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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 296

House concurrent resolution honoring the civic and community service of John Kennedy Jr. of North Bennington

Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Botzow of Pownal, Corcoran of Bennington, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Livingston of Manchester, Miller of Shaftsbury and Mook of Bennington

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District

Whereas, the village of North Bennington, and the greater Bennington area, have derived much benefit from the many civic and community roles that John Kennedy Jr. has played over the last half century, and

Whereas, after completing a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, he established a paint store in Bennington, and

Whereas, upon settling in North Bennington village, John Kennedy Jr. assumed major civic responsibilities, including presiding at the annual and special meetings as village moderator and reviewing development proposals as the village’s zoning administrator, and

Whereas, his other North Bennington civic roles have included over three decades of responding to calls as a member of the village’s volunteer fire department, and presiding at weddings, election proceedings, and tax appeals as a member of the board of civil authority and justice of the peace, and

Whereas, currently John Kennedy Jr. sits on the North Bennington water board, and the North Bennington Cemetery Association board, and

Whereas, his interest in law enforcement led him to serve as a Bennington County deputy sheriff, and

Whereas, John Kennedy has been a leader in the Bennington Jaycees as its president and as chair of its Battle of Bennington Day parade, and

Whereas, Rotary International has played a central role in John Kennedy Jr.’s life, and he has participated in the organization’s activities with great enthusiasm, and

Whereas, he has held leadership roles in both local Rotary clubs, serving as president of the original Bennington Rotary Club and as the first president of the Bennington Catamount Rotary that was chartered in 1988 after the Bennington Rotary Club was divided in 1987, and

Whereas, John Kennedy Jr. earned an annual Rotary perfect-attendance record in 42 separate years, and on May 16, 2008, he will proudly celebrate 50 years in Rotary International, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly honors the civic and community service of John Kennedy Jr. of North Bennington, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John Kennedy Jr. in North Bennington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont