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WHEREAS, Mei Herbert has spent more than four decades promoting the State of Nevada in a variety of roles, working to enhance its international reputation around the world; and

WHEREAS, Mei was recognized by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in 1975 for her volunteer work with the Interagency Refugee Task Force processing families fleeing Vietnam, and was appointed an International Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Nevada in 1987; and

WHEREAS, Mei served as the Executive Director of the Chinese Association of Nevada in 1989, has served on the Nevada World Trade Council since 1992, and served as Advisor to the Overseas Chinese American Council strengthening bilateral relations between Taiwan and Nevada; and

WHEREAS, Mei was awarded the International Volunteer Award by former Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, was appointed a Pacific Asia Congressional Member representing the State of Nevada in support of the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance in 2008, and received the "Friend of Foreign Service Medal for her remarkable contribution to the friendship between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, Mei is deeply devoted to her family, and considers her most important job to be her role as the proud mother to four children, the grandmother to thirteen grandchildren, and the great grandmother to three great grandchildren; and

WHEREAS, Mei will be joined by her family, friends, and loved ones on April 23,2016, in celebration of her 78th birthday, after having devoted much of her adult life to promoting the State of Nevada and the state's strategic trade and cultural relations with international partners; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada extends congratulations to Mei on her 78th birthday, with appreciation for her many years of service to the state and with best wishes to her for many more happy and fulfilling years yet to come;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  April 23, 2016 as a day in honor of

 Mei Herbert

 

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