Resolution J4888-2013

Honoring Lavinia Smith upon the occasion of being selected as the Westchester County 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year by the New York State Office for the Aging

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  • May 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 13, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 7, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Lavinia Smith upon the occasion of being
selected  as  the  Westchester County 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year by
the New York State Office for the Aging

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and  knowledge  to
the  increasingly  active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Lavinia  Smith
upon  the  occasion  of  being  selected  as the Westchester County 2014
Senior Citizen of the Year; this momentous occasion will  be  celebrated
at  the  New  York State Office for the Aging's 2014 Senior Citizens Day
Celebration on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Hart Theatre Lounge  in  the
Egg, Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Each  May  in  the  State of New York and across the Nation,
during National Older Americans Month, the New York State Office for the
Aging pauses to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by  older
citizens; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  members  of  the  older generation have helped
build and shape our Nation to be the greatest in the  world;  they  have
defended  our  freedoms  and  values to ensure that those who come after
them may have better lives; nowhere in the nation is the legacy of their
efforts more visible and more a part of the lives of all  citizens  than
here in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Lavinia  Smith,  a  very  active  and industrious woman, has
inspired and enriched the lives of her family and  friends  through  her
love  and  respect for others, generously sharing the wisdom gained over
years of experiencing life to its fullest; and
  WHEREAS, A resident of Mount Vernon,  New  York  since  1965,  Lavinia
Smith was born and raised in Harlem 91 years ago; and
  WHEREAS, Lavinia Smith earned a master's degree from Teacher's College
at Columbia University in 1947, and was an elementary school teacher for
more  than  two decades; in addition, she served as a guidance counselor
for 15 years; and
  WHEREAS, Lavinia Smith has been called upon to contribute her time and
talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always given
of herself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS, A steadfast volunteer for 26 years, Lavinia Smith  has  dedi-
cated  her life to improving the lives of the children within her commu-
nity; she has been a literacy mentor in the  Mount  Vernon  City  School
District  where  she  currently  volunteers at two different schools, as
well as at the local library as part of a summer reading program; and
  WHEREAS, A founding member of the Rapping  Grannies,  an  intergenera-
tional  choir  of senior citizens and middle school students established
by the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau in 1990,  Lavinia  Smith  continues  to
perform with the group weekly; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore, Lavinia Smith is a senior advocate for Communi-
ties that Cares Coalition, a senior representative for the Mount  Vernon
Youth  Bureau's Intergenerational Programs, and a board member of Sister
to Sister, International; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period  of  her  community  service,  a
period  of constructive involvement, Lavinia Smith 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 Lavinia Smith has displayed through-
out her life; and

  WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her  loving  son  and  her  two
beautiful grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of her
life and rejoice in her achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize and commend those who have witnessed and contributed to the  devel-
opments  and achievements of our Nation, State, and communities over the
course of their noteworthy lives; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Lavinia Smith upon the occasion of being selected as the Westches-
ter  County 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year by the New York State Office
for the Aging; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Lavinia Smith.

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