Michigan Firsts: Joan L. Wolfe

On this day in 1977, Joan L. Wolfe became the first woman to chair a major commission.

Wolfe, born in 1929, was an extraordinary Michigan woman who became one of the most impactful environmentalists in our state’s history. Alongside her accomplishment of becoming the first woman to chair a major state commission, Joan Wolfe also founded the West Michigan Environmental Action Council in 1968, became a member of the first Natural Resources Trust Fund Board, was a part of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Electric Energy Alternatives, and played a major role in the passage of the landmark Michigan Environmental Protection Act of 1970.

In 1996, she was one of the eight honorees of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Henry Ford’s World Speed Record

On January 12, 1904 in New Baltimore, Michigan, Henry Ford personally drove the rechristened 999 with his mechanic Ed “Spider” Huff at the throttle. A new land speed record was achieved of 91.37 mph (147.05 km/h) on an ice track carved into Lake St. Clair’s Anchor Bay. It stood for only a few weeks, but this was ample time to bring more good publicity for Ford’s new company.

Human Trafficking and Slavery Awareness Day

With nearly two dozen related pieces of legislation passed in 2014 alone, the Michigan Legislature has been adamantly fighting Human Trafficking in an effort to make Michigan safer for its residents. In addition to these new laws, Governor Snyder also assembled a special team this March, led by Cpl. Erin Diamond from Wayne County, to combat human trafficking in Michigan.

  • Today, there are more slaves in the world than at any other point in human history with an estimated total of 20 to 30 million slaves.
  • Of those millions of individuals, it is estimated that anywhere from 600 to 800 thousand people are trafficked across international borders every year.
  • 80% of the slaves today are female and nearly half are believed to be children. The average victim is between the ages of twelve and fourteen years old.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! Here are some tips for saving money on energy this winter.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages people to look for ways to reduce energy costs, and save on their energy bills.

It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:

  • Weatherproof your home
  • Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
  • Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
  • Properly maintain furnace
  • Use solar heat if possible
  • Turn down thermostats
  • Turning off lights when leaving a room
  • Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
  • Lower water heater temperature
  • Take shorter showers
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Carpool whenever possible

The above listed are just a few of the many ways to conserve energy.  Using these tips, along with the others ones you may already have in practice, as well as all new energy saving tips that you can find online, you will be able to move forward better each day saving money for you home and family.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today we salute our law enforcement! We greatly appreciate their hard work to keep our communities safe!

On Jan. 9, 2017, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.

Here are a few ways you can show your support on Jan. 9:

  • Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops.
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
  • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
  • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
  • Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
  • Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
  • Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s webpage or social media pages.

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.

National Mentoring Month

Research shows that quality mentoring relationships have a positive impact on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situation.

Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development and social and economic opportunity. Being a mentor is one of the most important things you can do for a child. One hour a week can make a big difference in a young person’s life.

National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002, and is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Participants in the National Mentoring Month campaign include leading nonprofit organizations and numerous governors and mayors. Designated nonprofit and governmental agencies are responsible for coordinating local campaign activities in communities across the country, including media outreach and volunteer recruitment.