By  Representative Hube of Londonderry,

H.C.R. 251.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Bruce Chapin for his many years of civic service in the town of Jamaica.

Whereas, community civic service is the backbone of local government in Vermont, and

Whereas, Bruce Chapin has served the citizens of Jamaica in different ways for over two decades, and

Whereas, for many years, he has served as a member of the Jamaica selectboard, and in that role, was instrumental in determining municipal budgets and other critical local government policy decisions, and

Whereas, Bruce Chapin’s service on the selectboard has also included multiple terms as the board’s chair, and

Whereas, as a selectboard member, he also sat on Jamaica’s board of civil authority and he approved the registration of new voters and deliberated, with great care, on decisions pertaining to property tax appeals, and

Whereas, Bruce Chapin has held the position of the town’s deputy health officer, and

Whereas, the natural beauty of Jamaica is important to him, and he helped preserve it in his role as tree warden, and

Whereas, Bruce Chapin was a recipient of the secretary of state’s public service award when he completed 20 years of civic service in Jamaica, and

Whereas, in March 2005, Bruce Chapin stepped down from the Jamaica Selectboard and

Whereas, his highly valued contributions as a member of the Jamaica selectboard will be missed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Bruce Chapin for his many years of service as a member and chair of the Jamaica selectboard and in other civic roles in the town of Jamaica, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bonnie West, Jamaica town clerk.


By  Representative Hube of Londonderry,

H.C.R.  252.

House concurrent resolution congratulating Raymond Landman for his many years of civic service in the town of Jamaica.

Whereas, community civic service is the backbone of local government in Vermont, and

Whereas, Raymond Landman has served the citizens of Jamaica in many capacities for over two decades, and

Whereas, for many years, he reviewed the value of real property in his role as a lister, and

Whereas, as a justice of the peace and member of Jamaica’s board of civil authority, Raymond Landman approved the registration of new voters and deliberated, with great care, on decisions pertaining to property tax appeals, and

Whereas, he is well acquainted with the individual private boundaries of his community, having served as Jamaica’s fence viewer, and

Whereas, timberland is an important resource in Jamaica, and Raymond Landman has served as the town’s surveyor of wooden lumber, and

Whereas, the town of Jamaica has honored him in its town report, and

Whereas, Raymond Landman was a recipient of the secretary of state’s public service award when he completed 20 years of civic service in Jamaica, and

Whereas, Raymond Landman has decided to conclude his civic service, and his highly valued contributions as a member of the Jamaica town government will be missed, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Raymond Landman for his many years of civic service in the town of Jamaica, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bonnie West, Jamaica town clerk.

By  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Ancel of Calais and Fisher of Lincoln,

H.C.R. 253.

House concurrent resolution designating March 2006 as National Social Work Month in Vermont.

Whereas, professional social workers are the nation’s largest providers of mental health services and, according to federal statistics, provide 60 percent of the mental health treatment delivered in the United States, and

Whereas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has documented that social work is one of the nation’s fastest growing career choices, and

Whereas, currently 600,000 individuals in the United States hold social work degrees, and a projected 30-percent increase in the need for social workers is forecast for the year 2010, and

Whereas, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was established in 1955 and today, with 150,000 members, it is the world’s largest organization of professional social workers, and

Whereas, NASW creates and maintains professional standards for social workers, works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, advances sound social policies, and contributes to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and advocacy, and

Whereas, the Vermont chapter of the NASW (NASW-VT) is one of 56 in the organization and its over‑550 members work in a variety of settings, including colleges, elementary and secondary schools, hospitals, clinics, social service agencies, community action programs, and private practices, and

Whereas, social workers are concerned about the public policies which have a direct impact on the society in which they work, and over 170 social workers have been elected to public office on the local, state, and federal levels, including to the Vermont General Assembly, and

Whereas, in March 1984, the President of the United States designated March as National Professional Social Work Month, and

Whereas, each March, both the NASW and the NASW-VT recognize the dedication of social workers to improving lives of individuals and the delivery of important community social services, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates March as National Social Work Month in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Warren Hathaway, executive director of the Vermont chapter of the National Association of Social Workers


By  Representatives Orr of Charlotte, Green of Berlin and Howrigan of Fairfield,

H.C.R. 254.

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Peace Corps on its 45th anniversary.

Whereas, in 1960, Senator John Kennedy addressed an audience of University of Michigan students, challenging them to “serve their country in the cause of peace,” and on March 1, 1961, the recently inaugurated President John Kennedy established a new organization called the Peace Corps, and

Whereas, the Peace Corps’ mission of world peace and friendship is delineated in three goals of helping:

(1)  people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women,

(2)  promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served, and

(3)  promote a better understanding of other people on the part of all Americans, and

Whereas, since the Peace Corps’ creation 45 years ago, 182,000 Americans of all backgrounds have volunteered in 138 different nations around the globe, including postings in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific, and  

Whereas, Peace Corps volunteers are engaged in projects as diverse as combating HIV/AIDS, assisting in the development of new businesses, implementing information technology systems, and working on environmental preservation projects, and

Whereas, a highlight of the 45th anniversary celebrations will be the presentation of the first John F. Kennedy Service Awards at a commemorative event scheduled during Peace Corps Week on March 4 at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, and

Whereas, Vermonters have volunteered for Peace Corps postings enthusiastically and in impressive numbers, as their percentage of participation rose 33 percent during 2005, and Vermont has the highest per capita participation of any state, and

Whereas, recruiting for future Peace Corps Volunteers occurs at many Vermont-based events and at local colleges, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Peace Corps on its 45th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez in Washington, D.C., the University of Vermont Peace Corps Office in Burlington, and the Middlebury College Career Services Office.



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