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NO. R-96.  House concurrent resolution honoring the community service and life‑saving activities of the Vermont chapters of the American Red Cross.


Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Andrews of Rutland City, Barnard of Richmond, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Haas of Rochester, Manwaring of Wilmington, McAllister of Highgate, Mrowicki of Putney and Potter of Clarendon

Whereas, on May 21, 1881, Clara Barton, the famous nurse who aided soldiers with battlefront medical assistance during the Civil War, gathered a group of associates in Washington, D.C. to establish the American Red Cross, and

Whereas, the organization, which Clara Barton directed until 1904, provided domestic and international assistance, including medical support for U.S. troops during the Spanish American War in 1898, and

Whereas, during her 23-year tenure as head of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was instrumental in adding peacetime relief services to the agenda of the international Red Cross movement, and

Whereas, the American Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900, and a second charter was issued in 1905 stating that the organization’s purposes included “giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation,” and

Whereas, in Vermont, professional staff and trained volunteers provide American Red Cross services under the organizational umbrella of three chapters, including Green Mountain, Central Vermont–New Hampshire Valley, and Northern Vermont, based in Bennington, Hartford, and Burlington, respectively, and

Whereas, the services these chapters provide have included disaster assistance during local floods and fires, contributing to large-scale relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami, and

Whereas, thousands of Vermonters have learned emergency first aid or swimming skills as a result of local Red Cross programs, and

Whereas, the month of March is American Red Cross Month and presents an ideal opportunity to salute the community service and life-saving activities of the American Red Cross chapters in Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the community service and life-saving activities of the Vermont chapters of the American Red Cross, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the respective executive directors of the American Red Cross chapters in Vermont, including Deborah Peterson – Green Mountain Chapter; Beth Finlayson – Central Vermont–New Hampshire Valley Chapter, and Rob Levine – Northern Vermont Chapter.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont