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Village Council Mission

Council_Chambers_EmptyThe Athenian Oath, over 2,000 years old, is still a cornerstone that guides Winnetka’s public leaders, under a timeless code of civic responsibility. The Oath is prominently displayed on the north wall of the Village Hall Council Chambers as a reminder of the duties involved in governance. The quote below is the “Oath of Youths Coming of Age at Athens,” as quoted in Joannes Stobeaus’ Anthology:

 

“WE WILL NEVER BRING DISGRACE TO THIS OUR CITY, BY ANY ACT OF DISHONESTY OR COWARDICE, NOR EVER DESERT OUR SUFFERING COMRADES IN THE RANKS; WE WILL FIGHT FOR THE IDEALS AND SACRED THINGS OF THE CITY, BOTH ALONE AND WITH MANY; WE WILL REVERE AND OBEY THE CITY’S LAWS AND DO OUR BEST TO INCITE A LIKE RESPECT IN THOSE ABOVE US WHO ARE PRONE TO ANNUL OR SET THEM AT NAUGHT; WE WILL STRIVE UNCEASINGLY TO QUICKEN THE PUBLIC’S SENSE OF CIVIC DUTY; THUS IN ALL THESE WAYS WE WILL TRANSMIT THIS CITY NOT ONLY NOT LESS, BUT GREATER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN IT WAS TRANSMITTED TO US.”

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