83R5526 MGR-D
  By: Button H.R. No. 283
         WHEREAS, Residents of Garland have greatly benefited from the
  leadership of Rick Williams, who has served as a city council member
  for three terms; and
         WHEREAS, Elected to the city council in 2007, Mr. Williams
  was chosen the following year to serve as mayor pro tempore; during
  his six years on the council, he has chaired the audit committee and
  represented Garland in the Emergency Preparedness Department of the
  North Central Texas Council of Governments; and
         WHEREAS, In addressing the issues that face his city, Mr.
  Williams has drawn on experience gained from extensive involvement
  in the community; he has served on a number of municipal bodies,
  including the Garland Parks and Recreation and Utility Advisory
  Boards, as well as held the offices of president, vice president,
  treasurer, and code chair of the Camelot Neighborhood Association;
         WHEREAS, Born in Austin, Mr. Williams attended Texas A&M
  University, where he studied finance, lettered on the tennis team
  for three years, and belonged to the Corps of Cadets; after
  graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United
  States Army; during his three years in the military, he served as a
  helicopter pilot and also as a gunship platoon leader in Vietnam; he
  is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Air
  Medal with "V" device, for valor; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Williams was employed for 35 years at the Dallas
  Regional Office of the Social Security Administration; along the
  way, he earned a master's degree in management and administrative
  science from The University of Texas at Dallas; and
         WHEREAS, Seeking to develop his knowledge of plants and
  flowers, Mr. Williams took night classes at Richland College for
  five years and ultimately received an associate's degree in
  ornamental horticulture; certified by the Texas Nursery and
  Landscape Association, he volunteers at the Dallas Arboretum and
  serves as a call screener for Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening, a local
  radio show; he has also created and maintained a community garden on
  a vacant Garland lot; and
         WHEREAS, Rick Williams and his wife of 41 years, Janet
  Williams, take great pride in their two sons, Damon and Jeremy, and
  they have delighted in welcoming into their family a grandson,
  Ryan; and
         WHEREAS, A highly dedicated public servant, Rick Williams has
  helped to make Garland an even better place in which to live and
  work, and it is a pleasure to recognize this esteemed Texan for his
  outstanding commitment to his community; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Rick Williams for his service on the
  Garland City Council and extend to him sincere best wishes for
  continued happiness; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Williams as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.