Time to Honor Dad

June 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Community | Leave a comment

With summer drawing near and the weather warming up, New York neighborhoods come alive with the sights and sounds of the season: lawnmowers, power tools and backyard barbecues, to name a few.

For many people, those things all bring to mind one specific person: Dad. And since Father’s Day is just around the corner, we at The NSA Group thought we’d give you some gift ideas – and some fun history trivia, too!

The history of Father’s Day
Marked on the third Sunday of June in the United States (and in many other countries), Father’s Day was first celebrated in 1910 to complement Mother’s Day. According to Wikipedia, the day was created by Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., who wanted to honor her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart.

Although Dodd originally suggested her father’s birthday in early June, she had not provided organizers with enough time to arrange the event – and the celebration was delayed until the third Sunday of the month.

Although Mother’s Day has been an official national holiday since 1914, Father’s Day had a tougher road. Congress refused to make the celebration official in the years immediately following Dodd’s first observance, fearing that the day would become commercialized. (Some would say those fears were well-founded; the creator of Mother’s Day later came to regret the commercialization of that holiday.)

It wasn’t until 1966 that Father’s Day received an official proclamation, thanks to President Lyndon B. Johnson. And six years later, President Richard Nixon signed a law making the day a national holiday.

Facts and figures (from government website USA.gov)
• There are an estimated 70.1 million fathers across the nation
• An estimated 1.7 million men are single fathers
• Approximately 176,000 fathers are stay-at-home dads

What to get Dad?
Once you’re past the age of, say, 10, the “Old Spice and a tie” routine probably won’t cut it anymore when it comes to getting a gift for your father. Here are some better ideas from AskMen.com:
• Grilling tools (this way, perhaps he’ll even cook for you on Father’s Day!)
• Alcohol (to be enjoyed in moderation, of course)
• Fishing gear
• Golf clubs, balls or other sporting goods – or take him out for a round of golf
• Books (particularly grilling cookbooks)
• Gadgets (such as a GPS; after all, many dads don’t like asking for directions)
• Landscaping services (so he can take a break from mowing the lawn)

Aside from ties and cheap cologne, you’ll probably want to avoid the most clichéd gifts, especially “World’s Best Dad” items (even if it’s true!) and socks.

As with all gifts, though, it’s the thought that counts. And we’re sure your dad will appreciate simply being appreciated. And if you’re a dad yourself – Happy Father’s Day! We hope you’ll enjoy your day.


The NSA Group Suffers from Spring Fever!

May 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Posted in Community | Leave a comment

The spring sunshine seems to be having a positive affect on the NSA Group! It seems our team members are out and about in the community once again, working with our favorite charities and taking advantage of the change in weather.

Our first blog back in February explained how we might highlight charitable events members of our NSA Group family support and become involved with. It seems we have plenty to share with you.

1. The Neefus-Stype Heart Beats Team has been formed for the 2nd Annual Healing Heart 5K Run/Walk to benefit The American Heart Association. Our team is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for those affected by heart disease or stroke. See our team members and help us reach our goal by visiting our team page The Neefus-Stype Heart Beats
2. Peter Sabat, Senior Partner at Neefus-Stype is participating once again in the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch Annual Iron Golf-a-Thon. Every hole Peter plays raises funds for at risk youth and families in crisis.
3. North Fork Breast Health Coalition, supported by NSA team members Susie Bandiera and Annie Baulch, is hosting their Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 27, 2011. Learn more at www.northforkbreasthealth.org .
4. Rotary Club of Riverhead is once again presenting “Rotary Uncorked” on May 25, 2011 at Martha Clara Vineyards, supported by NSA Partner, Randy Morreale.
5. Mattituck Lions 57th Annual Strawberry Festival will have the assistance of our team member, Jay Wahl. For a list of the organizations helped by the Mattituck Lions club please visit http://mattituckstrawberryfestival.org/html/who-benefits.html .
6. LI2Day 8th Annual Walk to Fight Breast Cancer will have two of our team members walking and supporting the cause on June 11-12; Janet Gonzalez and Stacia Woolford. Click here to join the fight http://li2daywalk.org/ .

We’re super proud of our group and their caring personalities. We wish all of them and their worthy charities good luck with these helpful events!

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