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Celebrating Shapiro & Company’S 100 Years Of Service July 23, 2015
John Sarbanes, D-MD
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Samuel Shapiro & Company, Inc., a Customs brokerage and freight forwarding firm in Baltimore, on 100 years of service to the international trade community. In 1915, Samuel Shapiro, a newly licensed Customs House broker, opened a one-room office at 29 S Gay Street with a $5 roll top desk and two employees. He built his company on a foundation of integrity, respect and the ability to create change. During World War I, Samuel’s young firm managed the U.S. government’s grain exports to war-torn European countries out of the Port of Baltimore. As business expanded internationally, Shapiro & Co. earned a reputation as the most trustworthy shipping firm in Baltimore. Samuel became an influential leader in the expansion of the Port and advocated for an autonomous Maryland Port Authority. Samuel’s son, Sigmund, strengthened the company’s relationship with government officials at the local, state and national level, becoming a voice for the industry on regulation. More than a family business, Shapiro & Co. is a family that cares for its own and its community. Samuel began the tradition of philanthropy early. At the close of his first full year of business, and having made a modest profit of $50, he gave 20% to the American Jewish Relief Fund. That spirit of generosity has continued with the deep community involvement of Sig and Barbara Shapiro and the next generation leadership of Samuel’s granddaughter, Marjorie. Shapiro & Co. sponsors a logistics class at the University of Baltimore Business School, consults with nonprofit organizations pro bono, matches its employees’ charitable contributions and helps its employees’ children pay for college. With annual retreats and crab feasts, birthday celebrations, and a company cookbook, the people at Shapiro & Co. enjoy the time they spend together. It is little wonder that Shapiro is consistently ranked one of the top places to work in Baltimore. Over the last century, Shapiro & Co. has managed not only to adapt to new challenges but to flourish. Its offices now reach from New York to Georgia, but Shapiro continues to value the same old-fashioned customer service established at Sam’s roll-top desk in 1915. I thank Shapiro & Co. for 100 years of dedication to its customers, care for its employees, and leadership in its community, and I look forward to the 100 years to come."
A Tribute To Barbara Ferris—28Th Congressional District Woman Of The Year March 14, 2014
Adam Schiff, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women’s History Month. Each year, we pay special tribute to the contributions and sacrifices made by our nation’s women. It is an honor to pay homage to outstanding women who are making a difference in my Congressional District. I would like to recognize a remarkable woman, Barbara Ferris of Los Feliz. Ms. Ferris is the Managing Director of Symphony In The Glen (SIG), which she co-founded in 1994 with Arthur B. Rubinstein, a renowned film and television composer. Since the organization’s founding, Ms. Ferris has fostered cooperative relationships with city agencies, managed the organization’s finances, spearheaded fundraising efforts, and reviewed the day-to-day operations that helped shape the vibrant, thematic programming that SIG audiences have come to expect. Ms. Ferris also developed SIG‘s pre-concert child/parent activities to introduce children to basic musical concepts such as how to play notes, how to conduct an orchestra, and how to recognize different instruments in the orchestra. Through her work organizing free concerts with Symphony In The Glen, Ms. Ferris has been instrumental in fulfilling the organization’s mission of cultivating new generations of classical music enthusiasts. Concerts were held at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park, on the lawn of the Griffith Observatory, and at the Los Angeles Zoo. This year Symphony In The Glen also coordinated the fourth annual “EEK! at The Greek,” a community Halloween celebration held in collaboration with the Greek Theatre and Nederlander Concerts. In addition to her work at SIG, Ms. Ferris is also an avid participant in civic life. She has long been involved with the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council and served a four-year term as Vice President of Administration. In 2011, Ms. Ferris was elected to the Board of the Los Feliz Improvement Association, which is the oldest residents’ association in Los Angeles. I ask all Members to join me in honoring an exceptional woman of California’s 28th Congressional District, Barbara Ferris."
Additional Statements February 11, 2013
Dean Heller, R-NV
"Anthony, an eighth grader at Sig Rogich Middle School in Las Vegas, NV, has been a committed volunteer for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, FAAN, for the past 3 years. He has been raising both money and awareness to help those who, like him, suffer from food allergies. Anthony’s motivation to work on behalf of others who share his condition is inspiring. "
Honoring And Celebrating The Accomplishments Of Sig Sanchez February 4, 2013
Zoe Lofgren, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to acknowledge and honor Sig Sanchez."
100Th Birthday Of Ronald Reagan February 7, 2011
Harry Reid, D-NV
"It was a very important piece of legislation, but I got it passed. I got it passed here. Then it went to the House and got passed. Again, President Reagan’s advisers recommended he veto that bill. Part of it was because of who pushed the legislation through. But President Reagan knew how important it was to Lake Tahoe, and one of his assistants, Sig Rogich, talked to him. Sig is a long-time Nevadan, worked very closely with President Reagan and with President Bush, and he talked to him about this important legislation. It was not vetoed. He signed this bill in spite of people recommending that this not be signed."

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