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NO. R-378.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Kelley Tully, the 2008 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year.


Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce (GFRCC), headquartered in Bellows Falls, is an organization that promotes economic development and community events in 14 communities in Vermont and New Hampshire in the vicinity of the Connecticut River’s famous gorge falls, and

Whereas, the GFRCC also honors accomplished individuals whose activities have made the region a better place to live, work, and play, and

Whereas, the 2008 winner of the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year Award is Kelley Tully, who grew up and continues to resides in Bellows Falls, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully’s interest in her community dates to her days as a middle school student when she won an eighth grade citizenship award, and

Whereas, a nurse for 17 years on the staff of Springfield Hospital, she has, for the past seven years, also served as a clinical educator at the hospital, and she makes a maximum effort to assist patients under her care, and

Whereas, while Kelley Tully’s husband was recovering from kidney transplant surgery, she drew on her own school athletic experiences and assumed his role as coach of the Bellows Falls recreation department boys’ basketball team, and

Whereas, she persuaded the department to lower the entry age from the fourth to third grade in order to afford younger children, including her son Seamus, an opportunity to play, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully nurtured the team in her role as coach, transportation coordinator, and chief supporter of the young boys who played under its banner, and

Whereas, having concluded her role as the boys’ youth basketball coach, she has extended her volunteer activities in the recreation department to other sports as a soccer coach and assistant to both the Little League and Pee Wee football teams, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully is an active parent volunteer in the local schools, serving as an adult reader to students, as a substitute nurse, and as a member of the parent-teacher organization, and

Whereas, she is known by her many friends to be a person who is selfless and willing to help others ahead of herself, and she even finds time to assist in her family’s business activities, and

Whereas, Kelley Tully was honored at the recent GFRCC dinner at which 125 persons were in attendance, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Kelley Tully, the 2008 Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce Person the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kelley Tully in Bellows Falls and to the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont