83R4233 JGH-D
  By: Harper-Brown H.R. No. 206
         WHEREAS, Gene Olafsen was honored at the second annual
  Exemplary Women of Irving High Tea event on November 4, 2012, in
  tribute to her dedicated efforts in behalf of her community; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Olafsen moved to Irving in 1968 with her four
  children and her first husband, Edward Demonbreun, who passed away
  in 1982; during her early years in the city, she volunteered with
  the Irving Little Theatre; for the company's production of Mame,
  she personally sewed 30 costumes, which represented some of the
  first stitches in what would become a long tapestry of support for
  the arts; and
         WHEREAS, After a successful career at American Airlines,
  Mrs. Olafsen retired in 1987, which allowed her additional time to
  devote to cultural activities; she became a charter member of the
  Irving Community Theatre Guild in 1989, and she has provided
  thoughtful guidance to the organization in the capacities of vice
  president, treasurer, board member, and co-chair of elegance and
  entertainment, as well as in her current role as president;
  moreover, she played a vital part in planning the shows Encore I,
  Encore II, and An Evening with Louise Mandrell, and she has thrice
  served as co-chair of the Mardi Gras Party, an event for which she
  and her second husband, William Olafsen, were selected as king and
  queen in 2008; in recognition of her work, the guild honored her
  with its Star Award in 2004; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Olafsen's enthusiasm and determination have
  also been of great assistance to the Irving Symphony League; she
  served with that group from 1990 until 2009 and was co-chair for
  three ISL balls; this gifted organizer oversaw registration for the
  2002 conference of the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras,
  just one of many sterling contributions that garnered her the
  league's Distinguished Service Award; for many of these projects,
  as well as for the events she arranged for the Irving Community
  Theatre Guild, she received vital help from Mr. Olafsen, her
  daughters Donna and Denise, and her son-in-law John Femrite; and
         WHEREAS, Imbued with boundless community spirit, Mrs.
  Olafsen has shared her time and talents with the Lyric Stage League,
  serving on the board of directors and the annual fund-raising
  committee; in addition, she has co-chaired two Canalfest galas and
  has aided the Irving Cares Christmas charity initiative; other
  groups that have benefited from her membership include the Irving
  Hospital Foundation, the Irving Heritage Society, the Las Colinas
  Women's Association, and Friends of the Irving Public Library; her
  myriad endeavors have earned her the respect and appreciation of
  countless people, and she was the recipient of the High Spirited
  Citizen Award from the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau in
  August 2006; and
         WHEREAS, Over the years, Gene Olafsen has been a tireless
  champion for the theater and musical arts and numerous other worthy
  causes, and she may take justifiable pride in the many ways that she
  has helped enhance the quality of life in the Irving area; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Gene Olafsen on her selection as
  one of the Exemplary Women of Irving and extend to her sincere best
  wishes for continued success in her important work; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mrs. Olafsen as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.