Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Parliamentary law is a set of rules that helps maintain order and decorum in legislative and deliberative assemblies, professional delegate assemblies, and community meetings; and

Whereas Instituted in the United States by Thomas Jefferson and promoted by Henry M. Robert and other notable Parliamentarians, the practice of parliamentary law allows the voice of the people to be heard and ensures that decisions are made by democratic and orderly procedures; and

Whereas Civic participation in town meetings, municipal assemblies, and elections throughout the Commonwealth is enhanced by the practice of parliamentary law; and

Whereas Parliamentary Law Month was established to encourage the citizens of the Commonwealth to become familiar with the rules and procedures of Parliamentary Law, thereby engendering greater civic participation,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 2012,  to be

Parliamentary Law Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin          
Secretary of the Commonwealth       

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts