Revised: October 19, 2017
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
Chairperson: John Neetz
Bangor Lodge No. 1106 (NE)
Bangor PA 18013
Vice Chair: Janet Czekaiski, Tarentum Lodge No. 644 (WC)
Online Editor: David Pular, Connellsville Lodge No. 503 (SW)
Mark A Shepperd, Bridgeport Lodge No. 714 (SE)
Brenda Kephart, Tyrone Lodge No. 212 (NC)
Dennis Kanouff, Oakmont Lodge No. 1668 (W)
Sarah Smith, Meadville Lodge No. 219 (NW)
A SAMPLE PROCLAMATION FOR A VARIETY OF USES
Simply insert the event you want a proclamation for from your town, county or state, then print it out and have it signed by the appropriate official. Your State PR Committee can make one on a nice 8.5" by 11" Parchment paper. Don't forget to get a photo of the completed function and send it to the State Newspaper, as well as your local publications.
WHEREAS, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, through its Constitution, is a PATRIOTIC ORDER; and
WHEREAS, the Order promotes the Ideals that the citizens of this nation live in freedom, won through the great sacrifice and many tribulations which have provided the foundation for a free, prosperous and independent life; and
WHEREAS, we realize that each generation must work to maintain this freedom, otherwise, through carelessness or indifference, the rights and liberties enjoyed may vanish; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper to recognize this freedom and to honor the nation which provides it now.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RAYMOND BENDER, MAYOR OF THE BOROUGH OF LEBANON, LEBANON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, do hereby proclaim February 14 - 20, 2002, as NATIONAL PATRIOTISM WEEK, and during this event I urge all citizens to join with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in expressing gratitude for the privilege of American Citizenship with appropriate celebrations and observances.
GIVEN MY HAND AND SEAL THIS TWENTY-NINTH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, TWO THOUSAND AND TWO.
IF YOU'UNS WANT TO LERN TO RITE
THESE HEAR ARE THE RULES FOR RIGHTING!
From the Ray Bender scool of good pennmenship
1. Verbs has to agree
with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
16. Don't use no double negatives.
17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be ignored.
21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
23. Kill all exclamation points!!!
24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth shaking ideas.
26. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
27. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
28. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
32. Who needs rhetorical questions?
33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
34. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.