Commission Meeting Proclamation

Town of Lady Lake National Clown Week Proclamation

WHEREAS, whoever has heard the laughter of a child or seen sudden delight on the face of a lonely old man has understood in those brief moments mysteries deeper than love. All are indebted to those who bring such moments of quiet splendor, who redeem sickness and pain with joy and give a part of themselves; and

WHEREAS, today, as always, clowns and the spirit they represent are as vital to the maintenance of our humanity as are the builders and the growers; and

WHEREAS, Clown Alley #179 was formed in 1985 and now has over 100 members; and

WHEREAS, it is important that all citizens know and understand the responsibilities of Clown Alley #179 to meet the challenge:

To bring happiness and a smile to everyone they meet.

To learn to be the best clown they can and never stop learning their craft.

Understand that laughter can be contagious.

Heighten awareness of the positive effects of laughter.

Make positive contributions by performing at schools, hospitals and care giving facilities.

Bring out the laughter in children of all ages.

Show that laughter is a form of good exercise.

Show that a smile is more healthful than a frown.

The clown follows a tradition as old as men’s need to touch gently the lives of his fellowman and give part of themselves. In the folklore of the world is the persistent claim that the heart of a clown is sad because the clown leaves happiness where he goes, and takes misery away with him. I urge the people of Lady Lake to recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment. Surely the laugh-makers are blessed; they heal the heart of the world.

NOW, THEREFORE, Jim Rietz, Mayor of the Town of Lady Lake, Florida, do hereby proclaim that August 1st through August 7th, 2023 is


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Official Seal of the Town of Lady Lake to be affixed this 7th day of August, 2023.

Town of Lady Lake, Florida

Jim Rietz, Mayor