Governor Gary Locke’s Remarks
First Citizen Banquet
May 22, 2003

Good evening. I am honored to be a part of this celebration and award tonight.

And I can think of no more deserving recipients than tonight’s honorees, Governor Dan Evans and Nancy Evans.

Every day, I am reminded of the contributions of these two outstanding citizens. At home, and at work.

The Governor’s Mansion is now a beautiful showcase of Washington history, art and classic antiques. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Nancy Evans and the Governor’s Mansion Foundation, it’s a wonderful place to tour. And a great place to live!

And as Governor, the legacy of my predecessors is instructive and inspiring. Governor Evans shaped the future of Washington. His contributions to environmental protection and education are the foundation on which we continue to build today. Governor Evans was also pro-diversity and pro-tolerance before those words were in vogue. And at a time when those positions weren’t always popular. The Governor helped opened opportunities for many Vietnamese immigrants when other states actually tried to refuse entry. In just a few years he was most vocal against I-200, the anti-affirmative action initiative.

Governor Evans and Nancy Evans believe passionately in getting involved and making the world a better place. They believe in making a difference. Best of all, they show this passion and commitment through their actions. And tonight we rightfully salute and honor them for this. Their actions are an eloquent example of selfless service, community involvement and volunteerism.

Such selflessness and involvement with others are the very soul of humanity.

Tonight we honor the countless contributions of Dan and Nancy Evans. We honor their well-earned stature as first citizens—first citizens of this community, and first citizens of the human community.

God bless you both, and thank you from the people of Washington state.

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