By Senator Brown


     WHEREAS, Our senior population and retirees are important segments of society capable of providing such joy to their communities; and


     WHEREAS, Bringing joy to others through community service is one of the greatest personal joys in life; and


     WHEREAS, In May 1972, Marion Herzer designed an innovative arts program for seniors in the Spokane area; and


     WHEREAS, The Washington State Office on Aging, the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department and private organizations supported this senior cultural service program; and


     WHEREAS, Today, Project JOY provides multiple entertainment programs for Spokane seniors and the general public; and


     WHEREAS, Both the young and old benefit from Project JOY=s performances at nursing homes, hospitals, civic organizations, retirement centers, and schools; and


     WHEREAS, Project JOY=s 280 volunteer entertainers include clowns, square dancers, choirs, puppeteers, vaudeville actors, a senior orchestra and a kitchen band; and


     WHEREAS, The program also provides employment and leadership opportunities for qualified seniors;


     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the members of the Washington State Senate do hereby recognize the value of twenty-five years of entertainment and cultural value Project JOY has provided the Spokane community.


I, Mike O=Connell, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1998-8691,

adopted by the Senate March 7, 1998.





Secretary of the Senate