HR282: Celebrating the life of Alvin W. Blaha.


HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 282
Celebrating the life of Alvin W. Blaha.

 

Agreed to by the House of Delegates, January 13, 2017

 

WHEREAS, Alvin W. Blaha, a lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County who was a passionate advocate and trusted ambassador for the farming community throughout the Commonwealth, died on June 8, 2016; and

WHEREAS, Alvin Blaha learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age, clearing brush and trimming weeds on his family farm, and his sense of duty led him to serve his country as a member of the United States Army; and

WHEREAS, after a 34-year career with Hercules, Inc., in Hopewell, Alvin Blaha became a full-time farmer and offered his leadership and expertise to the agriculture community as a member of numerous agricultural organizations, boards, and advisory committees at local, state, and national levels; and

WHEREAS, Alvin Blaha served as president or chair of the boards of the Virginia Soybean Association, Southern States Southside Cooperative, Virginia Cotton Growers Association, and as a member of the Virginia Farm Bureau Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, as a member of the Dinwiddie County Planning Commission, Dinwiddie County Farm Bureau, and Dinwiddie County Soil & Water Board, Alvin Blaha worked to ensure a strong future for the county and for all of his fellow residents; and

WHEREAS, well-known for hosting events at his farm, Alvin Blaha welcomed about 900 second-graders to his farm to learn about agriculture each October; he earned the respect of his colleagues for his unfailing dedication, wealth of knowledge, and passion for service; and

WHEREAS, Alvin Blaha enjoyed fellowship and worship with the community as a member and past president of St. John’s Catholic Church, where he served on the finance committee; and

WHEREAS, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Alvin Blaha will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 56 years, Nina; children, Cindy and Eric, and their families; and numerous other family members, colleagues, and friends; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Delegates hereby note with great sadness the loss of Alvin W. Blaha, a farmer who worked tirelessly to strengthen the agriculture community in Dinwiddie County and the Commonwealth; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Alvin W. Blaha as an expression of the House of Delegates’ respect for his memory.

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 282

Offered January 11, 2017
Prefiled January 11, 2017
Celebrating the life of Alvin W. Blaha.
Patron-- Aird

WHEREAS, Alvin W. Blaha, a lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County who was a passionate advocate and trusted ambassador for the farming community throughout the Commonwealth, died on June 8, 2016; and

WHEREAS, Alvin Blaha learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age, clearing brush and trimming weeds on his family farm, and his sense of duty led him to serve his country as a member of the United States Army; and

WHEREAS, after a 34-year career with Hercules, Inc., in Hopewell, Alvin Blaha became a full-time farmer and offered his leadership and expertise to the agriculture community as a member of numerous agricultural organizations, boards, and advisory committees at local, state, and national levels; and

WHEREAS, Alvin Blaha served as president or chair of the boards of the Virginia Soybean Association, Southern States Southside Cooperative, Virginia Cotton Growers Association, and as a member of the Virginia Farm Bureau Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, as a member of the Dinwiddie County Planning Commission, Dinwiddie County Farm Bureau, and Dinwiddie County Soil & Water Board, Alvin Blaha worked to ensure a strong future for the county and for all of his fellow residents; and

WHEREAS, well-known for hosting events at his farm, Alvin Blaha welcomed about 900 second-graders to his farm to learn about agriculture each October; he earned the respect of his colleagues for his unfailing dedication, wealth of knowledge, and passion for service; and

WHEREAS, Alvin Blaha enjoyed fellowship and worship with the community as a member and past president of St. John’s Catholic Church, where he served on the finance committee; and

WHEREAS, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Alvin Blaha will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 56 years, Nina; children, Cindy and Eric, and their families; and numerous other family members, colleagues, and friends; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Delegates hereby note with great sadness the loss of Alvin W. Blaha, a farmer who worked tirelessly to strengthen the agriculture community in Dinwiddie County and the Commonwealth; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Alvin W. Blaha as an expression of the House of Delegates’ respect for his memory.