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From Frank ... There's a day for that.

Updated: Oct 15


These days it seems there’s a week for everything. In October alone there are more than 100 commemorative days, weeks or months covering health, education, or employment topics. They range from the vital – National Mammography Day (Oct 16) - to the trivial – National Clean your Virtual Desktop Day (October 17). The list seems unwieldly, but I suppose commemorative days do – for a moment – give focus to deserving issues or causes. And, with so much to demand our attention, that can be a useful service.


So where am I going with this? Well next week, October 17 -23, is National Estate Planning Week – established by Congress in 2008. It’s celebrated every third week of October and reminds us about the importance of planning for what happens after we’re gone. If we don’t have a plan, then the decision we’re making is to let someone else decide for us. Usually it’s the state (or District) where you are living when you die. I don’t know about you, but for me, these are decisions I’d prefer to make.


The Village Legacy Society


So, now that I have you thinking about this, I’d like to ask you to consider naming the Village as part of your estate plan. A few years ago, the Village launched our Legacy Society with our first President, Barbara Stevens, and current co-chair, Sandy Rubin announcing their intention to remember the Village in their estate plans. And earlier this year, the Village received our first legacy gift from a generous and thoughtful member for whom the Village was important and meaningful.


Legacy gifts are a last investment in the Village and your neighborhood, and will support active, independent, and healthy aging for years to come. Your gift allows us to continue to offer programs and services as well as membership subsidies for those with limited means. Your personal financial or tax advisor can answer specific questions about what type of planned donation is appropriate for you. To learn more about our Legacy Society, visit our website at www.CWPV.org/legacy.


P.S. I’ll be off next week visiting old friends in Maine and Cape Cod. I will, however, be watching our Tuesday Talk with Matt Wuerker. Hope to “see” you there. For complete details about the talk, please visit www.TuesdayTalksDC.com


Frank Finamore is Executive Director of the Village


P.S. In case you’re interested – here’s a quick list of October’s Commemorative Calendar!


October Month Long Observances

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • National Book Month

  • Mental Illness Awareness Month

  • National Dental Hygiene Month

  • National Book Month

  • Photographer Appreciation Month

  • Dyslexia Awareness Month

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • American Pharmacist's Month

  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

  • Bullying Prevention Month

  • Crime Prevention Month

  • Principals Month

  • Physical Therapy Month

Week Commemorations

  • 3rd-9th Fire Prevention Week

  • 2nd - 8th Mental Illness Awareness Week

  • 2nd - 8th Healthcare Supply Chain Week

  • 2nd - 8th Healthcare Food Service Week

  • 3rd - 7th Customer Service Week

  • 9th -15th Emergency Nurses Week

  • 16th - 22nd International Infection Prevention Week

  • 17th - 21st National School Bus Safety Week

  • 17th - 21st National Financial Planning Week

  • 17th - 21st Pharmacy Week

  • 22nd - 30th Red Ribbon Week

  • 23rd - 29th National Respiratory Care Week

Daily Commemorations


Sunday, October 2

  • International Day of Non-Violence

  • National Custodian Day

  • National Name Your Car Day

  • National Fried Scallops Day

  • Guardian Angels Day

  • Change A Light Day

  • World Communion Sunday

Monday, October 3

  • Children's Health Day

  • Butterfly and Hummingbird Day

  • "Mean Girls" Day

  • National Techies Day

  • World Architecture Day

  • National Unity Day

  • National Consignment Day

  • National Child Health Day

  • National Boyfriend Day

  • World Habitat Day

Tuesday, October 4

  • Improve Your Office Day

  • National Cinnamon Roll Day

  • National Taco Day

  • National Vodka Day

  • World Animal Day

  • National Fruit at Work Day

  • National Golf Lovers Day

  • Improve Your Office Day

  • Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

  • Yom Kippur Begins

Wednesday, October 5

  • Dasara

  • National Be Nice Day

  • World Teachers Day

  • National Walk and Bike to School Day

  • National Pumpkin Seed Day

  • National Kale Day

  • National Do Something Nice Day

  • National Apple Betty Day

  • International Walk to School Day

  • National Get Funky Day

Thursday, October 6

  • National Mad Hatter Day

  • National Depression Screening Day

  • National German-American Day

  • National Noodle Day

  • World Cerebral Palsy Day

  • National Plus Size Appreciation Day

  • National Transfer Money to Your Daughter Day

  • Bring Your Bible to School Day

  • National Coaches Day

  • National Orange Wine Day

Friday, October 7

  • World Smile Day

  • You Matter to Me Day

  • National Forgiveness & Happiness Day

  • National Inner Beauty Day

  • National Frappe Day

  • National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day

  • Manufacturing Day

  • Kids Music Day

  • National LED Light Day

Saturday, October 8

  • International Lesbian Day

  • National Flutternutter Day

  • World Octopus Day

  • National Pierogi Day

  • American Touch Tag Day

  • I Love Yarn Day

  • National Chess Day

  • Milad an-Nabi (Mawlid)

Sunday, October 9

  • Pastor Appreciation Day

  • Leif Erikson Day

  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

  • National Moldy Cheese Day

  • International Beer and Pizza Day

  • World Post Day

  • Sukkot Begins

Monday, October 10

  • World Mental Health Day

  • Indigenous Peoples' Day

  • Columbus Day

  • National Kick Butt Day

  • World Porridge Day

  • World Day Against The Death Penalty

  • National Online Bank Day

  • World Homeless Day

  • National Hug a Drummer Day

  • International Stage Management Day

  • National Angel Food Cake Day

  • National Handbag Day

  • National Cake Decorating Day

Tuesday, October 11

  • National Coming Out Day

  • National Face Your Fears Day

  • National Sausage Pizza Day

  • International Day of the Girl Child

  • Southern Food Heritage Day

  • It's My Party Day

Wednesday, October 12

  • Farmers Day

  • National Savings Day

  • National Stop Bullying Day

  • World Arthritis Day

  • National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

  • National Pet Obesity Day

  • National Pulled Pork Day

  • National Freethought Day

  • National Gumbo Day

  • Emergency Nurses Day

  • National Fossil Day

  • National Curves Day

Thursday, October 13

  • International Day for Disaster Reduction

  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

  • U.S. Navy Birthday

  • World Sight Day

  • National Yorkshire Pudding Day

  • National Transfer Money to Your Son Day

  • National No Bra Day

  • National M&M Day

  • National Herpes Awareness Day

  • International Day for Failure

  • English Language Day

  • International Skeptics Day

  • Ada Lovelace Day

Friday, October 14

  • National Dessert Day

  • World Egg Day

  • Be Bald and Be Free Day

  • World Standards Day

Saturday, October 15

  • Global Handwashing Day

  • National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

  • National Grouch Day

  • Universal Music Day

  • Sweetest Day

  • National Mushroom Day

  • National "I Love Lucy" Day

  • International Day of Rural Women

  • White Cane Safety Day

  • National Aesthetician Day

  • National Fetch Day

  • National Shawarma Day

Sunday, October 16

  • Global Cat Day

  • World Food Day

  • World Spine Day

  • Dictionary Day

  • National Liqueur Day

  • Boss's Day

  • National Feral Cat Day

  • National Sports Day

Monday, October 17

  • Black Poetry Day

  • National Pasta Day

  • National Pay Back a Friend Day

  • National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

  • Boss's Day

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

  • Simchat Torah Begins

Tuesday, October 18

  • World Menopause Day

  • National No Beard Day

  • National Pharmacy Technician Day

  • Health Care Aide Day

  • National Pharmacy Technician Day

  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Wednesday, October 19

  • National New Friends Day

  • LGBT Center Awareness Day

  • International Pronouns Day

  • National Medical Assistants Day

  • World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

  • Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

  • National Seafood Bisque Day

  • Evaluate Your Life Day

  • Day of Unity

Thursday, October 20

  • International Chefs Day

  • National Chicken and Waffles Day

  • International Sloth Day

  • World Osteoporosis Day

  • Spirit Day

  • National Day on Writing

  • Conflict Resolution Day

  • National Get Smart About Credit Day

  • Get to Know Your Customers Day

  • National Youth Confidence Day

Friday, October 21

  • National Mammography Day

  • National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

  • International Day of the Nacho

  • "Back to the Future" Day

  • Celebration of the Mind Day

  • National Apple Day

  • National Reptile Awareness Day

  • National Pets for Veterans Day

Saturday, October 22

  • International Stuttering Awareness Day

  • Make a Difference Day

  • National Nut Day

Sunday, October 23

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day

  • National Paralegal Day

  • National Mole Day

  • National Croc Day

  • National iPod Day

Monday, October 24

  • National Food Day

  • National Bologna Day

  • United Nations Day

  • World Development Information Day

Tuesday, October 25

  • International Artist Day

  • World Pasta Day

  • National Greasy Foods Day

  • National I Care About You Day

  • National Mother-in-Law Day

  • Sourest Day

Wednesday, October 26

  • National Pumpkin Day

  • National Mincemeat Day

  • National Day of the Deployed

  • Lung Health Day

  • National Chicken Fried Steak Day

  • Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night

Thursday, October 27

  • National Black Cat Day

  • National American Beer Day

  • National Mentoring Day

  • Navy Day

  • World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

  • National Civics Day

Friday, October 28

  • National First Responders Day

  • National Immigrants Day

  • Frankenstein Friday

  • National Breadstick Day

  • International Animation Day

  • National Chocolate Day

Saturday, October 29

  • National Trick-or-Treat Day

  • National Internet Day

  • National Cat Day

  • National Oatmeal Day

  • National Pit Bull Awareness Day

  • World Psoriasis Day

  • World Stroke Day

Sunday, October 30

  • National Candy Corn Day

  • National Checklist Day

  • National Publicist Day

  • National Speak Up For Service Day

  • National Text Your Ex Day

  • Mischief Night

Monday, October 31

  • Halloween

  • National Caramel Apple Day

  • National Knock Knock Joke Day

  • National Magic Day

  • Girl Scout Founder's Day

  • National Doorbell Day

  • World Savings Day

  • Reformation Day


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