International Customer Loyalty Month We highlight this month to honor and generate customer loyalty. Though building customer loyalty should be a year-round thing, use this month to plan on how you can improve on relationships with your customers through better service, higher quality, etc. For information, contact Shep Hyken, Shepard Presentations, 711 Old Ballas Road, #215, St. Louis, Missouri 63141; phone, 314-696-2200;
Keep America Beautiful Month This month is set aside to educate Americans about their personal responsibility for litter prevention, proper waste disposal, and environmental improvement through various community projects. For information, contact the director of communications, Keep America Beautiful Inc., Washington Square, 1010 Washington Blvd., Stamford, Connecticut 06901; phone, 203-323-8987
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month This month is dedicated to one of America's favorite foods, the gooey, oozy, melty grilled cheese sandwich. With more than 200 varieties of domestic cheese available, the grilled cheese sandwich options are endless! For information, contact Dairy Management Inc., 10255 West Higgins Road, Suite 900, Rosemont, Illinois
National Pecan Month This month celebrates the great taste, health benefits, and versatility of pecans. This delicious tree nut adds unmistakable flavor, crunch, and texture to just about any meal or snack. Pecans have proven cholesterol-lowering properties and contain more than 19 important vitamins and minerals. For information, contact National Pecan Shellers Association, 5775 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Suite 500, Building G, Atlanta, Georgia 30342; phone, 404-252-3663
National Sleep Awareness Week All Americans are urged to recognize the importance of proper sleep to their health, safety, and productivity and the dangers of untreated sleep disorders. For information, contact National Sleep Foundation, 1522 K Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005; Web site.
National Volunteer Week National Volunteer Week honors those who reach out to others through volunteer community service and calls attention to the need for more community services for individuals, groups, and families to help solve serious social problems that affect our communities. For information, contact the Points of Light Foundation, 1400 I Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005; phone, 202-729-8168; e-mail; Web site.
April 23-April 29
Skip-a-Meal Week Kiwanis-family members and non-members who send the cost equivalent of just one meal help fund numerous programs that directly benefit children. The program benefits the Kiwanis Children's Fund, sponsored by the Kiwanis International Foundation. For information, contact the Kiwanis International Foundation, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268; phone, 317-875-8755, x157 or 800-KIWANIS, x157
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