Dates would never have to change
THE workings of our calendar are not something many people would stop to think about but Rosemeadow man Aristeo Fernando has devoted much of his time to improving it.
He is offering free one-hour seminars to explain the benefits of the perpetual calendar which he hopes will be implemented in Australia by January, 2001.
The calendar is based on keeping week days and dates constant each year, starting January 1 which would always be Monday.
Mr Fernando said this would make activities and special occasions easier to schedule and remember.
“Basically this proposed calendar is similar to the presently used Gregorian calendar,” he said.
“There are 12 months in the year, the year is divided into four quarters and each quarter is based on months of 31-30-30 days.’
The major difference would be that in order to keep 365 days in a common year and 366 in a leap year extra dates are added which are not assigned week days.
In a common year this occurs on December 31 and an eight day week becomes a reality.
Mr Fernando said to preserve balance, in a leap year the same occurs on June 31. He sees the primary advantages of his calendar as environmental.
“No longer will unsold diaries have to be discarded at the end of each year and calendars would not have to be printed every year.
“One calendar could be used year after year or forever.”
Mr Fernando’s proposal was introduced to Federal Parliament in September last year.
Federal Member for Macarthur Chris Haviland told his colleagues he was happy to bring Mr Fernando’s proposal to the attention of the House so it could be considered and debated.
The seminars will be at the H.J. Daley Central Library (opposite Catholic Club). Dates: January 21, 1 pm and 2.30 pm, January 25, 5.30 pm and 7 pm, January 29, 1 pm and 2.30 pm.
For bookings phone (046) 212 349 (AH).