Too often, we jump into fall and fail to understand the opportunities that September gives us to plan and host an event that brings people together. Whether a Jaycee event or not…hint, hint…September is a great month to bring people together for any number of reasons – a nice meal, a celebration, perhaps even a membership drive. Looking for a justification? Well, September is full of reasons to make a guest list and have people over. When you get stuck thinking of a new reason to bring everyone together, try one of these and you’ll always have an excuse for a September gathering.

  • First Sunday after Labor Day: Grandparents Day – pick up the phone and invite them over for lunch, dinner, or just to hang out. The chances you have to spend time with them aren’t increasing, and you may just pick up a few nuggets of wisdom.
  • September 21st: International Peace Day (U.N.) – a day to celebrate a world without war and think about the sacrifices that all nations make while in conflict. Recognized by many nations around the world, we haven’t reached the goal of zero conflict between countries yet, but we are a more peaceful world than a decade ago.
  • September 23rd: Autumnal Equinox – the beginning of fall is celebrated when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness in a particular day. Say good-bye to beautiful weather, hello to football, and party like it’s 1799 at the Colonial Harvest Festival…yeah, these have been around a while.
  • Fourth Friday of the month: Native American Day – this day honors and celebrates Native Americans as the first residents of this great land. A perfect opportunity to learn about the traditions and cultures of a treasured part of our nation’s history.

Do you have any suggestions for an off-beat event that brings people together? It can be to educate or to celebrate, but whatever the reason, tell us about it on our Twitter or Facebook pages. We want to know what motivates you to get out of the house and together with your friends or people you don’t know as well. Share your experiences with your Jaycee brothers and sisters…then send your invites!