Sen. Boucher Statement re: The Community Celebration of Bill Meyer’s contributions to Westport.

March 11, 2013

Hartford, CT – State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) released the following statement re: The Community Celebration of Bill Meyer’s contributions to Westport.

“Congratulations, dear friend, on this joyous occasion. You mean the world to me and a multitude of others. I am deeply grateful to you for always being in my corner through the often difficult challenges I face in my role as your State Senator and cherish your friendship and support.

“From the very first time we worked together to get out the vote in Westport, I knew you were someone very special. Your kindness and good heart came shining through the rain drops falling on us that day.

“Over the years I have come to see the man who everyone in Westport loves. This day of celebration for all of your good works and for the many deeds you have contributed to the Westport community and the state of Connecticut is richly deserved. You have been on the Representative Town Meeting for 17 years and counting. You are a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club; First Night; Y’s Men, Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities, Westport Community Theater, and the Westport chapter of the American Association for Retired Persons. You are active in Westport Little League as an umpire, and in Isaiah House in Bridgeport. You have mentored a 14-year-old boy since the age of five and worked for Meals on Wheels even when you were going through treatment!

“Needless to say, this is only a sample of your many accomplishments, which are too numerous to list in their entirety. Anyone who needs your help knows that you are always there for them.

“It is not possible to put into words the admiration that people have for you, but here are just a few words and phrases people say when they think of you: irrepressible, kind, compassionate, caring, giving, energetic and the ultimate coach and cheerleader.

“Bill is the best friend that anyone can have, more active than the Energizer Bunny, constantly advising young people and seniors to realize their full potential no matter their age. Bill’s not just a joiner, he’s a leader. Even today, at 83, he sits on eight boards. And when he joins, he promotes. How much of the membership of Sunrise Rotary, Y’s Men and the Saugatuck Congregational Church came out of a chance meeting with Bill on the beach or at the diner?”

“If Bill is in your corner, they say, you are sure to win! He always has a good word to say to his friends and supports all the good causes of Westport with his words, his actions and his whole heart. In fact, his heart is so big it engulfs his friends with a love that only Bill can express.

“Bill you are the best salesman for all the organizations you support, for our community and all of us that are fortunate to find ourselves in the embrace of your friendship. You always say that “A salesman is only as good as his product,” but these things are good in no small part because you have helped to make them that way. You are a super person who we are all proud to call our friend.

“I conclude with a quote that is now one of my favorites, ‘people do not care what you know unless they know that you care.’ Thank you for caring for us Bill.”