H.R. No. 482

WHEREAS, On March 13, 2003, the El Paso Commission for Women is posthumously inducting Josefina A. "Pipina" Salas-Porras 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 education category, Mrs. Salas-Porras was not only a teacher, but also a mentor, an advocate, and a dedicated civic leader; she touched the lives of several generations of Texans through her unique teaching style and her dedication to instilling compassion, acceptance, and cultural pride in each of her students; and WHEREAS, A published author and a cofounder of the Bilingual Institute, this esteemed woman was also a widely respected leader in the community; she served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the El Paso Electric Company, Mountain Bell, and the Freedom Foundation as well as the El Paso Diabetes Association, Los Pobres Community Theater, and the city's convention and visitors bureau; 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 Mrs. Salas-Porras, who use their considerable talents and resources to serve others, and it is a privilege to join in paying tribute to her many achievements at this time; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature hereby honor the late Josefina A. "Pipina" Salas-Porras on her induction into the El Paso Commission for Women's Hall of Fame. Chavez ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 482 was adopted by the House on March 17, 2003, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House