Resolution J357-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Union League Club of New York

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  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 5, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Union
League Club of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions which devote themselves to the welfare of the  community  and  its
citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the 150th Anniversary of the Union League Club of New York, to be
celebrated on Thursday, February 21, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, The Union League Club of New York is  celebrating  the  150th
anniversary  of its founding; it was established by a group of concerned
citizens wanting to preserve the Union and support the administration of
President Abraham Lincoln; and
  WHEREAS, The first of the Union League Club  of  New  York's  original
Articles  of  Association  was  to  promote  "unqualified loyalty to the
Government of the United States, and unwavering support of  its  efforts
for the suppression of the Rebellion"; and
  WHEREAS,  Later,  in 1866, an additional article was added that called
for "the Club to resist and expose corruption and promote reform in  our
National, State and Municipal affairs, and to elevate the ideal of Amer-
ican  citizenship";  these are core values that have guided the Club for
the past 150 years and will continue to do so in the future; and
  WHEREAS, The Union League Club of New York is a club that has  devoted
significant  time  and  effort  in helping establish or promote numerous
civic, cultural, and military institutions at New York  City,  New  York
State  and  national levels; some notable achievements and contributions
of the group include: organizing the 20th, 26th and  32nd  regiments  of
the  United States Army during the Civil War; founding both the American
Museum of Natural History and the Frick Museum;  founding  the  Julliard
School  of  Music  Club;  helping  found  the  American  Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; helping organize  the  New  York  City
Fire  Department;  supporting  the  369th  Black  Regiment of the United
States Infantry in World War I; and participating  in  the  organization
for  the  construction of Grant's Tomb and the erection of the monuments
to Abraham Lincoln and Admiral Farragut in Madison Square Park, New York
City; and
  WHEREAS, Some of the distinguished members of the Club have  included:
Chester  A.  Arthur,  21st President of the United States; Peter Cooper,
philanthropist and founder  of  Cooper  Union;  Chauncey  Depew,  United
States Senator from New York; Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central
Park  and  Executive Secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission;
and Thomas Nast, political cartoonist and artist; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly  have  earned  the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Union League Club of New  York;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to David K. Ray, Chairman, The Union League Club of New York.

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