2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 7, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Stuck and Steineke, cosponsored
by Senator Roth. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR15,1,1 1Relating to: honoring the life and public service of Kathleen D. Groat.
AJR15,1,32 Whereas, Kathleen “Kathy” D. Groat was born on March 25, 1941, in
3Stoughton, WI and died on February 18, 2017, in Appleton, WI; and
AJR15,1,64 Whereas, Kathy graduated from high school, received her degree from the
5University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's degree from the University of
6Wisconsin-Oshkosh; and
AJR15,1,87 Whereas, Kathy dedicated her life to serving the public and her community;
AJR15,1,109 Whereas, Kathy served on the Appleton Common Council from 1996 to 2006
10and on the Outagamie County Board of Supervisors from 2009 to 2017; and
AJR15,1,1211 Whereas, Kathy served as a volunteer on the Appleton Housing Authority
12Board since her appointment by the mayor in 2006; and
AJR15,1,1513 Whereas, Kathy served on the board of directors for Serve Wisconsin since
142003, helping to promote, train, and allocate resources to programs that enrich lives
15and communities through service and volunteerism; and
1Whereas, Kathy served as the director of the Fair Housing Center of Northeast
2Wisconsin and worked to prevent housing discrimination in Northeast Wisconsin;
AJR15,2,64 Whereas, Kathy not only served in local government, but also helped to find and
5mentor community members, regardless of their partisan leanings, to run for seats
6on the Appleton Common Council or the Outagamie County Board; and
AJR15,2,97 Whereas, Kathy started a nonprofit adoption agency, Soul, to provide services
8to children abandoned in Nicaragua which transitioned to become a general adoption
9agency, Adoption Services, which still operates today; and
AJR15,2,1210 Whereas, Kathy touched the lives of many in the Fox Valley and across the state
11of Wisconsin through her many roles in local government, with nonprofit
12organizations, and as a mentor to many other public officials; now, therefore, be it
AJR15,2,17 13Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
14legislature commends the devoted public service that Kathleen “Kathy” Groat
15contributed to the state of Wisconsin, Northeast Wisconsin, and the Fox Cities
16community, expresses its sorrow at her death, and extends its condolences to her
17family; and, be it further
AJR15,2,19 18Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide a copy of this joint
19resolution to Mrs. Groat's son, Christopher.
AJR15,2,2020 (End)