A Note from President Sharon to all of our GFWC FL Mother’s
Mother’s Day recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society. In 1868, Ann Jarvis, Anna Jarvis‘s mother, organized a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day”, the purpose of which was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” Ann Jarvis, who had previously organized Mother’s Day Work Clubs to improve sanitation and health for both Union and Confederate encampments undergoing a typhoid outbreak, wanted to expand these into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the annual celebration was established. Her daughter, continued her mother’s efforts.
On May 10, 1913, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on all federal government officials (from the president down) to wear a white carnation the following day in observance of Mother’s Day. On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day and requesting a proclamation.
To all of you wonderful ladies who work so hard, give of your time, money and talents to your communities and GFWC FL ~ thank you and Happy Mother’s Day~!
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