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Proclamations

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

Proclamations are presented by the Mayor at regularly scheduled Council meetings. To request a proclamation, please view the policy and request form below.

Proclamations for 2021

March 11, 2021 – Mayor Stose proclaimed March, 2021 as Ridgefield Youth Arts Month and encourages residents to give full support to arts education and to take advantage of all the Youth Arts Month activities throughout the district and the City.

March 11, 2021 – Mayor Stose proclaimed March, 2021 as Red Cross Month and encourages all residents to give back by donating, volunteering or giving blood. This lifesaving work is vital to strengthening our community’s resilience.

April 8, 2021 – Mayor Pro Tem Lee Wells proclaimed the week beginning April 5 and ending April 9, 2021 as Community Development Week and urged all residents of Ridgefield to help create a united voice to educate members of Congress and the community on the successes of the CDBG and HOME programs and their value to Ridgefield and other local governments. 

May 6, 2021 – Mayor Stose proclaimed the month of May as “Older Americans Month” and encouraged all residents to help Ridgefield become a dementia friendly community where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

June 10, 2021 – Mayor Stose proclaimed the month of June, 2021 as “Pride Month” and encouraged all residents to honor the valuable contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in our City, to respect our diverse community and to celebrate and build a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance. 

September 9, 2021 – Mayor Pro Tem Lee Wells recognized the 20th Anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks and proclaimed September 11, 2021 as “A Day of Service and Remembrance” and encouraged all residents to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46AM EDT on 9/11/21 to remember those lost and to pay tribute to their lives with service and charity. 

October 14, 2021 – Mayor Don Stose recognized the Pink Lemonade Project, a local organization that works to educate, empower and support those affected by breast cancer, and the Pink Patch Project, a public awareness campaign the Ridgefield Police Department participates in each year to raise money for the Pink Lemonade Project, and proclaimed October, 2021 “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

October 14, 2021 – Mayor Don Stose recognized Rosauers Supermarkets for receiving the Large Employer of the Year Award from the Clark County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board for promoting equitable employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and proclaimed October, 2021 as “Disability Employment Awareness Month.

November 4, 2021 – Mayor Don Stose proclaimed November, 2021 as “Make a Difference Month” and urged all residents to do one small thing to improve the life of another person. Collectively it will make a massive difference.

Proclamations for 2020

May 14, 2020 – Recognizes the challenge that COVID-19 has brought for Ridgefield businesses and proclaims May, 2020 “Support Local Business Month.” This proclamation encourages residents to dedicate themselves to shopping local during May and beyond.

October 8, 2020 – Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Ridgefield. Residents should think pink, think prevention, and think early detection.

October 22, 2020 – Proclaims October, 2020 Disability Employment Awareness Month and encourages citizens to spread the important message that we value all perspectives and abilities, including those of individuals with disabilities. 

October 22, 2020 – Proclaims November, 2020 as Native American Heritage Month and encourages residents to learn more about the rich heritage of American Indians native to this area and the role they have played in building and sustaining our Nation and our City.

November 5, 2020 – Proclaims November, 2020 Make A Difference Month, with a call to action to urge all residents to do one small thing to improve the life of another person.

Policy for Responding to Public Requests for Proclamations

Policy: Proclamations encourage public awareness, provide valuable education and information, and provide recognition for organizations, issues or activities that are significant to the residents of Ridgefield.

The Ridgefield City Council may issue proclamations for events/activities, causes, programs and nonprofit organizations that have a positive impact on or enhance the community, convey a positive and inclusive message to Ridgefield residents, and are consistent with the City mission.

Guidelines:
Definition. Proclamations are ceremonial documents signed by the Mayor to formally recognize a special event or issue that is deemed to be of interest and/or benefit to the residents of Ridgefield. Proclamations are generally issued for:

  • Public awareness campaigns.
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Arts and cultural celebrations within Ridgefield
  • Special honors

Making a Request. The following procedures apply to public requests for proclamations:

  1. The request for a proclamation must be made by a non-profit, community organization or City Partner. An organization may only make two requests annually.
  2. The organization making the request must submit an application to the City Clerk. The application must be submitted by someone who has the authority to speak/act on behalf of the organization.
  3. If the request is from a national or out-of-state organization, a local office or chapter should be associated with the request.
  4. The request should be submitted at least four weeks in advance of the proclamation date.
  5. A representative of the organization should agree to be in attendance to accept the proclamation.

Proclamations are not automatically renewed. Requests must be made on an annual basis.

Consideration of the Request. Upon receipt of a request, the City will determine if the proposed proclamation meets the intent of this policy. In making the determination, consideration will be given to the following factors:

  • Is the purpose of the proclamation consistent with the City’s vision, mission and goals?
  • Does the subject matter demonstrate respect for all Ridgefield residents?
  • Would the proclamation foster a sense of community?
  • Would the proclamation provide education, raise awareness or similar benefits for Ridgefield residents?
  • Does the proclamation relate or connect to the City, to an organization within the city or to a statewide or national issue impacting Ridgefield?
  • Is the request similar to already issued proclamations?
  • Does the proclamation acknowledge significant community events or celebrations?
  • Will the proclamation have a significant, citywide impact and demonstrate relevancy to Ridgefield?

Proclamations will not be approved for:

  • A commercial/for-profit purpose.
  • Attempting to influence government policy.
  • Campaigns or events contrary to adopted City policy or mission.
  • Personal activities that are not of a general public interest.

The City will make the final decision on whether a proclamation will be issued or not, and the date that it will be issued. An organization does not have exclusive rights to the day, week or month of their proclamation.

In some circumstances, a congratulatory letter is an alternative where proclamation criteria are not met.

Approved Proclamations. If approved, the proclamation will be added to the City Council agenda for the appropriate meeting.

The City retains the right to modify, edit or otherwise amend the proposed proclamation.

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