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Fathers Day, 3rd Sunday in June. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.

Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane,Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Roses are the Father's Day flowers.




God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

~Author Unknown~


Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
To live up to "HIS IMAGE"
As protector and provider
And "hero or the scrimmage"...

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as "soft" as he can be...

But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just WONDERFUL
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolade of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...

He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on

~Helen Steiner Rice~



Make it an ugly tie contest, award prizes to the winners. Invite a boy scout troop, elks members, neighboring facilities or other male clubs to join your celebration.
Play golf! On a crazy golf course! Create a nine hole miniature golf course by using boxes, tubes, anything!Create different obstacles by using toys, shoes, whatever you can think of! Use Styrofoam cups put in the ground for holes. Each player receives one 3-4 ft PVC pipe with an elbow joint and a ping pong ball. They receive a score sheet as well. Play individually or as teams. Best scores win small prizes.


2 cups Bisquick (OK so it's a store bought mix!)
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together with a whisk. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto hot griddle. Cook until bubbles appear and turn over. Cook until golden.
Yields 15 pancakes.

Food Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cups butter
2 cups milk
3 eggs
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
First, warm the milk. Then, stir the sifted flour into the warmed milk. Once blended, stir in the melted butter, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Now, it's time to melt 1 teaspoon of butter in a pan and pour in just 1 tablesppon of batter so that it spreads out evenly in a thin layer covering the whole bottom of pan. Cook the cake until it is golden brown and crisp on both sides. These pancakes are best served hot with your favorite jam or fruit preserves.



A Pat On The Back For Dad
Messy but fun! (Use gloves if desired)

Men's T-shirts
Fabric Paint
Dip hands in paint and put handprints on the back of the T-shirts, then write,
"This Dad Deserves A Pat On The Back."


Fill small glass jars with Hershey's hugs and kisses candy, include bow and a card to honor the dad.


Collect pictures from residents, family members and staff! Create a large collage for the special day and display for all to see!


-Enamel Paints
-Plain white coffee mugs

Paint the outside of the mugs in any way, just use your imagination! Then bake the mugs by following the paint instructions to set the paint. Present one to each of the dads!



1 c Sugar
1/2 c Packed brown sugar
1/2 c Unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Cinnamon
2 Eggs
1/2 c Cooking oil
1 ts Vanilla
1 3/4 c Flour
1/2 c Chopped walnuts
1/2 c Sugar
Preheat oven to 375F.
In a large mixing bowl stir together the sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the eggs, cooking oil and vanilla.
Beat with a rotary beater or wire whip until the mixture is smooth. Add the flour. Stir with a large spoon until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the walnuts.
Place the sugar in a pie plate.
Spoon chocolate mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Roll each mound around in your hands to form a ball. Roll the balls in the sugar to coat generously.
Place the balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 375F for 12 to 14 minutes or until the cookies are firm around the edges and the tops are cracked.
Cool on a wire rack. Makes 24 cookies.

2 c Sugar
2/3 c Milk
1/2 ts Salt
2 tb Corn syrup
2 oz Unsweetened chocolate*
2 tb Butter
1 ts Vanilla
Nuts, finely chopped (optional)
*Or 1/3 cup Cocoa.
Butter a loaf pan.
Combine sugar, milk, salt, corn syrup, and chocolate in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate melts and sugar is dissolved. Cook, stirring occasioanlly, to 234 F( soft ball stage).
Remove from heat and then add the butter.
Cool mix to lukewarm(120 F).
Add vanilla, and beat vigorously and continuously for 5 to 10 minutes with wooden spoon or a Mixmaster (mixture will hold its shape when dropped from wooden spoon, shine will not be there).
Quickly stir in nuts (if using), spread quickly and evenly in buttered pan.
Cool until firm, cut into squares.Makes one pound.



My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Buddinton Kelland

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." ~Harmon Killebrew

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. ~George Herbert

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! ~Lydia M. Child

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. ~Source Unknown



Throughout history, fathers have been loved, respected, and looked up to. A father can be an originator of an idea, product or person. A father can be a spiritual leader or someone to look to for guidance and protection. Here are some famous fathers.

"My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing." Aldous Huxley (1894-1963).

Chuck Yeager was the father of modern aviation.

Michael Jordan is a champion and a hero because he plays basketball with all his heart for his team, his family and his father.

Teddy Roosevelt , who inspired the teddy bear, was a wonderful father who wrote constantly to his children.

Albert Einstein was the Father of modern science.

George Washington was the childless Father of our country.

Charles Darwin was the Father of modern biology.

A.A. Milne based Christopher Robin of " Winnie-the-Pooh " on his own son, Christopher Robin Milne.

Bill Clinton is both a President and a Father.

Jim Henson thrilled millions of children, including his own, who now carry on his tradition.

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that love, not violence was the most powerful weapon.



For all the fathers out there, how many of these have you said?

Don't ask me, ask your mother. Were you raised in a barn? Close the door. You didn't beat me. I let you win. Big boys don't cry. Don't worry. It's only blood. Don't you know any normal boys? Now you listen to ME, Buster! I'll play catch after I read the paper. Coffee will stunt your growth. A little dirt never hurt anyone, just wipe it off.. Get your elbows off the table. I told you, keep your eye on the ball. Who said life was supposed to be fair. Always say please and thank you. That way, you get more. If you forget, you'll be grounded till the end of the world. You call that a haircut? "Hey" is for horses. This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you. Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money? Don't give me any of your lip, young lady. You call that noise "music"? We're not lost. I'm just not sure where we are. No, we're not there yet. Shake it off. It's only pain. When I was your age , I treated MY father with respect. As long as you live under my roof, you' ll live by my rules. I'll tell you why. Because I said so. That's why. Do what I say, not what I do. Sit up straight! So you think you're smart, do you? What's so funny? Wipe that smile off your face. Young ladies perspire, they do not sweat. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times. C'mon, you throw like a girl. You want something to do? I'll give you something to do. You should visit more often. Your mother worries. This is your last warning. Your mother worries. I'm not sleeping, I was watching that channel. What keeps those jeans of yours from falling off? I'm not just talking to hear my own voice! Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. What do you think I am, a bank? What part of NO don't you understand? I don't care what other people are doing! I'm not everybody elses father! You're not leaving my house dressed like that! What will other parents think? Could those sleeves be any longer? You look like a bag lady! Worrying about things you can't change is like a rocking chair... it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. Hurt much? I didn't feel a thing. I feel for you, but I can't reach you from here. If you're gonna be dumb, you've gotta be tough. Didn't your teacher learn you anything?! You can marry a rich guy just as easily as you can a poor guy. It's hard to be good, and easy to be bad. I got my tongue wrapped around my eye-tooth and couldn't see what I was saying. Men are like buses. Just wait on the corner and another one will come along. Don't tell on anybody unless you tell on yourself first. Hey, did you hear me talking to you? You know you're always gonna be Daddy's little girl. I'm not watching television. I'm resting my eyes. Don't use that tone with me! Am I talking to a brick wall? If I catch you doing that one more time, I'll... Act your age. Two wrongs do not make a right. Wipe your feet! Enough is enough! Don't make me stop the car! What did I just get finished telling you?

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