Evansville Manor: Skilled Healthcare & Rehabilitation

From the Administrator

June 2018

Now that we have had the higher and humid temperatures I feel we went straight to August, but it is thankfully still June.  June brings us the official first days of summer and Father's Day. 

Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. On June 19, 1910, a Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her father, a civil war veteran, William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.  She was also a member of Old Centenary Presbyterian Church, where she first proposed the idea.  After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday to honor them.  Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June.  By 1938, she had the help of the Father's Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the holiday's commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday for its first few decades, viewing it as nothing more than an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother's Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes.  However, the said merchants remained resilient and even incorporated these attacks into their advertisements.  By the mid-1980s, the Father's Day Council wrote, "Father's Day has become a Second Christmas for all the men's gift-oriented industries."

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak at a Father's Day celebration and he wanted to make it an officially recognized federal holiday, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed throughout the entire nation, but he stopped short at issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a Father's Day proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "[singling] out just one of our two parents". In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 in honor of men and boys who are not fathers.

So in the spirit of Father's Day, I would like to personally wish everyone a wonderful Father's Day.  I would also like to acknowledge again, for some it is not a day of celebration, but a difficult day.  This is especially true for men facing infertility issues with their spouse or themselves and those who have experienced the loss of a father, child, or other loved one.  Let's reach out to all the dads in our lives to remind them how loved and appreciated they are in honor and celebrate them with a blessing!

Just as a friendly reminder for those wishing to obtain a guest meal on that day so they can eat here with a resident, please be sure to contact our Dietary Department directly at 608.882.9017 and leave a voice mail with a return phone number if no one is available.  It is important that we have reservations within the first couple of days in June so we can order sufficient quantities of food.