November 2021 Events Calendar
Flu Season: Protect Your Community
With COVID-19 still circulating and holidays around the corner, flu shots are more important than ever. Protect yourself and your community by planning your flu shot today. It's simple! For those on DG benefits in the US, call a participating pharmacy in advance to check hours and availability, present your Cigna ID card at the pharmacy, and receive your flu shot. You can find more info on the flu shot and other Cigna-covered vaccinations here. For those in Canada and Brazil, contact Megan Beecroft or Debora Nesteruk with any questions.
All Soul's Day (Brazil)
Tuesday November 2
All Soul's Day goes by many names, including Feast of All Souls and Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Christian church), Defuncts' Day (in Hungary, France, Italy, and Ecuador), and Day of the Dead (Mexico). This is a day for families to reunite, return to places significant to family history, and commemorate the dearly departed.
Veterans Day (US)
Thursday November 11
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
Veterans, we thank you for your service.
Remembrance Day (CAN)
Thursday November 11
Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve the country during times of war, conflict and peace. Canadians observe Remembrance Day with moments of silence, attendance at ceremonies, and wearing of red poppies.
Proclamation of the Republic (Brazil)
Monday November 15
On November 15, 1889, a group of Brazilian Army officers led by Marshal Deodoro da Fonseca staged a non-violent coup d'état, deposed Emperor Pedro II, and formed a provisional government with de Fonseca as President of the Republic, all in one day. Presumably, they then all crossed "topple constitutional monarchy" off their to-do lists and went to take a nap. (Image: Proclamation of the Republic, 1893, by Benedito Calixto)
Black Awareness Day (Brazil)
Saturday November 20
Also known as Zumbi Day in honor of Zumbi dos Palmares, a 17th-century king of the escaped-slave community Quilombo dos Palmares and resistance fighter, Dia da Consciência Negra has been celebrated since the 1960s. It's a day of reflection and education as well as a celebration of the Black community in Brazil. (Image: Zumbi, 1927, by Antônio Parreiras)
Thursday November 25
Its origins are hotly debated, but historians mostly agree that Thanksgiving, as an American holiday, is rooted in the "thanksgiving" days of prayer familiar to 17th-century settlers – most famously, the Pilgrims – combined with a harvest feast. These days, the U.S. observes Thanksgiving as a secular holiday on the fourth Thursday of November. Feasting is still a large part of the celebration, as are family, friends, and giving thanks for the blessings of the past year.
Benefits Open Enrollment 2022 (US)
Benefits info session: Monday November 22 (virtual meeting at 1pm EST)
Open Enrollment Period: Monday November 22 – Sunday December 5
The time to review your benefits and make changes to your elections is coming up! To kick off Open Enrollment season, our employee benefits broker USI will be holding an in-office information session on November 22 at noon in Springfield. They will also hold a virtual meeting at 1pm EST for all offices and employees.
Safety Committee Meetings
Want to help make DG safer? Contact Chris Klesse to join DG's safety committee meetings.
Tuesday November 16, noon EDT (Atlanta)
Tuesday November 16, noon PDT (San Diego)
Wednesday November 17, noon MDT (Salt Lake City)
Thursday November 18, 10am EDT (Battle Creek)
Thursday November 18, noon EDT (Springfield)