80R20531 CBE-D
  By: Delisi H.R. No. 2211
         WHEREAS, The Texas Fraternal Congress, founded in 1900,
  serves to unite statewide fraternal benefit societies, which number
  more than 2,300 strong and represent more than 619,000 members;
  during its weeklong observance of Texas Fraternal Week, being held
  from May 14 through May 18, 2007, the TFC encourages members to make
  a difference in their communities; and
         WHEREAS, Member societies of the TFC were founded on the
  principles of mutual aid, fraternal service, and democratic
  governance; fraternal benefit societies throughout Texas provide
  their members with opportunities for leadership, education,
  community service, social interaction, and spiritual growth; and
         WHEREAS, In addition, these noteworthy organizations strive
  to build strong relationships with public officials and to achieve
  a deeper understanding of legislative processes in order to
  effectively navigate the regulatory environment in which they
  operate; and
         WHEREAS, Fraternal benefit societies have long contributed
  to the lives of many Texans and to the rich history of the Lone Star
  State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 80th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize May 14-18, 2007, as Texas Fraternal
  Week and extend sincere best wishes to all those associated with
  fraternal benefit societies.