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Honoring Jim Lewis upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013 Welles Award by the Waterloo Library and Historical...

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Jim Lewis upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of the 2013 Welles Award by the Waterloo
Library and Historical Association on May 24, 2013

WHEREAS, The quality and character of life in this Nation, and the great
State of New York, is reflective of the purposeful lives and good works
of those patriotic and civic-minded community members who dedicate their
lives and careers to the service of others; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Jim
Lewis upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013
Welles Award by the Waterloo Library and Historical Association; this
esteemed award will be presented during the Village of Waterloo's 14th
Annual Celebrate/Commemorate Memorial Day festivities at a wine and
cheese reception on Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Library and Historical
Society building in Waterloo, New York; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Jim Wells will be honored in the
Celebrate/Commemorate parade on Saturday, May 25, 2013; and
WHEREAS, The Welles Award recognizes a resident of Waterloo who,
through his efforts and time, has made the village a better place to
live, work, worship and enjoy; and
WHEREAS, Jim Lewis is being honored for his long time commitment,
dedication and desire to give of himself for the betterment of Waterloo
and the surrounding area; and
WHEREAS, Born in 1927, Jim Lewis left high school and enlisted in the
United States Army at the end of World War II; he was placed in the 12th
Calvary Regiment of the 1st Calvary Division and assigned to occupation
duty in Japan; and
WHEREAS, Jim Lewis was discharged from the Army in February 1948; he
found employment as a ward attendant at Willard State Hospital where,
during his brief tenure he met his future wife; and
WHEREAS, In 1948, Jim Lewis joined the 343rd General Hospital Army
Reserve Unit and, on September 3, 1950, his unit was re-called to active
duty with the outbreak of the Korean War; and
WHEREAS, Jim Lewis was sent back to Japan with the 343rd Unit and
worked in several base hospitals as a medical technician; he was
discharged from this second tour of duty in February 1952; and
WHEREAS, Jim Lewis retired from a more than 36 year career in the
telephone industry in 1986 whereupon he dedicated his time to volunteer
work and activities with area veterans' organizations; and
WHEREAS, After Waterloo's federal recognition as the Birthplace of
Memorial Day in 1966, Jim Lewis served as the Memorial Day Parade chair-
man, continuing in that post for the next 40 years; and
WHEREAS, Jim Lewis served a term as President of the New York State
Korean War Veterans; he is currently the Director of the Seneca County
Veterans Service Agency, serves on the Finger Lakes Veterans Advisory
Board for the Canandaigua VA Hospital and is also an Advisory Board
member for the Sampson Veterans Cemetery; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Jim Lewis is a member of American Legion Post
435 and past Commander of the Waterloo Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial
Post 6433; and
WHEREAS, He is a long time member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, was
active with the Waterloo Little League Baseball program, served on the
Waterloo Board of Education, and has been honored for his work with Boy
Scouts; and

WHEREAS, Jim Lewis was the beloved husband of the late Betty Lewis; he
is the proud father of Thomas James Lewis III, and the adoring grandfa-
ther of four grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Jim Lewis has displayed throughout
his life; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Jim Lewis upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the
2013 Welles Award by the Waterloo Library and Historical Association;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jim Lewis.

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  • 17 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • ADOPTED

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative

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