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    Governor Patrick's Office offers different forms of recognition and congratulations documents. We are happy to fulfill these requests for our citizens. Please see the list and their requirements below. If you have any questions, please call 617-725-4005 to speak to an aide.

    Greeting Letter
    Citation
    Proclamation
    Grant Application
    Eagle Scout/Girl Scout Letters
    Photographs & Autographs

    Greeting Letter

    A greeting letter is used for programs, brochures, and other publications for medium to large-size events taking place in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick enjoys writing letters to groups and organizations that gather in the Commonwealth to discuss new ideas and trends in their area of interest. From economic growth and health care summits to baton twirling contests and gardening clubs, the Governor likes to take the time to welcome visitors and residents alike to the towns and cities across the Bay State. The decision to write these letters is done completely at the discretion of the Governor, and he and his staff reserve the right to deny requests for greeting letters at any time.

    If you would like to request a greeting letter for your event or organization, please email your request AT LEAST 20 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE PRINT OR EVENT DEADLINE to constituent.services@state.ma.us, by fax 617-727-9725, by U.S. Mail to Governor Deval Patrick, State House, Boston, MA 02133, or call 617-725-4005 to speak with a member of Governor Patrick's staff. Please note that the Governor's Office can only send you .pdf files or hard copies of the original letter; Word documents with electronic signatures are not available.

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    Citation

    Governor Patrick is happy to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and other outstanding achievements by our residents. Below, please find guidelines that reflect the general criteria Governor Patrick and his staff use when considering citation requests.

    Issued only for:

    • Birthdays over the age of 65
    • Anniversaries to couples who are celebrating their 50th or subsequent anniversary
    • Retirements, including military service
    • Outstanding service or deed by a person or organization; subject to review

    Please note citations are not issued for Eagle Scout or Gold Award achievements (those will be sent a congratulatory letter), graduations, births, weddings or in recognition of awards.

    If you would like to request a citation, please email your request AT LEAST 20 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE PRINT OR EVENT DEADLINE to constituent.services@state.ma.us, by fax 617-727-9725, by U.S. Mail to Governor Deval Patrick, State House, Boston, MA 02133, or call 617-725-4005 to speak with a member of Governor Patrick's staff.

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      Proclamation

    Used as educational tools, proclamations are issued by the Governor to build awareness on topics ranging from Massachusetts history to diseases and public safety issues. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are issued at the Governor's discretion. The Governor's Office reserves the right to edit all draft language. These documents are strictly ceremonial and not legally binding. Below, please find guidelines that reflect the general criteria Governor Patrick and his staff use when considering proclamation requests.

    • In order to honor an individual person by proclamation, the person must be deceased. Example: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Quincy Adams
    • Proclamations are not automatically reissued each year. Please let us know if your request is for an annual event or has been issued by our office in prior years.
    • Approval process is not automatic. Please do not make announcements regarding the proclamation until you have been contacted by a member of the Governor's staff.
    • Proclamations neither indicate nor imply Governor Patrick's support of any given issue, project or event.
    • A proclamation must serve an educational purpose for a significant number of citizens of the Commonwealth.
    • Generally, a proclamation shall not focus on a business or a specific organization.
    • A proclamation request needs to be sponsored by a citizen of Massachusetts or an organization with close ties to the state.
    • Proclamations are not given for awards (military proclamations are the lone exception).
    • Multiple requests by the same organization or individual will not be honored in the same calendar year.
    • Proclamations are issued for one date only. For example, if June 2nd is "Teachers' Day," then "Teachers' Month" or "Teachers' Week" will not be proclaimed later in the year.
    • Generally, the Governor's Office does not issue backdated proclamations.

    If you would like to request a proclamation, please email your request, along with suggested language and background materials, AT LEAST 20 BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE PRINT OR EVENT DEADLINE to constituent.services@state.ma.us, by fax 617-727-9725, by U.S. Mail to Governor Deval Patrick, State House, Boston, MA 02133, or call 617-725-4005 to speak with a member of Governor Patrick's staff. Please note the Governor does not issue proclamations more than thirty days in advance.

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      A Letter from Governor Patrick Supporting a Grant Application

    Governor Patrick is happy to write a letter endorsing a grant application that will bring project funding and increased experience to the Commonwealth. To ask the Governor for his support of your application, please follow the procedure below:

    • Please send in a letter of request to the Governor explaining your proposal and include sample language of what you'd like the Governor to say in his letter of support to constituent.services@state.ma.us, by fax 617-727-9725, or by U.S. Mail to Governor Deval Patrick, State House, Boston, MA 02133.
    • Governor Patrick's staff will then ask a qualified analyst from the appropriate state agency to review the request prior to an endorsement from the Governor.
    • Once the agency has signed off, the Governor will write the letter and forward to the address you indicate on your correspondence. Please note that the Governor's Office can only send you .pdf files or hard copies of the original letter; Word documents with electronic signatures are not available.

    If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please call Thomas Reece in the Constituent Services Office at 617-725-4005.

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      Eagle Scout/Girl Scout Letter

    Governor Patrick is happy to recognize the achievements of young people, especially those who have reached Eagle Scout or are the recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Please send the recipient's name, troop number, date of event and where to send the letter to constituent.services@state.ma.us, by fax 617-727-9725, by U.S. Mail to Governor Deval Patrick, State House, Boston, MA 02133, or call 617-725-4005 to speak with a member of Governor Patrick's staff.

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    Autograph & Photograph Requests

    If you would like web-ready or print-ready photographs of the Governor, First Lady or members of the Cabinet, you can access them on our official portrait page.

    Governor Patrick is also happy to send out autographs and photographs by mail to constituents. Please send your request to constituent.services@state.ma.us, by fax 617-727-9725, or by U.S. Mail to Governor Deval Patrick, State House, Boston, MA 02133.

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