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What Is Vexillology and who are vexillologists?

Posted by Accent Banner on May 14, 2018 9:40:00 AM

What is Vexillology?

Vexillology is the study of history, symbolism, origins, and uses of flags as well as any general interest in flags and what their history, symbolism, and meaning is to the people who live in that specific area of the world. The word vexillology comes from the synthesis of the Greek word vexillum which means "flag" and the Greek suffix -logia which means "study". This makes the world vexillology which means "study of the flags". 

Since this field of study was established there has been various vexillological associations that have popped up around the world. These groups are interested in studying the history, emblems, and flags that have meant so much to many people from various parts of the world. One such vexillological association is the UK's National Flag Charity which is entirely funded by member's subscriptions to the association and is currently the largest membership-based flag organization in the world with members hailing from all 6 inhabited continents. 

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The society's goal is to educate people about the important roles that flags play in societies all around the world. The UK's National Flag Charity was founded on St. George's Day, on the 23rd of April, 1971. The Flag Institute is proud to maintain until this very day that it has the largest national registry of flags established anywhere in the UK both on a national and a regional level. 

Anyone can be a registered member and will receive a quarterly publication called the Flagmaster and are also invited to attend meetings held by the UK's National Flag charity which is held at various locations throughout the UK. The UK's National Flag Charity is also proud to provide vexillological services to HM Government and many other UK organizations as well as others around the world including the United Nations. Our offered services to these organizations include advising on uses of flags, designing new flags, and collecting information about flags that already exist around the world.

For more information on how to become a member of the UK's National Flag Charity or to learn how to use their services please feel free to contact us

 

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Event Planning Tips: Planning a Graduation Party

Posted by Accent Banner on Jan 30, 2018 8:11:00 AM

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Graduation season is an annual event that marks the lives of many young people every year between May and June. This is the time of year when an entire new crop of young people graduate high school and move on from their schooling years to either attending college/university, going to a trade school, or finding their first real jobs in the adult world. This is often signaling a change from youth to adulthood when young people begin to spread their wings and find their freedom and way as well as their career calling in life.
 
Often this calls for a celebration of sorts such as a party or get-together of family and friends to celebrate this milestone in the young person's life. While it's easy to go out and start having grandiose dreams of what you want the party to be and look like, it's essential that you start with some basic guidelines to help you plan your special bash. This means laying out a plan as to what you want to do and how to do it while keeping to your budget. The following are some great tips to help you plan that particular party while still minding a budget and ensuring the day goes off without a hitch:

 

Establish A Budget

No matter what kind of party you want, you have to have some type of budget. Decide what you are willing to spend and stick with it. Glitz and glam are great, but it has to be practical and affordable.

 

Choose A Venue  

Decide where you want to hold the event and be sure that you can afford to book that location. Also, ensure that the venue is available for the ideal date of your party. Often venues will get booked far in advance and will be double booked around graduation time. Booking the venue can often be the most expensive component of your party so make sure to shop around and choose a location that fits your budget.

 

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Pick A Convenient Date/Time

Try to plan the party when many others in your circle or group of friends are free or are not attending other parties when at all possible. This allows people to make the event without feeling torn between more than one party or event on the same day or at the same time. It also ensures better attendance.

 

Food & Drink

Remember that you are going to be appealing to anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred people. Determine which cuisines will serve the most of that population the best. Whether you want to have pizza or hot dogs and hamburgers, you want to choose something that most people will enjoy partaking in. For drinks, provide a variety of options from bottled water to tea to soda so that everyone has something available that they like.

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Decorations

You may consider using your school colors to decorate for your party or use photos or pictures from the school years that bring back great memories. Showing off something that everyone can relate to helps bring everyone together to celebrate a significant milestone in this young person's life. Often people may display custom signs, graduation gonfalons, or other customized banners and flags to represent their school or place of graduation. 

 

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*Above are some custom graduation gonfalons that Accent Banner created for Lesley University in Boston. Click our gonfalons image gallery link above to see more gonfalon pictures

 

There are plenty of ways to go about celebrating the end of someone graduating high school. It's all about your personal preferences and what fits your style and circle of friends and family best. Keeping all of these factors in mind when planning your party will ensure your celebration is a success.

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Topics: graduation gonfalons, event planning

5 Traits of Highly Effective Coaches

Posted by Accent Banner on Jan 11, 2018 10:59:00 AM

Coaching requires more than holding a clipboard, purchasing athletic banners and showing up for games. Effective coaches can make or break even the best athletes. Coaches are not only seen as leaders on the field but often times have the opportunity to change the lives' of those they are coaching. Five of the most common traits in extraordinary coaches include:

 

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1) Being a role model

Coaches, whether they realize it or not, are often major role models in the lives of young players. Coaches have the opportunity to be examples of exemplary behavior; which includes treating others with respect, showing up on time, staying positive regardless of the situation and using good sportsmanship. Athletes see these behaviors and mirror them as they transition into adulthood. 

 


2) Staying consistent and organized

Teams function well when a coach is prepared, organized, and consistent. A coach who is prepared and not caught off guard by surprises creates an environment for success. Successful coaches should have a regular routine and process in place for both practices and games. Making sure the team is prepared and on-time will instill a sense of disicipline in the players. If the coach takes the details seriously it sends a good message to the team of what's expected of them. 

 

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3) Preparing for changes

Not everything goes as planned in sports. An ideal coach is ready to deal with a variety of situations and always has a backup plan should something not go according to plan. Preparation allows athletes to relax and focus on their performance. Thorough preparation ensures that players only need to focus on perforoming when game day arrives. A coach who's done their homework on the other team and has a solid strategy in place ensures that their team will have the highest chance of success. 

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* A custom sports flag we created for Milton Academy proudly displayed in the gym.

 


4) Using all methods of communication

The best coaches are quickly able to communicate with the athletes, parents, and co-coaches to relay any information about the game or practice. Modern-day coaches are available via phone, e-mail, or text to communicate with players and parents instantly. Being able to keep everybody in the loop with changes to the schedule is paramount to managing a team successfully.

 

"In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me."

- John Wooden 


5) Learning New Skills

Coaches are in the ideal position to improve the psychological and social behaviors of athletes. As a strong role model, a good coach shows the importance of respect, organization, communication, and skill development. Showing athletes how to learn and master new skills is a process that will serve their players for the rest of their lives both on and off the field. 

We're proud to work wth a number of coaches on the high school, college, and professional level. Each time we create a new championship banner for a team we feel as though we share in their accomplishment. Making sports banners and pennants is always a rewarding process as we know it will be displayed wth pride. Contact us to request a free quote for custom banners and flags for your team. 

 

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Topics: Coaching, sports flags, athletics flags

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