NATIONAL MEMO DAY
May 21st each year is National Memo Day? We’ll send you a reminder, just in case you forget.
A memo, short for a memorandum, is a document or other communication, intended to inform a group of people about a particular topic. Usually used in an office setting, memos serve a variety of purposes. A memorandum is a note or record made for future use and a written message, especially in business or diplomacy.
These missives also have gained a bad reputation by slipping into the wrong hands. In the modern world, that means shared infinitely on social media. When the messages contain proprietary business information, state secrets, or passionate opinions, memos are usually best kept out of print.
The observance aims to reduce the number of memos issued in the workplace. It also hopes that memo writers keep their messages brief and to the point.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMemoDay
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Develop your memo-writing skills. Reduce the number of memos you send. If you never send memos, maybe send a memo to celebrate the day with tips and suggestions.
- Know your audience
- Keep them short and to the point
- Date them
- Proofread them
Don’t forget to summarize your message and share your memos using #NationalMemoDay on social media.
Educators and Families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas designed to #CelebrateEveryDay. This week we include a time capsule project perfect for sending a memo to yourself.
NATIONAL MEMO DAY HISTORY HISTORY
In 1989, KMJI Majic Radio 100 FM out of Denver, Colorado, created the observance to shine a spotlight on the mountain of memos flooding the American workplace.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY
Each year on May 21st, we combine two favorites for a celebration on National Strawberries and Cream Day. Fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream is a must when strawberries are in season. They are the perfect, refreshing, light snack on a beautifully warm day!
With these bright red berries in season, it should be no surprise that it’s also National Strawberry Month. Strawberries are a very healthy snack as they are low-fat, low in calories, and an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.
Strawberries grow all over the world. Not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. With over 600 varieties, we have quite a few to choose from, too.
While strawberries and cream makes a great dessert, it can also be eaten for breakfast or a snack. You can also add a little granola for texture. If you enjoy chocolate, drizzle a little on top. No matter how you enjoy your strawberries, you just cannot go wrong with this treat.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StrawberriesAndCreamDay
Pick up some strawberries and whipping cream to celebrate the day. Enjoy this Strawberries and Cream recipe.
Use #StrawberriesAndCreamDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sweet berry holiday. While we do, enjoy these other strawberry holidays:
- Strawberry Ice Cream Day
- National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
- Strawberry Shortcake Day
- Strawberry Sundae Day
- National Strawberry Parfait Day
NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY
On May 21st, National American Red Cross Founder’s Day marks the anniversary of the American Red Cross. Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 and became the first president of the organization. She led the organization for the next twenty-three years.
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides assistance in the United States. It is the designated affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Headquartered in Washington D.C., the American Red Cross is governed by volunteers. In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross also offers services in five other areas:
- Community services to help the needy
- Communications services and comfort for military members and their families
- The collection, processing, and distribution of blood and blood products
- Educational programs on preparedness, health, and safety
- International relief and development programs
Like many women during the American Civil War, Clara Barton (1821-1912) rolled up her sleeves, bandaging, and nursing wounded soldiers. Following the war in 1869, she traveled to Europe, and for several years Barton volunteered her time working with the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War. Upon returning to the United States, she was determined to bring the Red Cross to America.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanReodCrossFundersDay
Learn more about the American Red Cross, its founder, and its volunteers. Discover local Red Cross history and its impact in your community. Following are a few sites to help you get started:
- A Story of the Red Cross by Clara Barton
- Clara Barton by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
- Blood, Sweat, and Tears: An Oral History of the American Red Cross by Michele Turk
Use #AmericanRedCrossFoundersDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDER’S DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this Red Cross holiday.
NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY
On May 21st, National Waitstaff Day recognizes the dedicated and often talented waitstaff. The day is set aside to shows appreciation to all waitstaff for making our dining experiences enjoyable ones. At the same time, restaurant owners and managers also recognize and express their appreciation to their team of waitstaff helping their restaurants thrive.
Waitstaff, servers, are a big determining factor in the quality of your dining experience. They serve as the communicator between the diner and the kitchen. While meeting the needs of several tables at once they also represent the restaurant by being knowledgeable and efficient. They are key to creating an extraordinary dining experience. The food may be delicious, but their attentiveness and attitude can make or change the whole experience.
Most waitstaff go out of their way to ensure you receive excellent service and ensure that you have the best time possible. They fill your drinks before you ask, bring extra bread, rolls or chips, give honest recommendations on food choices when asked, and are a valuable asset to any restaurant. Excellent servers turn diners into regulars who are known by name.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWaitstaffDay
We recognize our servers each time we enjoy a restaurant meal by leaving them a tip. If you receive stellar service, tell them you appreciate the excellent service they provided and leave a more generous tip. Continue to frequent the restaurant and don’t hesitate to let the manager know just how well the waitstaff treated you. Use #NationalWaitstaffDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WAITSTAFF DAY HISTORY
Gaylord Ward founded the holiday to create an opportunity for restaurant owners and patrons to recognize excellence in their waitstaff.
On Deck for May 22, 2020
- National Craft Distillery Day
- World Paloma Day
- National Maritime Day
- National Solitaire Day
- National Buy a Musical Instrument Day
- National Vanilla Pudding Day
- National Don’t Fry Day – Friday Before Memorial Day
- National Road Trip Day – Friday Before Memorial Day
- National Cooler Day – Friday Before Memorial Day
Recipe of the Day
3 Green Olives (optional)
Pour celery salt into 12 ounce glass.
Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into the glass.
Fill glass with ice.
Add the remaining ingredients and ice and stir.
Garnish with speared green olives and a celery stalk (optional). Bacon is a wonderful bonus too!
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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!
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