“National Nutrition Month”: See www.dieticians.ca
“National Kidney Month”: For info see www.kidney.ca.
“National Liver Health Month”: See www.liver.ca.
“National Social Work Month”: See www.casw-acts.ca
“Youth Science Festival Month”: For info see www.youthscience.ca.
“Employee Spirit Month”: This month seeks to inspire the most vital part of any organization: the employees. Motivate your employees – create employee spirit. For info and tips, call Harriet Meyerson 214-373-0080. email Harriet@ConfidenceCenter.com.
“National Epilepsy Month”: See www.epilepsy.ca for info.
“International Fraud Prevention Month”: See the Ontario Securities Commission for info www.osc.gov.on.ca.
“National Red Cross Month”: See www.redcross.ca.
“International Listening Awareness Month”: Dedicated to learning more about the impact listening has on all human activity. Call Nanette Johnson-Curiskis 877-854-7836 or 952-594-5697, see www.listen.org
“Optimism Month”: Research proves optimists achieve more health, prosperity and happiness than pessimists. For a free tips sheet and to set up an interview with Dr Michael Mercer call 847-382-0690, email email@example.com, www.DrMercer.com.
Mar 4 “Courageous Follower Day”: To dispel the myth that followers are passive and to raise awareness that good followership is energetic and at times courageous. Call Ira Chaleff 301-933-3752, email firstname.lastname@example.org, seewww.exe-coach.com.
Mar 6-12“Celebrate Your Name Week”: Your name identifies you to the world. Make sure it isn’t an ignored part of your personhood. A different name-related theme each day at email@example.com. For info contact Jerry Hill by email. www.namesuniverse.com.
Mar 8 “International (Working) Women’s Day”: A day to honour women, especially working women. Widely adopted and observed in many nations. In Russia it is a national holiday and flowers or gifts are presented to women workers. www.swc-cfc.gc.ca
Mar 10 “Mario Day”: A day for all people named Mario to celebrate [Mar10 is the day and it spells out the name as well!] Call Mario Fascitelli 505-293-2634, email C21Allied@aol.com.
Mar 13 “Check Your Batteries Day”: Check the batteries in your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, HVAC thermostat, audio/visual remote controls and other electronic devices. Annually, the 2nd Sunday in March.
Mar 13 “Daylight Saving Time Begins”: From 2am on the second Sunday in March until 2am on the first Sunday in November.
Mar 15 “Ides of March”: This was the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. In the Roman calendar the days of the month were not numbered sequentially. Instead, each month had three division days [Kalends, Nones and Ides]. Days were numbered from these divisions [IV for Nones and III for Ides]. The Ides occurred on the 15th of the month [or the 13th in the months that had less than 31 days].
Mar 17 “St Patrick’s Day”: National holiday in the Republic of Ireland, and a great excuse to drink green beer in most every other country in the world. It commemorates the patron saint of Ireland, Bishop Patrick [AD389-461] who in 432 introduced Christianity to Ireland.
Mar 19 “Earth Hour”: Communities, businesses and governments around the world are invited to switch off lights for one hour at 8:30pm local time. See www.earthhour.org.
March 20 “Snowman Burning”: Reading of poetry heralding the end of winter and the arrival of Spring, followed by sacrifice in effigy, toasts and cheers. Call Lake Superior State University 906-635-2315, www.lssu.edu/snowman.
Mar 20 “Proposal Day”: Vernal Equinox – a day for single people to find the courage to propose to the one they love. But if you’re not ready for the big leap, use this day to send a gift to the one you love. The list of the world’s ten most eligible celebrity singles is available any time after March 1 at www.proposalday.com. Call John O’Loughlin 972-258-4996, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 20 “Spring”: In the Northern Hemisphere Spring begins today.
Mar 21 “World Down Syndrome Day”: see www.worlddownsyndromeday.org.
Mar 26 “Legal Assistants Day”: A day recognizing the many contributions made to the legal profession by legal assistants. Call Claudia A. Evart 212-779-2227, email email@example.com.
Mar 27 “Easter Sunday”: The most joyous festival of the Christian year, commemorating the resurrection of Christ.
Mar 27 “World Theatre Day”: For info go to www.world-theatre-day.org.
Mar 29 “National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day”: A day recognizing those very special husband-and-wife business owner teams that work and commune together. Call Rick/Margie Segel 781-272-9995, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 30 “Doctors’ Day”: To honour physicians on the anniversary of the occasion when Dr. Crawford W. Long became the first acclaimed physician to use ether as an anesthetic agent in a surgical technique, Mar 30, 1842. The red carnation has been designated the official flower of Doctors’ Day.
Marty had a media background and was attending UCLA and was running the university newspaper. In July 1955, the student editor was recruited to create an 1890-themed tabloid newspaper, The Disneyland News, which sold on Main Street during the park’s debut year. After completing his education, Marty returned to Disneyland publicity and marketing.
He was the person who actually wrote most of Walt’s personal material for publication. He was also a great ideas person and was the brains behind many of the things you see when you go to a Disney park today. For example, he designed “It’s a Small World.”
If you ever get a chance to read his autobiography, titled Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms, I encourage you to do so, because it is a great read and there are some valuable tips on marketing and branding that could help any business.
Marty ended his career as the Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. He once said, “Working with Walt Disney was the greatest ‘training by fire’ anyone could ever experience. Our training was by Walt, who was always there pitching in with new ideas and improving everyone else’s input. The fire was that we were constantly breaking new ground to create deadline projects never attempted before in this business. That, I’m proud to say, has never stopped in my years at Disney.”
Perhaps the best thing Marty ever did was develop what he called Mickey’s 10 Commandments and it hung on office doors and walls of every Imagineer’s office. Over time they grew in size to number 40 commandments as they were added to by other Imagineers. Here, then, are Marty’s 10 commandments. I think his commandments apply to our business more today than ever before.
If you would like to see the other 30 suggestions that were developed by other people at Disney send me an email, and I’ll be happy to share them with you.