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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 275

House concurrent resolution honoring retiring Weybridge town moderator Stanley James Jr.

Offered by:  Representative Bray of New Haven

Offered by:  Senators Ayer and Giard

Whereas, Vermonters value their town moderators as local institutional treasures who gain their longevity based on a genuinely perceived impartiality and fairness in presiding at a municipality’s annual town meeting, and

Whereas, in the town of Weybridge, the trust placed in the James family’s parliamentary abilities extended over half a century, and

Whereas, in 1975, when 22-year veteran moderator Stanley James banged the town meeting gavel for the last time, his son Stanley Jr., better known as Kelly, immediately took possession of this symbol of Vermont’s grassroots democracy and began a new chapter in his family’s town meeting tradition that would extend for another 33 years through 2008, and

Whereas, Kelly James learned to walk the fine line by keeping the Weybridge town meeting moving forward without denying a voter the chance to express what was on his or her mind with respect to any issue, and

Whereas, his command of Robert’s Rules of Order and unobtrusive yet watchful presiding technique won the respect of his fellow Weybridge residents, and he served without interruption or challenge throughout his long and admired service at the podium, and

Whereas, Weybridge’s citizens recognized that this farmer’s sharp mind and down‑to‑earth Vermont sense of right and wrong should not be exercised  on the community’s behalf only once a year, and

Whereas, he served in various local roles, including holding seats on the Weybridge planning commission and the zoning board, and

Whereas, Kelly James places a high priority on ensuring that students receive a quality education, and he has exercised this belief through his service on the Union District 3 school board and on the committees that brought the Weybridge and Cornwall school buildings to fruition, and

Whereas, although he decided that 2008 would be his final year to serve as Weybridge town meeting moderator, ending an illustrious 33‑year tenure in this post, Kelly James will continue to serve on the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center’s board of directors, and

Whereas, the town of Weybridge will need to acquire a new gavel and copy of Robert’s Rules of Order, as these are both cherished personal possessions that will remain with the James family, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors retiring Weybridge town moderator Stanley James Jr. for his long and faithful community service, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Stanley James Jr. in Weybridge and to the Weybridge town clerk.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont