Proclamation Request Guidelines
Proclamations are issued by the Office of the Governor to provide recognition for special events or significant issues. The goal of a proclamation is to honor and celebrate events or to increase awareness of significant issues of importance to West Virginia residents.
- Proclamations are issued at the discretion of the Governor and must be approved by the Governor’s Office.
- Proclamation requests and wording may be submitted using the Proclamation Request Form.
- Each proclamation request must come from a West Virginia resident. This includes requests from national, international or out-of-state organizations.
- Each request should include the suggested wording for the “Whereas” statements of your proclamation. However, the Governor’s Office reserves the right to alter the wording of any requested proclamation.
- All proclamations must be submitted at least 30 days in advance to allow for the approval process and the production of the document itself.
- Proclamations may recognize a day, week or month.
- Proclamations are not issued in honor of living individuals. Another form of recognition to honor an individual may be available through the Governor’s Office of Constituent Services.
- Proclamations are not issued for birthdays, retirements, weddings, birth announcements or deaths.
- Proclamations should reflect inclusiveness, not exclusiveness. They should not take sides in matters of political, ideological or religious controversy, or individual convictions. Subject matter is always at the discretion of the Governor’s Office.
- Proclamations are not automatically renewed. Requests must be made each year. If the request is for a repeat of a previous proclamation, please include a copy of the previous proclamation with changes made to the text.
- Please do not make announcements or plans for the proclamation until you have received word of its approval from the Governor’s Office.