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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey pilgrims,

The ENTIRE Compass family wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day! We hope all of our friends eat and gobble till you wobble🙂

It’s a little crazy to think that in the year 2016, Thanksgiving has been around for 395 years! In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States.

It always make me realize how much we have grown and changed throughout the years and trends, and although there are many differences- we still celebrate Thanksgiving with many traditional aspects in the U.S.

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Have fun & stuff your faces🙂
Cheers!
The Compass Team

http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Hey Compass fans,

Today is a day where we acknowledge and honor those who have served and sacrificed for us. We offer our heartfelt thanks today (and every day) to the soldiers who put our freedom above all else and fought for our rights.

A quick history of how Veteran’s Day came to be a proud, nationwide holiday is below. Just reading a little bit of the history helps me to gain an even greater appreciation of the soldiers- in the past and now. We as civilians go about our daily lives, not realizing there are veterans everywhere- from the older man on the corner, to the young man home from tour. A simple thank you as you pass reminds them they served for a purpose, and that they are appreciated.

“In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

The Compass team recognizes our veteran’s service and valor- we honor and thank you for all that you have done for us.

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Much love,
The Compass Team

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Happy Halloween!

Hey Compass fans,

From all of us at Compass Self Storage, we’d like to wish you a safe & happy Halloween! Enjoy dressing up, trick-or-treating, and munching on candies all night🙂

Stay away from any ghouls & goblins- they just want your candy!

A few safety tips from your Compass friends!

Cheers & have fun!
The Compass Team

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Happy Boss’s Day!

To all the bosses out there- HAPPY BOSS’S DAY!

Whereas today is an observance, and not a nationwide public holiday, we still take the day to say thanks to our bosses… Boss’s Day is dedicated to all employers and is the concept of improving the bond between employers and their staff. Many workers dedicate this day to their supervisors for various reasons, such as supporting staff with their jobs and careers. This observance also gives employees a chance to recognize those in supervisory positions.

A little background info as to how this day came about…

“The concept of National Boss Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father’s birthday. Haroski’s purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.
Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day. The event’s popularity is growing outside the United States and is now also observed in countries such as Australia, India, and South Africa.”

WOW! Always makes me happy to see that one person can make a difference- in this case by simply thanking our boss!🙂

Cheers!
The Compass Team

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/boss-day

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Happy Columbus Day!

Ahoy Compass fans,

Happy Columbus Day!

Columbus Day is a public holiday in the United States that commemorates the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492. Federal observation of the holiday began in 1937, but Americans have been observing the anniversary of the voyage since colonial times.

A quick history- Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World on October 12, 1492. The Italian-born explorer had set sail two months earlier, backed by the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. He intended to chart a western sea route to China, India and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia; instead, he landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland during the 10th century.

I’m sure everyone remembers the rhyme, but in case it has slipped your mind, enjoy reading & rhyming below🙂

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.”

Cheers!
The Compass Team

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Features of Compass…

Hey Compass fans,

Have you ever wondered what the Compass team can offer you besides premium self storage units? We have a whole page of features on our new, improved website!

You can see below the features and services we offer, or stop in at your local Compass Self Storage to talk to the team🙂

  • 24-Hour Access
    -Compass Self Storage offers the ultimate in access flexibility. With 24-hour access to your unit, your belongings are available to you any time you need them.
  • Boxes and Packing Supplies
    Boxes and packing supplies for your move are available in our rental office. We offer a variety of supplies to help make your packing and moving process easier. Why make several unnecessary stops to pick up what you need? Instead, stop into our storage center and find everything you need for moving and packing.
  • Moving Carts and Dollys
    -We have moving carts and dollies available for customer use at no charge. Simply stop in the rental office and ask the storage manager to assist you.
  • Climate Controlled Units
    -Temperature controlled areas of our state of the art storage centers are ideal for protecting your items against severe heat or cold. We regulate the temperature in these areas to best suit the needs of our customers.
  • Free Delivery Acceptance
    -Simply let our storage manager know if you are expecting a delivery and we are happy to accept it on your behalf. We understand that sometimes you can’t be at your home or office to sign for a package. It’s just one more way that Compass Self Storage makes it easier.
  • Drive-Up Unit Access
    -This solution is ideal for a quick and seamless move. Drive right up to your unit and unload your car or truck right into the unit without having to go down a long hallway or up to another level of the building.
  • Electronic Gate Access
    -When you store with us, we’ll assign a unique pass code so you can quickly and securely enter the facility through automated doors and gates.
  • Indoor Unit Access
    -This solution is great for anyone wanting to avoid weather conditions during their move and when accessing their unit. Indoor units are often located in climate controlled sections of our buildings and have well-lit hallways in which you can access your unit.
  • Video Surveillance
    -Our stores offer 24-hour digital video surveillance. They are also fenced and well-lit to add additional security for our customers.

Cheers!

https://www.compassselfstorage.com/storage-features

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Organization Hacks

Hey Compass fans,

Feeling a little out of sorts with all the holiday clutter? Getting organized starts right at home. Do your best to organize your garage, closets and sheds – and then bring the items you don’t need into your storage unit!

The new season brings the need for different items, so keep in mind what you will need in the coming months. Keep items at home that you will be needing and store away what you won’t be touching for a bit. You will enjoy less clutter at home and make fewer last minute trips to and from your storage unit.

Check out our Organization Board on Pinterest for some fun ideas & stop by your closest Compass Self Storage for the best storage units & moving supplies around!🙂

Cheers!
The Compass Team