Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu (jonriki) wrote,
Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu

Floor Announcement For Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Mr. Speaker, may I make a special announcement?

Mr. Speaker and colleagues,

Today I am honored to introduce a colleague who has been a great leader and friend and will receive a distinction of honor this Friday.

Representative Jerry Leslie Chang, Chair of the Tourism and Culture committee, born and raised in Hilo, a graduate of Hilo High School, and a 1977 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, will be honored as one of UH Hilo's distinguished alumni.

Chair Chang is a father of five, a former Golden Glove boxer, and a former Green Beret in the Special Forces. He enjoys real estate development, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and traveling around the world. Chair Chang has been active in many civic organizations that address the issues of economic revitalization and development, health care, education and the preservation of agricultural lands. Some of the organizations he is involved in includes the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, Hilo Medical Center Home Health Advisory Board, and Big Island Substance Abuse Council.

As a state representative for the Big Island, Chair Chang is very well respected among his legislative peers in both chambers. He has the reputation of being approachable and open-minded about projects and proposals of benefit to the community. Chair Chang has been instrumental in many business issues such as tourism, art, film, technology, and government and private sector partnerships. His role in diversifying and strengthening Hawaii's economy will be felt for years to come. Working as his vice chair and colleague has been an honor and a privilege.

May I ask the 2005 University of Hawaii at Hilo's Distinguished Alumnus, Chair Jerry Chang to rise and receive the recognition of the House?

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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