This year provides a gift to our hard-working Chamber members, who say there’s never enough time in the day, or the month, or the year to get everything accomplished. That gift, of course, is an extra day in February, which provides an extra 24 hours to do more work, or hopefully, to enjoy the wonderful, non-work related sights and activities in our state.

Although, as one of the respondents reveals, if you have an awesome job, you don’t mind clocking in an extra day at the office during spring!

From vacationing to building a house for the less fortunate and from treating Feb. 29 just like any other working Monday to spending it on a trail in Lost Dutchman State Park (and hopefully finding his gold), our Chamber members share their plans for Leap Day 2016, and some even revealed in which month they’d like to have the calendar-correcting day added.

Sarah A. Strunk, Chair, Fennemore Craig, P.C.:

Honestly, I will be spending my extra day watching Humpbacks in Maui! If I was not already booked to do that, I would likely treat the day like any other.

Laura Etter, Chief of Staff, Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates:

Leap year in 2016 falls on a normally busy day and nothing will change. However, If I had my ideal free day I would take it in March when the weather is beautiful, take in a Spring Training game with the Diamondbacks, enjoy our Phoenix mountain preserves, a leisurely hike, meet up with friends for stimulating conversation and take the time to organize my house, hang pictures, send notes and try and accomplish 72 hours of free time in 24!

Josh Rawitch, Senior VP, Communications, Arizona Diamondbacks:

As is always the case, Leap Day falls during Spring Training. So in this case, we will be having our first “scrimmage” of the spring against West Virginia University, which is the alma mater of our Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick. It’s only fitting since baseball is a daily sport that if we add a day, we add a game! Interestingly, there have been 12 MLB players born on Feb. 29 but none since 1976, the longest gap since 1924-44. Perhaps a future big leaguer will be born on that day in 2016!

If I could add an extra day to one month, it would likely be December because that’s during the offseason, so it would be an extra day to spend with family or on a vacation, as our offices close for two weeks over the holidays.

Plus, adding an extra day of 115-degree heat in the summertime doesn’t seem rational!

Gretchen S. Kitchel, SRP:

I try to spend all the extra time I have with my wonderful family. And with that in mind, if I could choose when I could get an extra day, it would be in December when there are an abundance of family activities.

Alexie Chavez, Marketing Coordinator, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce:

I’ve been really busy lately, it feels like all I do is go, go, go! So this year with my extra day, I want to just relax with a great hike. I recently hiked the Siphon Draw Trail in Lost Dutchman State Park in the Superstitions and it was really energizing and had beautiful views!

Adam McAnally, Reg. Analyst, SRP:

I will be going to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico to help build a house with 1Mission. 1Mission is a community development organization that gives people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community.

I’ll be taking Friday, Feb. 26 off to help lay the concrete foundation. The weekend will be spent putting up the frames, walls and roof. There is a good chance I’ll take Feb. 29, off to just recover! I believe it is important to use my extra time to serve others.

A fantastic opportunity for VYPs to consider for their limited extra time is the inspiring work at New Pathways for Youth and the opportunities the organization provides locally to mentor kids.

– Written by Josh Coddington, marketing and communications manager, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. This article is part of the Chamber’s monthly newsletter, Business Wise. 

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