1-1           WHEREAS, Carolyn Jean Taplin of Richmond is celebrating her
 1-2     50th birthday this year, and the occasion provides a fitting
 1-3     opportunity to reflect on her myriad achievements; and
 1-4           WHEREAS, Born on May 16, 1951, in Georgetown, to Georgia
 1-5     Violet Cauffman McDonald and William Elmer McDonald, she moved to
 1-6     Freer with her family as a young child and was raised with two
 1-7     sisters, Oma and Shirley; and
 1-8           WHEREAS, Today Mrs. Taplin is married with a family of her
 1-9     own, including her husband, Harry Albert Taplin, Jr., and her
1-10     daughters and son-in-law, Tara Taplin and Angela and Dan Tilly; she
1-11     also enjoys close ties with her niece, Jamie, and seven nephews,
1-12     Rick, Brad, Lynn, Robert, Jimmy, Mike, and Jeff, to whom she is
1-13     known as Aunt Lunnie; and
1-14           WHEREAS, Since 1985, Mrs. Taplin has assisted her husband in
1-15     his civil engineering and surveying company, Taplin Engineering,
1-16     while serving her household as cook, housekeeper, chauffeur,
1-17     counselor, mediator, and teacher; an exemplary role model, she has
1-18     never been convicted of any crime, although theft of salt and
1-19     pepper shakers has on occasion been alleged; and
1-20           WHEREAS, A woman of strong faith, Mrs. Taplin founded Moms in
1-21     Touch, a group of mothers who meet each week to pray for their
1-22     children; in addition, in her capacity as women's mission director
1-23     for Grand Parkway Baptist Church, she shares her time and energy to
1-24     assist area women's shelters, helping to organize Easter egg hunts
 2-1     and coordinating the Angel Tree project, which provided 670 meals
 2-2     and gifts for families involved with Protective Services in 2000;
 2-3     and
 2-4           WHEREAS, Despite her busy schedule, Mrs. Taplin occasionally
 2-5     manages to find time to hone her skills as an avid tennis player,
 2-6     and she won her last match this spring in a nail-biting tiebreaker;
 2-7     and
 2-8           WHEREAS, Carolyn Taplin has long dedicated herself to her
 2-9     family, her church, and her community, and in doing so, she has
2-10     touched the lives of many people; now, therefore, be it
2-11           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 77th Texas
2-12     Legislature hereby congratulate Carolyn Jean Taplin on the joyous
2-13     occasion of her 50th birthday and extend to her sincere best wishes
2-14     for continued success and happiness; and, be it further
2-15           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
2-16     prepared for Mrs. Taplin as an expression of high regard by the
2-17     Texas House of Representatives.
                                                   Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.R. No. 1018 was adopted by the House on May
         16, 2001, by a non-record vote.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House