Resolution J1836-2013

Honoring Pastor Vincent Williams upon the occasion of his designation as 2013 Grand Marshall of the Rosedale Memorial Day Parade

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring Pastor Vincent Williams upon the occa-
sion of his designation as 2013 Grand Marshall of the Rosedale  Memorial
Day Parade

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those distinguished citizens who devote their time and  ener-
gies  to the service of their community and profession, participating in
civic affairs and enhancing the character and quality of  life  for  all
citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Pastor  Vincent  Williams  upon  the occasion of his designation as 2013
Grand Marshall of the Rosedale  Memorial  Day  Parade;  this  auspicious
occasion  will  be  celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2013, at the Veterans'
Memorial Monument on Francis Lewis  Boulevard  and  Sunrise  Highway  in
Rosedale, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Pastor  Vincent  Williams  has  served  as pastor of Parkway
Baptist Church in Rosedale since 1986; and
  WHEREAS, Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Pastor Vincent Williams  devel-
oped  an interest in serving others while in high school; after graduat-
ing from high school, he traveled to San Juan,  Puerto  Rico,  where  he
attended  Burean  Bible  School  earning  a degree in bible knowledge in
1966; and
  WHEREAS, Upon returning to Jamaica after graduation from bible school,
Vincent Williams was appointed  Assistant  Pastor  of  Faith  Missionary
Baptist Church in Kingston; in 1972, he was elevated to Pastor and duti-
fully  served  his  parishioners  and  the community for the next twelve
years; and
  WHEREAS, In 1984, Pastor Vincent Williams  immigrated  to  the  United
States  with  his  wife and two daughters; he accepted preaching engage-
ments at different churches until September 1986, when he was called  to
lead Parkway Baptist Church in Rosedale, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  During  his  time at the Parkway Baptist Church in Rosedale,
New York, Pastor Vincent Williams has established and maintained a close
and personal relationship with the community and his church family; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to being the  spiritual  leader  of  the  Parkway
Baptist Church, Pastor Vincent Williams has strived to meet the physical
needs  of the Rosedale and entire southeastern Queens, New York communi-
ty; and
  WHEREAS, For years, Pastor Vincent Williams has operated a food pantry
out of the Parkway Baptist Church; he still conducts annual health fairs
for residents to learn about common health issues from  medical  profes-
sionals;  in  addition,  the  Vacation  Bible  School program at Parkway
Baptist Church has helped mold children into productive adults; and
  WHEREAS, Pastor Vincent Williams is one of the longest serving  clergy
members in Rosedale, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  In  honor  of  Pastor Vincent Williams' significant contrib-
utions to Rosedale and the entire southeastern Queens, New York communi-
ty, he has been selected as the Grand Marshall of the Rosedale  Memorial
Day Parade, to be held on Monday, May 27, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire period of his pastoral and community
service, a period of constructive involvement, Pastor  Vincent  Williams
has stood constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual  for  the  benefit  of  others  which  Pastor  Vincent  Williams has
displayed throughout his life; and

  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the  well-being and vitality of their profession and community,
and have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence,  certainly
have  earned  the recognition and applause of all citizens of this great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Pastor Vincent Williams upon the occasion of  his  designation  as
2013  Grand  Marshall  of  the  Rosedale  Memorial Day Parade; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Pastor Vincent Williams.

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