October Awareness Month (Week 3)

October 21, 2021

Indigenous People’s Day
October 11, 2021

According to Wikipedia(1), Indigenous People’s Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. “The movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day or Native American Day has gained momentum and spread to states, cities and towns across the United States. The first state to rename Columbus Day was South Dakota in 1990…”(2) In 2019, H.Res.627 was introduced – expressing support for the designation of the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day to celebrate and honor indigenous peoples and their shared history and culture.

Boss’s Day
October 16, 2021

The concept of National Boss’s Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Co., in Deerfield, IL, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father’s birthday. Haroski’s purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors. Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day. The event’s popularity is growing outside of the U.S. and is now observed in countries such as Australia, India, and South Africa. (3) How can you celebrate boss’s Day? Many companies and offices hold celebrations to say thank you to the Boss or those in supervisory positions. Small gifts or celebrations can include:

• Bringing breakfast treats or healthy snacks
• Small gifts such as coffee mugs, pens, paper weight, letter opener, bookends, etc.
• Having a potluck for lunch
• Gift certificates
• Flowers
• Cards

Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month. The month of October you are encouraged to take measures to increase the energy efficiency in your home. The Federal Energy Management Program (“FEMP”) offers the following checklist to help people conserve energy in homes:

• Turn down temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).
• Check if your water heater has an insulting blanket.
• Survey your incandescent lights for opportunities to replace them with compact florescent lights or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
• Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms or consider installing timers, photo cells or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time lights are on.
• Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use (i.e. cell phone chargers, fans, coffee makers, desktop printers, radios, etc.)
• Turn off the computer monitor when not in use for more than 20 minutes, and turn off both the CPU monitor if you’re not going to use your computer for more than 2 hours.

Checkout the complete FEMP Energy Checklist on their website at: https://www.energy.gov/eere/femp/home-energy-checklist. By implementing these actions, homeowners can improve energy efficiency on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis.

1 Wikipedia.

2 National Museum of the American Indian, “Rethinking How We Celebrate American History – Indigenous People’s Day” at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/10/12/indigenous-peoples-day-updated2020/

3 Boss’s Day at: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/boss-day

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