February 2018

  FEBRUARY 2018 E-NEWS

 HAPPY MONTH OF “FEBRUARY” TO ALL MEMBERS,

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS & RETIREES

If you are celebrating a birthday this month, we would like to wish you a 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

February Calendar

February 2 – Groundhog Day
February 4 – Super Bowl LII (52) – Patriots vs Eagles.
February 13 – Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
February 14 – Ash Wednesday – Valentine’s Day
February 16 – Chinese New Year
February 19 – Presidents’ Day – BCEA office will be closed
February 21 – E-Board meeting – Wellness forms are due for reimbursement

Mark your calendar for important dates in March
March 7 – 1st membership meeting at the Buena Vista Library from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
March 8 – Costco representative will be at the Buena Vista library to offer discounted membership cards to BCEA full members.

A message from the BCEA president – Alex Reyes

This year will be a busy year for the Union president, the Negotiation team as well as the Union office as we prepare to face some exciting and challenging obstacles.

Besides the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics and more speeches from the President of the United States, the BCEA members should look forward to get news for the following events:

  • The first and for most important meeting of the year will be the membership meeting which will be on Wednesday, March 7th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Buena Vista Library. This will be the most important meeting not only for the members but also for the Fee payers which this Union has seen in decades. Please do your best not to miss it as very important topics will be in discussion.
  • The current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), will expire June 30, 2018. The 2018 BCEA negotiation survey will be mailed out and we do need every single member’s help to complete the form and return it to the BCEA office. Your input will be crucial to this process and will help the Negotiation Team to make decisions on what to take to the table for consideration based upon your input.
  • We will have our Annual Membership Appreciation luncheon in April.
  • By popular demand the Dodger Night will be back. Date TBD.
  • We are working to bring more entertainment options for our members.
  • We are also considering on creating an app for the BCEA to enable us to check the news and updates on our smartphones.
The BCEA office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am till 5 pm. The office is closed from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for lunch.The members are always welcome to stop by if :

  • They have a question
  • Want to meet with the president (please make an appointment)
  • Buy discounted tickets
  • Or simply take a break

There are brochures and flyers from various vendors who have discounted offers for our members

  • Abri Dental
  • Dr. Jason Pimentel – Chiropractor
  • Burbank City Federal Credit Union
  • Aflac
  • Dignity Memorial
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Car rental discounts from AVIS and Budget
  • Offers from Union Plus

Horoscope!!
Aquarius
January 20 – February 18

It’s Aquarius season and the world is abuzz with novel ideas and an air of individuality. The Sun is in your sign until February 18, making these peak weeks for your personal goals and independent pursuits and begging the question: What do you want to accomplish in 2018? In the first half of February, get clear on who you are, how you show up in the world and how to best use your gifts. Where can your unique contributions leave a meaningful mark?

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Pisces
February 19 – March 20

Feeling frazzled and frenetic as the month begins? It’s time to get your flow (and your glow) back, Pisces! February begins in the tailwind of the January 31 total lunar eclipse in Leo and your sixth house of health, organization and left-brained activity—major moonbeams that will reverberate into February.

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“February is the Black History Month”

February 2 – 

Groundhog Day History

Groundhog Day marks the midway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.  It is a derivative from the early Christian holiday of Candlemas Day.  The holiday is commemorated when a famous groundhog,  Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from his burrow and looks for his shadow.  The tradition goes that this day, is used to help determine how many weeks of winter might be left.  It is observed every year on February 2nd and was established in 1887.

Also, 

National Wear Red Day History

National Wear Red Day is a holiday dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease. Heart disease is currently the number one killer of women in America, claiming the lives of approximately 500,000 American women annually.
National Wear Red Day was established by the American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in 2003.  The day is celebrated annually by wearing red color to represent the fight against heart disease and stroke in an effort to generate awareness and initiate change.  By the 13th anniversary of the National Wear Red Day, the campaign had achieved many positive goals including these statistics: more than 33% of women in America have lost weight and more than 50% of American women are more physically active.  National Wear Red Day is celebrated on the first Friday of February annually.

February 4 – 

Super Bowl History

The Super Bowl is the season final championship game of National Football League (NFL) in the United States of America.  The matchup for this game is the winning teams of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC).  Super Bowl 1 was held in February of 1967. The 2016 game was Super Bowl 50.
The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events in the United States.  According Nielsen Media Research, in had over 114.4 million viewers in 2015.  It is held on the first Sunday in February.
Also, 

World Cancer Day History

World Cancer Day aims to save lives by raising awareness and educating the population about cancer. The day also serves to pressure governments and individuals to take action in order to prevent, treat and control cancers. Cancer is a heterogeneous group of diseases that result from abnormal cell growth and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body.
On February 4, 2000, World Cancer Day was officially established by the Paris Charter at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris.  The Paris Charter sought to promote research for a cure, prevention, services for patients and support from the global community.
February 12 – 

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday

Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

February 13 – 
Mardi Gras History

Mardi Gras marks the end of the Carnival season, a period observed by many Roman Catholics that starts at Epiphany on January 6 and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Mardi Gras).  Since Mardi Gras is the last day before lent (a solemn period observed by prayer, repentance, fasting, and moderation), it is often associated with lavish Carnival-like celebrations.

Also, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) History

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day and Mardi Gras, is a day for feasting in preparation for the sacrifice and fasting period of Lent, which begins the following day with Ash Wednesday.  Celebrations continue into the night of Shrove Tuesday as people engage in eating rich and fatty foods but they must end by midnight.  Carnivals are common during the Pre-Lenten Season, known as Shrovetide, street parties, carnivals and parades are also common. Aside from merriment, Shrovetide also serves the purpose of analyzing one’s own self and finding wrongdoings that need to be repent over Lent, as well as finding ones areas of spiritual growth that need God’s blessing.

February 14 – 

Ash Wednesday History

Ash Wednesday is mainly a Catholic observance in which ashes is marked on the forehead of parishioners in the shape of a cross.  The ashes are meant as a reminder of our mortality and sinfulness.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period (excluding Sundays) that ends with Easter.  This is a solemn period observed by prayer, repentance, fasting, and moderation.  Sundays are excluded as they are considered a celebratory day that represents the resurrection of Jesus and the Sabbath day of rest.
Also,

Valentine’s Day History

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and friendship. The idea of Valentine’s Day seems to have originated during the Middle Ages, somewhere around the 14th or 15th century.  The holiday derived its name from two Roman martyrs for love, both named Valentine.
The first Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, but not before leaving a note signed from your Valentine for his lady. The second Valentine was supposedly a bishop who secretly married young couples, an act that was forbidden by the Roman Emperor who wanted young men to first serve as soldiers before marrying.  Valentine ignored the law and was beheaded on February 14. An ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, a celebration for which young men randomly chose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities, has also been linked to the origins of Valentine’s Day. Since then, the custom of selecting a sweetheart on February 14th has spread through Europe and its colonies and transformed itself into the celebration of love and friendship that we know today.
February 16 – 

Chinese New Year History

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival celebrates a year of hard work and gives people the opportunity to wish for a lucky new year. It is China’s most important festival and involves family reunions, elaborate decorations and giving red envelopes.
Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar and usually falls between January 21 and February 20. In 2017 Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 288th. The Calendar functions on a 12 year animal cycle that many associate with the celebration.
February 19 – 

President’s Day History

President’s Day, or Washington’s Birthday as it is still legally known, was originally designed as a celebration of George Washington’s birth date.  In 1880, Congress voted to make this the first national holiday which honored an individual.  In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Bill, to give workers as many long weekends as possible. This moved as many holidays to a standard Monday each year.  Many states were already honoring Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th, and this celebration was combined with George Washington’s birthday, for one federal holiday.  It is observed on the third Monday in February each year.

February 21 –

International Mother Language Day History

International Mother Language Day seeks to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The day also seeks to support quality education, unity, diversity and international understanding.  Language is the most effective way humans have of communicating with one another and acts as a powerful instrument in the preservation and development of culture and ethnicity. According to UNESCO, about 2,500 languages, and thus their cultures, are currently at risk of extinction within a few generations. 
International Mother Language day was proclaimed by UNESCO in November of 1999 and was first observed on February 21, 2000.   The chosen date commemorates the date on which a group of university students were killed by the Pakistani Police in Dhaka (now Bangladesh) for using their mother language.

 

 

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