“From the President’s Desk”

May 2012

It was a wonderful dinner at Christopher’s and to hear from Bergetta and the many exciting and encouraging things she is doing at United Way of Central Iowa. It is always nice to hear from people that are passionate about what they do and it is evident Bergetta is passionate about her involvement with United Way.

There are always two events in May that come to mind for me—the opening of the Downtown Farmer’s Market and Mother’s Day. Although Mother’s Day is somewhat bittersweet for me after having to say good-bye to my Mother 11 years ago; however, the memories will never be forgotten. And being a mother of 3 girls, I can appreciate the things my mother did for all of us kids. A little history on Mother’s Day…

Back in the 1800’s Mother’s Day was mostly marked by women’s peace groups. There were meetings of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died in the American Civil War. Then in 1868 Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day” whose purpose was to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War and she wanted to expand into an annual memorial for Mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration because popular, so her daughter, Anna Jarvis would continue her mother’s efforts. In 1910 Mother’s Day was declared an official holiday with the State of West Virginia being the first state to recognize. However, the other states quickly followed. Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. There are many ways we celebrate Mother’s Day with flowers, brunch, perfume, etc., but I think the best way is to spend time together with a nice big hug!

Hoping to see several of you at our May meeting at Chicago Speakeasy with our guest speaker, Susan Knapp.

Sharon Wolfe

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