Colorado Municipal 
Clerks Association 

President's Message Continued

    Some interesting facts about Australia Day:

    Australia Day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Britain. On this day in 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip first raised the British flag at Sydney Cove, marking the British occupation of Australia which has been claimed 8 years earlier by the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1770. Australia Day is observed annually on January 26th each year with barbeques and fireworks. Today, the day gives Australians the opportunity to reflect upon what it means to be Australian, the history that shaped the nation and the brighter future that the country has to look forward to.

    In America, we celebrate when we successfully broke free of the British tyranny. In Australia, they celebrate when the crooks showed up on the island!


    In all seriousness, we as Americans have an important holiday as well, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:

    • He promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience.
    • He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream...” speech in 1963.
    • He was assassinated in 1968.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. day became a federally recognized holiday in 1983.
    • The first year this holiday was observed was 1986, and not by all states.
    • In 2000, it became a nationally observed holiday in all states.
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes place on the third Monday of January each year.

    Martin Luther King Facts & Quotes

    • Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was 35 years old, which made him the youngest Peace Prize winner at that time.
    • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” August 28, 1963.
    • “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?”
    • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
    • “Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

    On January 15th we all get a day off from work, I would like to suggest we each take a few minutes to reflect on how Dr. King changed our country. Happy January everyone, I say bring on 2018!

    Bruce Roome, CMC, CMCA President

    City of Arvada

    Colorado Municipal Clerks Association
    P. O. Box 350301
    Westminster, CO 80035

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