1997 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Williams

House Resolution 52


WHEREAS, Sarah Bondurant's newspaper career began at the Tate County Democrat in 1973 after she graduated from Senatobia City School and worked her way through the paper to become editor in 1983, and today she also serves as general manager; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Bondurant was elected to the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Press Association (MPA) in 1990, and currently serves as President-elect, Vice President for Weekly Newspapers, and is also on the executive committee; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Bondurant previously served as Treasurer of the Mississippi Press Association and has served on, as well as chaired, several committees, including Convention, Continuing Education, and Statewide Classified Advisory, and has been co-moderator of the association's twice-yearly contest awards presentations for several years; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Bondurant, who is known for her wide range of community service activities and accomplishments, served as President, First and Second Vice President, Secretary, Communications Contest Chairman and High School Contest Chairman of Mississippi Press Women; past-Secretary of the Tate County SWEEPS; past-Director of the Senatobia/Tate County Chamber of Commerce; Director, Senatobia Rotary Club and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1996; Tate County 4-H Advisory Council; and Member of the Senatobia Home and Garden Club; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Bondurant is a faithful and respected member of the First Assembly of God in Hernando, Mississippi, where she serves as head of the music department, secretary for her Sunday School Class, leads praise and worship service, teaches Rainbows, the three- and four-year-old class, teaches children's church, serves as the legal secretary for the church, heads the feeding program on Wednesday nights, and serves on the Board of Directors for Teen Challenge; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Bondurant, a devoted Christian and deeply religious Christian role-model, resigned as Editor of the Tate County Democrat in Senatobia to move to Israel in mid-July to be a volunteer with the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, and thereby fulfill her dream of living in Israel as part of the Christian ministry there; and

WHEREAS, it is the policy of the House of Representatives to commend excellence in leadership, especially when it is exhibited by a woman with very high moral values and a strong commitment to community service:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend Sarah Bondurant for her outstanding newspaper career and community service accomplishments.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Sarah Bondurant and the members of the Capitol Press Corps.