Rare Disease Day

Feb. 28 marks the tenth international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS. On and around this day hundreds of patient organizations from countries and regions all over the world will hold awareness-raising activities based on the theme of research. Rare Disease Day 2017 is therefore an opportunity to call upon researchers, universities, students, companies, policy makers and clinicians to do more research and to make them aware of the importance of research for the rare disease community.

National Ski Association was organized in Ishpeming

In 1904 a meeting was held in Ishpeming, Michigan to discuss formation of a national ski association, but it wasn’t until 1905 that the National Ski Association officially formed. Ishpeming Ski Club President Carl Tellefsen proposed holding a meeting after the 1905 jumping meet to found a ski association which, among other duties, would oversee jumping tournaments. In 1905, the association was formally organized during a meeting attended by officers from the Ishpeming, Minneapolis, Red Wing, Minnesota, Stillwater, Minnesota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin ski clubs. On February 21, 1905, Carl Tellefsen announced the formation of the National Ski Association with himself was its first president.

In 1962, the 57-year-old National Ski Association renamed itself the U.S. Ski Association (USSA), and moved its offices to Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1976 the USSA and the U.S. Ski Team agreed to part ways. The USSA continued to control the rules and governance of the sport, as well as organizing travel programs for recreational skiers, while the U.S. Ski Team focused solely on the elite national team.

In 1988 the USSA and U.S. Ski Team merged again under the direction of Thomas Weisel, who proposed the creation of a 15-person ‘super board’ responsible for governing both organizations. Howard Peterson, who was the CEO of the USSA at the time, was put in charge of the new organization as CEO and the USSA subsequently moved its national offices from Colorado Springs to its current location in Park City, Utah.


President’s Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

National Entrepreneurship Week

This annual celebration is designed to expand the visibility of National Entrepreneurship Week in the United States. The mission is to institutionalize it as a celebration of American entrepreneurs and to prepare the new business leaders of the future. The Week is in response to the U S House of Representatives Resolution #699, supporting an annual National Entrepreneurship Week and encouraging the celebration of it annually at the local, state, and national levels.

In Michigan, entrepreneurship encourages job creation and is a vital part of Michigan’s reinvention and continued growth. More Michigan startups have received venture backing than ever before. In 2015, 74 companies received $282 million from Michigan venture capital firms, representing a 48% increase in the last five years.

Free Fishing Weekend

This weekend event has been celebrated in Michigan every year since 1994. It provides a great way to showcase the state’s unique freshwater fishing opportunities and introduce anglers to a special winter experience. All fishing license fees are waived for the two days. Anglers can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

National Organ Donor Day

While there have been advances in medical technology and donation, the demand for an organ and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. As of today, a total of 121,722 people are waiting for an organ and roughly 22 people will die each day waiting for an organ. Here are some additional facts about organ donations:

  • 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
  • A national computer system and strict standards are in place to ensure ethical and fair distribution of organs. Organs are matched by blood and tissue typing, organ size, medical urgency, waiting time and geographic location.
  • People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
  • Organs and tissues that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, and heart valves.
  • Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions.
  • An open-casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.
  • There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for organ and tissue donation.
  • If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation can only be considered after brain death has been declared by a physician.
  • Information about an organ donor is only released to the recipient if the family of the donor requests or agrees to it. Otherwise, a patient’s privacy is maintained for both donor families and recipients.
  • When a patient is “added to the list,” a transplant hospital adds a patient’s medical information into UNOS’ computer system. The patient is not immediately placed on a ranked list. When a deceased organ donor is identified, UNOS’ computer system generates a ranked list of transplant candidates who are suitable to receive each organ. Factors affecting ranking may include blood type, tissue type, medical urgency, waiting time, expected benefit, geography and other criteria.


Career and Technical Education Month

In Michigan, Career and Technical education is designed as part of Michigan’s career preparation system to provide learners with experiences, knowledge, and skills that will prepare them to choose and obtain employment upon high school completion. CTE is a way of closing the skills gap, expanding economic opportunities and improving student outcomes.

Michigan is one of the leading states in apprenticeships, with a 14% increase in registered apprentices over the previous year and more than 13,700 active apprentices.

CTE Month is a public awareness campaign ACTE holds each February to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. CTE Month 2017, with its tagline of “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” gives you the chance to inform others of the innovation and excellence that exists within your local CTE programs and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE plays in readying our students for careers and our nation for economic success.