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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to recognize milestone events in
 4    the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, It has come to our attention that  Edwin  Finney
 6    of  St.  Anne,  Illinois,  is  the recipient of the 2001 Lowe
 7    School Board Member Recognition Award; and

 8        WHEREAS, The Lowe School Board Member  Recognition  Award
 9    is  an  honor  recently  established  by  the Pledge for Life
10    Partnership in memory of Dorothea Lowe,  mother  of  Illinois
11    First  Lady  Lura  Lynn  Ryan,  who  served on the Aroma Park
12    School Board and gave countless hours to making  the  greater
13    Kankakee  area a safer and healthier place to live; the award
14    was dedicated to recognize school board members from Kankakee
15    and Iroquois counties who mirror her dedication; and

16        WHEREAS, A native of Hudson, New  York,  Mr.  Finney  has
17    been  a resident of St. Anne since 1969; he holds a degree in
18    ceramic engineering from Alfred  University  in  Alfred,  New
19    York,  and  has  built  and managed brickyards in Ohio, Iowa,
20    Indiana, and Illinois; he is retired from Crown Cork and Seal
21    in Bradley; and

22        WHEREAS, For the last 20 years, Mr. Finney has served  as
23    the  Papineau  Township supervisor and he is a past president
24    of the Iroquois County Township Officials; and

25        WHEREAS, Mr. Finney has been a member  of  the  St.  Anne
26    Community   High  School  Board  of  Education  for 18 years,
27    including two terms as  president;  he  also  served  on  the
28    collective  bargaining committee and presently is a member of
29    the school's Climate Committee  and  the  School  Improvement
30    Advisory Team; and

31        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Finney's most impressive accomplishment is
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 1    his dedication to the students at  St.  Anne  Community  High
 2    School;  over  the  years,  he  has  been present at over 500
 3    social and athletic events, provided rides  for  students  in
 4    need  of  transportation  and  has  chaperoned every dance in
 5    recent  memory;  he  is  also  active  in  the   Reading   is
 6    Fundamental  program  and  is  a  volunteer  tutor  and  test
 7    proctor;  in  addition, he rarely misses any sports event and
 8    has taken over the responsibility of selling tickets  at  all
 9    the  home  basketball  games; he was recently designated "St.
10    Anne High School's biggest Cardinals fan"; and

11        WHEREAS, Every year, Mr. Finney faithfully helps out with
12    fundraisers,  provides  the  vehicle  needed  to   pull   the
13    International  Club's  float each year at the annual St. Anne
14    Pumpkin Festival and continually opens his home  for  student
15    gatherings; and

16        WHEREAS,  Two  of  Edwin Finney's children graduated from
17    St. Anne Community High School and he and his wife  Pat  have
18    hosted  18  foreign  exchange  students  over  the  last  two
19    decades; therefore, be it

22    we honor Edwin Finney for  his  dedication,  compassion,  and
23    devoted  service  to  the faculty, staff, and students at St.
24    Anne Community High School and on being the recipient of  the
25    2001  Lowe  School  Board Member Recognition Award; and be it
26    further

27        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
28    presented to Edwin Finney as an expression of our esteem.

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