Sinclairville Seniors Commemorate Father’s Day

SINCLAIRVILLE — Remembering the history and the meaning of Father’s Day was the topic at the recent Sinclairville Senior Citizens group.

The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room for a luncheon and program. Diman Smith is the president and welcomed all to the gathering.

Father’s Day was proposed in 1909 by Mrs. John B. Dodd who wanted to honor fathers. Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, raised six children himself after the death of his wife in childbirth. Mrs. Dodd realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

The luncheon held featured a variety of dishes of food brought by members. Appreciation was extended to Terry Fox and Martha Harmon for the festive and colorful table decorations of seashells, plants and colored stones. The opening prayer was given by Pastor Phil Shay.

Secretary John Sipos read the minutes of the previous meeting and treasurer Charles Sylvester read the financial report. Sunshine chairman Betty Wielgasz announced that member Louisa Smith is celebrating her 94th birthday.

Drawings of prizes was held by Smith and recipients included LouAnn Smith, Smith, Louisa Smith, Ann Hellmen, Sipos, Diane Shaw, Diane Minekime, Robert Minekime, Martha Harmon, Susan Sipos, Mrs. Harmon, Mrs. Wielgasz, Jim Hendrickson and Linda Parmenter.

The next gathering will be a summer picnic at the grounds of the Smith’s residence on Tuesday, July 10, at noon. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, along with a watermelon. All those attending are asked to bring a dish to add to the meal. New members are welcome.