House Resolution 19 - Introduced

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                    HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.    
         BY  ANDERSON, BEARINGER, HANSON, H. MILLER, THEDE,
        MASCHER, HUNTER, WOLFE, STUTSMAN, WINCKLER, LENSING,
         JACOBY, COHOON, GASKILL, SMITH, PRICHARD, STECKMAN,
         GASSMAN, OLDSON, KELLEY, SIECK, GUSTAFSON, BAUDLER,
        JONES, HANUSA, SALMON, L. MILLER, HEATON, PETTENGILL,
                               and FRY
  1  1 A Resolution honoring Catherine Gayle Williams'
  1  2    exemplary service to Iowa's children and families on
  1  3    the occasion of her centennial birthday.
  1  4    WHEREAS, Catherine Gayle Williams was born November
  1  5 21, 1914, in Des Moines, Iowa, and upon graduating
  1  6 as valedictorian of her class from North High School,
  1  7 she pursued a very successful tap dancing and acting
  1  8 career; and
  1  9    WHEREAS, when Ms. Williams' parents became ill,
  1 10 she returned to Des Moines and worked as a secretary,
  1 11 a public assistance worker, and a public welfare
  1 12 supervisor for the Polk County Welfare Department; and
  1 13    WHEREAS, while working for the Polk County Welfare
  1 14 Department, Ms. Williams attended college on a
  1 15 part=time basis at Drake University, graduating with
  1 16 degrees in psychology and sociology; and
  1 17    WHEREAS, after earning her master's degree
  1 18 in social work from the University of Iowa, Ms.
  1 19 Williams returned to work at the Polk County Welfare
  1 20 Department, eventually attaining the position of
  1 21 Deputy Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Social
  1 22 Services; and
  1 23    WHEREAS, during Ms. Williams' professional career,
  2  1 she was responsible for many innovations in the
  2  2 delivery of social services in this state, particularly
  2  3 in foster care programming, having developed the
  2  4 first statewide training program for foster parents
  2  5 of children with intellectual disabilities and having
  2  6 authored the Polk County Welfare Department's first
  2  7 foster care study; and
  2  8    WHEREAS, Ms. Williams became the highest=ranking
  2  9 African American female in state government and one
  2 10 of the highest=ranking females in social services
  2 11 nationally when she served as the Deputy Commissioner
  2 12 of the Iowa Department of Social Services in 1975; and
  2 13    WHEREAS, Ms. Williams has served on the boards of
  2 14 many community organizations including the Iowa Health
  2 15 Facilities Council, the City of Des Moines Planning
  2 16 and Zoning Commission, the Project Helper Board, the
  2 17 Iowa Council on Human Services, the Simpson College
  2 18 Task Force on Minority Student Concerns, the United
  2 19 Way Model Cities Allocation Committee, the Community
  2 20 Relations Task Force of the NAACP, and the Jewish
  2 21 Federation of Greater Des Moines; and
  2 22    WHEREAS, Ms. Williams has received many honors and
  2 23 awards during her 32=year career in social services
  2 24 including the Drake University Alumni Distinguished
  2 25 Service Award, the State of Iowa Volunteer Award, the
  2 26 Morris Scholarship Fund Award, the YWCA/Mary Louise
  2 27 Smith Racial Justice Award, the University of Iowa
  2 28 School of Social Work Distinguished Alumnae Award, the
  2 29 North High School Distinguished Alumna Award, and the
  2 30 National Black Child Development Institute Award; and
  3  1 WHEREAS, in addition, Ms. Williams was inducted into
  3  2 the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame and the Iowa African
  3  3 American Hall of Fame, was named as the Iowa Social
  3  4 Worker of the Year and the University of Iowa Mark Hale
  3  5 Lecturer, and was a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of
  3  6 Humane Letters from Simpson College; and
  3  7    WHEREAS, Catherine Gayle Williams turned 100 years
  3  8 of age on November 21, 2014; NOW THEREFORE,
  3  9    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That
  3 10 the House of Representatives honors Catherine Gayle
  3 11 Williams for her integrity, compassion, and exemplary
  3 12 public service to Iowa's children and families and
  3 13 thanks her for her deep commitment to and love of
  3 14 Iowa's children and families; and
  3 15    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the
  3 16 House of Representatives be directed to send a copy of
  3 17 this resolution to Catherine Gayle Williams.
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