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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 123

House concurrent resolution congratulating Simone Crosby of Bellows Falls on her assuming office as the Supreme President of the Supreme Emblem Club

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, the history of Emblem Clubs can be traced to a group of women in Providence, Rhode Island who were each related to a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and

Whereas, the group, which formed initially to assist in wrapping bandages for use in battle during World War I, soon became more broadly based, and

Whereas, in 1926, the organization was chartered in Boston as the Supreme Emblem Club, and as the membership grew, and became more geographically diverse, state Emblem Club Associations and local Emblem Clubs were organized across the United States, including in Vermont, and

Whereas, the Supreme Emblem Club serves as the organization’s national coordinating and governing arm and establishes the principles and rules that are applicable to Emblem Clubs everywhere, and

Whereas, the promotion of Americanism was a founding purpose of the organization, and patriotic programs remain a key element of each Emblem Club’s activities, and

Whereas, Emblem Clubs place great importance on community service, and the clubs engage in many charitable projects, and

Whereas, among the other services Emblem Clubs provide their members are aid in time of disasters such as fire, flood, or earthquake and a program of scholarship assistance, and

Whereas, for 29 years, Simone Crosby of Bellows Falls has volunteered enthusiastically her time and effort to the Emblem Club’s organizational responsibilities and community outreach on the local, state, and national levels, and

Whereas, her colleagues have recognized Simone Crosby’s strong leadership skills and wise counsel by electing her to terms as President of Bellows Falls Emblem Club #153 and the State Association of Emblem Clubs, and she has held, with distinction, many other leadership roles on the local and state levels, and

Whereas, the Supreme Emblem Club has taken note of her talents and employed them on a national basis as she has risen through the leadership ranks while serving as its Supreme Fourth, Third, Second, and, most recently, supreme First Vice President, and

Whereas, on September 7, 2005, in Boston, Massachusetts, Simone Crosby will become the first Vermonter to assume the office of Supreme President of the Supreme Emblem Club, which will be an historic and proud occasion for all Emblem Club members from Vermont, now therefore be it


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Simone Crosby of Bellows Falls on her assuming office as the Supreme President of the Supreme Emblem Club, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gail Stankiewicz, Supreme Corresponding Secretary for Simone Crosby.


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont