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NO. R-391.  House concurrent resolution honoring Kermit and Margaret Richardson for their dedication as citizen public servants in the town of Orange.


Offered by:  Representatives Winters of Williamstown and Davis of Washington

Offered by:  Senators Coppenrath and Kitchel

Whereas, Kermit and Margaret Richardson’s marriage of 57 years has been happily occupied with a family that has grown to four children, nine grandchildren, and soon to be six great-grandchildren, and

Whereas, for many decades, the Richardsons’ second family, the town of Orange and its voters, has also been of great personal importance, and

Whereas, at the Orange town meeting on March 4, 1958, 28-year-old Kermit Richardson, a three-time champion debater at Bradford Academy, confidently volunteered and was immediately elected, for the first time, as his community’s town moderator, and

Whereas, on that March morning 50 years ago, the town of Orange inaugurated the now annual civic ritual of electing him as the presiding officer at town meeting, and

Whereas, although he has mastered the finer points of Robert’s Rules of Order, the moderator’s Bible, Kermit Richardson has come to realize that good common sense and respect for the town’s deliberating voters are of paramount importance in the running of a successful town meeting, and

Whereas, Kermit Richardson’s presence at the moderator’s platform has been a steady and welcoming sight in Orange despite changes in venues, starting time, and the town’s extended flirtation with partial Australian balloting, and

Whereas, although 2008 marked his 50th anniversary as Orange town moderator, Kermit Richardson, who also served for 12 years as a member of the Orange County school board, two terms as a member of the House of Representatives, and eight years as national master of the Grange, looks forward to continuing his role as Orange town moderator, and

Whereas, Kermit Richardson inspired his son Mark to follow his father’s lead, and the younger Richardson serves as the Chelsea town moderator, and

Whereas, service to the town of Orange has been a Richardson family enterprise as Margaret Richardson, who has now retired, was town auditor for 30 years, and she was greatly admired for the competent manner in which she performed her important fiscal oversight responsibilities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Kermit and Margaret Richardson for their dedication as citizen public servants in the town of Orange, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kermit and Margaret Richardson in Orange.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont