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 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.

Proclamations for 2019

February 14, 2019 – the Mayor of Ridgefield, Washington is pleased to recognize the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.

February 28, 2019 – March 2019 is Ridgefield Youth Arts Month. Mayor Stose encourages all 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.

April 25, 2019 – Community Development Week, April 22-26, 2019, recognizes the Community Development Block Grant program and the importance it serves to the Ridgefield community. This map showcases some projects that have been developed using Community Development Block Grant funding in Ridgefield.

May 9, 2019 – Proclaims May 12 to May 18, 2019, Ridgefield Police Appreciation Week and urges all citizens and businesses of Ridgefield to join in recognizing law enforcement officers by hanging signs and black and blue balloons on Wednesday, May 15th, National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

May 23, 2019 – The first Saturday in June each year is recognized as National Trails Day, this year Mayor Stose proclaimed Saturday, June 1st, 2019 Ridgefield Trails Day, and invites everyone to celebrate at the community festival Big Paddle at the Ridgefield waterfront.

June 20, 2019 – Proclaims the City of Ridgefield as an official “Fourth of July City” and encourages residents to take pride in our history, look to the future with confidence and celebrate our independence with hometown festivities in historic downtown Ridgefield, and then enjoy the fireworks display at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

September 12, 2019 – Proclaims the week of September 17 to September 23, 2019 Constitution Week.

September 26, 2019 – Ridgefield is recognizing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ridgefield Cispus Outdoor School.

October 10, 2019 – Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Ridgefield. Residents should think pink, think prevention, and think early detection.

November 7, 2019 – Proclaims November, 2019 Epilepsy Awareness Month in Ridgefield. Increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy in Ridgefield and throughout the world. Read about Seizure First Aid.

Proclamations for 2018

June 2, 2018 – Ridgefield is observing Ridgefield Trails Day to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act, 25 years of National Trails Day the Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail that runs through Ridgefield.

June 15, 2018 –  Elder Abuse Awareness Day encourages all citizens to learn more about Elder Abuse, to watch for signs of abuse, report suspected mistreatment and identify ways to improve the quality of life for older friends or family.

July 13, 2018Main Street Day celebrates the Washington Main Street Program, the Ridgefield Main Street Program and the efforts to revitalize and create a sustainable, vibrant downtown Ridgefield.

August 3, 2018 – This proclamation marks the 150th Anniversary of the Clark County Fair, recognizes the Ridgefield Lion’s Club long term relationship with the Fair, and honors the rich agricultural traditions of the region.

September 17-23, 2018Constitution Week emphasizes citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, informs people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and foundation of our way of life, and encourages the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in 1787.

September 2018Childhood Cancer Awareness Month highlights that cancer is the leading cause of death in children, raises awareness that more must be done to find a cure, and encourages citizens to provide support and advocacy for childhood cancer families in our community.

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