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NO. R‑158.  Senate concurrent resolution honoring Pati Papineau for her leadership roles as a mentor for young women, a broadcast journalist, and for her religious and community‑based charitable activities.


By Senators Mullin, Carris and Maynard,

By Representatives Acinapura of Brandon, Andrews of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Courcelle of Rutland City, Fallar of Tinmouth, Helm of Castleton, Howard of Rutland City, McCormack of Rutland City, Potter of Clarendon and Sunderland of Rutland Town,

Whereas, Pati Papineau’s various life paths have served as a model for other women, and

Whereas, she won the Miss Vermont‑Miss America Pageant in 1970, and in 1972, she earned the parallel title of Miss Vermont‑Miss World, and

Whereas, Pati Papineau was one of only three women in the country privileged to be awarded a Miss Vermont state title twice, and

Whereas, as a professional ballerina, she received a Ford Foundation scholarship and attended education programs at the New York City Ballet Company and the School of American Ballet, and

Whereas, in 1996, Pati Papineau became the first alumna of the Miss America program to serve in all of a state pageant’s administrative offices simultaneously during her tenure as the Vermont president, and

Whereas, as a television journalist on a local public access station, Pati Papineau has for the past 11 years produced and hosted “Conversations with Pati Papineau,” and produced a year‑long public affairs series, “Inside the Vermont State Police,” and

Whereas, more recently, Pati Papineau has been a tireless volunteer on behalf of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Rutland for which she has raised thousands of dollars through proceeds from “The Heart of Family Cooking” cookbook that she compiled and her “Act II Consignment Shoppe,” and

Whereas, she has created a special project known as Project Easter Basket, a unique Vermont nonprofit corporation now observing its 10th anniversary that provides Easter baskets to over 8,000 deserving families, including low income households, senior citizens, the disabled and those who have suffered tragedies in Vermont, and

Whereas, Project Easter Basket has also distributed over 10,000 stuffed animals, educational toys and books to children across the state, and

Whereas, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Project Easter Basket, it is most appropriate to commend Pati Papineau for her personal achievements and strong sense of community spirit, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Pati Papineau for her leadership roles as a mentor for young women, a broadcast journalist, and for her religious and community‑based charitable activities, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Pati Papineau in Rutland.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont