Resolution J2043-2013

Honoring Gerry Martin upon the occasion of his designation as 2013 Inductee into the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction



  • May 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 23, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Gerry Martin upon the occasion of his
designation as 2013 Inductee into the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction,
on June 6, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to take note  of  and
publicly  acknowledge  individuals  who  have  distinguished  themselves
through their exemplary careers, accomplishments, and  purposeful  lives
of service to their community; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
Gerry  Martin upon the occasion of his designation as 2013 Inductee into
the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction; the Induction Ceremony will  take
place on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Emerson Park Pavilion in Auburn,
New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction was established in 2012
by  the  Auburn  Education  Foundation to recognize, honor and celebrate
graduates who have distinguished themselves through outstanding  academ-
ic,  professional, or civic achievements and to inspire current students
to pursue a path towards personal success; and
  WHEREAS, A man of singular merit, Gerry Martin,  Central  High  School
Class  of  1965,  has  continually  demonstrated  tremendous competence,
extraordinary intelligence and diligent  leadership  in  his  unwavering
service  to  both his community and his profession, and consequently has
been selected for this most prestigious honor; and
  WHEREAS, Gerry Martin retired in 2011 from a remarkable 43-year teach-
ing career that inspired and  uplifted  countless  students,  peers  and
colleagues; and
  WHEREAS,  Gerry  Martin  began  his work in education at St. Alphonsus
School where he coached  the  basketball  team,  started  the  Political
Convention  Election  process, and put out the school newspaper; he went
on to teach at West Middle and Mount Carmel Middle Schools before  join-
ing  the  faculty  at  Auburn High School in 1974, becoming one its most
beloved teachers; and
  WHEREAS, During his tenure at Auburn High School, Gerry Martin started
and advised the school's History Club which organized countless trips to
significant places in  our  Nation's  history,  including  Philadelphia,
Colonial  Williamsburg,  Hyde  Park's Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home and
Vanderbilt Mansion and Washington DC; under his leadership the club also
put on plays that were both controversial and engaging; and
  WHEREAS, Gerry Martin is the co-creator of  the  Cayuga  County  Model
Senate  Program;  it  ran from 1975-2008 and engaged students in writing
legislation, debating,  and  voting,  embodying  his  renowned  teaching
philosophy that active student involvement is the best way to learn; and
  WHEREAS,  Gerry  Martin  received  many  honors, awards, and accolades
throughout his career; he spent the 1981-1982 academic year  in  England
on  a  Fulbright  Teacher  Exchange  Scholarship,  was the 1997 Wal-Mart
Teacher of the Year, 2000 Teen Ink Teacher of the Year, and  was  desig-
nated  in  2004  and  2005  as a Cornell University Merrill Presidential
Scholar Outstanding Educator; and
  WHEREAS, Gerry Martin earned an associate's degree from Auburn  Commu-
nity College (now known as Cayuga Community College) in 1967 and a Bach-
elor  of Science from SUNY Brockport in 1969, majoring in Economics with
a minor in History; he earned a Master of Science in Education from SUNY
Cortland in 1971, and completed advanced coursework in History and Poli-
tical Science at Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-

tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Gerry Martin upon the occasion of his designation as 2013 Inductee
into the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Gerry Martin.


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