H.R. No. 480

WHEREAS, On March 13, 2003, the El Paso Commission for Women is inducting Joan H. Quarm into its Hall of Fame; and WHEREAS, Established in 1985, the commission is composed of El Paso citizens who are committed to the pursuit of equal rights and responsibilities for all women; inductees to the organization's Hall of Fame are recognized in one of five categories, including arts, civic leadership, education, professional, and public service; and WHEREAS, Selected for the arts category, Ms. Quarm has given generously of her time and talents to provide El Paso residents with the opportunity to enjoy local theater productions; during the course of her career, she has been instrumental in founding The Theater, Festival Theater, and Los Pobres Bilingual Theater, as well as the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso, which she currently directs; and WHEREAS, In addition, this esteemed woman served 20 years as an arts columnist and critic for a local paper, spent a decade hosting a weekly radio program on the arts, and has shared her experience with countless aspiring artists as a well-known speaker; and WHEREAS, A professor in the English department of The University of Texas at El Paso for some 28 years, Ms. Quarm was named associate professor emerita after her 1984 retirement from the school; over the years, she has also received the city's Conquistador Award, the Minnie Stevens Piper Professorship, a Centennial Leaders Mentors of Today Award, and designation as Woman of the Year in 1979 by the El Paso Women's Political Caucus; and WHEREAS, The success of the State of Texas, the strength of our communities, and the overall vitality of American society depend on the dedication of people like Joan Quarm, who use their considerable talents and resources to serve others, and it is a privilege to join in honoring her at this time; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature hereby congratulate Joan H. Quarm on her induction into the El Paso Commission for Women's Hall of Fame and extend to her sincere best wishes for continued success and happiness; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Ms. Quarm as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives. Chavez ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 480 was adopted by the House on March 17, 2003, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House