Wheeling Proclamations

Proclamation - is an official written decree or designation issued only by the Village President designating a day, week, month or year for in recognition of a particular person, cause, organization or event.




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January NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH WHEREAS, stalking is a serious and pervasive crime that affects millions of Americans each year in communities throughout our country; stalking call happen to anyone, and most victims are stalked by someone they know,and persistent sralking and harassment can lead to seriolls consequences for victims, whose lives may be upended by fear, and may be forced to take extreme measures to protect themselves (changing jobs, relocating to a new home or assuming a new identity); NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, Presidelll of the Village or Wheeling, do hereby proclaim January 2012 as National Stalking Awarcncss Month in the Village of Wheeling
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all, and challenged all Americans to participate in the never-ending work of building a more perfect union; and, Dr. King's teachings can continue to guide and inspire us in addressing challenges in our communities; and the King Holiday and Service Act, enacted in 1994, designated the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Services with leading this effort; and WHEREAS, since 1994, millions of Americans have been inspired by the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to serve their neighbors and communities on the King Holiday;
February 24 HADASSAH
WHEREAS, on February 24, 1912, Henrietta Szold founded Hadassah, a volunteer women's organization with the biblical mission of Aruhat Bat Ami: the Healing of the Daughter of My People; and, Hadassah's early mission was to bring American-style medical care to serve the people of Palestine, regardless of race, creed, or ethnicity; andvolunteer organizations in the world, and its 300,000 members, serve as models of hard work, integrity, and dedication; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim congratulations to the members of Hadassah on the occasion of their organization's 100th anniversary and wish them continued success and happiness in the future.
March National Athletic Training Month See link for detail
March Professional Social Work Month WHEREAS, Ihe Social Work profession has been instrumental in achieving civil righls and human rights advances in Ihe United Stales and across the globe for more Ihan a century. WHEREAS, the primary mission of Social Work is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable. WHEREAS, programs and seNices provided by professional Social Workers are essential elements of the American social safety net; WHEREAS, Social Workers make a critical impact in adolescent and youth development; aging and family caregiving; child protection and family services; health care navigation; mental and behavioral health treatment ; military and veterans assistance; nonprofit management and community development; and poverty reduction;NOW THEREFORE, in recognition that our nation would be less successful wilhoul the conlributions of America's 640,000 social workers, I, Judy Abruscato, Presidenl of the Village of Wheeling, proclaim the month of March 2012 as Professional Social Work Month and call upon all citizens to join with the Village of Wheeling and the National Association of Social Workers in celebration and support of the Social Work profession.
March Award: Muscular Dystrophy Association Award to Wheeling Firefighters Not Available  
April National Safe Digging Month See Link
April Sexual Assault Awareness Month WHEREAS, sexual Assault Awareness Month is intended to draw attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and has public health implications for every community member of the Village of Wheeling; and WHEREAS, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment impact our community as seen by statistics intlicating that one in five women will have experienced sexual assault by the time they complete college (Fisher, Cullen, & Turner, 2000); and WHEREAS, we must work together to educare our community' about whar can be done to prevent sexual assault and how to support survivors ;NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Village President Judy Abruscato, join anti-sexual violence advocates and support service programs in the belief that all community members must be part of the solution to end sexual violence. Along with the United States Government and State of Illinois I do hereby proclaim April as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month."
April 15 National Volunteer Week WHEREAS, the entire community can inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world; and WHEREAS, volunteers can connect with local community seNice opportunities through hundreds of community seNice organizations; and WHEREAS, individuals and communities are at the center of social change, discovering their power to make a difference; and WHEREAS, during this week all over the nation, seNice projects will be performed and volunteers recognized for their commitment to seNice; and WHEREAS, the giving of oneself in seNice to another empowers the giver and the recipient; and WHEREAS, experience teaches us that government by itself cannot solve all of our nation's; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim April 15-21, 2012 as NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK in the Village of Wheeling, and urge my fellow citizens to volunteer in their respective communities, since by volunteering and recognizing those who seNe, we can replace disconnection with understanding and compassion. social problems; and

April 16 Law Enforcement Training Week WHEREAS, the importance of professional law enforcement training is necessary to train the law enforcement officers that protect the residents of the Village of Wheeling; and to insure and protect the rights of the citizens of the Village of Wheeling in a professional manner according to the guarantees of these rights and freedoms afforded through the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Illinois; and WHEREAS, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) works with the law enforcement trainers throughout the world and the United States, and the citizens of the respective communities, inclUding the Village of Wheeling, receive the many benefits of professional law enforcement training; and WHEREAS, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers membership trains many thousands of law enforcement officers annually, and; NOW, THEREFORE, the Village of Wheeling hereby proclaims April 16-21, 2012, as "Law Enforcement Training Week" in the Village of Wheeling and urges all professional law enforcement trainers to continually develop new skills, attain new information and hone their professional law enforcement trainer skills to best serve their respective communities.
April 22 National Crime Victims' Rights Week WHEREAS, 20 million Americans are victims of crime each year, and each crime affects many more, including families, friends and communities; and WHEREAS, crime exacts an emotional, physical, psychological, and financial toll on victims that has the potential to irrevocably change the course of their lives forever, as they have lost loved ones, life savings, physical and mental health, and often their sense of security; and WHEREAS, more than 30 years of progress for crime victims stands on the shoulders of dedicated advocates and brave victims who overcame shame, isolation, and indifference to gain a voice, rights, and respect; and WHEREAS, while victim assistance programs across the country are reaching more victims, and criminal justice officials are hOlloring victims' rights more consistently, work still needs to be done toward promoting public understanding of victims' rights and building our nation's victim services system; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim April 22-28, 2012 as National Crime Victims' Rights Week; reaffirm Wheeling's commitment to respect and enforce victims' rights and address their needs throughout the year; and express our appreciation for those victims and crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve our response to victims of crime and build a more just community.
April 19 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day WHEREAS, one in every 2,500 pregnancIes are diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); and WHEREAS, since 2000, it is estimated that over 700,000 babies have been born with CDH; however, only 50 percent of those babies survived; and WHEREAS, CDH is as common as spina bifida and cystic fibrosis; however, very few people know about it or are aware of it; and WHEREAS, 1,600 babies are born with CDH every year in the United States with an average of 13 born in suburban Cook County each year; and WHEREAS, there are many people living in Cook County who have been diagnosed with and have survived their CDH; although many families in Cook County have endured the horrible pain and grief associated with the loss ofloved ones with CDH;NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim April 19, 2012 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day in the Village of Wheeling.
April 27 Arbor Day WHEREAS, in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees; and, WHEREAS, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska; and, WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and, WHEREAS, trees can reduce erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife; and, WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and countless other wood products;
May Building Safety Month WHEREAS, through ourcontinuing efforts to address critical safety issues that affect our citizens, regardless of age or occupation, both in everyday life and in times of natural disaster, we are confident that our structures are safe and sound; and WHEREAS, vigilant guardians—building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, laborers and others in the construction industry—work year-round to ensure the safe construction of buildings; and WHEREAS, these dedicated members of the International Code Council develop and implement the highest-quality codes to protect Americans in the buildings where we live, learn, work and play; and WHEREAS, BuildingSafety Month, sponsored by the International Code Council, reminds the public about the critical role of our community's largely unknown guardians of public safety—our local code officials— who assure us ofsafe, efficient and livable buildings;NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby proclaimed that May 1 through May 31, 2012 is
BUILDING SAFETY MONTH in Wheeling, and all citizens and civic organizations are
encouraged to acknowledge the local building safety and fire prevention officials and the
important role that they play in public safety.
May 01 Silver Star Banner Day WHEREAS, the Village of Wheeling always honors the sacrifice of the men and women in the Armed Forces; and WHEREAS, the Silver Star Families of America was formed to make sure we remember the blood sacrifice of our wounded and ill by designing and manufacturing a Silver Star Banner and Flag; and WHEREAS, to date, the Silver Star Families of America has freely given thousands of Silver Star Banners to the wounded and their families; and WHEREAS, the members of the Silver Star Families of America have worked tirelessly to provide the wounded of this County with Silver Star Banners, Flags and care packages; and WHEREAS, the Silver Star Families of America's sole mission is that every time someone sees a Silver Star Banner in a window or a Silver Star Flag flying, people remember the sacrifices made for this Village, State and Nation; and WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Wheeling wishes that the sacrifice of so many in our Armed Forces never be forgotten; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim the Village's appreciation for the Silver Star Families of America and honor their commitment to our wounded, and hereby declare May 1st as "Silver Star Banner Day," the permanent and official day to honor the wounded and ill members of the Armed Forces.
May Mental Health Month WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and well-being: and WHEREAS, all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives; and WHEREAS, prevention is an effective way to reduce the burden of mental health conditions; and WHEREAS, there is a strong body of research that supports specific tools that all Americans can use to better handle challenges, and protect their health and well-being; and WHEREAS, mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation: and WHEREAS, with effective treatment, those individuals with mental health conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives;NOW, THEREFORE, 1. Judy Abruscato. President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim May 2012 as Mental Health Month in the Village of Wheeling, and I call upon Wheeling's citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, of the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health, and of the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.
May 9 SENIOR CELEBRATION DAY WHEREAS, education is a lifelong process; and WHEREAS, public education is a community enterprise, and community education philosophy advocates full use of public facilities, programs and services by every age group in the community; and WHEREAS, the skills, talents, and experiences of senior citizens are untapped resources in many communities and intergenerational cooperation promotes efficient use of human resources; and WHEREAS, community education promotes the use of community resources, community volunteers in schools, senior citizen centers and community agencies, and maximizes the use of human resources to provide educational opportunities for community residents of all ages;NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim May 9, 2012, as a day in recognition of the 24th Annual Senior Celebration Day, and call upon the residents of High School District 214 and the Village of Wheeling to recognize and celebrate the bonds they have discovered, the partnership they have formed, and the sense of community they have strengthened through community education programs.
May 12 -19 Peace Officers MemorialDay & National Police Week WHEREAS, the police officers of America have worked devotedly and selflessly on behalf of the people of the Nation, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves; and WHEREAS, these officers have safeguarded the lives and property of their fellow Americans; and WHEREAS, by the enforcement of our laws, these same officers have given our country internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presently affecting other nations; and WHEREAS, law enforcement officers deserve our appreciation for the work they do and citizens fulfill an important civic responsibility by supporting their work to protect our communities. By working together, we can achieve a better and more secure future for our children and grandchildren;NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois do herby proclaim May 13th through May 19th, 2011 as National Police Week in the Village of Wheeling, and encourage our residents to join us in honoring those law enforcement officers who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of duty and let us recognize and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.
May 20-26 Public Works: Creating a Lasting Impression - National Public Works Week WHEREAS, public works services provided in our community play an integral part of our citizens" everyday lives: and. WHEREAS, the support of an understanding and informed citizenry is critical to the efficient operation of a public works organization and the daily maintenance of its infrastructure facilities such as water distribution, storm and sanitary sewers, streets, urban forestry, parks, fleet maintenance of public vehicles, public buildings; and, WHEREAS, the health, safety, comfort and quality of life depends on these facilities and services especially in times of Hooding, snow and ice control, water distribution for fire protection, etc.; and, WHEREAS, the quality and effectiveness of these facilities, as well as their planning, design, construction and operation is vitally dependent upon the dedicated efforts and skills of public works professionals;NOW, THEREFORE, I, JUDY ABRUSCATO, PRESIDENT OF THE VILLAGE OF WHEELING, do hereby proclaim May 20 through May 26. 2012 as NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK in the Village of Wheeling, and call upon all citizens and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with the issues invoked in providing our public services and to recognize the contributions which public works departments and their employees make every day to our health, safety, comfort, and quality of life.
May 21 - June 3 Click It or Ticket WHEREAS, the safety and security of the residents of the Village of Wheeling and surrounding areas are vitally important; and WHEREAS, a large percentage of our residents regularly drive or ride in motor vehicles on our roadways; and WHEREAS, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,546 lives in 2010; and WHEREAS, regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes; and WHEREAS, the use of seat belts is supported by the laws of the State of Illinois and the Village of Wheeling, NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim May 23 to June 5, 2011, as the Click It or Ticket Mobilization in the Village of Wheeling and urge all residents to always wear seat belts when driving or riding on our roadways.
Year 2012 Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting and Declaring 2012 as the Year of the Girl WHEREAS, March 12, 2012, marks the 100thanniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which began in 1912 when Savannah, GA native Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low gathered 18 girls to provide them the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually; and, WHEREAS, for 100 years, Girl Scouting has helped build millions of girls and women of courage, confidence, and character who act to make the world a better place; and, WHEREAS, the award winning Girl Scout Leadership Program helps girls discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place;NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby applaud the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for their 100 years of leadership and expertise as the voice for and of girls, and proudly proclaim 2012 as “Year of the Girl.”
May 31 IN RECOGNITION OF DEDICATED SERVICE OF EDWARD WARGO WHEREAS, Edward Wargo was hired with the Village of Wheeling on October 3, 1977; and, WHEREAS, Edward Wargo has served the Village of Wheeling, Illinois with genuine dedication for over thirty-four (34) years in the capacity of Maintenance Man in Community Services, Maintenance Operator in Road and Bridge and Mechanic; and, WHEREAS, Edward Wargo lived in Wheeling for nearly 30 years and attended St. Joseph the Worker Parish, St. Joseph the Worker Elementary School and Wheeling High School;NOW THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 31, 2012 as "Edward Wargo Day" in the Village of Wheeling in recognition and appreciation of his thirty four (34) years of excellent service to the community, Village employees and the Public Works Department, and wish him well in his future endeavors.
June 3-9 NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK WHEREAS, the Wheeling Garden Club, in cooperation with the National Garden Clubs, Inc.. is promoting National Garden Week in Illinois; and WHEREAS, Garden Week involves setting aside a special week to strengthen communities by encouraging citizens of all ages to work toward common goals; and WHEREAS, among Garden Week activities are educational programs, environmental cleanup, community beautification, flower shows, garden walks, youth activities and workshops; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, urge all residents of Wheeling to proclaim, to participate in, and to celebrate June 3 through June 9, 2012 as NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK.
July 23rd CONGRATULATING HOYNE SAVINGS BANK ON ITS ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, Hoyne Savings Bank was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1887;and WHEREAS, for the past one hundred twenty-five years, Hoyne Savings Bank has played a significant role in the economic development of Northern Illinois; and WHEREAS, Hoyne Savings Bank continues to serve the residents and businesses of Wheeling, as well as those throughout Chicagoland, by maintaining its longstanding emphasis on customer relationships, prudent lending, and active local engagement; and WHEREAS, Hoyne Savings Bank has distinguished itself as a good community citizen, and has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive difference in the areas where it operates and for the clients who entrust it with their financial futures;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim congratulations to Hoyne Savings Bank on the occasion of its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary, and I call upon the citizens of Wheeling to join me in recognizing its significant contributions to our community.

Hoyne Savings 125th anniversary

WHEREAS, the legislative functions of the corporate authorities of the Village of Wheeling are presided over by a Village President; and

WHEREAS, since the Village of Wheeling was founded in 1894, twenty individuals have served in the role of Village President: and

WHEREAS, the Wheeling Municipal Code states thai in addition to his or her other duties, a Village President "shall act as the official representative of the Village of Wheeling and. as its spokesman, shall work to enhance the image of the Village;" and

WHEREAS, through their continued service, civic engagement, exemplary conduct, and persuasive advocacy on behalf of our community, former Village Presidents Ted C. Scanlon. William Hein. Sheila Schultz. Greg Klatecki, Patrick Horcher. and Dean Argiris continue to be assets to Wheeling:

NOW7, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby honor all individuals who have served as Village Presidents, and call upon the citizens of the Village of Wheeling to recognize the contributions they have made to the community, which have helped make Wheeling the world-class community it is today.

WHEREAS, members of the Scanlon Family have provided over one hundred years of service to the Wheeling community; and

WHEREAS, the Scanlon family has distinguished itself through its ongoing efforts to promote and ensure the health, safety, security, and welfare of Wheeling residents and businesses; and

WHEREAS, members of the Scanlon Family have worked For the Village of Wheeling in several departments and in a number of valued capacities over the years, including as crossing guards, as firefighters, as maintenance operators, and as the President of the Village of Wheeling; and WHEREAS, the Scanlon family embodies the spirit of civic responsibility and community pride that helps to make Wheeling an exceptional place to live and to work; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim recognition and congratulations to the Scanlon family for its one hundred years of service to Wheeling, and call upon the citizens of the Village of Wheeling to recognize the contributions they have made to the communit) : and. I FURTHER PROCLAIM that the main conference room in the Community Development Department of the Village Hall is henceforth designated the Scanlon Family Conference Room in commemoration of all the Scanlon Family has done, is doing, and will continue to do for Wheeling. DATED at the Village of Wheeling this 6lh day of August, 2012.
September Senior Center Month Whereas, older Americans are significant members of our society, investing their wisdom and experience to help enrich and better the lives of younger generations; and

Whereas, the Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center has acted as a catalyst for mobilizing the creativity, energy, vitality and commitment of the older residents of Wheeling; and

Whereas, through the wide array of services, programs and activities, senior centers empower older citizens of Wheeling to contribute to their own health and wellbeing and the health and well-being of their fellow citizens of all ages; and

Whereas, the Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center in the Village of Wheeling affirms the dignity, self-worth and independence of older persons by facilitating their decisions and actions; tapping their experiences, skills and knowledge; and enabling their continued contributions to the community;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JUDY ABRUSCATO, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim September 2012 Senior Center Month, and call upon all citizens to recognize the special contributions of the senior center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community
October Domestic Violence Awareness Month WHEREAS, violence against women and children continues to be a prevalent problem in the Northwest Suburbs; and
WHEREAS, the problem of domestic violence affects all Illinois citizens, being not confined to any group of people but crossing all economic, gender, racial, and societal barriers, exacerbated by societal indifference; and
WHEREAS, the crime of domestic violence violates the privacy, dignity, security and humanity of individuals through systematic physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse; and
WHEREAS, the impact of domestic violence is wide-ranging, directly affecting families, children, and society as a whole; and
WHEREAS, domestic violence affects one in four families, and imposes a consequential cost on society and businesses, resulting in healthcare-related expenses of four billion dollars and nearly $700 million in annual lost wages, sick time, and reduced productivity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Judy Abruscato, President of the Village of Wheeling, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2012 as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH in the Village of Wheeling, and encourage our residents to join with the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence, law enforcement, social service organizations, and concerned citizens across the country to help raise the public awareness of domestic violence issues.


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