ADOPTED - AUGUST 23, 2005
Agenda Item No. 13
Introduced by the County Services Committee of the:
INGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION HONORING THE LANSING AREA AIDS NETWORK ON THE EVENT OF THEIR 20th ANNIVERSARY
WHEREAS, in 1985, when reliable information about HIV/AIDS and its treatment was nearly impossible to obtain, a small group of concerned community members joined together to start a short-term project; and
WHEREAS, since it's inception in 1985, the Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) has worked to compassionately facilitate direct care services for people living with HIV and AIDS, and provide prevention programs and services; and
WHEREAS, the Lansing Area AIDS Network has struggled against AIDS related stigma, fear, apathy and misunderstanding by providing an earnest approach to HIV/AIDS education and advocacy on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, the Lansing Area AIDS Network has provided services to over 800 persons infected with HIV since 1985, and have provided testing and counseling to thousands and have presented education and workshops to tens of thousands;
WHEREAS, the Lansing Area AIDS Network is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hereby honors the Lansing Area AIDS Network on the event of its 20th Anniversary and congratulates the Director Jake Distel and former Director Brenda Stoneburner whose leadership has helped to establish the Lansing Area AIDS Network as a leader in the fight against AIDS in the State of Michigan;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board appreciates the contributions of Patrick Lombardi, Audrey Matisoff, Ligia Romero-Balcarcel, Kaye McDuffie, Mary Boudrea, Cheryl Gildner, Patricia Howland, Andre Truss, Dave Knechtges, Daniel Kay and others along the way, as well at the hundreds of volunteers whose commitment, dedication, compassion and vision helped to strengthen and focus the Lansing Area AIDS Network, making this an invaluable service for the citizens of Ingham County and the entire Mid-Michigan area.
COUNTY SERVICES: Yeas: Celentino, Copedge, De Leon, Schor, Severino, Vickers
Nays: None Absent: None Approved 8/16/05