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George Washington's Birthday

George Washington was born on this day in 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

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.


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.

Presidents' 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.

John Glenn Orbits the Earth

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

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.

Rosa Parks Day

In 1997, the Michigan Legislature commemorated the significant role Mrs. Rosa L. Parks has played in the history of the state of Michigan and the nation when the Legislature declared that the first Monday following February 4 of each year shall be known as “Mrs. Rosa L. Parks day” through the passing of PA 28 of 1997.

Ronald Reagan's Birthday

Ronald Regan was born on this day in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois.

While best known for redefining the purpose of government, pressuring the Soviet Union to end the Cold War, and solidifying the conservative agenda for decades to come as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan was also a fulfilled college athlete at Eureka College, a Hollywood Actor, and the Governor of California.

Michigan College Goal

MI College Goal began in Michigan in 2004 in cooperation with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and the Lumina Foundation for Education. Since its inception, thousands of students in Michigan have received help in completing their FAFSA financial aid form on time.

Super Bowl

NFL Super Bowl LI takes place on this day on 6:30 PM on FOX. The Game will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.

Michigan Central Railroad

On this day in 1838, passengers rode the Michigan Central Railroad for the first time from Detroit to Ypsilanti.

The Michigan Central Railroad was originally incorporated to establish a rail service between Detroit and St. Joseph. Going on to operate in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, the Michigan Central Railroad went on to be controlled by the New York Central Railroad, which later became Penn Central and the Conrail, and the to Norfolk Southern who currently owns much of the former Michigan Central trackage.

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, African American men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the United States, are at the highest risk for heart disease. Additionally, more than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. That's why this February during American Heart Month, Million Hearts is encouraging African American men to take charge of their health and start one new, heart-healthy behavior that can help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Go Red for Women Day

National Wear Red Day is a day in February when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease.

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day and Donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

Anniversary of PA 167

Today marks the one year anniversary of PA 167 of 2015, Michigan’s Blue Alert Act. The Michigan Blue Alert Act is an act to prescribe the blue alert system of Michigan as the official response to reports of serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer in certain circumstances; and to provide for the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officers and entities.

National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1 honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later.

SR 8 designates February 1 as Blue Star Mother's Day

Senate Resolution 8 designates February 1 as Blue Star Mother's Day in Michigan

Black History Month

February is Black History Month! As Gerald Ford said in 1976 when the U.S. government first recognized Black History Month, use this time to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Happy 180th Birthday to the state of Michigan!

What is now Michigan was first settled by various Native American tribes before being colonized by French explorers in the 17th century and becoming a part of New France. After the defeat of France in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. The territory was finally ceded to the newly independent United States after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War. Eventually, in 1805, the Michigan Territory was formed which lasted until it was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state following the Toledo Strip negotiations. The state of Michigan soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination.

Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United States and Canada.

  • The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
    • United States—$26 billion annually
    • Canada—$8 billion annually
  • Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.
  • In Michigan, you must complete the Michigan Snowmobile Ed Course if you are between the ages of 12 to 16 and will be riding in Michigan.
  • Last winter in Michigan, there were 15 confirmed snowmobile related deaths.

Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United States and Canada.

  • The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
    • United States-$26 billion annually
    • Canada-$8 billion annually
  • Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.
  • In Michigan, you must complete the Michigan Snowmobile Ed Course if you are between the ages of 12 to 16 and will be riding in Michigan.
  • Last winter in Michigan, there were 15 confirmed snowmobile related deaths.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Created by Ronald Reagan through a presidential proclamation on January 16th, 1984, National Sanctity of Human Life Day was designated to be celebrated on January 22, 1984. This day was selected in particular because it marked the 11th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Regan issued the proclamation annually thereafter, designation Sanctity of Human Life Day to be the third Sunday in January. George H. W. Bush, his successor, continued the annual proclamation throughout his presidency as did his son, George W. Bush, throughout his tenure as President.

Inauguration Day

Inauguration day is an important day for all Americans as the ceremonies demonstrate the resilience of our republic with the peaceful transfer of power from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. Congratulations and best of luck to our new President!

Detroit incorporated as Michigan's first city

On January 18, 1802, the Legislature of the Northwest Territory granted Detroit township status, effective Feb. 1 of that year. The new Town of Detroit was finally an incorporated municipality, able to elect its own board of trustees and write its own laws.  

State of the State 2017

@MISenate will be tweeting live #MISOTS17

Michigan's 2017 State of the State Infographic


An American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. was an extraordinary individual who had a way of inspiring through his practice of nonviolence. Known for his involvement with movements such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, the Albany Movement in 1961, the Birmingham campaign in 1963, and perhaps most famously, his March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King jr. set forth a precedent of nonviolent protest for human rights in the United States.

Background Information of MLK Day:

  • April 8, 1968 - Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduces legislation for a federal holiday to commemorate King, just four days after his assassination.
  • April 1971 - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) presents to Congress petitions containing three million signatures in support of the holiday. Congress does not act.
  • 1973 - Illinois is the first state to adopt Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday.
  • November 1979 - The House fails to pass Conyers' King Holiday bill by five votes.
  • 1982 - Coretta Scott King and Stevie Wonder bring the speaker of the House, Tip O'Neil, petitions with over six million signatures in favor of a holiday.
  • 1983 - Congress passes and President Ronald Reagan signs legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday. Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC) and Gordon Humphrey (R-NH) attempt to block the bill's passing.

Ratification Day

Ratification Day in the United States refers to the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784.

Signed at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the treaty officially ended the American Revolutionary War.


First Assembly Line

Ford’s use of the assembly line, the most significant piece of Ford’s efficiency crusade, was a turning point in modern production methods. Inspired by the production methods used by flour mills, the assembly line cut the time of production for a car from twelve hours to two and a half which equates to an increase in production by 480 percent. Ford was able to not only make his vehicles more quickly through this method but at a higher quality as each worker specialized in the assembly of one part as opposed to being a jack-of-all-trades. This revolutionary production method allowed Ford to push a more competitive product at a cheaper cost and price which made Ford Motor Company a giant.

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.

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.

First Day of Session

It's the first day of the 99th Legislative Session! The #MISenate returns at noon today! #MILeg

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.

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.

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
• 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.

North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show kicks off today! Be sure to check it out before it ends on January 22!

Winter Tourism in Michigan

Michigan is a Winter Wonderland! There is no shortage of things to do in our great state throughout the Winter!

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.

Radon Action Month

Did you know that radon is the number two cause of lung cancer in the United States? What makes radon so deadly is that it cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. The only way to be aware of its presence is through proper testing. Most radon related problems can be fixed by a do-it-yourselfer for less than $500! Make sure to test your home once every 2 to 5 years. The Environmental Protection Agency instituted National Radon Action Month to help people become more aware of the facts about radon and the dangers it presents to their families' health.

National Blood Donor Month

This January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare.

National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month

January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. #MISenate Republicans recently passed several bills -- now law -- that will provide assistance to survivors by giving them access to additional resources to help support their recovery. The new laws also increase penalties for those who commit crimes of coercing victims to engage in commercial sexual activity, creating heightened protections for survivors of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery, widespread throughout the United State and occurs right here in Michigan. In fact, Michigan's proximity to the Canadian border and waterways increase the likelihood of trafficking in our state.

While we would like to think of slavery as a relic of the past, we know that it is not. Today, millions of women, men, and children around the world are subjected to forced labor, domestic servitude, or the sex trade at the hands of human traffickers. What many do not know is that this crime occurs right here in the United States, in our own cities and towns. By Presidential proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

School Board Recognition Month

Did you know that January is School Board Recognition Month? We want to thank our local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and schools. This is your opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role an elected board of trustees assumes in a representative democracy.

Western Michigan University in the Cotton Bowl

Did you know that January is School Board Recognition Month? We want to thank our local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and schools. This is your opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role an elected board of trustees assumes in a representative democracy.

State Capitol Building Dedicated on Jan. 1, 1879

On January 1, 1879, a magnificent new Capitol was dedicated to the people of Michigan. Speaking at its dedication, Governor Croswell noted that the structure stood as "evidence of the lasting taste, spirit and enterprise" of the citizens of the state. In November 1992, more than 113 years later, another celebration took place, marking both the successful conclusion of the Capitol's restoration and its rededication to at least another 100 years of service to Michigan.

Happy New Year 2017

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