Proclamations are a special way to recognize an organization, person, cause or special event.

They should generally be related to a community benefit or organization, or City of Ridgefield operations. Proclamations are presented by the Mayor at the end of regularly scheduled Council meetings.

If you would like to request a specific proclamation, please make a request to the City Clerk, Julie Ferriss, at  Requests should be made one month in advance of the Council meeting at which you would prefer that the proclamation is presented. If a formal presentation of the proclamation is made at a City Council meeting, you or a representative is welcome to attend to accept the written proclamation and make brief comments.

Proclamations for 2017:

March 2017Ridgefield Youth Arts Month: Youth Arts Month was founded at the national level in 1961 to emphasize the value of participating in art for all children and provide an opportunity to demonstrate the impact of the arts to local communities. Ridgefield is celebrating the third annual Youth Arts Month in March.

May 2017Ridgefield Trails Day: Ridgefield is celebrating National Trails Day on June 3 with the Ridgefield Big Paddle. The festival offers a morning interpretive paddle of kayaks, canoes and paddleboards who travel Lake River to the confluence with the Columbia River, and an all day celebration of trails and outdoor activities on the waterfront and in downtown Ridgefield.

June 2017 – Elder Abuse Awareness Month: One in ten seniors experiences mistreatment or abuse – physical, emotional and sexual abuse; theft, fraud and other types of financial exploitation; neglect and abandonment. By taking action individually and as a community, we have the power to prevent elder abuse in Ridgefield. To report abuse call 1-877-734-6277. For more information about abuse prevention, types and signs of abuse and laws that protect vulnerable adults, contact the Elder Justice Center or the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging & Disabilities.

June 2017Ridgefield High School Athletes Week: The Ridgefield High School athletic programs have finished the 2016 and 2017 seasons with phenomonal accomplishments. Individual athletes and teams have represented the School District and the City in State, Regional and National Competitions. Mayor Onslow urges each citizen to commend Ridgefield athletes for their hard work and achievements.

September 2017Constitution Week: Constitution Week was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution and signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1956. Aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in 1787.