83R4215 LUC-D
 
  By: Harper-Brown H.R. No. 209
 
 
 
R E S O L U T I O N
         WHEREAS, Kitty Tine Baker was honored at the second annual
  Exemplary Women of Irving High Tea event on November 4, 2012, and
  that occasion provided a welcome opportunity to acknowledge her
  myriad contributions to the community; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Suriname and raised in Brooklyn, New York,
  Mrs. Baker worked for 18 years as an on-air host and producer at
  radio stations in Vermont, New York, and Mississippi before
  settling in Irving around 1970; after retiring, she began to devote
  herself to volunteer work, and she has built an impressive record of
  achievement in the years since; and
         WHEREAS, Foremost among her initiatives is the Irving Senior
  Arts Program, which Mrs. Baker founded in 1995; ISAP organizes
  outings for senior citizens so that they can more easily enjoy
  plays, concerts, and dance recitals throughout the Dallas-Fort
  Worth area; as part of its mission, the program secures
  approximately 3,500 mostly complimentary tickets to live
  performances each year and arranges transportation to and from the
  events for the program participants; now serving some 500 people,
  ISAP also provides opportunities for its members to get involved in
  projects and fund-raising activities that benefit various arts and
  community groups; and
         WHEREAS, Since 2002, Mrs. Baker has organized and hosted live
  entertainment twice a month at the Country Lane Seniors Community
  in McKinney, where she is affectionately known as "Ms. Kitty" to
  the grateful residents; in 2012, she expanded the program to
  include performances in Waxahachie; her other civic contributions
  have included service as an ambassador for the Greater Irving--Las
  Colinas Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the board for the
  Entertainment Series of Irving; Mrs. Baker is also active in the
  Irving Book Club and the Christian Women's Association; in all her
  endeavors, she enjoys the love and support of her husband, Leo, to
  whom she has been married for 35 years, and she takes pride in her
  four children, eight grandchildren, and seven
  great-great-grandchildren; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Baker's outstanding efforts have been
  recognized with numerous honors; nominated for the Governor's Award
  for Volunteerism on three occasions, she was selected as first
  runner-up in 2000; she received the Irving Parks and Recreation
  Superstar Award in 1996 and the Irving Convention and Visitor's
  Bureau High Spirited Citizen Award in 1998, and the Greater
  Irving--Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce named her Volunteer of the
  Year in 2009; moreover, her long list of official tributes includes
  the Irving Woman of the Year accolade and membership in the Irving
  Women's Hall of Fame; and
         WHEREAS, Kitty Baker has generously shared her time, energy,
  and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of seniors and to support local
  civic and charitable groups, and her accomplishments are greatly
  appreciated by her fellow citizens; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Kitty Tine Baker 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
  further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mrs. Baker as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.