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NO. R-97.  House concurrent resolution welcoming the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission to the state house.


Offered by:  Representatives Atkins of Winooski and McCullough of Williston

Offered by:  Senator Mazza

Whereas, in July 1609, the French explorer Samuel de Champlain became the first European to arrive at the lake that now bears his name, and

Whereas, from 1609 forward, Lake Champlain played a major role in the cultural, economic, and military history of the European colonists and later of Vermont and the entire United States, and

Whereas, today, Lake Champlain remains a treasured resource for Vermont, New York, and Quebec, and

Whereas, in 2009, Vermonters will commemorate Samuel de Champlain’s arrival on the lake with an array of quadricentennial observances that will celebrate the lake’s role in Vermont’s cultural heritage and its importance to the state’s future, and

Whereas, in anticipation of the 2009 festivities, in 2003, Governor Douglas issued Executive Order No. 16-03, establishing the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission (Vermont LCQCC) to “advise the Governor on the direction, planning, promotion and implementation of heritage, tourism activities and programs in the Lake Champlain region . . . with similar efforts on the part of New York State and the Province of Quebec, in order to commemorate the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in 1609 and to celebrate the natural and cultural history of the Lake,” and

Whereas, the 26-member Vermont LCQCC is comprised of representatives of the public and private sector and has been engaged in developing plans for 2009, and

Whereas, the commission has introduced a logo featuring a picture of the lake and the words “Champlain Quadricentennial,” and

Whereas, on September 14, 2006, an International Samuel de Champlain Stamp Cancellation Day was held at Isle La Motte and subsequently in Champlain, New York and Lacolle, Quebec, and

Whereas, significant progress has been made in planning for the 2009 commemorative activities that is being highlighted today, March 13, 2007, during the Vermont LCQCC Day at the State House, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly welcomes the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission to the state house and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bruce Hyde, Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing, the chair of the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont