| Date: 4/17/2018|
Girl Scouts is recognized as a national leader in providing the best leadership development experience in the world for girls; and
WHEREAS, in Girl Scouts, girls develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them, connecting with others in a multicultural environment; and
WHEREAS, Girl Scouts offers hands-on, girl-led, girl-centered learning in STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship, and abundant opportunities to develop invaluable life skills, helping all girls take the lead early and often; and
WHEREAS, Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low whose life mission was to build girls of courage, confidence, and character and through her legacy continues to have an extraordinary influence on the lives of millions of girls across the country; and
WHEREAS, through the dedication, time, and talent of volunteers of different backgrounds, abilities, and areas of expertise, the Girl Scout Program is delivered to nearly 6,000 girls in grades K-12 throughout 10 counties across Southwest Florida served by the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Council; and
WHEREAS, today, more than 59 million American women are Girl Scout alumnae and 2.6 million girls and adult volunteers are active members;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby applaud the Girl Scout Movement and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and their volunteers and recognizes today as Girl Scout Day in Lee County.
The State of Florida is dedicated to improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, promoting health and physical fitness, and reducing energy consumption; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, through its Commuter Services Program, contributes to these state goals by reducing traffic congestion and lowering greenhouse gas emissions throughout the region, by promoting the use of alternative commute modes; and
WHEREAS, Lee County Government and Lee County Transit, LeeTran, are promoting “Try Transit Day” on April 20, to raise awareness of our destinations and routes in Lee County; and
WHEREAS, LeeTran will offer free rides on “Try Transit Day” on April 20, on all LeeTran fixed routes to encourage residents and visitors to use public transit;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim April 20, 2018 to be: REGIONAL TRY TRANSIT DAY in Lee County and encourages residents and visitors to try alternative forms of transportation to work, school, shopping, or play.
| Date: 4/3/2018|
Southeastern Guide Dog School, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1982 and is headquartered in Palmetto, Florida; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Southeastern Guide Dog School is to create and nurture a partnership between the visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity; and
WHEREAS, the program also provides assistance for our veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other debilitating challenges, providing comfort and unconditional support for our heroes; and
WHEREAS, today, we celebrate the school’s Fourth Annual Walkathon in Lee County, which takes place on April 14, 2018, at JetBlue Park; and
WHEREAS, we continue to educate and promote awareness for our beloved animals and those individuals most in need;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby recognize the Fourth Annual Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon in Fort Myers.
Many Lee County residents own bicycles and surveys indicate that the majority of Southwest Florida drivers ride a bicycle at least once a year and over one-third ride a bicycle at least once a month; and
WHEREAS, a bicycle is recognized as a vehicle and is a viable means of transportation for many types of trips and destinations; and
WHEREAS, national health organizations, environmental agencies, and physical fitness activists believe increased bicycling to be of national interest for health purposes; and
WHEREAS, an increase in the use of bicycles in place of motor vehicle use will correspondingly decrease greenhouse gas emissions in Lee County; and
WHEREAS, Lee County has an interest in encouraging the use of bicycles, increasing education and awareness of bicycle safety; and
WHEREAS, since 1998, Lee County has invested millions of dollars to construct bicycle facilities and now maintains approximately 891 miles of these facilities; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a Complete Streets Resolution on November 10, 2009; and
WHEREAS, the month of May is being promoted by the League of American Bicyclists as National Bike Month, with Wednesday, May 9, 2018 as Bike-to-School Day and the week of May 14-18, 2018 as Bike-to-Work Week, and Friday, May 18, 2018 as Bike-to-Work Day;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim May 2018 to be Bike Month, with Wednesday, May 9, 2018 as Bike-to-School Day and the week of May 14-18, 2018 as Bike-to-Work Week and Friday, May 18, 2018 as Bike-to-Work Day in Lee County.
Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people; and
WHEREAS, libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and library workers and librarians fuel efforts to better their communities, campuses and schools; and
WHEREAS, librarians continue to lead the way in leveling the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies; and
WHEREAS, libraries and librarians look beyond their traditional roles and provide transformative opportunities for education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement, as well new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs; and
WHEREAS, libraries lead in working with diverse communities, including people of color, immigrants and people with disabilities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity; and
WHEREAS, libraries, librarians, library workers and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the week of April 8-14, 2018 as National Library Week and encourages all residents to visit the library this week, explore what’s new at your library, and engage with your librarian.