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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  23

House concurrent resolution in memory of Cosette Allen of Montpelier

Offered by:  Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Ancel of Calais, Brooks of Montpelier, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Hosford of Waitsfield, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Larrabee of Danville, Masland of Thetford, McFaun of Barre Town, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Seibert of Norwich, Smith of Morristown and Valliere of Barre City

Offered by: Senators Cummings, Doyle, Scott and Snelling

Whereas, Cosette Allen, a native of Boston, dedicated her professional career to helping those in need, both individually as a health care professional and for all of central Vermont as an exemplary American Red Cross regional administrator, and

Whereas, after earning her RN diploma, in her native Massachusetts, she entered the health care field as a hospital‑based nurse, and

Whereas, upon moving to Vermont, Cosette Allen became a nurse with the Head Start program in Orange County, and she later served as health care coordinator and then social services coordinator for the Head Start Program at the Central Vermont Community Action Council, and

Whereas, in 1984, this truly community‑minded individual became the executive director of the Central Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross, and she subsequently served as assistant director of the organization’s merged Central Vermont-New Hampshire Valley chapter, and

Whereas, Vermonters met Cosette Allen in various settings, including natural disasters and community blood drives, as she performed her Red Cross duties, and

Whereas, residents of Montpelier were especially appreciative of her tireless efforts on their behalf, including the rapid establishment of an emergency shelter at Vermont College following the 1992 flood in the city, and

Whereas, more recently, Cosette Allen was instrumental in organizing the local hero program that honored individuals in Washington County who have made special contributions to their communities, and

Whereas, during her recently concluded two‑decade tenure as a Red Cross official, she directed the organization’s central Vermont operations effectively and with a special sense of commitment to aiding the community, and



Whereas, her husband, Ted, daughters, Sharon and Maggie, and granddaughter Chelsea, and her many friends and colleagues were greatly saddened to learn of her sudden death in an accident at the age of 62, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Cosette Allen, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ted Allen in Montpelier.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       




Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont