What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, which honors our U.S. military men and women who died while serving our nation and protecting our freedom.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan on May 5, 1868 and was observed on May 30 when flowers were placed on the graves of both Civil War Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1968, Congress established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Memorial Day is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends and to celebrate our nation’s freedom. However, it’s a lot more than a day off from school or work, it is one of the most significant holidays we have, a day of remembrance, especially if you or a family member has served our country.

Our U.S. Armed Forces go where they are sent and deserve our full support.  Memorial Day is a time to remember all those Americans who have fought in the past to keep our country safe and free. It is a day to honor and respect those who have died.

Children observe and retain far more than they are given credit for and they need to know the true meaning of this day. So, this year, while surrounded by family and friends, take a moment to teach the meaning of Memorial Day. Let children know what this holiday means to you and why it means so much to our nation’s history, and our military families. Talk and reflect on those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Spend time teaching children about patriotism and why we celebrate our nation’s freedom.  Memorial Day activities can have a long lasting impact and give young children a greater appreciation for our country. Building a sense of pride with patriotism is important!

No matter your political views, military heroes deserve our respect. There are many ways to teach children to honor our nation’s defenders.  Children know that people die and explaining that some die while bravely protecting others gives meaning.  You’ll find that children will be interested in learning about history and how important it is to recognize our heroes; to remember them with honor and respect the ultimate sacrifice they have given to protect America and our freedom.

In the morning, fly our flag proudly at half-mast, a position reserved only for days when the entire country is in mourning, and raise it high at noon to honor the living. Then gather at 3:00 PM to silently observe our National Moment of Remembrance.  When informed, kids will understand the importance of keeping quiet for this minute.

Memorial Day is about remembering those who have given their service and their lives for our country, but there are soldiers in the field right now. Thousands of American men and women soldiers are serving in danger zones overseas. Many are lonely, afraid, they miss home and the comforts of little things like magazines, snacks, personal hygiene products, paper and pens, and cheery letters and pictures. There is no better lesson in American citizenship than having a child write a letter to a deserving soldier. Think of ways to contribute to today’s veterans. Go to http://www.anysoldier.com/index.cfm and https://www.dav.org/ to see how you can help.

Don’t allow children to think that Memorial Day is just another day off school or just another holiday. Teach children the history and importance of Memorial Day and remember our past American heroes together.  What you teach them today will make a difference tomorrow.

Written by LuAnn Jalet

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo by: “American Flag” by Peter Miller is licensed under CC by 2.0

Bringing a CSR Element to Your Incentive

Last month Points of Light Foundation encouraged people to share their stories for National Volunteer Week.  This week was dedicated to recognizing those that volunteer their time and resources to better others in communities near and far.  Support poured in from the President, Congress, Leaders and community groups across the country.  At JNR we see first hand the impact that service projects have, not only on the recipients, but also on the volunteers themselves.

Incorporating a Community Service element into an Incentive program is a wonderful way to give back to the community that hosts your once-in-a-lifetime event. Although these Incentives are a time to celebrate the hard work of your top achievers, we have found that to give people the opportunity to spend a day bettering the lives of others further enhances the overall experience.

JNR Incorporated understands the importance of volunteerism and encourages clients to bring in an element of corporate social responsibility to their program. Corporate social responsibility, also known as CSR, refers to a business practice that involves activities that benefit a segment of society. From revamping a school in Mexico, to building a playground for children in the Caribbean, to packaging “essential packs” for families in need here in the U.S., JNR with our DMC and Tour partners make many programs meaningful for both our clients and the community with a custom CSR day.

Regardless of your approach, volunteerism is about inspiring people to find ways to help their community.  Although the experience is usually gratifying enough, week long events like National Volunteer Week recognize those who do this and give them a forum to post about their experiences and to share ideas and stories of what they have done to give back.

Working with an Incentive partner like JNR can help your organization create a culture of good will for your next big meeting or trip.  However, if you want to create something for your company as a whole, not just those joining you on an Incentive program, advancements in technology and social networking have made giving back easier than ever. Below are a few simple ways to make your mark:

  • Donate money / goods to a favorite charity
  • Visit your local animal shelter
  • Give blood at a blood drive
  • Plant a community garden
  • Assist at an elementary school
  • Volunteer at a retirement home
  • Clean trash from the beach
  • Work with kids with special needs
  • Teach a class at a local community service center
  • Organize a food drive

Mark your calendars for next year’s National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017 and notice the lift in morale amongst your employees. Contact JNR for information on bringing a CSR element into your next Meeting or Incentive program and see the impact that experience has on your top performers, overall employee engagement and ultimately, your bottom line.

 

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For more information on CSRs read our blog here. http://blog.jnrcorp.com/the-power-of-community/

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Meet Your Way to Fitness

Health and fitness is emphasized now more than ever before. With the abundance of processed food and stationary jobs, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to counteract the effects of the environments we live and work in. Lack of time is one of the biggest obstacles the working population faces when it comes to fitness, especially when employees are traveling for business several times a year. It can be very difficult to find an effective wellness routine when you are on the road. Luckily, many companies and meeting planners understand this struggle and are beginning to incorporate health and fitness into the business travel work environment.  Studies show that a healthy workforce is equivalent to increased profitability and productivity.  In addition, your organization will see a high-performance staff with minimal healthcare costs- all positive factors to your bottom line.

Below are some ideas to help keep your employees and attendees healthy and active while on-site.

Provide healthy food options

A healthy diet is the key to any wellness routine. However, while traveling and working, we may find ourselves making less than healthy choices. This is why it is important to provide well-balanced meal options for attendees. According to nutritionist Kasey Brixius, in order to maintain energy and focus during meetings, it is essential to include lean protein, quality carbohydrates and healthy fats in every meal and snack. An easy way to do this is to provide build-your-own-meal stations that cater to different preferences. The breakfast stations can include a build-your-own yogurt parfait, while a salad bar is a great option for lunch or dinner.

Incorporate fitness activities

Fitness classes are a fun and unique way to keep attendees active. The Spa at JW Marriott Chicago recently announced the hotel’s first wellness program, “Fit Meetings,” which is actually tailored for meeting and events. Fit Meetings includes 3 breakout “meeting enhancements” which include meditation, strength training, and yoga based stretching sessions. For those who want to take their fitness to the next level, the program offers private wellness classes including scenic runs, fitness orientations and nutrition courses. If your program does not allow the time to include classes like these, even allotting for small breaks of aerobic activity will help energize the brain and the body.

Choose an active location

Choosing an active location is an easy way to keep attendees on their feet. According to Carolyn Blackburn, there are several fitness options throughout the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon provides hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. Portland is also the home of Forest Park, containing over 80 miles of trails. “Meeting attendees love its paved trails for a quick walk or bike ride,” says regional communications manager for Travel Portland, Alacia Lauer. Another fitness friendly location is Seattle, Washington. “Wellness is part of Seattle’s core,” says Kelly Sailing, Director of Convention Services at Visit Seattle. Seattle’s Convention Center is home to several healthy eateries, making it easy for attendees to pick up a quick nutritious bite to eat while on the road.

If you would like more information on how JNR can incorporate wellness aspects into your next meeting or event, call us today at 1 800.343.4546 or email info@jnrcorp.com.


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Written by Kalyn Tripodi

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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo: Bayfront Park Miami – Free Yoga Classes by Rafael Montilla is licensed under CC by 2.0

 

JNR Joins Global Meetings Industry Day

Today Meeting and Event Planners across the globe are recognized for the immense influence Meetings and Events have on our economy.  April 14, 2016 marks the first Global Meetings Industry Day #GMID16 and celebrations throughout the world are taking place to commemorate the importance of our industry.

Business Meetings are often taken for granted, however, study after study shows that it is these large scale dialogue settings that move us forward, spark innovations and solidify relationships, propelling business ahead.

Today, like many days, JNR finds itself teaming with DMC partners, transportation logistic groups, leading production companies, on-site staff, hotels, airline partners and so many others that seamlessly come together to create motivating, change- inspiring Meetings and Events.   With teams in Irvine and Napa, California, Mexico, New Orleans, Colorado and two VPs in Las Vegas for #GMID16 celebrations, we are doing our part to move our economy in a positive direction by facilitating an environment where advancement happens.   We cheers to our colleagues in the industry as we bring attention to this important day.

To learn more visit #GMID16,  #JNRMeansBusiness and #MMB16 and join in the conversation.

JNR INCORPORATED TO PARTICIPATE IN FIRST-EVER GLOBAL MEETINGS INDUSTRY DAY

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April 4, 2016

Contact: JNR Incorporated
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Irvine, CA – Today, JNR Incorporated announced their involvement in the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). On April 14, 2016, they will join forces with the advocacy coalition Meetings Mean Business (MMB) to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, Incentive Travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities.

“GMID will unite the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before,” said David Peckinpaugh, former MMB co-chair. “The growth and success of our industry are critical to the world’s economy and we look forward to communicating our value on the global stage.”

“With the help of organizations such as JNR Incorporated, we will demonstrate the critical role our industry plays in building personal relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting strong communities,” said Michael Dominguez, MMB co-chair and senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International.

“Well executed Meetings and Events have a profound impact on an organization’s growth and success. There is so much value in face time and idea sharing that can only be had when organizations come together on a large scale. Getting people out of the office and into an environment where the sole purpose is to inspire, motivate, respect and show appreciation to employees is powerful. ” said Barbara Williamson, Director of Marketing at JNR. She continues, “This has to be done correctly though. You are asking your most valuable people to take time out of their already busy schedule to attend, the event must surpass their expectations.” Choosing the right Meeting and Event partner is an important choice. Companies like JNR understand the intricacies of making an event work.

GMID marks the expansion of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID), held earlier this year in the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of Latin America. NAMID included 88 events across the continent as well as robust conversations online and 3.2 million social media impressions. Proclamations of support were issued by the governor of Wisconsin and mayors of Toronto, Buffalo and Washington, DC. A NAMID billboard was featured all day in Times Square and Caesars Entertainment “Turned the Strip Blue” in Las Vegas with NAMID logos and signage. In Mexico, a collaboration agreement was signed between the federal government, the tourism board and all 11 Meetings Industry Associations.

To learn more about GMID, visit http://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/GMID. Follow and participate in the digital conversations at @MeetingsMeanBiz on Twitter and by using the hashtags #MMBusiness with #GMID16.

About JNR

JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including Incentive Travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications. Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues. www.jnrcorp.com. 800.343.4546.

About Meetings Mean Business

The Meetings Mean Business coalition was created in 2009 to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face meeting and events industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities. For more information, visit www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com and download our app on iTunes and Google Play.


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JNR Incorporated is a globally recognized leader specializing in creating custom programs that motivate, engage and reward the employees, customers and channel members of our Fortune 1000 clients. For over 35 years, JNR has designed and delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions including incentive travel, prepaid reward and gift cards, meetings and conferences, events and entertainment, technology solutions and marketing communications.  Our programs produce measurable results and are proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.