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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 

ADDENDUM

 

TO THE

 

SENATE and HOUSE CALENDAR

 

OF

 

thursday, march 13, 2008
CONSENT CALENDAR

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.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

H.C.R. 227

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Poultney High School Blue Devils Division III 2008 cheerleading champions

Offered by:  Representative Donaghy of Poultney

Whereas, cheerleaders rouse a team’s fans to root with enthusiasm and strong voices for their favorite hometown athletes’ victory on the playing field, gymnasium floor, or ice rink, and

Whereas, cheerleaders use intricate and well-rehearsed routines and techniques requiring both athletic skills and musical rhythm, and

Whereas, high school cheerleading in Vermont and other states has evolved into a competitive sport in its own right, and the excitement surrounding this sport grows each year, and

Whereas, one of the most respected Vermont high school cheerleading teams participating in interscholastic competition is the Division III Poultney Blue Devils who, coming into the 2007–2008 academic year, have won four consecutive state championships, and

Whereas, the Blue Devils won the Central Vermont Cheerleading Conference earlier this winter, which was excellent preparation for them to play a starring role at the 2008 state championships that were held on Saturday, February 13 at the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre at the Champlain Valley Exposition Fairgrounds in Essex, and

Whereas, teams at the Essex event were required to perform their best from the start as they have only three minutes and one chance to execute their presentations, and

Whereas, when the competition was concluded, the Blue Devils’ 173 points were the highest in Division III, and they left thrilled to have earned their fifth consecutive state cheerleading state championship title, and

Whereas, the roster of agile and athletic Poultney High School cheerleaders includes Brylea Betit, Erika Carter, Alexandra Chamberlain, Taylor Diefendorf, Nicolette DuVal, Ashley Fox, Megan Franzoni, Staci Jedlick, Katarina Kerber, Macaela Lewis, Joanna Lilly, Ashley Morgan, Caileigh Nagar, Meredith Oakman, Jami Panoushek, Ryan Pettis, Amanda Petty, Kassey Powers, Kelsey Powers, Brooke Rupe, Aaron Snook, Brittany Snook, and Tammy Thomas, and

Whereas, coach Rommy Fuller thoroughly prepared these young cheerleaders to withstand the rigors of the Essex meet and to emerge victorious, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Poultney High School Blue Devils Division III 2008 cheerleading champions, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rommy Fuller at Poultney High School.

H.C.R. 228

House concurrent resolution congratulating Howard Herrington on being named the 2007 Wal-Mart Vermont Teacher of the Year

Offered by:  Representative Miller of Shaftsbury

Whereas, annually, the Wal-Mart Corporation and Phi Delta Kappa, an international professional association for educators, jointly sponsor the local and state Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Awards, and

Whereas, in 2007, Diane Doucette, a parent of a Shaftsbury Elementary School student, wrote a letter to the Bennington Wal-Mart store nominating  the school’s physical education teacher, Howard Herrington, for a local Wal‑Mart Teacher of the Year Award, and

Whereas, in her letter, she described Howard Herrington as “very dedicated to all of the students at Shaftsbury Elementary School” and she continued, “the inspiration he gives our children with just a smile and the twinkle in his eyes is amazing,” and

Whereas, the persuasive argument presented to the Wal-Mart associates in Bennington noted Howard Herrington’s dedication to developing a vibrant and popular set of after-school athletic activities including many athletic pursuits, and

Whereas, in summarizing her choice, Diane Doucette stated that her candidate “is helping our community by giving our students the confidence they need to try new things and the motivation to reach their goals,” and

Whereas, the Bennington Wal-Mart associates were convinced that Howard Herrington deserved special recognition for his initiative as a teacher, and they selected him as their local award recipient, and

Whereas, the statewide jurors assigned the task of naming Wal-Mart’s 2007 Vermont Teacher of the Year agreed that Howard Herrington was the ideal winner for all the reasons described in the local nomination letter, and

Whereas, a surprised and profoundly moved Howard Herrington was officially named the 2007 Wal-Mart Vermont Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held at the Shaftsbury Elementary School that a large crowd of parents, school colleagues, and local dignitaries attended, and

Whereas, the school was presented a $10,000.00 grant in honor of the winner that can be used to advance its educational mission, and Howard Herrington was presented with a beautiful crystal apple trophy to commemorate the occasion, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Howard Herrington of Shaftsbury on being named the 2007 Wal-Mart Vermont Teacher of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Howard Herrington and to Gary Netsch, the principal of the Shaftsbury Elementary School.

H.C.R. 229

House concurrent resolution in memory of former Representative Peter Martin of St. Albans Town

Offered by:  Representatives Howrigan of Fairfield, Allard of St. Albans Town, Branagan of Georgia, Consejo of Sheldon, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Keenan of St. Albans City, LaVoie of Swanton, McAllister of Highgate and Perry of Richford

Whereas, Peter Martin served his town, state, and nation in many roles and was an active leader in many civic and fraternal organizations, and

Whereas, he was employed for many years at Union Carbide, rising from a millwright’s to a supervisor’s position, and becoming a member of the Society of Engineers, and

Whereas, Peter Martin served in the U.S. Army and the Vermont National Guard and was a veteran of the Korean War, and

Whereas, his roles in the town of St. Albans included service on the selectboard, as that panel’s chair, and as a justice of the peace, and

Whereas, planning issues were of great importance to him, and Peter Martin had been a member of the St. Albans town planning commission, the development review board, and the northeast regional planning commission, and

Whereas, Peter Martin’s related interests in the economic development and infrastructure of the state’s far northwestern corner led to his service on the Franklin County development corporation’s board of directors and on the Missisquoi Bay bridge commission throughout the commission’s successful effort to oversee the construction of a new span between Rouses Point, New York, and Alburgh, and

Whereas, he sought to provide area residents a facility for downhill skiing, and he led the initiative to clear brush and debris, install a lift and lights, and form a ski patrol at the Hard’ack recreation area, and

Whereas, with all his community and regional experience in the public sector, Peter Martin was an ideal candidate to serve in the House of Representatives, in which he represented St. Albans Town for two terms, from 1991 to 1994, and served on the committee on institutions, and

Whereas, although former Representative Peter Martin paid special attention to local issues, especially those pertaining to highways and recreational facilities, he will perhaps be best remembered for his diligent work on the legislature’s department of corrections medical and mental health study committee and as a member of the rest area task force, and

Whereas, he was a longtime leader in the Boy Scouts both locally and as a regional councilor of the Long Trail Council, and

Whereas, former Representative Peter Martin died at the age of 79 on January 19, 2008, and his survivors include his wife, Lorraine, of nearly 60 years, his sons, Peter and Gregory, and grandson Jacob, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sympathies to the family of former Representative Peter Martin, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lorraine Martin in St. Albans.

H.C.R. 230

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on their 25th anniversary

Offered by: Representatives Botzow of Pownal and Heath of Westford

Whereas, in 1982, during the governorship of Richard Snelling, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) were established as a collaborative partnership between education commissioner Stephen Kaagan and Vermont arts council executive director Ellen Lovell, and their respective organizations, to enable high school students to participate in creative and innovative residential  academic experiences that would be otherwise unavailable, and

Whereas, through attendance at one of the seven summer institutes, students study with academics and artists in many specialties, and

Whereas, although the governor’s institutes of Vermont belong to the National Conference of Governors Schools, the Vermont courses are both unique in many respects and a model for other state academic residency programs to emulate, and

Whereas, during the past quarter century, 70 Vermonters have proudly served as GIV trustees and have devoted time to enhancing the state’s scholastic landscape, and David Gibson, Christine Graham, and now Jean Olson have served as the GIV executive director, and

Whereas, 7,500 young Vermonters have availed themselves of the courses the institutes offer, and they often cite the long-term importance of their attendance at an institute, and

Whereas, in 2008, approximately 400 students will be fortunate to enroll in one of the seven GIV programs including:  the Arts Institute at Castleton State College, offering courses in the literary, musical, performance and visual arts; the Asian Cultures Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM), focusing on many aspects of Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cultures and cosponsored with UVM’s Asia Studies Outreach Program; the Current Issues and Youth Activism Institute at the School of International Training in Brattleboro where students work with local Vermont activists and political leaders and young leaders from around the world to examine important domestic and international issues; the UVM-GIV Engineering Institute under the auspices of the university’s college of engineering, offering concentrations in aeronautical engineering, biomass, wind energy, and robotics; the Information Technology Institute at Champlain College that enables students to develop projects in many high‑tech fields; the UVM-GIV Mathematical Sciences Institute some of  whose participants are chosen based on their scores on the Vermont Mathematics High School Prize Exam and that is under the auspices of UVM’s department of mathematics and statistics; and the Science and Technology Institute held at UVM, placing a special emphasis on outdoor field research in the natural sciences, and

Whereas, an intensive winter weekend of learning, that in 2007‑2008 focused on global climate change, has for the last 11 years been conducted at Vermont College in Montpelier and more recently Goddard College in Plainfield, and

Whereas, the Governors’ Institutes of Vermont has developed a new strategic plan to guide it through the next quarter century, and

Whereas, in both celebration of its achievements and to look forward to the future, representatives of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont are visiting the state house today, Tuesday, March 11, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont on their 25th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont.

H.C.R. 231

House concurrent resolution congratulating the Girl Scout Council of Vermont’s 2007 Gold and Silver Award winners

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Barnard of Richmond, Audette of S. Burlington, Brennan of Colchester, Cheney of Norwich, Condon of Colchester, Corcoran of Bennington, Dostis of Waterbury, Head of S. Burlington, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Masland of Thetford, McFaun of Barre Town, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Pugh of S. Burlington, Rodgers of Glover, Spengler of Colchester, Valliere of Barre City and Zenie of Colchester

Whereas, the Girl Scout Silver Award, for girl scouts ages 11–14, and the Girl Scout Gold Award, for Girl Scouts ages 14–17, are the organization’s highest forms of recognition for individual scouts, and

Whereas, the Girl Scout Silver Award recipient must demonstrate skill development, building of values, career exploration, and a commitment to the betterment of her community, and

Whereas, the requirements for Girl Scout Silver Award aspirants include earning the Girl Scout Silver Leadership and Silver Career awards and completing the Girl Scout Silver 4 B’s Challenge consisting of the principles of become (setting goals for self-improvement); belong (completing the Studio 2b focus book entitled Looking In, Reaching Out); believe (identifying an issue in your school or community that you care about); and build (coming up with a solution to that issue), and

Whereas, the final requirement is for the Girl Scout to complete her Silver Award project, which must include a minimum of 40 hours of community service, and

Whereas, the industrious and creative 2007 Vermont Girl Scout Silver Award winners and their community service projects include:  Rebecca Pickering of Jonesville (Vermont Childcare Provider’s Association web page); Stephanie Garland of East Barre (Humane Society Dog Houses); Victoria Pelky and Tabitha Blais of Waterbury (Hurricane Katrina relief);  Kim Morrill and Kristen Hardgrove of West Glover and Ellyn Fournier and Tara Bradley of Barton (nutrition and fitness program); Famina Zaman, Ditra Backup, Victoria Hadley, Kelsey Jenson, and Katie Davies of Williston and Carolyn Anderson of Colchester (arts, books, and creativity program), Ella Flett of East Thetford (work with a Sunday school program) and Gabriella Pacht of East Thetford (peace pole project at her high school), and

Whereas, the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients must demonstrate excellence in leadership service and self-development, earn the Girl Scout Gold Leadership and Career awards, and complete the Girl Scout Gold 4B’s Challenge, consisting of become (assessment of skill set and achieving two goals related to self improvement); belong (create a community profile to find out more about the community needs and assets); believe (create a vision for change by focusing on community needs); and build (focus on developing a specific network of people who might help with the vision), and

Whereas, the final requirement is for the Girl Scout to complete her Gold Award project, which must include a minimum of 65 hours of community service that the scout must design and complete, and

Whereas, the energetic and innovative 2007 Vermont Girl Scout Gold Award winners and their community service projects include:  Ellen Kujawa of South Burlington (developed an exhibit on recycling which is housed in the Hub at Shelburne Farms), Cory Fusco, Hillary Estes and Amanda Greenslet of Bennington and Renee Noel of North Bennington (developed and implemented a nine-month leadership development program, Jumping Across Vermont, for teens across Vermont); Amanda Conolly of Duxbury and Elizabeth Gardner, Martha Evans-Mongeon, and Linnea Shepeluk of Waterbury Center and Whitney Commo and Megan Quenneville of Waterbury (provided 18 two-hour meetings for the five-year-olds in their communities); and

Whereas, only six percent of Girl Scouts earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Girl Scout Council of Vermont’s 2007 Silver and Gold Award winners, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each Silver and Gold Award recipient and to the Girl Scout Council of Vermont in Essex Junction.

H.C.R. 232

House concurrent resolution honoring the Girl Scout Council of Vermont during Girl Scout Week

Offered by:  Representative Morrissey of Bennington

Whereas, since Juliette Gordon Low established Girl Scouts U.S.A. 96 years ago in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, the organization has become a leading source for creative, instructive, and meaningful programs for young girls in the United States, and

Whereas, Girl Scouts serve their communities helping others, learning about their own career potential, and having a great time in the process, and

Whereas, to commemorate this historic day, Vermont Girl Scouts are staging a flag ceremony at the opening of the Wednesday, March 12, 2008 session of the Vermont house of representatives, and

Whereas, the week of March 9-15 has been declared Girl Scout Week in Vermont, and today is a most opportune date to honor the outstanding girls and adult leaders who make Girl Scouting so successful in this state, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the Girl Scout Council of Vermont during Girl Scout Week, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Girl Scout Council of Vermont.

H.C.R. 233

House concurrent resolution honoring the Federal TRIO Programs in Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Fallar of Tinmouth, Donovan of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne and Peterson of Williston

Whereas, promoting the academic success of students who come from families with minimal economic resources and who aspire to be the first members of their families to attend college is the laudable goal of the Federal TRIO Programs, and in Vermont, these important academic preparatory programs serve students at seven colleges and at VSAC, and

Whereas, Upward Bound, the original, federally financed college incentive program for disadvantaged students, was established in 1965 under the auspices of the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, and in coordination with the later‑established Upward Bound Math Science, helps secondary school students from financially disadvantaged families prepare for college, and

Whereas, the Talent Search Program, initially authorized in the Higher Education Act of 1965, assists students early in the college admissions and financial aid process, and

Whereas, the federal Education Amendments of 1968 reauthorized these two original programs, established Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, and united all three under the umbrella of the federal Office (now Department) of Education, and

Whereas, this threesome of special programs for students from low income backgrounds became known informally as TRIO, and

Whereas, over the ensuing decades, additional programs such as Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program have all been added to the TRIO mix, and

Whereas, in 1992, Congress renamed the combined Special Programs for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds as the Federal TRIO Programs, and

Whereas, the Federal TRIO Programs continue to be a special gateway for helping financially disadvantaged students achieve their higher education hopes and dreams, and

Whereas, representatives of the Federal TRIO Programs in Vermont are visiting the state house today, Friday, March 14, 2008, and their visit provides an opportunity to recognize the important educational and societal roles of the Federal TRIO Programs, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor the outstanding work of the Federal TRIO Programs in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Matthew Patry at Castleton State College.

H.C.R. 234

House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2008 BFA-St. Albans Comets girls’ Division I championship hockey team

Offered by:  Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Howrigan of Fairfield and Branagan of Georgia

Offered by:  Senators Collins and Kittell

Whereas, girls hockey has been the special domain of BFA-St. Albans since the Vermont Principals Association initiated post-season play, and after the Comets’ five consecutive Division I championship streak was halted in 2007, the BFA-St. Albans girls’ hockey team was strongly motivated to regain the state title, and

Whereas, the Comets’ 2007–2008 regular season earned them the top seed for post-season Division I competition, and they easily moved forward into the championship game at Norwich University’s Kreitzberg Arena against a formidable opponent, the South Burlington High School Rebels, and

Whereas, the Comets’ Caitlin Manahan, the team’s all-time high scorer, concluded her interscholastic competitive career in a most memorable way, and

Whereas, with 11:39 remaining in the second period, Manahan sent the puck into the net, after outwitting the South Burlington goalie, making the score 1–0 in BFA-St. Albans’ favor, and

Whereas, later in the second period, with 7:46 remaining, Manahan’s offensive skill was again on display when she backhanded a shot past the Rebel goalie and raised the Comet lead to 2–0, and

Whereas, as the game was nearly finished, with just 57.9 seconds left on the clock, Comet Taylor Girard scored the game’s final point, giving BFA-St. Albans a winning 3–0 margin and the team’s sixth Division I girls’ hockey championship in seven years, and

Whereas, Comet goalie sophomore Jayla Robtoy came through with 15 great saves, and

Whereas, this talented team of hockey players, including Jayla Robtoy, Charlotte Farrell, Kristin Viens, Hillary Berno, Caitlin Manahan, Montana Heinlein, Faith Howrigan, Holly Reed, Elizabeth Pion, Alison Lamell, Danielle Roberts, Mariah Branon, Emily Seguin, Maggie Piaseczny, Jessica Paquette, Emily Vallee, Alli Berno, Kelley Match, Katelynn Moreau, Brittany Branon, Morgan Dodd, Jessica Carpenter, Taylor Girard, Emma Broderick, Nora Kittell, Rachel Hubbard, Abbi Boomhover, and Kate Howard, can be proud of its 2007 season’s 19–4 record, and

Whereas, the great contributions of coach Luke Cioffi, assistant coaches Jeff Rouleau and Keane Yandow and manager Amelia Parker helped guide the team to victory, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 BFA-St. Albans Comets girls’ Division I championship hockey team, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Luke Cioffi at BFA-St. Albans High School.

H.C.R. 235

House concurrent resolution in memory of former speaker of the house and lieutenant governor John Burgess of Brattleboro

Offered by:  Representatives Milkey of Brattleboro, Edwards of Brattleboro, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, O'Donnell of Vernon, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Crawford of Burke, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, McNeil of Rutland Town, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators White, Shumlin, Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Snelling and Starr

Whereas, John “Jack” Burgess was a leader in the civic life of Brattleboro, the town where he resided for over 70 years, Windham County, and the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and a law degree from Northeastern University, and he was a prominent member of the state bar for half a century, and

Whereas, on the county level, Jack Burgess served as Windham County state’s attorney from 1952 to 1957, prosecuting numerous criminal cases, and

Whereas, he served in a variety of local government roles, including Brattleboro town agent and attorney and moderator of the Brattleboro Union High School district, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont called upon Jack Burgess’ legal expertise as a special counsel to the Vermont highway board and as a member of the constitutional revision commission, and

Whereas, the Brattleboro electorate sent him to serve in the House of Representatives in 1968, and he was appointed to chair the committee on the judiciary, and

Whereas, in 1969, his fellow colleagues were so impressed with his leadership, legal, parliamentary, and political skills that after only one term as the member from Brattleboro, Jack Burgess was elected speaker of the House and presided with expertise and fairness, and

Whereas, in 1970, Jack Burgess was elected to the first of two terms as lieutenant governor, serving first as senate president with fellow Republican Dean Davis as governor, and then a second term during which Democrat Tom Salmon sat in the governor’s chair, and he worked cooperatively with each of these officials in the best interest of the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, Jack Burgess held numerous leadership positions in professional, charitable, and civic organizations, both in Brattleboro and statewide, including a term as president of the University of Vermont Alumni Association, and

Whereas, he was a bomber navigator in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, served our nation in uniform again during the Korean War, and eventually rose to the rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and

Whereas, his life of public service and civic leadership can serve as a model for others, and

Whereas, his family includes his wife, Ronda, of Keene New Hampshire, his children, Frederick of Concord, New Hampshire and Helen of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and a granddaughter, Laura, of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its condolences to the family of former speaker of the house and lieutenant governor John Burgess on his death, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his wife, to each of his children, and to his granddaughter.



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