Beth Siegalkoff

It is National Administrative Professional’s Day, aka National Secretary’s Day. Always celebrated on Wednesday of Administrative Professional’s Week – the last full week of April. This special day was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam.

Klemfuss recognized the importance and value of the secretarial position to a company or business and to the management. His goal in creating this day was to encourage more women to become secretaries. Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss, promoted the values and importance of the job that secretaries do. In doing so, he also created the holiday in recognition of the importance of secretaries.

The name of this special day has changed and evolved over the past few decades. Yet, the importance of recognizing these vital individuals has continued to grow. The two new terms in use today are: “administrative professionals” and “executive administrators (or admins). The two names sometime mean different roles and responsibilities in different companies and organizations. Both are broader terms that encompass more positions than the original “secretary” role.

The name change recognizes and acknowledges that the role has changed significantly since 1952 and for the better, at that. I think Klemfuss would agree.

The administrative assistants at the Galt High school district are amazing. They multi-task with ease, all the while smiling and reassuring students, staff and the community that their requests will be taken care of promptly. Although we celebrate them, they will more than likely thank us humbly and let us know what they do is “all in a day’s work.” My hat is off to you ladies.

OK, I think my cat Iris has had enough of me being home. She usually greets me in the morning when I feed her and again when I return from work and goes on her merry way. Being home, I have been in and out of our home several times a day and, with warmer weather, I have opened the house up using the screen doors to let the fresh air flow through.

This past Sunday, Iris apparently had had enough of me interrupting her day and decided I was to be the recipient of her “catch of the day”, a dead rat. She first presented it to me while I was sitting outside at the patio table. She followed me with the vermin in her mouth as I dashed to the bedroom slider, listened to me walk through the house, met me at the kitchen slider and proceeded to disembowel it on the outside doormat and left me some entrails, and the tail. I took it as, “you get the yucky stuff.” Ewwww! Dead vermin parts – I get the message. I will stay out of her space.

Something new for this column to celebrate the day: Food of the day – Bacon-wrapped asparagus sounds really yummy and Flower of the day – Daffodils

Dates to remember:

Today – Earth Day: help the Earth, pick up some litter, plant a tree or flowers to commemorate the day

Friday, May 1 – May Day

Monday, May 4 – for Star Wars fans: “May the Fourth (Force) Be with You!”

Tuesday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.