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HONORING THE SERVICE OF MRS. LYDIA DE LA VINA DE FOLEY TO THE CONGRESSIONAL CLUB OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor an outstanding individual, Lydia de La Vina de Foley, who will step down this month as Executive Director of  the Congressional Club after more than four decades of service to this important federally chartered institution. Lydia first began her work at the Congressional Club as a volunteer illustrator of the Club’s Bicentennial Congressional Club Cookbook in 1975. In 1977, she was asked to come on full time as Secretary to the Club. In the 1990’s Lydia became Administrative Assistant to the President of the Club, and then became its Executive Director in the 2000’s. Throughout her tenure, Lydia has served under twenty-two Club presidents and, as she aptly describes, ‘‘lived through thirty-nine First Lady’s Luncheons, the Club’s premiere annual event honoring the nation’s First Lady. She has been part of the Congressional Club’s continued growth and development as a key center of bipartisan comradery in the Nation’s capital. Lydia has been a Life Member of the Club since April 10, 1981 and became a member through her father-in law and mother-in law, the late Honorable John Foley and Lucy Foley of Maryland. Founded in 1908, the original purpose of The Congressional Club was to provide a nonpartisan setting for friendships among the spouses. Although the scope of the Club and the breadth of its activities have increased over the years, its purpose remains the same. The Congressional Club is rich in history and tradition, and we can thank Lydia for being an integral part of it. I also want to commend Lydia’s family who has stood by her all of the years she has helped to lead the Congressional Club including her husband, John (Jackie) and her children, Bryan Juan Carlos and Nicole Vivianne. Lydia says that her most memorable experiences as part of the Club are ‘‘the friendships forged with many members and presidents of the Club.’’ Her dedication and commitment can be summed up as ‘‘be willing to do everything and work hard.’’ Mr. Speaker, Lydia has a been a friend to hundreds of Congressional spouses over these past four decades, and because of her dedication, she has truly made Washington, D.C. and the Congress a better place. Lydia, we will miss you. We honor her on this day with love and good wishes. 

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