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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  103

House concurrent resolution honoring former speaker of the house Stephan Morse for his outstanding leadership as president of the Windham Foundation

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Milkey of Brattleboro, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro and Symington of Jericho

Offered by:  Senators Shumlin and White

Whereas, former representative Stephan Morse of Newfane proved to be extraordinarily adept at the legislative process, winning the respect and esteem of his colleagues who elected him to the offices of assistant majority leader, majority leader, and ultimately Speaker for the 1981 and 1983 bienniums, and

Whereas, his immersion in the legislature’s public policy deliberations provided an ideal preparation for his role as the president of the nonprofit Windham Foundation that operates several for-profit businesses including the Old Tavern at Grafton, the Grafton Cheese Company, and the Grafton Village Nursery; has restored many historic structures in the village of Grafton; and directs a variety of projects designed to “benefit the general welfare of Vermont and Vermonters,” and

Whereas, his expertise proved most beneficial in directing the foundation’s Grafton Conference Project which was established as a framework for statewide forums intended “to address public policy issues that affect all Vermonters” with the intent of fostering discussions “that might lead to unique Vermont solutions,” and

Whereas, these two-day informal conferences are held at the Old Tavern in Grafton and are conducted as “free-flowing” and “self-directed” discussions  with participants who are selected for their familiarity with a specific conference’s topic, and

Whereas, Stephan Morse’s upcoming retirement as president of the Windham Foundation has prompted the Snelling Center to host a panel discussion on Thursday, April 5, at the University of Vermont, entitled “The Grafton Conference:  A History of Advancing Policy Conversations in Vermont, 1984–2007,” and

Whereas, the Snelling Center event will highlight Stephan Morse’s and the Windham Foundation’s special contribution to public discourse in Vermont, and

Whereas, Stephan Morse’s dynamic leadership of the Windham Foundation deserves special recognition as it draws to a close, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors former speaker of the house Stephan Morse for his outstanding leadership as president of the Windham Foundation, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stephan Morse at the Windham Foundation in Grafton.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont