September 2021 Events Calendar
Labor Day (US and Canada)
Monday September 6
The very first U.S. Labor Day parade took place in 1882 to call attention to the contributions of workers. Now we carry on this tradition of celebrating our hard work with a holiday on the first Monday of September.
Sete de Setembro (Brazil)
Tuesday September 7
On September 7th, 1822 Brazil claimed its independence from Portugal. Now, Brazil's Independence Day is considered a public day and is celebrated with outings, picnics, air shows, parades, and musical concerts.
Monday September 27–Wednesday September 29
This trade show focuses on processing and packaging, showcasing packaging equipment, materials, and containers from exhibitors who specialize in everything from food to pharmaceuticals. One might say it's the perfect place to think inside the box.
L'shanah tovah! Rosh Hashanah marks the Jewish New Year, and is followed by a 10 day period known as "The Days of Awe", a time for reflecting upon and repenting for one's actions in the past year. It is often celebrated with a 25 hour period of fasting, followed by a period of ten days known as "The Days of Awe" during which Jewish families might spend time at a synagogue, and consume foods like apple slices dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year ahead.
Wednesday September 15–Thursday September 16
Yom Kippur is the somber conclusion to the ten days of repentance that start with Rosh Hashanah, and it takes place this year from sundown on the 15th to sundown on the 16th. It is observed with confessions of sins, requests of forgiveness from loved ones, and abstention from food and drink.
Jim Rich Memorial Bike Ride (SLC)
Saturday September 25, 10:30am MDT
This yearly event honors Jim Rich, a dedicated employee, leader, and fondly-remembered mentor who worked for DG for over 10 years, and who was a staple on the DG Mechanical team. Jim retired in 2012 and passed away from ALS in April of 2013. The bike ride honors Jim and his love of the outdoors, and provides an opportunity for connection with each other and with Jim's family. The bike ride will start at 10:30am at the Millcreek Pipeline Trail, and will conclude with a BBQ lunch around noon.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Canada)
Also known as Orange Shirt Day (observed since 2013), September 30th was declared a statutory holiday in 2021-part of a country-wide response to the tragic discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School. This day honors Indigenous survivors, families, and communities; and brings public acknowledgement to the tragic legacy of Canada's Indian Residential Schools, as a part of the ongoing process of reconciliation.
Safety Committee Meetings
Want to help make DG safer? Contact Chris Klesse to join DG's safety committee meetings.
Wednesday September 18, noon MDT (Salt Lake City)
Thursday September 19, 10am EDT (Battle Creek)
Thursday September 19, noon EDT (Springfield)
Tuesday September 21, noon EDT (Atlanta)
Tuesday September 21, noon PDT (San Diego)
Now introducing the Safety Committee's Home Safety challenge series!
"Safety Has No Quitting Time"
Challenge 1: Creating a Home Safety Plan
Roll up your sleeves and get ready--we're challenging you to bring safety home. Starting in September, the Safety Committee is issuing the first in its series of "home safety" challenges. To kick things off, the first challenge will be to create a home disaster plan and to run a practice drill with your families and other home residents.
In preparation for this challenge, the Safety Committee will hold bi-monthly lunch and learns, during which we'll review our office Emergency Response Plans (ERP) as a starting point for your home ERPs. Sessions will feature written steps, pictures, and videos to help you get inspired. We encourage you to take what you learn and work with other residents in your home to create the plan--safety is for everyone, after all!
Participants can submit their plans to the Safety Committees in the form of written plans, photos, and videos. At the end of the month, the Safety Committees will hold a lunch and learn to review the thoroughness of the submitted drills and plans and select a winner to receive a prize: a home safety pack.
Interested? Check back for more information after the Labor Day weekend!