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State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent Senate Resolution

By Senators Kitchel and Coppenrath,

By Representatives Bostic of St. Johnsbury and Grenier of St. Johnsbury,

     S.C.R. 45.  Senate concurrent resolution congratulating Elwin Cross on being named the 2008 Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

Whereas, the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) Chamber of Commerce selects one individual each year for special recognition as the organization’s citizen of the year, and

Whereas, in 2008, the citizens of St. Johnsbury were especially proud to learn that one of their most respected citizens, business and civic leader Elwin Cross, the recipient of a 2005 Vermont Public Service award, has been selected to receive this coveted award, and

Whereas, Elwin Cross was born just across the international border in Stanstead, Quebec, and he moved with his family to Vermont as a very young boy, and

Whereas, during his successful career as a building contractor, Elwin Cross constructed homes in St. Johnsbury and many nearby communities, and

Whereas, Elwin Cross began a second career in 1972 as a civic leader, and

Whereas, his foray into local government started as a member of the St. Johnsbury zoning board, on which he served for 12 years, and then he was an active selectboard member for 22 years, and over the years he developed a reputation as an attentive and effective municipal public officer, and

Whereas, Elwin Cross’s persistent efforts to replace the deteriorated iron bridge at St. Johnsbury Center will be recognized when the new replacement  span is named in his honor, and

Whereas, his other civic roles have included service as a member of the St. Johnsbury Center fire district-water department and as a board member of the Northeastern Development Association, and

Whereas, among the fraternal organizations to which Elwin Cross has belonged are the Masons, the Eastern Star, and the Grange, and

Whereas, he was married to Pauline Cross for over 60 years prior to her death in 1999, and he is the father of Ruth Cole, as well as a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and a great-great-grandfather, and

Whereas, his family and friends will honor him at an NEK Chamber of Commerce celebratory dinner to be held on May 3, 2008, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Elwin Cross on his being named the 2008 Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Elwin Cross in St. Johnsbury.


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