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Sponsors: Reps. Bingham, E.H. Pitts, Bales, Ballentine, Brady, Cotty, Frye, Haley, Harrison, Hart, Howard, Huggins, McLeod, J.H. Neal, Ott, Rutherford, Scott, J.E. Smith, Spires and Toole
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Introduced in the House on January 30, 2007
Adopted by the House on January 30, 2007
Summary: Palmer E. Krantz
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Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/30/2007 House Introduced and adopted HJ-14
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TO CONGRATULATE PALMER E. "SATCH" KRANTZ OF RICHLAND COUNTY ON HIS THIRTY YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN IN COLUMBIA AND TO HONOR HIS NUMEROUS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS THE ZOO'S DIRECTOR AND HIS SERVICE TO THE STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITY.
Whereas, Satch Krantz, a Columbia native, marked thirty years of dedicated service in 2006 as Executive Director of the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, making him one of the longest-serving zoo directors in the nation; and
Whereas, under his extraordinary leadership and vision, the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has risen to be one of the most prestigious zoos in the country and one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Carolina with nearly one million visitors annually; and
Whereas, Mr. Krantz has devoted his life to creating an attraction for South Carolina that educates the public and creates a natural and stimulating environment for its animal collections; and
Whereas, in an effort to make Riverbanks an outstanding testament to American zoos, he strived to recreate natural environments found in Africa by taking thirteen safaris to six different countries, walking one hundred and twenty miles across the Tsavo National Park in Kenya, only the second time anyone had ever walked the park's entire length, and traveling to the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda to observe mountain gorillas in their native habitat; and
Whereas, among his many accomplishments at the zoo, some of the most notable involved acquiring the koalas from Australia, opening the Aquarium Reptile Center, and leading a coalition to bring the Botanical Garden to the zoo in 1995; and
Whereas, as a leader in the zoological industry, Satch Krantz was honored with the Global Vision Award by the World Affairs Council in 1995 and he also received the International Ambassador of the Year Award from the Committee of 100 in 2002. In addition, he was one of only three American zoo directors to serve as president of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Zoo Organization; and
Whereas, as dedicated as he is to the zoo, he also manages to be active in service to the community. He was past president of both the Columbia Rotary Club and the Clemson University Board of Visitors, and a past member of both the Palmetto Richland Children's Hospital Board and the University of South Carolina University Associates. He is currently a member of the River Alliance Board of Directors and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce; and
Whereas, Mr. Krantz is the beloved husband of wife, Becky, and together they are the proud parents of two sons, Eric and David, who are Clemson graduates. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, congratulate Palmer E. "Satch" Krantz of Richland County on his thirty years of outstanding service as Executive Director of the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia and to honor his numerous accomplishments as the zoo's director and his service to the State and local community.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Satch Krantz.
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