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CLERGY APPRECIATION DAY – Second Sunday in October


Clergy Appreciation Day on the second Sunday in October reminds us to recognize the work of ministers, pastors, and priests in the United States. This national day also falls in National Clergy Month, which is observed each October.

Many congregations take up a special offering on this day to bless their pastors. Others use the entire month of October to find different means to bless the leaders with meals, gifts and even paid vacations. As an individual, there are several ways to show your clergy appreciation.

  • Tell others – Tell them how much your church leader does for the congregation – and let your pastor overhear you.
  • Volunteer – churches offer more opportunities for volunteering than just about anywhere. Don’t wait to be voluntold.
  • Pray for your clergy – It should probably be in the first slot, but it seemed so obvious.
  • Write a note – Thank your minister for being an excellent leader, for his or her compassion or even something specific.
  • Ask – Find out where you can help. Some clergy don’t delegate enough or (see volunteer) so few people volunteer, they’ve taken all the burdens upon themselves.

Join your congregation in celebrating your clergy. Recognize them for their leadership, compassion, stewardship, and faith.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ClergyAppreciationDay

Thank your clergy for the work they do. Give them a shout out using the hashtag #ClergyAppreciationDay and post to your social media accounts. Encourage others to do the same. Being a pastor or other clergy member has its good days, and bad. Yet all leaders need to be recognized for the work and efforts.

Be sure you also personally thank them for all they do to help you and your family!


Hallmark Cards first started Clergy Appreciation National Day of Honor in 1992. The day later changed to Clergy Appreciation Day and is sometimes referred to as Pastor Appreciation Day.



On October 11, the International Day of the Girl seeks to bring awareness and solutions to the unique challenges that girls around the world face every day.

From the moment a child is born, she can grow up to be a scientist, author, business leader, mother, teacher or anything she may choose to be. Providing her with healthy options, education, and resources to make her own choices means removing some of the obstacles she faces.

Depending on where she lives, a young girl’s challenges will vary and how we approach addressing those issues will change. During International Day of the Girl, join the global call to action. Create real solutions; listen to the aspiration of young women; mentor someone who will someday overcome the challenges she faces.


Join events around the world designed to improve the lives of girls in the most impoverished nations. Become a mentor. Make a donation of supplies to schools. Be inspired by or inspire girls in your life by speaking about women leaders from the past and present.

Whether she was a teacher or an author, a political leader or an activist, share the stories of those who have made changes for the better in the world.

Be a part of the difference that makes lives better for aspiring young girls around the globe and use #DayOfTheGirl to share on social media.


In 1995 at the World Conference on Women, nearly 30,000 people from approximately 200 countries arrived in Beijing, China. It was the fourth such world conference. During it, the attendees developed the most comprehensive platform for advancing women’s rights around the world.

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as International Day of the Girl Child due to the advocacy seen around the world. The UN encourages increased activism.




Each year on October 11th, National Coming Out Day encourages civil awareness recognizing and supporting those in the LGBTQ community. 

The day celebrates individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender – coming out regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people.

One in two Americans knows someone who is gay or lesbian. The ratio applied to transgendered Americans is one in ten.

The day is dedicated to raises awareness of the civil rights of the LGBTQ community. Through education and support, and sharing their stories, it is hoped they may be more able to live openly and safely.

As more of the LGBTQ community come out, those who know them are more likely to become more educated. They also become more supportive and understanding, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalComingOutDay

Attend a rally. Support someone you know as the approach coming out to their friends and loved ones. Share your coming out stories. Ask questions or learn more by visiting hrc.org. Learn about the Stonewall Uprising or other pivotal events in the LGBTQ community. Use #NationalComingOutDay to post on social media.


In 1988, Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary National created Coming Out Day on the anniversary of National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights to show support for the LGBTQ community. Eichberg was a New Mexico psychologist and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience. O’ Leary was an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and at the time, the head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. Together, they created the day as a reminder that coming out is one of their most powerful basic tools.



Food lovers across the country enjoy National Sausage Pizza Day on October 11th each year. Whether served on a thin or thick crust, sausage pizza goes well with other toppings, too. Don’t hesitate to add mushrooms and a variety of cheeses. What’s even better about sausage pizza are the different kinds of sausage to choose from.
While Italian sausage may be preferred, try experimenting. Add more garlic or try additional spice. Try smoky sausages such as chorizo or even a kielbasa visit with your local butcher for sausage suggestions. They’ve probably been smoking up the latest experiment just for you to try.
Sausage comes in many combinations, too. Lighter forms and different ages offer flavors that complement our toppings. A little sweet with the savory creates a modern taste experience.
Sautéd onions add amazing flavor to sausage pizza. While cooking up the onions add a few portabella mushrooms to the pan. Once you’ve added them to your pizza, sprinkle the top with feta cheese and fresh basil. You won’t regret it.
Pizza Facts
  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese, which some attribute to the beginning of the pizza.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie.
  • The Romans developed a pastry with a sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant. It was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • An estimated 2 billion pounds of pizza cheese was produced in the United States in 1997.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in New York’s Little Italy in 1905.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SausagePizzaDay

Invite friends and family over for homemade sausage pizza. Or go out for your favorite kind of sausage pizza and make it a celebration. While you’re out and about, be sure to give a shout out to your favorite establishment. Do you like thin or thick crust? How do you eat your pizza? Crust first, point first or do you fold it? We want to know. Everyone has their own pizza-eating styles.

Onion and Sausage Pizza
Chicago Deep Dish Sausage Pizza

Use #SausagePizzaDay to post on social media.

Do you want to know more? Check out these 5 Amazing Pizza World Records.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday. 



General Pulaski Memorial Day on October 11th, honors a Polish hero of the American Revolution.

The day is set aside in the United States to recognize Casimir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant. Over two centuries ago, he joined the Continental Army and soon rose in the ranks to Brigadier General.

Alongside General George Washington, he built a legacy that included raising an arm of the colonial military as yet undeveloped – the cavalry. As such, he became known as the father of the American cavalry.

While only 15 years-old, Pulaski earned battle experience when his homeland of Poland and Russia went to war. He later immigrated to the British Colonies after meeting Benjamin Franklin in Paris. It was Pulaski’s experience on the battlefield and his perseverance that gained General Washington’s trust. However, Pulaski would not see the end of the war. Injured in battle, he died wounds suffered at the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779. General Pulaski died a few days later on October 11th. 

The day also honors Polish immigrants and their descendants across the country. Generations have contributed to the founding of the United States, and its continued growth. Whether through service in the Armed Forces or skilled labor, innovation, or the arts, their enduring heritages lives on.

Presidential Proclamation 2018

HOW TO OBSERVE #GeneralPulaskiMemorialDay

Learn more about General Pulaski and the history of the United States Cavalry. Visit a cavalry museum or read about General Pulaski.

Francis C. Kajencki published The Pulaski Legion in the American Revolution in 2004.

David R. Collins published Casimir Pulaski: Soldier on Horseback in 1995 for young readers.

Use #GeneralPulaskiMemorialDay to post on social media.


In 1929, Congress passed a resolution designating October 11th as General Pulaski Memorial Day. Each year, a new presidential proclamation renews the resolution.   (Public Resolution 16 of 1929)

A Presidential Proclamation has been issued each year since (except 1930).

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October 11 History


Invented by John Stevens, the first steam-powered ferry boat begins operations between NYC and Hoboken, NJ.


The Scotland-born inventor immigrated to the Dakota Territory and received U.S. Patent No. 248,179 helping to revolutionize the photography world. At the same time, George Eastman was developing his camera business and bought the rights to Houston’s patent for roll-film.


Dorr Eugene Felt patents the first accurate and practical adding machine, patent No. 371496


The heritage organization, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is founded.


At an event held at Kinloch Field in St. Louis, MO, pilot Arch Hoxsey invites former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to join him in a short flight. Despite being surprised by the invitation, the adventurous colonel accepts. He flew with Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers and the quick spin around the sky lasted only 4 minutes.


NASA launches Pioneer 1, its first space probe. However, the spacecraft fails to reach a stable orbit.


NASA launches its first successful manned mission of the Apollo space program from Cape Kennedy.


The comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live, launches on NBC. Created by Lorne Michaels the show has brought such memorable characters as Gumby, The Church Lady, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, Roseanne Roseannadanna, Stuart Smalley, Hans and Franz, and Beldar Conehead.


Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a spacewalk.

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Recipe of the Day

Baked Oatmeal

Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  45 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


2 cups steel cut oats (not instant)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts or pecans (divided)
1/2 cup raisins or dates
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, well beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups chopped fruit – such as apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, apricots, blueberries, or bananas work well


Preheat the oven to 325°. Prepare a 9-inch baking dish by greasing the sides and bottom.

Spread the two cups of fruit evenly along the bottom of the baking dish.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients and 1/2 of the nuts together. Once mixed, add melted butter butter. Stir until ingredients are mixed well.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla together until combined.

Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Pour over the fruit in the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top of the mixture.

Bake in 325° oven for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and the oatmeal is set.

Serve hot or let cool and refrigerate covered overnight. Reheat, covered with aluminum foil at 325°.

October 11 Birthdays

George Williams – 1821

In 1844. the English philanthropist and businessman founded the Young Men’s Christian Association.

Henry John Heinz – 1844

Condiments became the businessman’s billion-dollar idea. It all started with horseradish in Pittsburgh, PA, and led to 57 varieties that we still enjoy today.

Eleanor Roosevelt – 1884

As the 34th First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with. Even before the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt was active in the American Red Cross and supported the League of Women Voters. During her term in the White House, she did more than greet guests and entertain. She was an outspoken advocate for civil liberties and often spoke publicly. Follow the President’s death, she served as a spokeswoman in the United Nations.

Harriet Boyd Hawes – 1888

As an archaeologist, Boyd gained recognition for her discovery at Gournia. Along with her discovery, she became the first archaeologist to completely excavate an Early Bronze Age Minoan site.

Nathaniel Wyeth – 1911

The mechanical engineer’s development of a type of polyethylene terephthalate made it possible to bottle carbonated beverages in plastic containers.

Dorothy Woolfolk -1913

The pioneering comic book editor is partially responsible for Superman’s weakness to kryptonite. She also served as an editor at three of the major comic franchises in the United States, including present-day DC and Marvel Comics.

Dan Evins – 1935

In 1969, businessman founded Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

MC Lyte – 1970

Born Lana Michele Moorer, the Grammy-nominated rapper became the first woman rapper to release a solo album.