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Tribute To State Representative Sharon L. Gire

Rep. David E. Bonior

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to my good friend and my State representative, Sharon Gire. I am pleased and proud to have Sharon represent the district that I served in the 1970's. Sharon will be honored on Friday, June 14, at the Daughters of Isabella, Queen of the Skies Circle No. 683 annual testimonial dinner in Mount Clemens. This event is held each year to recognize a community leader or outstanding service and to raise funds for charity.

Sharon has always been a strong advocate for victims of domestic abuse and a staunch supporter of children's rights. Her long commitment to children is apparent when you consider her background. She has served as the Macomb area supervisor of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, and was also the program director at the YWCA. As a State legislator, she continues to focus on the immediate concerns of women and children. One of her proudest moments was the development of a 14-bill package aimed at reforming domestic violence laws. Recently, she assisted members of the Macomb Domestic Violence Council with legislation regarding personal protection orders.

Taking an active role in one's community is a responsibility we all share, but few fulfill. Sharon has dedicated much of her life to this endeavor. I deeply admire her strong values and outstanding example of civic involvement. Among the many organizations that she is currently serving are the Clinton Township Goodfellows, Catholic Social Services Advisory Committee, and Citizen's for Better Care. Her time, talents, and energy are appreciated by all of us. I thank Sharon for all her efforts and commend her for her good work.

I applaud the Daughters of Isabella for recognizing Sharon Gire. She has provided outstanding leadership to our community and I know she is proud to be honored by this fine organization. On behalf of the Daughters of Isabella Queen of the Skies Circle No. 683, I urge my colleagues to join me in saluting State Representative Sharon L. Gire.