Greeting #9
August 29, 2014
Hafa Adai, Pago Bay Guam Rotarians!
Before we head in to a much welcome long weekend, I want to report on the following outcomes of our Board meeting held this afternoon.  As a new Rotary Club, there is still much we are learning and together we are gaining clarity.
You should be hearing from Treasurer Zeny if you have not already paid your Rotary dues. Be expecting an invoice shortly, if you have not already received one. Attendance is a very important responsibility as a Rotary member. As we are required to submit an attendance recorded to the District Governor’s office, you have been asked by Club Secretary Kris to send her an email to note your commitment to reading our meeting notes every week. This is a temporary arrangement until we are able to finalize our setup. In the meantime, your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
I want to recognize and thank your Board members who time out of their very busy schedules to attend this morning’s meeting: PP Ron McNinch, VP/PE Takumi Watanabe (via Skype), Treasurer Zeny Nace, Committee Directors Ealani Flores and John Rivera.
Some upcoming events and announcements:
  1. PP Ron McNinch will hold Ethics Training on September 13, October 18 and December 6. More information will be provided.
  2. October is Vocational Service Month. Vocational and New Generations Committee Director, Karen Tydingco and her team are planning a Career Fair. Please be on the look out for a call for volunteers.
  3. Joint Rotary Dictionary Drive. 3000 dictionaries are donated to 3rd graders in GDOE. Treasurer Zeny has volunteered to participate in this event.
  4. Joint Rotary Meeting on September 3: Uffizi Gallery Virtual Museum and Mixer. A donation of $20 from each member will be collected. This meeting will satisfy our September 5 weekly meeting.
  5. September is New Generations Month. Rotaract will hold a Youth Leadership Conference on September 27 at the Lotte Crystal Ballroom. Rotarian John Rivera and I will be participating in this conference.
  6. Rotary Club of Tumon Bay will hold its Melbourne Cup event on November 22nd at the Sheraton.
  7. December is Rotary Family Month, Committee Director, Anita Arile and her team are organizing an upcoming Rotary Christmas gathering. Tentative date is December 5.
Please let me know what role you wish to play in our Rotary Club, our Board will be happy to engage you in some way.
Don’t forget to exercise your civic duty and vote on Saturday!
Did you know . . . In 1894, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike. Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.
As a tribute to all our contributions and achievements as workers, I wish you all Happy Labor Day weekend! Learn more about the history of Labor Day as you read on.
Yours in Rotary,
Annette Santos, President, RECPBG
RY 2014-2015


Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.


Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it.Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a watershed moment in American labor history brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives.

On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers. In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified.

Many credit Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, while others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday.Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.

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