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HouseBill Number: 4637Primary Sponsor: J. WilderType of Legislation: CRSubject: Ravenel, Louise R.Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940127Computer Document Number: CYY/15628AC.94Introduced Date: 19940127Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: 19940127Last History Type: Received from SenateScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: J. WilderType of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 4637 House 19940127 Received from Senate 4637 Senate 19940127 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence 4637 House 19940127 Introduced, adopted, sent to SenateView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO EXPRESS THE APPRECIATION OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO MS. LOUISE R. RAVENEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY SYSTEM FOR THE HANDICAPPED, INC., FOR HER DEDICATION AND OVER THIRTY-FOUR YEARS OF SERVICE TO BETTERING THE LIVES OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND TO WISH HER GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN HER RETIREMENT.
Whereas, after a long and successful career advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, Louise R. Ravenel is retiring as Executive Director of the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped (SCP&A) effective January 1994; and
Whereas, as the mother of a son with Downs Syndrome, Ms. Ravenel since 1959 has been committed to promoting the needs of persons with disabilities and developing programs and lobbying for legislative changes for the benefit of persons with disabilities and for the prevention of disabilities; and
Whereas, under the leadership of Ms. Ravenel in her sixteen years at SCP&A, the nonprofit organization has made significant gains in establishing regional offices, increasing the budget ten-fold through substantial state contributions and other funding, passing landmark state legislation, initiating advocacy programs for mentally retarded and mentally ill persons in state institutions, establishing one of the nation's first developmentally disabled offender advocacy programs, and assisting hundreds of developmentally disabled and other substantially handicapped citizens to ensure their rights and entitlements; and
Whereas, Ms. Ravenel has served on many national boards and committees including the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, the President's Commission on Mental Health, the National Association for Retarded Citizens, the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, and she has been appointed by a North Carolina U.S. District Court as a member of the Review Panel overseeing the implementation of services to handicapped children; and
Whereas, she also has been very actively involved in a broad range of activities in the State, among them the Legislative Governor's Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the South Carolina Association for Retarded Citizens, the South Carolina Advisory Board to the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals, and many other statewide boards, committees, and interagency task forces, and she has served as an officer or board member of almost every organization in Charleston County which provides services to or advocates for handicapped citizens; and
Whereas, Ms. Ravenel has served the State and the community of persons with disabilities for over thirty-four years by bringing to the forefront issues affecting persons with disabilities; she will be sorely missed, but her strong spirit, kind heart, and amazing advocacy efforts live on and have built a system which will continue to thrive in its mission to better serve the lives of all South Carolinians with disabilities. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, express their appreciation to Ms. Louise R. Ravenel, Executive Director of the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc., for her dedication and services to bettering the lives of persons with disabilities, and to wish her good health and much happiness in her retirement.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Ms. Louise R. Ravenel by Representative Joe Wilder on behalf of the members of the General Assembly.