(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, By Request)

Requesting the renaming of the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center, located at Institute in Kanawha County, to the "F. Ray Power Rehabilitation Center".

Whereas, In the mid 1930's F. Ray Power had the remarkable foresight to propose to the Legislature that an agency be created solely to serve the needs of handicapped West Virginians, thereby prompting the creation of the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the State Board of Vocational Education under the authority of the State Board of Education; and
Whereas, Following visits to the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fisherville, Virginia, a former Army Hospital, F. Ray Power began to recognize the need for a similar facility in our State to serve severely disabled West Virginians, thus leading to the utilization of abandoned facilities for that purpose that formerly housed the West Virginia School for Negro, Deaf and Blind children; and
Whereas, With fortitude, and the cooperation of the appropriate governmental bodies, F. Ray Power was able to open the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center in the few buildings that had been abandoned, and which stood on approximately thirty-three acres of land located at Institute. These facilities became an integral part of a statewide vocational rehabilitation program; and
Whereas, The Rehabilitation Center, originally founded by F. Ray Power who, on May 3rd of 1998, will have been born one hundred years ago, recently celebrated its fortieth anniversary of service to our citizens, providing a fitting occasion to honor the many years of dedication and unswerving service of F. Ray Power to the disabled citizens of this sState by renaming the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center, the "F. Ray Power Rehabilitation Center"; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the collective desire of the House of Delegates be communicated to the Senate that the West Virginia Rehabilitation Center, located at Institute in Kanawha County, be renamed as the "F. Ray Power Rehabilitation Center"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the President of the Senate.