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Friday, January 14, 2022

Adjustment to the By-Laws would be Needed:
SLI Trustees to Consider Moving Monthly Meetings to 3rd Saturday; first meeting of 2022 is April 24th

The general purpose of having a regularly set meeting date each month is to eliminate the monthly need for finding a common meeting date, convenient for the largest number of persons. The national law passed which moves holidays from those occurring mid week to the Monday of that week creates three-day "holiday weekends" during which time many folks want to make use of the three days for family excursions or simply to enjoy more than a short "day off."

Some of these long weekends fall on the first week of the month, so it has been frequently necessary to change the regular meeting date of the SLI Trustees to accommodate members/ wishes to take full advantage of the three day weekend without meetings taking a slice out of this precious time.

When the SLI By-Laws were originally drawn up, long holiday weekends were not yet a part of national law nor part of the nation's traditions. The "Labor Day Weekend" is a prime example of a consistent Monday holiday since it was established as "the first Monday of September" beginning 139 years ago.

July 4th, on the other hand, is a fluctuating holiday when it comes to whether or not it is a part of the three-day holiday system. "The 4th"" as it is frequently referred to, has taken on a sacredness of sorts since its first recognized celebration in 1870. Even so, official attempts to offer the nation a longer celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, resulted in a special list of "celebration recognition dates" which are noted below:

YearIndependence Day Recognition Date
2021Monday, July 5th *
2022Monday, July 4th
2023Tuesday, July 4th
2024Thursday, July 4th
2025Friday, July 4th
2026Friday, July 3rd *
2027Monday, July 5th *

* Because most Federal Employees work on a Monday to Friday schedule, when a holidays falls on a weekend the holiday is observed on the closest regular workday. The holiday is observed on Friday if the holiday falls on Saturday and Monday if the holiday falls on Sunday (5 U.S.C. 6103 (b)(2)).

While the SLI Trustee Board can create a meeting schedule less intrusive to "holiday weekends" such as the suggested third Saturday of the month, it is near impossible to avoid them completely. Even the Easter/Good Friday weekend, though not a Monday holiday weekend, moves around to different weeks in late March and into April based on the patterns of the moon.

The Friday preceding the Easter Weekend, Good Friday, is a public holiday in some countries with Christian traditions, and the Monday following the Easter Weekend, Easter Monday, is a public holiday in most Christian countries, thus creating an extra long weekend. Both days are not federal holidays in the United States, but are state holidays in some states.

SLDN will keep you updated on this possible change in the SLI Trustee meeting schedule. In the meantime, you can write in April 24th on your calendar as the date of the first meeting of the full SLI Trustee Board for 2022 at 10 am with location TBA.

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