CHAPTER 677

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 58

EXPRESSING THE APPRECIATION OF THE GOVERNOR OF DELAWARE AND THE MEMBERS OF THE 127TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE MUNIFICENT CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE R. R. M. CARPENTER FAMILY OWNERS OF THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES BASEBALL CLUB—ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF DELAWARE AND THE DELAWARE VALLEY AS A WHOLE.

WHEREAS, the Carpenter family of Montchanin, Delaware, has had a long and distinguished history of spreading good will and helping men of lesser means throughout the densely populated area known as Delaware Valley, U.S.A.; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Robert Ruly M. Carpenter, Sr., a veteran of many an African big game safari purchased the lightly regarded Philadelphia Phillies National League baseball franchise in time for the war-time season of 1944; and

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Phillies have been under the continuous ownership and leadership of the Carpenters — the late R. R. M. Carpenter, Sr.; R. R. M. "Bob" Carpenter, Jr. presently Chairman of the Board; and R. R. M. "Ruly" Carpenter, III, currently President of the exciting 1974 ball club, for the past thirty years; and

WHEREAS, many institutions and foundations have been greatly bolstered by the philanthropic considerations of the Carpenter family, especially the educational and athletic programs of the University of Delaware and the Delaware Foundation for Retarded Children, which benefits annually from the Delaware All Star Football Game of which Mr. Bob Carpenter was a founder; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Delaware General Assembly and Governor Sherman W. Tribbitt wish to pay homage to the late R. R. M. Carpenter, Sr. and all other members of the Carpenter family for their contributions to the State of Delaware and the whole Delaware Valley area.

NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the 127th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, the House of Representatives and Governor concurring therein, that the beloved and respected R. R. M. Carpenter family of Montchanin, Delaware, be accorded warm and sincere thanks on behalf of the people of the First State as well as the populous of the Delaware Valley for an untold number of contributions of time, talent, and treasure to the cause of humanity.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be presented to the Messrs. Bob and Ruly Carpenter with the added wish that the baseball Phillies will join their hockey counterparts, the Flyers, as champions of the sports world in 1974!

Approved June 11, 1974.