Treasurer’s Message

Shawn Welch

PORAC Treasurer

April is always a fun month for everyone. In doing research on what to write about, I looked up all the holidays in April. I discovered there is a holiday for just about everything. What does this have to do with being a treasurer or money? I will answer that after listing out the holidays.

April 1: April Fools’ Day, Major League Baseball Opening Day, Maundy Thursday and National Burrito Day. April 2: Good Friday, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, and World Autism Awareness Day. April 3: National Find a Rainbow Day and World Party Day. April 4: Easter, International Carrot Day, National Hug a Newsperson Day, Qingming Festival and Tell a Lie Day. April 5: National Deep Dish Pizza Day. April 6: National Siamese Cat Day, National Sorry Charlie Day, National Student Athlete Day, National Tartan Day and New Beer’s Eve. April 7: National Beer Day, National No Housework Day, National Walking Day and World Health Day. April 8: National Empanada Day. April 9: National Name Yourself Day, National Unicorn Day and National Winston Churchill Day. April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day and National Siblings Day. April 11: National Barbershop Quartet Day, National Eight-Track Tape Day, National Pet Day and National Submarine Day. April 12: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. April 13: International Be Kind to Lawyers Day, National Make Lunch Count Day, National Peach Cobbler Day and National Scabble Day. April 14: National Ex-Spouse Day, National Gardening Day and National Look Up at the Sky Day. April 15: National High Five Day, National Laundry Day and Tax Day. April 16: National Eggs Benedict Day, National Librarian Day, Selena Day and Wear Pajamas to Work Day. April 17: Husband Appreciation Day, International Bat Appreciation Day, International Haiku Poetry Day and National Cheese Ball Day. April 18: National Animal Crackers Day, National Lineman Appreciation Day and National Velociraptor Awareness Day. April 19: National Garlic Day. April 20: Chinese Language Day, National Look-Alike Day and National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day. April 21: Administrative Professionals Day, National Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day, National Kindergarten Day, National Tea Day and Tiradentes Day. April 22: Earth Day and National Jelly Bean Day. April 23: Day of Silence, National Cherry Cheesecake Day, National Picnic Day, National Take a Chance Day, St. George’s Day, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and World Book Day. April 24: National Pigs in a Blanket Day and National Skipping Day. April 25: Anzac Day, Kiss and Make Up Day, National DNA Day, National Drug Take Back Day, National Hairstylist Appreciation Day, National Hug a Plumber Day, National Pet Parents Day, National Telephone Day and World Malaria Day. April 26: National Pretzel Day. April 27: National Prime Rib Day. April 28: International Guide Day, National Blueberry Pie Day, National Superhero Day and Stop Food Waste Day. April 29: International Dance Day and National Shrimp Scampi Day. April 30: Honesty Day, International Jazz Day, National Arbor Day, National Bubble Tea Day, National Hairball Awareness Day and National Raisin Day.

As leaders of our associations, we like to do things for our members — building a union hall or holding barbecues, paint nights, appreciation days … basically, any reason to have a party. All of these celebrations cost money, some much more than others, but little things can add up to a lot in a short period of time. Recently my association started to give an annual amount of money to one group, because every special day, they requested money so the department could do something for the members. I am all about having an appreciation day, but if you did something for every appreciation day, you would never have a week without a party — and shame on you if one appreciation day party or gift was better than another. In the end, everyone would be mad and blame you for the whole thing. So do we just not do anything? No, start a committee and assign it to come up with celebrations throughout the year, budget for the events and don’t allow any other appreciation days.

Have a wonderful April and try out some of the fun holidays listed above. They might just become an annual event for you.