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Requesting a Proclamation/Commendation from the Governor
Have you ever wondered how September became Georgia SHAPE month? Or how April 29 - May 3, 2013 became Air Quality Awareness Week in Georgia? Or why a 75-year old business received an official letter from the Governor?
The answer: Proclamations and Commendations.
Throughout the year, Governor Nathan Deal signs proclamations and commendations honoring certain events, people and organizations in the Georgia community.
The difference between a proclamation and a commendation is subtle. They're basically the same honor, but proclamations are for a broad group of people, while a commendation recognizes individuals. Even though both are very similar, they must be submitted to the Governor in different ways.
To submit a request for a proclamation, you must:
- Be a Georgia resident
- Submit it yourself
- Not request something of a political controversy or personal conviction
- Only submit one for the same organization per calendar year
Commendations require an extra step. They must be submitted by a legislator’s referral (either a state representative or a state senator). You must contact your legislator (found on My Voter Page) and give them your:
- Telephone number
- Proposed text (with four to six “Whereas” clauses if necessary)
After your legislator receives this information, they should be able to forward it to the Governor’s Office. That will count as a sufficient legislator’s referral.
Both proclamations and commendations (meaning whether you're sending it or your legislator) have a few important similarities.
The sender must:
- Fill out a request form found on the Governor's website
- Send the request 45 days before the date that it needs to be mailed
- Mail, fax or hand-deliver the information to the Governor's Office (sorry, no email or phone call requests)
- Include a draft with the request form
The Governor’s Office reserves the right to change or deny any requests. To see examples of past and current proclamations and commendations, check out the Governor’s website. Also on their site, you can find a copy of the request forms and more information about how to submit your request.
Make sure you send the request form and a draft of the proclamation/commendation to:
Office of the Governor Nathan Deal
Attn: Andrew Isenhour
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
About the Author
Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.