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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-94.  House concurrent resolution honoring Gloria Gerdes for her 30 years of exemplary public service in the town of Roxbury.

(H.C.R.64)

Offered by:  Representatives Grad of Moretown and Donahue of Northfield

Whereas, when Gloria Gerdes, and her husband, Art, moved from New Jersey to the little Washington County town of Roxbury in 1970, they could not have envisioned her future career in town government, and

Whereas, the citizens of the town of Roxbury soon recognized that Gloria Gerdes was a knowledgeable and civically minded individual who was well‑qualified to serve in important municipal offices, and

Whereas, beginning in 1977, when she was first elected town auditor, and for the next three decades, Gloria Gerdes has devoted her time and talents to the management of Roxbury’s governmental affairs, and

Whereas, in 1978, the voters elected her a justice of the peace, entitling her to serve on the Roxbury board of civil authority, and

Whereas, although she concluded her successful tenure as auditor in 1987, Gloria Gerdes retained her interest in Roxbury town affairs and remained on the board of civil authority, and

Whereas, in 1997, when a vacancy arose in the office of town clerk, the Roxbury selectboard turned to Gloria Gerdes to assume this pivotal role in local government, and, for the last decade, she has served with great distinction, and

Whereas, Gloria Gerdes loved to assist visitors who came in search of information, as exemplified by her careful search of town records that determined the town retains a 999-year lease on a local cemetery, and

Whereas, everyone always enjoyed stopping by the town office, not only for the pleasant conversations with the town clerk, but also to see her dog, Ginger, who would greet them eagerly at they entered, and

Whereas, during the years Gloria Gerdes served as town clerk, the municipal vault was expanded, officially to accommodate the growing collection of town records but, in reality, to give Ginger a more spacious location to cool off on a hot summer’s day, and

Whereas, although Gloria Gerdes left the Roxbury board of civil authority in 1999, she rejoined the board upon her election as a justice of the peace in 2006, and

Whereas, despite the demands of her official duties, Gloria Gerdes has been active in the life of Roxbury through her involvement in the local community center’s and library’s activities, and church dinners, and

Whereas, after a decade as Roxbury’s much-admired town clerk, Gloria Gerdes is retiring from this post on Town Meeting Day 2007, and both her outstanding administrative talents and good humor will be missed, now therefore be it


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Gloria Gerdes for her 30 years of exemplary public service in the town of Roxbury, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gloria Gerdes in Roxbury.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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