Resolution J211-2013

Honoring William H. Brown upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

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  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 24, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  William H. Brown upon the occasion of
his designation as recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement  Award  by
the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce

WHEREAS,  It  is  incumbent  upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have  made  signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
  WHEREAS,  William H. Brown has given not only of his time and energies
but also of his competence, intelligence and leadership and consequently
has been designated for special honor; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud  to  honor  William  H.
Brown  upon  the  occasion  of  his designation as recipient of the 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award by the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce,  to
be celebrated on Friday, January 18, 2013, in Waterloo, New York; and
  WHEREAS, William Brown was born in Downsville, New York; he earned his
Bachelor  of  Science  degree  from  Cornell University and obtained his
master's degree from the University of Missouri; and
  WHEREAS, William Brown is retired from the Seneca  County  Cooperative
Extension  and is the founder of Lakeshore Winery; a Seneca County Coop-
erative Extension Agent for 30 years, he is a member of the Ovid  Feder-
ation Church and is an active community member; and
  WHEREAS,  William  Brown has demonstrated involvement in the community
and in the growth of Seneca County and was instrumental in bringing  the
wine industry to Seneca County; from 1978-1979, he assembled the support
staff that pioneered the direction of the industry; and
  WHEREAS,  William  Brown's vision to build a business community with a
reputation that rivals that of Napa Valley, began among a small group of
people; he gathered lenders, appraisers, marketers and  wine  makers  to
develop  one  of  the  largest  growing  sources of revenue for New York
State; his vision of the Finger Lakes as a tourism location focusing  on
the  wine  industry  now encompasses over 300 wineries in New York, wine
trails, cheese trails and Bed & Breakfasts,  that  have  drawn  tourists
from around the world; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition, William Brown led a small group of lenders and
farmers in the pursuit of a soybean processing plant for  Seneca  County
at  the time when soybeans were being introduced as a major new crop for
New York State; he was instrumental  in  motivating  Cornell  University
Research  to  be  involved  which  developed into a project that grew to
include regular participation from the  New  York  State  Department  of
Agriculture and Markets, and the completion of a full feasibility study;
thus making soybean farming the major crop for Seneca County; and
  WHEREAS, William Brown has been called upon to contribute his time and
talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always given
of himself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire  period  of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, William Brown has stood constant  in
dignity, good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS,  With  him  throughout have been his wife, Doris, their chil-
dren, Kim and the late David, and their grandchildren, Amanda and  Kara,
all  of whom feel privileged to be a part of his life and rejoice in his
achievements; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which William Brown has displayed through-
out his life; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor William H. Brown upon the occasion of his designation as recipient

of  the  2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Seneca County Chamber of
Commerce; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to William H. Brown.

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