It is hard to believe the month of September is already upon us. By now, most children are back in school, so please be mindful of school zones, the day is becoming shorter with less daylight hours, and there just may be a briskness in the air for a few moments.
September is a month we celebrate Labor Day, a holiday that began when it was signed into law in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland. According to Peter McGuire, the person generally given credit for the holiday, the first Monday of the month in September was chosen for this holiday simply because it was halfway between July 4 and Thanksgiving.
Another Federal observance day that takes place in September is Constitution Day. Although it is officially on Saturday, September 17, recognition of Constitution Day will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Live Oak Hall. This course is being presented by Jerry Colen, who will speak to participants about the American constitution and its history. He will touch upon the commemoration of the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787 and recognize the thirty-nine delegates who signed it. Cost to attend is $3 for members and $8 for non-members.
Speaking of constitutions, Master the Possibilities September Visiting Speaker, Mary Adkins, will share the life and times of Chesterfield Smith, known as America’s Lawyer. Never heard of him? Attend this presentation and learn how he was one of the most influential lawyers of his time, helped create Florida’s modern constitution, and was among the first to stand up to President Richard Nixon and his illegal actions in the Watergate scandal. Cost is $8 for members and $13 for non-members to attend this 3 to 4:15 p.m. event on Tuesday, September 13. Mary Adkins teaches at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She has researched and presented many times on Florida legal history.
World Literacy Day is September 8. Facilitator Joseph Bartosh will share with participants who attend the successes in some of the world’s most impoverished countries and help celebrate the advances in literacy in countries around the world. He will share the importance of literacy world-wide and what needs to be done so that large segments of the world’s population do not simply get left behind. Attend this event on Thursday, September 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited.
For a complete list of September courses and events at our Education Center, visit our website at www.masterthepossibilities.org. For assistance with registration, feel free to call our Main Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (352) 861-9751.