Category: September Weeks



    The second full week in September celebrates National Compassionate Leadership Week to create a more compassionate world.


    Our lives are unpredictable because of constant disruption in our daily routines. As we shuffle our family life with our professional life, we often feel overwhelmed and uncertain. As adults, we look towards other adults as a source of inspiration and reassurance. Oftentimes, we turn to our colleagues for leadership and guidance. Management and other organization leaders everywhere are more than just employers, they are becoming a source of compassion for their employees.

    Leading with Compassion

    Companies today are faced with the decision to become more active in employee lives. In fact, employees, consumers, and stakeholders are demanding that companies take care of their people, their communities, and the world around them, too. Old expectations of working for the bottom line no longer exists as a company goal. In fact, successful companies today work towards a double bottom line, a balance between strengthening the business and the employees that work there.

    Company culture today consists of a new kind of employee. Studies show that people entering into the workforce are too young, too diverse, too disengaged, too tired of not being heard and respected. Companies that include compassion in their leadership achieve success quickly because performance is always at a peak.

    Can you deliver a strong, successful business using compassion? Absolutely. The most successful companies can be compassionate and deliver strong results in business, education, politics and in our communities. Companies that produce compassionate leaders provide unspoken benefits of increased leadership and productivity, not to mention an increase in morale in the work place.

    How can companies show compassion for their employees? There are many things a company can do for their employees to show more compassion. Opening communication is a perfect way to learn about company values, expectations, and goals. Most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to give and receive praise and acknowledgement. Forming important bonds within a company helps leaders identify whether an employee is having problems outside of work. In return, knowing those problems is an opportunity to show compassion and offer extra support.

    The TramutoPorter Foundation

    For over 20 years, the TramutoPorter Foundation has been a leader in expanding compassionate leadership in the workplace. Their mission to create a more compassionate world has allowed them to form partnerships to help solve challenges in business, education, politics, and within families.

    The TramutoPorter Foundation has been working on behalf of several compassionate causes. They have implemented a scholarship fund to support students who have lived through and risen above adversity. The foundation formed a partnership with the RFK Human Rights Organization to create a program to promote workplace dignity. In addition, they have been working together to gather life-saving supplies for refugees feeling Ukraine. The foundation also announced a new partnership with Boston University that includes an endowment for scholarships in its school of public health. The endowment will support more compassionate approaches to solving global health challenges. Most importantly, it will create programming that will deliver a compassionate leadership curriculum to be delivered digitally.


    • Offer and attend training to encourage compassionate leadership skills.
    • Check in with employees often and take time to listen to them.
    • Schedule workshops for employees through human resources.
    • Get to know employees and their families.
    • Join the Compassionate Leader Movement.
    • Attend the Compassionate Leadership Conference in 2023 during Compassionate Leadership Week.
    • Nominate a leader who has demonstrated by example empathy in action for the Compassionate Leadership Award to be awarded each year during the Compassionate Leadership Week.


    Donato Tramuto and National Day Calendar created National Compassionate Leadership Week to be celebrated the second full week of September each year.

    The TramutoPorter Foundation was created in 2001 by Donato Tramuto and his longtime partner and Co-Founder Jeffrey Porter, after Donato lost two close friends and their son on 9/11 after visiting him in Maine. Donato was planning to join his friends on that day and a last-minute dental emergency prevented him from joining his friends and decided to return to Los Angeles the night before. Sadly, Donato’s friends perished in the plane that hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center that day.

    Donato was devastated by the tragic event and the loss of his friends. Instead of letting grief and anger consume him, he decided to create the foundation in their memory. Today, the memory of his friends and those who lost their lives that tragic day lives in Donato’s heart. He continues to dedicate his life to spreading compassion and understanding in the world to help solve problems, particularly in areas of health, education, and human rights.

    Compassion Movement

    Tramuto and Porter continue to spread its message of compassion through Compassionate Leadership Week. This week celebrates compassionate leaders by bringing attention to the proven benefits of compassionate leadership. It shows through their own example and many other leaders, that it’s possible to be compassionate while delivering strong results whether it be in business, education, politics or in our own families and communities.

    In 2021, the TramutoPorter Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary by pledging to expand its compassionate work envisioning compassion movement. In April 2022, the foundation launched a new book, authored by Tramuto, called The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results. The book and Tramuto were featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Investors Business Daily, Katie Couric Media and many other media outlets.


    Donato Tramuto

    • Founder & Chairman, Health eVillages
    • Founder & Chairman, TramutoPorter Foundation
    • Author & Healthcare Activist

    Donato J. Tramuto, is the former CEO of Tivity Health® , Inc., (Nasdaq: TVTY), and is widely recognized for his commitment to social change and transformational leadership in healthcare innovation. The New York Times deemed him “a global health activist.” Tramuto is also the founder and chair of The Tramuto Foundation, which advances rights to education and healthcare access for young people. In addition, the foundation combats human right violations. He launched the foundation in memory his two friends and their 3 year old son who lost their lives on 9/11 when United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Tramuto was scheduled to be on that flight. However, and due to a toothache, he never boarded the plane.

    Since the launch of the foundation, over 100 young adults have received a TramutoPorter Foundation Scholarship. All scholarships awarded help young adults pursue their dream of a college education. With the financial support from other organizations, the TramutoPorter Foundation delivers on their promise to make the world a more compassionate place. Tramuto is a sitting member of the board for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization and their Leadership Council Chairman. In fact, his commitment has led to funding a three-year, $1 million grant addressing workplace bullying in the U.S. and Europe. Amazingly, this leading national initiative also addresses workplace dignity and inclusion.

    A Compassionate Leadership Task Force, launched in September 2021 will initiate a pilot with a number of Boston colleges and universities to address the significant epidemic around loneliness and social isolation among our young and older adults. The task force will implement existing interventions by integrating them into community-centered organizations, like faith-based organizations. In addition, they will assist colleges and universities to address the compassionate leadership umbrella and how intergenerational connections can reduce the loss sense of relevancy among young and older adults.

    Published Author

    Tramuto is a successful published author. His works include:

    • Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business
    • The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results


    • Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope (2014)
    • RFK Embracing His Legacy Awards (2016)
    • PharmaVoice RedJacet Recipient Award

    Tramuto is also a passionate champion of cutting-edge approaches to healthcare access, drug safety, and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH), defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Under his tenure as CEO of Tivity Health and following his execution of a successful turnaround, he transformed the business business model to center around partnering progressively, profitably and collaboratively with consumers, payers, healthcare practitioners and employers in cutting-edge approaches to SDOH conditions including nutrition, fitness and social connection, that improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs.

    Before joining Tivity Health, Tramuto’s record of bringing together social commitment with healthcare innovation included his founding of Physicians Interactive Holdings (Aptus Health sold to WebMD in 2019). As a global provider of insight-driven digital engagement solutions for healthcare professionals and consumers. Reflecting a conviction that universal healthcare is a basic human right for all people, he launched Health eVillages in 2011, a non-profit organization providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology in the most challenging clinical environments and working to broaden healthcare access.


    • Brown University Healthcare Leadership Board
    • Advisory Board of Boston University School of Public Health
    • Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Europe
    • Health eVillages
    • Zeel Health
    • Esperta Health
    • Gryphon Investment Executive Advisory Board
    • Executive in Residence at Promerica Health, Concierge Health, Sharecare, Gento Health, and Skyscape
    • Honorary Scholar in Residence at St. Joseph’s College, Maine


    • Honorary Doctorate: University of Massachusetts at Lowell
    • Honorary Doctorate: Thomas Jefferson University
    • Honorary Doctorate: Lasell College
    • Honorary Doctorate: Saint Joseph’s College
    • Honorary Doctorate: Regis College

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  • NATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK – Begins Second Sunday in September


    Every year beginning the second Sunday in September, National Arts in Education Week celebrates the transformative powers of creative skills. The week is also a time to recognize the impact of arts education and how it equips young people to succeed in all areas of life.

    It was Albert Einstein who said, “After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.” It’s this mindset that has encouraged both educators and students to embrace the arts.

    Research proves that arts education helps students to do the following:

    • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Increase imagination and creativity
    • Foster discipline
    • Provide alternative ways to communicate and express ideas
    • Improve understanding of other cultures
    • Support academic success across the curriculum
    • Increase personal growth outside the classroom
    • Gain a positive outlook about school, which reduces dropout rates

    Studies have also shown that art education can transform schools with large populations of students in poverty into vibrant learning hubs. Art education includes dance, music, theater, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, just to name a few.

    Sadly, schools often cut arts programs first when budget concerns arise. However, all the benefits arts in education provide speaks to the importance of keeping arts in the schools.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalArtsInEducationWeek

    Educators, principals, students, and parents participate in this week by hosting a celebration of art in their school or community. These celebrations include art exhibits, talent shows, special performances, presentations, readings, and art competitions.

    Students can also explore other types of arts, which include digital arts, culinary arts, plastic arts, and architecture. During the week, advocates of art education are encouraged to work with their elected officials and decision-makers to share the value of arts in education. This is also a week for those who have been positively affected by arts in education to share their story.
    Help spread awareness for this week on social media with #NationalArtsInEducationWeek or #BecauseOfArtsEd.


    In 2010, Congress passed House Resolution 275. This bill designated the week beginning the second Sunday in September as National Arts In Education Week.


  • NATIONAL BEAUTY AND BARBER WEEK – Second Full Week in September


    The second full week in September encourages us to see the Beauty beyond the circumstances during National Beauty and Barber Week. If you like making others look good or enjoy looking beautiful, this celebration is for you! That means, students, clients, stylists, barbers, nail and skin techs, educators, and industry leaders, too. Spend the week exploring career opportunities, sharing professional skills, and “Seeing the beauty” around us.

    No matter what life throws at us, we can always seek beauty in the world around us. Often, that beauty is in the way we persevere. You may be a professional keeping us looking sharp and beautiful. Or you may be a student seeking a career in the industry. Of course, even the clientele join the celebration. Seek the beautiful opportunities that empower us and help us overcome any obstacles standing in our way.

    • Strategize safety measures
    • Youth and students explore future careers
    • Develop new client goals

    National Beauty and Barber Week focuses on the beauty beyond the skin. And while the industry experiences difficulties from time to time, the observance reminds us it’s more important to “See the beauty” while striving for a greater world.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BeautyAndBarberWeek #BeYOUtifulBarberWeek

    Celebrate a week of beauty and success! Invite clients, up and coming stylists, and other businesses to join events. Work together to bring your vision of beauty to life.

    • Support others in their career path by helping them enroll in their program of choice or understand the opportunities available.
    • Get people where they need to go by providing information, assistance or transportation.
    • Help students prepare for State Licensure or give assistance and encouragement for someone needing to retake their exams.
    • Be prepared for the unexpected by scheduling safety training or financial classes and sharing crisis management resources.
    • Improve your understanding of Business Management. As a Salon Owner/Employee or the Self Employed, review investments and insurance benefits. Share your knowledge with others in the industry.
    • Bring in the clientele by placing advertisements and coupon offers in local newspapers. Include offers in circulars, emails, social media or mail-outs. Remind them you’re still there for them.
    • Make contact with your clients. Call them to say hello and how much you appreciate them. You might also find out you’re exactly the person they needed to hear from.
    • Clients, support your local stylists and barbers. It may be as simple as scheduling an appointment. But there’s more you can do, too! Purchase a gift card or bring a treat like lunch or coffee. Another important way to support these businesses is by making a referral or leaving a positive review on their social media. These actions drive more business their way. And don’t forget to leave a gratuity.

    Another way to celebrate includes posting pictures of clients, students, the services you provide or receive, and any of the celebrations you’re hosting. When you do, be sure to use #BeautyAndBarberWeek and #BeYOUtifulBarberWeek to share on social media.


    National Beauty and Barber Week Logo with Tools black bkgd2Frederick & TeQuilla Holloway (Owners of Funtology, Inc– NonProfit Organization) created this holiday in 2020 while experiencing their first Mandatory Quarantine (COVID-19). This week is to encourage LOVE, inspire BRIGHTER futures and focus on personal individualisms while “Seeing the Beauty” from within.

    In 2020, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Beauty and Barber Week to be observed the second full week in September, annually.

    About Funtology

    Funtology began in August of 2014 for Youth in After School. The Interactive Career Path Program is designed for 3rd to 12th-grade students. Youth can choose career paths as they learn more about them in the practical realm.


  • NATIONAL FOLIC ACID AWARENESS WEEK | Second Full Week in September

    NATIONAL FOLIC ACID AWARENESS WEEK | Second Full Week in September

    National Folic Acid Awareness Week seeks to spread awareness about the importance of folic acid. The observance takes place every year during the second full week of September. It is especially crucial for pregnant women as folic acid helps to prevent some kinds of congenital disabilities.

    Folic acid is a type of B vitamin called vitamin B9. Folic acid helps the body produce and maintain new cells. It also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. Doctors highly recommend that women who are planning to become pregnant, or who already are pregnant, to get plenty of folic acid. The following foods provide excellent sources of folic acid:

    • Dried beans
    • Peas
    • Lentils
    • Oranges
    • Whole wheat products
    • Broccoli
    • Beets
    • Spinach

    Even when eating these foods, however, many women do not receive the recommended amount of folic acid. Most women should get 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. Pregnant women should get 600 micrograms. Additionally, when breastfeeding, mothers should get 500 micrograms. Most physicians recommend that women take a folic acid supplement. Getting the proper amount of folic acid can prevent up to 70% of serious congenital disabilities that affect the brain and spine. These types of defects are called neural tube defects. Two of the most common types of neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly.

    Each year, 3,000 pregnancies in the United States are affected by neural tube defects. Worldwide, 300,000 babies are born with neural tube defects each year. According to the CDC, increasing folic acid intake can prevent up to 210,000 babies from being born with this type of defect.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFolicAcidAwarenessWeek

    The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) promotes the week by hosting a variety of events. These events aim to spread awareness about the role of folic acid in preventing neural tube defects. To participate:

    • Research the importance of taking folic acid
    • Learn more about neural tube defects
    • Commit to eating more foods containing folic acid
    • Develop recipes containing high amounts of folic acid
    • Talk to your doctor to see whether you need a folic acid supplement

    To spread awareness, share #NationalFolicAcidAwarenessWek on social media.


    This special week has always been held in January during Birth Defects Prevention Month.

  • NATIONAL FALL FOLIAGE WEEK – Begins Last Sunday in September


    National Fall Foliage Week lasts one week, beginning on the last Sunday of September. For many people, this is their favorite time of year. They like the moderate temperatures and colorful landscapes. Autumn can be a visual interlude between the green of summer and the white of winter. And for one week, National Fall Foliage week fall colors are sought out nationally.

    This is a great week to enjoy a walk through the woods, a hike, or a drive in the country to see the colorful changes of the foliage. For most of the U.S. the color change is just beginning, so it’s a good time to scope out the colors to come. An advantage to getting out this week is that shops and stores welcome seasonal tourists with special events and foods.

    Great places to observe fall foliage are in the National and State Parks. Hill country offers some of the best viewing. Those regions with varied elevations in their landscape show prime fall colors for more extended periods. Fall colors begin at the highest elevations and work their way down to the lower elevations.

    Keep in mind that it’s difficult to predict exactly when the leaves will turn in any given location. The best strategy is to select your travel dates in advance but not your destination. Then before heading out, call the fall foliage hotlines for current information about fall colors in specific areas. Some official state tourism websites and state park websites also have up-to-date reports on fall foliage.

    This fun interactive map will help you plan your trip to catch peak colors anywhere in the U.S.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FallFoliageWeek

    Visit a nature park. Pick apples at an orchard. Take a drive with someone (especially someone who isn’t able to drive) through the forested areas.

    Follow the trip savvy link to learn more ideas in your area.

    Use #fallfoliageweek to follow the event on social media.


    In 2014, the Yankee Chef Jim Bailey created National Fall Foliage Week to bring families together as nature changes her coat of many colors for the next season. The day starts each year on the last Sunday in September when the temperatures begin to cool and harvests begin in earnest. On his website, he reminds us that the time wasn’t only “when families came together for the harvest of the winter crop, but starting on the allocated day of rest, frolic and beauty that was and is, Sunday.”



  • NATIONAL CHIMNEY SAFETY WEEK – Week Before Fire Safety Week


    In the spirit of the season, cooler weather brings National Chimney Safety Week – the week before National Fire Prevention Week. The observance aims to reach and teach people about chimney and venting safety.

    The US. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are an average of 17,600 chimney fires that occurred annually in the U.S. between 2015 and 2017.

    It’s not just wood-burning chimneys that can be hazardous. Gas fireplaces, gas or oil heating appliances and water heaters, or other fuel-burning appliances can create unsafe chimneys, too. So, inspect chimneys every year. External factors other than the fire source can cause dangerous situations, including weather, animals residing in the flue, aging structure, and foreign obstructions.

    Industry sources say the majority of chimney fires go undetected, especially those chimney fires that are not easily detected. Slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have fuel to be dramatic or visible. They often go undetected until a later chimney inspection.

    One of the most apparent dangerous elements is creosote build-up in a chimney. This can happen when the air supply is restricted, unseasoned wood is used, or chimney temperatures are so cold that creosote condenses on the walls of the flue.

    Chimney Fires Facts and Statistics:
    • A majority of chimney fires go undetected.
    • Chimney fires can reach up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The leading cause of chimney fires is the buildup of creosote inside the chimney.
    • Once a fire ignites within a chimney, it likely will happen again if no remedial attention is given.
    • Signs of a chimney fire include cracks in flue tiles or masonry, discolored chimney cap, warped metal of the damper, creosote flakes, etc.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ChimneySafetyWeek

    Have a professional chimney sweep inspect your chimney

    Prevent a chimney fire by following these steps:

    • Use only dry, seasoned wood in your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Don’t burn trash or large pieces of cardboard in your fireplace.
    • Inspect your chimney for holes or cracks where sparks or embers can escape.
    • Install a carbon monoxide detector near your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Install a working smoke detector on every level of your home.
    • Use a fireguard in front of your fireplace to protect against hot embers popping into the room.
    • Don’t go to bed before properly extinguishing all hot embers.
    • Don’t scoop out hot ashes from your fireplace.
    • Keep ashes in a metal container at least 10 feet from the home.
    • Make sure your fireplace or stove gets sufficient air to allow proper burning.
    • Hire a local certified chimney sweeper to inspect and clean your chimney before you start your fireplace or wood stove

    On social media, use #NationalChimneySafetyWeek to join the conversation.


    It is generally agreed that Chimney Safety Week began in 1978. The following two resources property owners can turn to for more information to determine how to best protect their families and property through proper chimney safety:

    While National Day Calendar continues its research into the creation of this National Week we understand according to Tom Hunkele (NCSG President), “both the CSIA and the NCSG are a source of education to the American consumer and both provide exceptional educational programs which lead those within our industry to providing the very best service to the American homeowner.”



  • DEAF DOG AWARENESS WEEK – Last Full Week in September


    Deaf Dog Awareness Week is the last full week of every September. It’s estimated there are about 35,000 dogs in the United States who are deaf in both ears. Dogs who are deaf in just one ear are more common, about 120,000.

    More than 30 breeds of dogs have a known susceptibility for deafness. Some of those breeds include Australian shepherd, Boston terrier, cocker spaniel, Dalmatian, German shepherd, Jack Russell terrier, Maltese, toy and miniature poodle, and West Highland white terrier.

    In most of these dogs, the deafness is hereditary. And for nearly all, it is associated with piebald or merle coat patterns. (Merle is a pattern in a dog’s coat. Merle comes in different colors and patterns. The merle gene creates mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-colored eyes, and can affect skin pigment as well.) So, almost any dog with white in its fur or any “blue” dog is at least more likely to be deaf.

    The Deaf Dog Education Fund says, “The most common cause of congenital deafness is pigment-related. If there is unpigmented skin in the inner ear, the nerve endings atrophy and die off in the first few weeks of the puppy’s life, resulting in deafness.” Click here to learn more:


    Other than the loss of hearing, deaf dogs behave normally. They make all the regular sounds just like hearing dogs. Dogs who lose their hear or are born deaf, are also fully trainable, social, and eager to please. Trainers give commands using sign language. As with hearing dogs, hand signals are an effective training tool.

    Since they cannot hear cars or other dangers approaching, a deaf dog should never be allowed to roam freely outdoors. Owners should provide a secure fenced enclosure instead. In some cases, electronic signaling devices are used to communicate with the dog.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DeafDogAwarenessWeek

    Learn more about deaf dogs from the Pet Health Network.

    Learn more about rescuing a deaf dog.

    Contribute to an organization that cares for deaf dogs.

    Follow on social media. Use #DeafAwarenessDogWeek #NationalDeafPetWeek to join the conversation


    Why is Deaf Dog Awareness Week celebrated this week? It’s because this week is both National Dog Awareness Week and Deaf Awareness Week.


  • INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF – Last Full Week in September


    International Week of the Deaf during the last week of September draws attention to the accomplishments of people who are deaf and also promotes their rights. (It is also known as the Deaf Awareness Week or International Week of Deaf People.)

    During this week, organizations publicize many activities and informational campaigns to educate people about deafness. Additionally, companies and agencies often mark the event. Schools, colleges, and universities hold awareness events as well.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) reports around 466 million people worldwide to have disabling hearing loss (1). Of those, 34 million are children. 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes. The WHO estimates 1.1 billion young people between 12 and 35 years of age at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings such as music concerts.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WeekOfTheDeaf

    Recognize achievements of deaf people and those who were instrumental in their advancement. Notable figures include bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno, actress Marlee, actor Leslie Nielsen, Girls Scouts of America founder Juliette Low, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, Guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend of The Who.

    Visit the website World Federation of the Deaf.

    Read a brief online story of the fantastic history of deafness in society and how it’s been overcome.

    Use #WeekOfTheDeaf or #IWDeaf to follow on social media.

    Learn a few sign language expressions. Here’s a good place to start. Visit to start.

    Read a book about deafness
    • Freddy and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson.
    • The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs.
    • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.
    • Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard by Nora Ellen Groce.
    • A Loss for Words by Lou Ann Walker.


    International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last week of September each year to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held.




    The third week in September is National Security Officer Appreciation Week. It recognizes the in-house and contract security personnel you see patrolling stores, schools, concerts, banks, and other business. It’s a career that involves being flexible and getting along with a diverse group of people.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1,194,000 security officers in the United States. The educational requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent. Advanced positions may require additional education and training. The median annual income across the U.S. for security officers is $28,590.

    Records of security guards in action go back to the middle ages in Europe. Watchmen were employed to look after valuables as well as to observe and report on any incoming attacks. Later in America, they became known as night-watchmen. Eventually, the title evolved to a more general and inclusive title such as security guard, private patrol officer, or security officer.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SecurityOfficerAppreciationWeek

    When you see a security officer on the job, stop and thank them for their work. Learn more about the role of a security officer and the many places a security officer may be working.

    Show your appreciation of them by using #SecurityOfficerAppreciationWeek and #ThankUSecurity on social media.

    Learn more about the profession or to recognize a security officer, visit Allied Universal.


    Allied Universal initiated National Security Officer Appreciation Week in 2015.




    The third week in September recognizes surgical technologists during National Surgical Technologists Week. They are the people who keep you safe and healthy during surgery. They make the operating room efficient and keep the patient safe. National Surgical Technologist Week promotes the profession and educates people about the vital role that surgical technologists play in operating rooms.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 108,000 surgical technologists work in the U.S. Their median income is just over $47,000. The predicted job growth for surgical technicians is expected to be higher than the national average for all other jobs. It’s anticipated the number of surgical technicians in the next 10 years in the U.S. will grow 12%. That’s because advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

    Surgical technologists typically do the following:
    • Prepare operating rooms for surgery.
    • Sterilize equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery.
    • Ready patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites.
    • Help surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies.
    • Count supplies, such as surgical instruments, to ensure that no foreign objects are retained in patients.
    • Maintain a sterile environment to prevent patient infection.

    Before Surgery — As the Mayo Clinic describes the job, surgical technologists prepare patients. Preparation can include prepping their incision site, transporting them to the operating room and covering them in surgical drapes.

    During Surgery — Surgical technologists assist physicians during surgery. They are in charge of retrieving tools, counting needles and supplies, and cutting sutures. Basically, anything the doctor needs, surgical technologists are there to lend a hand. Whether that’s something as simple as passing the forceps or caring for a specimen taken for laboratory analysis, a surgical technologist gets it done.

    After Surgery – A surgical technologist helps surgeons make sure all tools are accounted for and assist with applying sterile dressings. The surgical technologist also helps the medical team clean the operating room to reduce the risk of infection for the next patient.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SurgicalTechnologistsWeek

    Nominate a surgical technologist for the annual recognition by the Association of Surgical Technologists.

    Use #SurgicalTechnologistWeek to follow the conversation on social media.

    If you’re considering the profession for yourself or someone else, read some of the details of becoming a surgical technologist.


    In 1984, the Association of Surgical Technologists Board of Directors dedicated the third week in September to recognizing surgical technologists. The week has been celebrated every year since.