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Grandma and Grandchild in Embrace
Young Family

June 2023

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. A woman named Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane Washington first proposed this in Washington around 1909. It may be hard to keep track of the date because the date changes every year. It falls on the third Sunday in June— which means the actual date changes year to year according to my research on the subject. (Accessed: 5-25-2021, Website, The Pioneer Women).


Last month I explained all I uncovered about Mother’s Day. I must say I was pleasantly surprised to find the name Sonora Dodd in the center of all this history making celebration. She worked hard to get Mother’s Day established and equally hard to establish an equivalent for male parents, which finally occurred on June 19, 1910, as the first official Father’s Day Celebration!


This is a great time to pull together a family project to honor Dad on his special day. Although you can always buy his favorite self-care product or cook his favorite meal, why not create something special the children can make. DIY projects are easy to find on the web with a few simple items. Some of the examples I investigated are, painted pots with funny faces, tie dye shirts, a favorite snack mix, stenciled necktie and so many others. Get the children involved and do your research. Homemade cards are always a hit with Dad and are sure to instill lasting memories he will cherish. Till next time…….

Mary Popovich
West Newton Lions


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