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National Retirement Security Week – October 20-26, 2019
 
National Retirement Security Week - History September 13, 2006 The Senate passes the resolution

By unanimous consent, the Senate votes to designate the third week in October as National Retirement Security Week.

August 3, 2006 National Retirement Security Week is proposed

U.S. Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) introduce a resolution to establish the weeklong observation.

How to Observe National Retirement Security Week
  1. Start saving money

    Ubiquity Retirement + Savings discovered that 32% of Americans didn’t start saving until they were in their 30s, and another 13% waited until their 40s to prepare for retirement. Don't wait any longer, start saving now.

  2. Speak with a retirement plan consultant or expert

    Nearly 60% of Americans say they have a workable knowledge of how their retirement vehicles operate, but 30% say they don’t know much about how their's works, if anything at all. Find a consultant or expert who can guide you through the details and works closely with you to develop a retirement strategy that meets your needs.

  3. Spread the word

    Most money-related issues are tagged with a me-first mentality, but preparing for retirement should never be viewed as a competition — National Retirement Security Week is the result of a bipartisan effort, after all. Whether you share a post about the week on your social channels, ask your friends if they are on track for a secure retirement, or set up a meeting at work to discuss retirement planning with your coworkers, just do your part to get the word out there.

5 Tips Everyone Should Know About Saving For Retirement From Ubiquity Retirement + Savings
  1. Automate Your Saving

    Have your contributions automatically deducted from your paycheck to guarantee that you're saving.

  2. Boost Contributions as You Age

    If you're over 50 years old, you can save an extra $6,000 per year tax deferred.

  3. If You're Young, Invest More Aggressively

    Choosing a more aggressive investment strategy early will quickly grow your nest egg and give you time to recoup if the market takes a dip.

  4. Meet Your Company Match

    If your company offers to match your contribution up to a certain percentage do it. It is free money and as Ubiquity Retirement + Savings CEO Chad Parks points out, that match can be tax-deductible for your employer.

  5. Diversify Your Retirement Vehicles

    Add a tax-advantaged retirement account like a Roth IRA so that some of your saving grows tax free. For more information visit www.myubiquity.com

Why National Retirement Security Week is Important
  1. Planning for the future is paramount

    While we don't think it's practical to plan out every aspect of one's life, looking forward when it comes to saving money is imperative. While there's nothing wrong with using welfare if you absolutely need it, but it shouldn't be your only choice in terms of financial support during your retirement years.

  2. Retirement funds are a concern for most people

    According to Ubiquity Retirement + Savings, 66% of Americans are worried that they won't have enough money saved up by the time they retire. These concerns aren't unjustified. 1 in 3 Americans currently have less than $5,000 saved — an amount that would last a few months at most depending on location — and it is predicted that half of Americans won't be able to maintain their standard of living once they retire.

  3. Not all employees are offered a retirement plan

    While 28% of Americans take full advantage of their company’s retirement saving options, 20% aren't even offered a plan by their employer. This week is here to help guide those individuals to alternative solutions, like an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

 
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The United States Navy is celebrating its 244th birthday on Sunday.

Founded on Oct. 13, 1775, the U.S. Navy describes itself as the “largest, most advanced, and most lethal fighting force the world has ever known.”

The U.S. Navy is the largest naval force in the world.

The branch says it has more than 330,000 active-duty personnel and an additional 100,000 on ready-reserve.

It’s fleet includes aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday said: “As we celebrate across the fleet, we renew our commitment to be ready; to remember those who forged our legacy, and to honor our families and loved ones who stand beside us.”

 

John F. Kennedy was the first navy veteran elected president. But five of the next six presidents also served in the navy: Lyndon JohnsonRichard NixonGerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush. Well-known navy veterans include baseball Hall-of-Famers Yogi Berra and Stan Musial, basketball Hall-of-Famers David Robinson and John Wooden, football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach, former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, actor Humphrey Bogart, and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

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Link: USS Constitution. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constitution

 

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National Fluffernutter Day – October 8, 2019
 
National Fluffernutter Day 2019 – October 8

Marshmallow Fluff, peanut butter, bread — what’s not to love about a Fluffernutter? And on October 8, you can eat as many as you’d like thanks to National Fluffernutter Day. Initially, the term “Fluffernutter” was coined as a way for the marshmallow spread manufacturing company, Durkee-Mower Inc., to market a sandwich that featured Fluff. Now, it’s a national holiday. So celebrate National Flutternutter Day by eating it in sandwich, cookie, cupcake, or candy form — we promise not to judge how you get your Fluffernutter intake.

National Fluffernutter Day - History ​1960 ​"Fluffernutter" used as a marketing tactic

​As a way to market the marshmallow/peanut butter sandwich idea — and appeal to more people — an advertising agency coined the term “Fluffernutter."

​1920 Same creme — new name

​Archibald Query sold his Marshmallow Creme recipe to Durkee-Mower, Inc. — the company that still owns it today — and renamed it Marshmallow Fluff

​1917 ​The original creme is created

​​Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts, invented a sweet, marshmallow-like spread that he named Marshmallow Creme.

National Fluffernutter Day Activities
  1. Go nuts with your fluffernutter creations.

    Although Fluff with peanut butter is the OG of fluffernutters, there’s no rule saying you can’t get creative — so experiment with new combinations. For a more savory take, try adding bacon. To add a bit of tang, spread on some jam. If you want to create the ultimate sweet treat, try adding bananas, chocolate chips, or Nutella.

  2. Spread the fluffernutter love

    While it may be tempting to keep the gooey goodness of a fluffernutter to yourself, remember: there’s plenty of Fluff to go around. So on National Fluffernutter Day, celebrate by spreading the love by making extras for your coworkers and friends. If you have kids, bake fluffernutter-inspired cupcakes or cookies for them to bring to school and share with classmates and teachers.

  3. Share the goodness on social media.

    Whatever fluffernutter creations you choose to consume, share your tasty treats on social media. Snap a pic, take a Boomerang, capture the deliciousness on a video — however you choose to post about your National Fluffernutter Day treat, just be sure to use #FluffernutterDay when posting.

​​5 Reasons We Can't Get Enough Fluff
  1. Fluff has made it to outer space

    ​Former International Space Station commander Sunita Willimas requested to have containers of Fluff on her 322-day journey to space.

  2. Fluff festival

    ​Celebrated every September, the “What the Fluff?” festival takes place in Fluff’s hometown of Somerville, Massachusetts, and draws approximately 10,000 visitors every year.

  3. Only 4 ingredients

    ​Fluff has yet to change its recipe: corn syrup, dried egg whites, sugar and vanilla.

  4. The Northeast luffs Fluff

    ​Half of all Fluff profits (through selling 7 million pounds annually) comes from New England and upstate New York.

  5. ​Paul Revere’s descendants invented the first Fluff-like product

    Paul Revere’s great-great-great grandchildren created Snowflake Marshmallow creme and started selling “Liberty Sandwiches"— consisting of creme and peanut butter, during World War I.

Why We Love National Fluffernutter Day
  1. We get to eat something delicious

    There are a lot of great reasons why celebrating National Fluffernutter Day is so much fun, but one of the main reasons is pretty simple: they’re just so fluffin’ amazing. Marshmallowy goodness with peanut butter spread between two slices of bread — who doesn’t love that? Plus, it’s the perfect treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. (Well, on this day anyway.)

  2. Adults get to embrace their inner kid

    Of course kids love National Fluffernutter Day, but it's also an opportunity for adults to feel like a kid again. Although people of all ages can eat fluffernutters any day of the year, chances are most adults don’t — so National Fluffenutter Day is the perfect opportunity for them to indulge on a treat they most likely haven’t had in a long time.

  3. It’s an excuse to not cook

    Whether or not you love cooking, National Fluffernutter Day is an automatic night off. So relax, because you’ll have all this extra time to do whatever you want — like savor every last bite of a fluffernutter. To save even more time, shop for your fluffernutter ingredients the day before National Fluffernutter Day.

 
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WELCOME TO INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY 2019

Every year on 1 October, the world comes together to celebrate coffee and recognise the millions of people across the globe - from farmers, to roasters, baristas, coffee shop owners and more  - who work hard to create and serve the beverage we all love.

 

Coffee has never been more popular, with an estimated 3 billion cups consumed every day, a number which continues to rise. The diverse mix of global celebrations that take place on International Coffee Day truly showcase coffee as one of the world’s most loved beverages.

 

Whilst this is a time for celebration, leading up to and during ICD each year, we also focus on how to continue to improve coffee’s future. At present, in spite of growing demand, coffee faces a dramatic issue, as the prices that producers receive today are more than 30% below the average of the last ten years, threatening the livelihoods of coffee farmers and their families. 

This year we're on a collectivemission to help coffee farmers around the world receive a fair, living income. 

 

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Boy this is a huge error by a boy born and raised in Wisconsin!

 

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NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY

National Drink Beer Day toasts that malty elixir on September 28th, annually. Just as the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, the day reminds us to enjoy the world’s most popular adult beverage.

Beer lovers have more selection than ever before in the ale and lager market. An explosion in the craft beer industry keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors seasonally.  Beer connoisseurs quench their thirst with flavors drastically different from their grandfather’s beers.  Rootbeer to raspberry, caramel, and hints of herbs all tickle the palate when it comes to artisanal beers.

Around the country, and from around the world, a wide assortment of beers offers plenty of ways to celebrate.

 

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Willkommen to the longest-running Oktoberfest in the Midwest.

Some come for the epic parades, others for the biergarten. If you’re German or just looking for an excuse to wear a dirndl or some lederhosen—we’re happy you’re here.

So, raise a stein and prost to 59 years of gemütlichkeit and cheer—it’s what makes us das beste!

 

Oktoberfest USA — La Crosse, WI

September 29 - October 2

Oktoberfest USA[9] in La Crosse is one festival that’s definitely full of hometown pride. The Torchlight Parade opens the festivities on September 29, and the fun continues for four full days. The craft beer night features a huge beer sampling tent with more than 38 craft beers and a long list of food vendors ensure no visitors go hungry. Additional activities include the Mrs. Oktoberfest Pageant, a needlework show, the Festmaster's Ball, live music and more. The annual Oktoberfest Medallion Hunt is a fun scavenger hunt that continues throughout the festival, and has guests on the lookout for a small Oktoberfest medallion hidden somewhere within the city. The person who finds it wins $500!

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09/28/2019  EVERYWHERE, US

NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY


National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September, remains one of the most effective grassroots efforts ever undertaken to promote the outdoor sports and conservation.  National, state and local organizations host hunting- and fishing-related public events in various locations — from shooting ranges and wildlife refuges to fish hatcheries and suburban frog ponds. These events help nurture understanding and appreciation of conservation among diverse segments of our communities.

History

In the 1960s, hunters and anglers embraced the era’s heightened environmental awareness but were discouraged that many people didn’t understand the crucial role that sportsmen had played-and continue to play-in the conservation movement.

The first to suggest an official day of thanks to sportsmen was Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop in Upper Darby, Pa. In 1970, Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer adopted Joffe’s idea and created “Outdoor Sportsman’s Day” in the state.

With determined prompting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the concept soon emerged on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In June 1971, Sen. Thomas McIntyre, N.H., introduced Joint Resolution 117 authorizing National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday of every September. Rep. Bob Sikes, Fla., introduced an identical measure in the House. In early 1972, Congress unanimously passed both bills.

On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations.” I greatly enjoyed all of the hunting and fishing my dad and I did together over my young years.

 

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Fall is a beautiful time of year indeed, Dave.  Love your pictures!

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In remembrance of all of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and all those whom they left behind.  Godspeed and blessings.

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