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March 17, 2016

Today we celebrate:

Campfire Girls Day – Founded in 1910 by Dr. Luther Gulick, and his wife, Charlotte Gulick, Campfire Girls of America was incorporated as a national agency on this day in 1912. Its' mission was to do for girls what the boy scouts did for boys. As you can tell from the name it involved lots of camping and outdoor activities. In 1975 it began allowing boys to become members and changed its name to Campfire Boys and Girls. In 2001 it became Campfire USA and in 2012 it became simply, Campfire.  I prefer to camp in the summer when it’s warm, but to each his own.

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day – And speaking of the Campfire people, this day was created by Campfire USA, and is always celebrated on the third Thursday in March, to remind us that kids need positive encouragement in their lives. To that end, your job is to write a love letter to your kids or to kids that are important to your life whether they are yours or not. This is one of those goofy sounding things that your kids will scoff at, but will also, in all likelihood, treasure for the rest of their lives. If you go on the website you can download Absolutely Incredible Kid Day stationery to use.

Submarine Day - On this day in 1898, John Philip Holland first demonstrated his submarine, the Holland VI to the US Navy.  They were the first that used internal combustion engines on the surface and electric battery power beneath the surface.

Oranges and Lemons Day - This is a day that is celebrated every year in London.  It is usually celebrated on the third Thursday of March by the children of St. Clement Danes Church of England Primary School.  The reason for this lies in a song, the first line of which is, “‘Oranges and Lemons,’.say the bells of St. Clement’s.”

Saint Patrick's Day – St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. For centuries, the Irish have been celebrating his life on this date, which is believed to be the date of his death in the year 460, with a great feast. The festivities have spread over the years to the extent that on this day, everyone is a little bit Irish. There is usually a St. Patrick's Day parade at some point on a weekend leading up to this day.

National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day - While many Americans think that this is a traditional Irish dish to be eaten on St. Patrick’s Day, they would be wrong.  This is an Irish-American creation that Irish immigrants created when they came to America and found out that corned beef was similar to the corned pork that they were used to.  Beef wasn’t eaten in Ireland because most cows were used for dairy.  However, since it is such a popular dish in this country on this day, that made it the perfect food holiday for whoever decided there needed to be a food celebration every single day.

Companies That Care DayCelebrated on the third Thursday of March, this day encourages employers to recognize the people that help make their company successful, whether they are employees or members of the community, and to find ways for the company to make a difference in improving their community for the benefit of everyone.

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