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Wow! Here’s some exciting news. I just received a copy of an official proclamation from the office of the Westchester County Executive designating May 4, 2011, and each year thereafter to be “Make A Promise Day.” I want to express my sincere appreciation to Robert Astorino, the Westchester County Executive, for issuing this proclamation. It’s a big step forward in my mission to establish Make A Promise Day as a widely recognized day for celebrating the amazing power of making a promise.

The proclamation underscores the power and the appeal of the Make A Promise idea.  I’m thrilled because it means people here in Westchester and beyond will learn about ‘Make A Promise Day’ and the power of making a promise.  And this builds momentum for other jurisdictions – like New York State and other states – to follow Westchester’s lead.  The more communities and states and countries we have embracing the ‘Make A Promise Day’ idea, the more this positive message about the unique power of making a promise will spread.  My mission is to share the power of making a promise with millions of people around the world.  And by doing so we’ll transform the world one person and one promise at a time.

I hope members of the Inspire Me Today community will join me in spreading the idea of Make A Promise and the power of making a promise to other locations and jurisdictions across the US and around the world.  Please ask your local, state, or national authorities to proclaim May 4th to be Make A Promise Day.  Here’s a short YouTube video of me reading the Westchester County “Make A Promise Day” proclamation followed by the actual text of the proclamation that you can use to send a letter to your local supervisors, mayor, governor, legislative representatives, president or prime minister – you name it.  Thanks for helping me spread the word.  And please keep me posted about any developments or send me any comments to [email protected].

Click here to watch my short video about Mr. Astorino’s proclamation:

Following is the full text of the proclamation:

Office of the County Executive

Westchester County, New York


WHEREAS:  The Town Board of Yorktown, New York, unanimously adopted a resolution on February 15, 2011, proclaiming May 4, 2011 and each year thereafter to be MAKE A PROMISE DAY, and;

WHEREAS: MAKE A PROMISE DAY is the only unofficial “holiday” dedicated to personal empowerment, goal achievement and integrity enhancement, and;

WHEREAS: MAKE A PROMISE DAY encourages individuals to turn important goals into heartfelt promises, thereby increasing the probability of reaching those goals, and;

WHEREAS: Celebrating MAKE A PROMISE DAY will have the effect of enhancing accountability, personal responsibility and integrity, and;

The County Executive of Westchester County recognizes the value of highlighting the power of making and keeping promises on the part of local students, teachers, community organizations, businesses and political leaders;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROBERT ASTORINO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2011 and each year thereafter to be MAKE A PROMISE DAY and encourage organizations and individual members of the community to celebrate this very important day in a manner they deem to be suitable and appropriate.


Thanks for your support.  To Your Promise!

Matthew Cossolotto

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Matthew Cossolotto (aka "The Podium Pro") is a former aide to House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta. He worked as a CEO-level speechwriter at MCI, Pepsi-Cola International, and GTE. The author of HabitForce! and All The World’s A Podium, Matthew is a guest speaker, speechwriter, and speech coach.

He is the creator of "Make A Promise Day" (May 4th -- May The Fourth Be With You!) and author of a forthcoming book about The Power of Making a Promise with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Matthew offers several Personal Empowerment Programs (PEPTalks) to corporations, colleges/schools, conferences, associations, and government agencies. His top three PEPTalks are: The Power of Making a Promise, The Joy of Speaking, and SUCCESS Is An Inside Job. His latest program is called "A Promise A Day – 30 Days to a Promising Future" to help others make life-changing personal empowerment promises.

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