June 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 83 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
TRIBUTE TO GEORGE RYAN-; Congressional Record Vol. 149, No. 83
(Extensions of Remarks - June 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1175] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [Page E1175] From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:cr09jn03-15] [Page E1175] From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:cr09jn03-15] [Page E1175] From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:cr09jn03-15] TRIBUTE TO GEORGE RYAN- ______ HON. SCOTT McINNIS of colorado in the house of representatives Monday, June 9, 2003 Mr. McINNIS. Mr. Speaker, it is with a profound sense of pride that I stand before this Congress and this Nation to pay tribute to an outstanding educator, coach and leader from my district. George Ryan of Grand Junction, Colorado spends most of his time with the student- athletes of the area, providing them with leadership, and direction. I am honored to recognize his accomplishments here today. George grew up interested in sports, and worked hard to receive a football scholarship to Youngstown College but enlisted in the armed forces to dutifully serve our country. One of the greatest things to happen to George was being stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado, where he met a young nursing trainee who would soon become his wife, Mary Ann. The couple soon wound up in Grand Junction, where George became a teacher and coach. George's interest in our Nation's youth led him to serve on the District 51 school board. After some time there, he shifted his volunteer time to athletics and began to officiate at track meets. He worked as an insurance claims adjuster during the day, so he could provide some financial stability for his family. His hard work on the track garnered George quite a reputation as a track official, where he worked 15 State Track Championships. George was so good at his job that he received an invitation to the NCAA Track Championships in 1982, working the hammer throw, discus, and the javelin. He enjoys officiating track meets and working with young people so much that it has become his number one hobby. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to stand before this Congress and this Nation to praise George Ryan. George has provided the city of Grand Junction with an exemplary model of community service. He has spent countless hours helping children engage in sports, while providing them with a role model they can look up to and admire. Thank you, George, for your years of service. ____________________