Hurricane Irma posed a significant and dangerous threat to the citizens of Lehigh Acres in Lee County, Florida, and specifically Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District, as well as their real and personal property; and
WHEREAS, the Chairman of the Board, Michael J. Welch, had called an Emergency Meeting on September 7, 2017, in order to execute the District’s plan for hurricane preparedness and recovery, together with the District Board of Commissioners and employees he answered the call of the community’s needs with infrastructure and human needs during the crisis; and
WHEREAS, Michael J. Welch graciously volunteered his time and expertise to actively coordinate and lead the District through this terrible event, providing his invaluable insights and perspective; and setting an example of servant leadership; and
WHEREAS, his work ethic, consistency and old school approach to taking care of the citizens, has solidified him as a respectable and trustworthy representative of the people.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby recognize Commissioner Michael J. Welch for his hard work, dedication, and service and offer our appreciation for his outstanding commitment to the people of Lehigh Acres and Lee County.
The Constitution of the United States of America, the guardian of our liberties, embodies the principles of limited government in a Republic dedicated to rule by law; and
WHEREAS: September 17, 2018, marks the two hundred thirty first anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and
WHEREAS: it is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary, and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate it; and
WHEREAS: Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating September 17th through the 23rd as Constitution Week; and
WHEREAS: the Lee County Legislative Delegation is hereby thanked for its continued support, allegiance to, and recognition of the ideals embraced by the United States Constitution; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim the week of September 17th through 23rd, 2018, as CONSTITUTION WEEK in Lee County and asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties.
September is Hunger Action Month nationwide, with Thursday, September 13, 2018 designated as Hunger Action Day; and
WHEREAS, Hunger Action Month is a hunger awareness campaign started by the Feeding America network of food banks, which includes the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida; and
WHEREAS, Lee County is one of five Southwest Florida counties the Harry Chapin Food Bank serves; and
WHEREAS, Lee County has about 87,840 people who are food insecure, which means they may not know where their next meal is coming from, according to Feeding America’s 2018 Map the Meal Gap study; and
WHEREAS, about 26,930 of those 87,840 people are children; and
WHEREAS, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 11 million pounds of food in Lee County alone in the last fiscal year, and a total of 24 million pounds in its five-county service area; and
WHEREAS, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provides food to more than 150 nonprofit agencies throughout Southwest Florida and through its mobile pantry program, called Fulfill; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim that September be designated as Hunger Action Month in Lee County and urges citizens to continue to volunteer, advocate and donate to help end hunger in our community.