Resolution - Memorial for the Ursulo Castillo, Carlsbad, NM,former National V,P for Elderly.

WHEREAS, the League of United Latin American Citizens is the nation's oldest and largest Latino membership organization and since its inception has fostered higher education and the advancement of all Hispanics at all levels and facets of our American society; and
WHEREAS, the LULAC founders were inspirational in paving-new avenues for future generations by initiating political and legal actions in the noble quest to combat blatant and overt discrimination; and
WHEREAS, today we still have our elder LULAC members that have had the honor and privilege to learn and serve under the many of the forefather of LULAC. Unequivocally, these elders in LULAC has taken on the role of founders and for several decades have carried the torch with honor, respect, integrity, loyalty and fervor; and
WHEREAS, LULAC has now entered its 80th year and several of our elder LULAC members have passed on the torch to the future generations. Every year, we have faced the inevitable by the loss of loved ones. Our parents and grandparents have preserved the ideals and legacy of honor; and
WHEREAS, individuals like Ursulo Castillo, founding member of Stanton LULAC Council 206 and icon to New Mexico LULAC recently passed away in May 2009. He was a mentor to several LULAC leaders throughout the state of New Mexico. He was an educator that fought vigorously to promote Hispanics in high education. He was also a champion in the cause of the elderly and senior citizens. His loss was untimely and he was true the aims and purposes of our beloved League; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the League support a memorial, which should include the creation of a National Award in Ursulo Castillo's name and this honor be given at ever subsequent National LULAC Convention, and
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the League adopt this memorial and direct both the National President and Executive Director to include a criteria at the discretion of the National President or Awards Committee. The criteria and award should be given to a LULAC member that has been committed to helping the cause of the elderly and issues surrounding senior citizens’ rights and advocacy.

Approved this 18th day of July 2009.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President