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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Concurrent Resolutions for Notice under Joint Rule 16

     The following joint concurrent resolutions have been introduced for approval by the Senate and House and will be adopted automatically unless a Senator or Representative requests floor consideration before the end of the session of the next legislative day.  Requests for floor consideration in either chamber should be communicated to the Secretary’s office and/or the House Clerk’s office, respectively.


By Senator Lyons,

S.C.R. 32. 

Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Daniel G. Bonfigli of Essex.

Whereas, in his role as the tennis director at the Racquet’s Edge health, fitness and wellness clubs in Chittenden County, Daniel Bonfigli taught his students both the basic and more advanced elements of playing tennis, and

Whereas, scores of Vermonters were introduced to this exciting and challenging sport or improved their winning ways on the tennis court due to his expert advice and counsel, and

Whereas, Daniel Bonfigli grew up in Williston, graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School, where he played on the school’s boys’ tennis team, and in 1981, earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, after graduation, he moved to Texas where he became a school teacher, returning to Vermont in 1984 to marry Kathleen Abell, and

Whereas, on earning a master’s degree from Texas A&M University, Daniel Bonfigli and his wife moved to Florida where he taught physical education at the Miami Country Day School, and

Whereas, the birth of a daughter, Gabriela, gave impetus to Daniel Bonfigli’s decision to become a stay-at-home dad and work as a personal trainer, and

Whereas, in 1994, the Bonfigli family decided to move home to Vermont, and Daniel Bonfigli started his new career as the tennis director at Racquet’s Edge, and

Whereas, his talent as a tennis instructor, for both experienced and aspiring players, was readily apparent, and

Whereas, national tennis organizations, including the USTA, USPTA, PTR, TIA and IHRSA, recognized Daniel Bonfigli’s special place among his teaching peers and honored him for his inspiring tennis accomplishments and performance, and

Whereas, in January of this year, Daniel Bonfigli was awarded the 2007 Gardner Ward Chase Memorial Bowl in recognition of “his outstanding contribution to New England tennis,” and

Whereas, the Vermont tennis community lost one of its most appreciated colleagues with the death of Daniel Bonfigli on January 29, after a year-long illness, and

Whereas, his family, including his wife, Kathleen, daughter, Gabriela, parents, George and Nelly Bonfigli of Essex, and four brothers, Edward, Michael, Andrew and Mark, and many other beloved relatives have lost a cherished individual in their lives, now therefore be it  

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Daniel Bonfigli, and be it further

ResolvedThat the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Kathleen Bonfigli in Essex Junction, to George and Nelly Bonfigli in Williston, and to Racquet’s Edge.


H.C.R. 211

House concurrent resolution honoring Donna Hogan of Rutland for her leadership roles at the Vermont Grocers’ Association and in her community

Offered by:  Representatives Courcelle of Rutland City, Sweaney of Windsor, Andrews of Rutland City, Howard of Rutland City and McCormack of Rutland City

Whereas, as a staff member at the Vermont Grocers’ Association (VGA) for over three decades, and in her many community volunteer roles, Donna Hogan of Rutland has exhibited strong leadership skills and a simultaneous ability to work collaboratively with her colleagues, and

Whereas, during her career at the VGA, she has become a respected member of the organization and has been assigned important internal and external responsibilities, and

Whereas, most recently, Donna Hogan has served as the VGA’s director of communications and events, and in this role oversaw all of the association’s publications, organized VGA events, including the annual meeting, expo, and golf tournament, coordinated the scholarship program, and represented the VGA at state and regional trade shows and other promotional and marketing meetings, and

Whereas, Donna Hogan was always striving to do the best possible job for the VGA team while exploring new marketing opportunities for the association, and

Whereas, in the Rutland community, Donna Hogan has been associated with many worthy organizations, including the Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes, Rutland Amateur Youth Hockey, and the Paramount Theatre, and

Whereas, she has served as youth program director at the Sara Holbrook Center and was recognized for this service when she was presented the Sara Holbrook Youth Award, and

Whereas, Donna Hogan’s strong commitment to Catholic youth education led to her service as director of CCD programs for the parish churches in Rutland City, and

Whereas, after a productive and fulfilling career at the VGA, Donna Hogan will be retiring shortly and looks forward to spending time with her sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Mary Patricia, Brian and Jennifer, and Patrick and Pamela, and her four grandchildren, and enjoying her favorite hobby, gardening, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Donna Hogan for her leadership roles at the Vermont Grocers’ Association and in her community, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Donna Hogan in Rutland.

H.C.R. 212

House concurrent resolution in memory of Benjamin T. Carr

Offered by:  Representatives Donahue of Northfield and Grad of Moretown

Offered by:  Senators Cummings, Doyle and Scott

Whereas, Benjamin Carr was a young and astute journalist and editor who had risen rapidly in his chosen field of endeavor, and

Whereas, he grew up in a loving family as the oldest of 12 children, and following his birth in Buffalo, New York, had spent much of his childhood in Pennsylvania, and

Whereas, Ben Carr graduated cum laude with a philosophy degree from Eastern University in St. David, Pennsylvania, was a member of the university’s Templeton Honors College, and studied at Oxford University’s New College, and

Whereas, he studied journalism at the Summer Institute of Journalism in Washington, D.C., and he held several editorial posts at his college paper, culminating in his appointment as editor-in-chief, and

Whereas, after graduation, Ben Carr worked as a reporter on the Daily Item in Stansbury, Pennsylvania, and

Whereas, in January 2007, Ben Carr was afforded an extraordinary opportunity for a young journalist when he became the first editor of the recently merged Northfield News and Transcript, and

Whereas, in the ensuing months, Ben Carr exhibited that he was already a gifted journalist and knew how to probe carefully and present all sides of a controversy, and

Whereas, Ben Carr was a dedicated editor who would work far into the predawn hours when necessary to assure that the weekly Northfield News and Transcript was put to bed on schedule, and

Whereas, this wonderful young man was immediately embraced in the community, and he won many friends and admirers who appreciated both his warm and caring personality and his intuitive ability as a reporter and editor, and

Whereas, the enthusiastic plaudits Ben Carr earned from his readers and new neighbors turned to profound grief when they learned he had perished on September 28, 2007 in a tragic swimming accident during a brief visit with his family in Pennsylvania, and

Whereas, Ben Carr’s death shocked and saddened Northfield, and he left an enormous journalistic legacy and more importantly a wealth of love and friendship, and

Whereas, Ben Carr’s parents, Timothy and Karen Carr, his brothers and sisters Daniel, Laura, Peter, JosiYah, Paul, Steven, Gabrielle, Joy, ZachariYah, Anya Rose, Hannah Ruth, and Ezra, his paternal and maternal grandparents, his great-aunt and- uncle, Christiane and John C. Donahue Jr., and his cousin, Representative Anne Donahue of Northfield, have each suffered a great loss in their lives, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere condolences to the family of former Northfield News and Transcript editor Benjamin Carr, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send copies of this resolution to members of his family.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont