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NO. R-79.  House concurrent resolution honoring Pat Richardson for her dedicated public service in the town of Hartland.


Offered by:  Representative Adams of Hartland

Whereas, Pat Richardson grew up in Buffalo, New York where she braved that city’s infamous snowy winters and attended the Park School that is recognized for its rigorous educational curriculum and instilling in its students a strong sense of social awareness, and

Whereas, after completing her education, Pat Richardson sought slightly less challenging winters and settled in Hartland where, over the decades, she has become a pillar of the community, and

Whereas, Pat Richardson’s interest in improving the civic fiber of Hartland motivated her to become an active participant in the governance of the town and a leading advocate on behalf of the Hartland Public Library, and

Whereas, in 1975, shortly after she arrived in Hartland, Pat Richardson was appointed a trustee of the public library, a position she would hold for the following dozen years, and

Whereas, in 1987, Pat Richardson embarked on a new challenge when she stood successfully for a seat on the Hartland Selectboard, and

Whereas, Pat Richardson has recently joked that she stood for a seat on the selectboard in the belief that she could do a better job than the incumbents,

and that selectboard membership would enable her to address the problems of junk cars and dogs, and

Whereas, not surprisingly, Pat Richardson proved extremely adept serving as a selectboard member, and in 1991, her colleagues elected her as the board’s chair, and she presided at the board’s meetings until 1995, and

Whereas, her commitment to the Hartland Public Library has never waned, and, from 1996 to 2000, she served on the fundraising committee that raised the money that helped enable the library to complete a major expansion and modernization of its building and services, and

Whereas, in 1997, Pat Richardson became one of Hartland’s justices of the peace, adding that office’s duties to her other civic roles, and

Whereas, Pat Richardson has decided that, after two decades of serving on the Hartland Selectboard, she will not stand for reelection on Town Meeting Day 2007, and

Whereas, the citizens of Hartland have been extremely fortunate to have Pat Richardson serving as a multitalented municipal official on their behalf, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Pat Richardson for her dedicated public service in the town of Hartland, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pat Richardson in Hartland.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont