Resolution J5664-2013

Honoring Team Rubicon for their dedication to volunteerism and helping others in emergency situations and disasters



  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Team  Rubicon for their dedication to
volunteerism and helping others in emergency situations and disasters

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 and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of  the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the custom of this Legislative Body to call attention
to the dedicated efforts of those individuals from across the  State  of
New  York who volunteer their time and energies in service to the commu-
nity; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Team
Rubicon for their dedication to volunteerism and helping others in emer-
gency situations and disasters; and
  WHEREAS, Team Rubicon is an organization of military veterans who work
with  first  responders  around the world in response to emergency situ-
ations and disasters; and
  WHEREAS, After a tornado tore through  the  areas  of  Duanesburg  and
Delanson  on  May  22,  2014,  the damage left behind to Nicole Burian's
Delanson home was overwhelming; members of  Team  Rubicon  joined  other
volunteers  to sort debris at her home to speed up the work and cut down
on cost; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Team Rubicon provided help  to  Nicole  Burian's
neighbor,  Steve  Guernsey,  whose barn was damaged, to keep his animals
safe from the devastation; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, Team Rubicon went to Duanesburg to help a family
there whose home was destroyed; and
  WHEREAS, Through Team Rubicon,  hundreds  of  United  States  military
veterans,  many  returning  home  after ten years of war, find a renewed
sense of purpose for their skills and experiences; and
  WHEREAS, Since its inception in January  of  2010,  Team  Rubicon  has
impacted  thousands  of  lives in countries around the world, and in the
United States; the volunteers reach victims outside the scope  of  where
traditional aid organizations venture, victims on the fringe; and
  WHEREAS,  Team  Rubicon  sets  itself  apart  in  the nonprofit world,
pioneering a new paradigm in  disaster  response  while  redefining  the
meaning of veteran reintegration into society; and
  WHEREAS,  Team  Rubicon  established  the  concept  of Veteran-Focused
Disaster Response; natural disasters present many of the  same  problems
which  confront troops in Iraq and Afghanistan including: unstable popu-
lations, limited resources, horrific sights,  sounds,  and  smells;  the
skills  cultivated  on  those same battlefields, emerging medicine, risk
assessment, and mitigation, teamwork and decisive leadership, are  vital
in disaster zones; and
  WHEREAS,  Volunteerism  is  an  essential element of all societies; it
provides a way in which the human values of community, caring and  serv-
ing can be sustained and strengthened; and
  WHEREAS,  Volunteerism  promotes family and community solidarity; most
importantly, people who volunteer their time  in  civic  and  charitable
endeavors inspire others to the call of volunteerism; and
  WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
altruistic  individuals  and  organizations it wishes to acknowledge for
their philanthropic contributions to our society which enhance the basic
humanity among us all; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  Team  Rubicon  for  their  dedication to volunteerism and helping
others in emergency situations and disasters; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Team Rubicon.


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