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  1. Father's Day Inception Dates Back Almost Half a Century

  2. Indiana Fatherhood Expo Sponsoring 2014 Dad's Expo

  3. Celebrate the Birth of 'Old Glory' Tomorrow

  4. Governor Makes Several Appointments to State Boards & Commissions

Father's Day Fast Facts

70.1 million: Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

Source: Wave 2 Fertility Topical Module from the 2008 Survey of Income & Program Participation

24.7 million: Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2013.

  • 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
  • 3 percent were a subfamily living in someone else's home.

Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements Tables FG1 and FG3

2.0 million: Number of single fathers in 2013; 17 percent of single parents were men

  • 9 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
  • About 44 percent were divorced, 33 percent were never married, 19 percent were separated, and 4.2 percent were widowed.
  • 39 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements Table FG6

Courtesy of the US Census Bureau.


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Father's Day Inception Dates Back Almost Half a Century

Father's Day: LOC Wise Guide“To have a father –to be a father- is to come very near the heart of life itself.” ~ President Richard Nixon, Father's Day Proclamation. June 9, 1972

This Sunday, many of us will set aside time to celebrate dads, uncles, brothers, husbands, and other loved ones in honor of Father’s Day. While we celebrate this day, many of us don’t know exactly how and when this day came to be national holiday. While the first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1914, a holiday honoring fathers didn’t become official until 1966; that is when President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Father’s Day.President Nixon made this proclamation permanent in 1972.The idea for Father’s Day is credited to Sondra Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mother’s death during childbirth.While listening to a sermon at church on Mother’s Day, she thought about all her father had done for her and her siblings and decided fathers should have a day, also.Because her father was born in June, she encouraged churches in Spokane, Washington to honor fathers that month.The first father’s day was celebrated there in 1910.

Through the years, the idea spread and people lobbied Congress to establish the holiday.In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson, who signed the Mother’s Day Proclamation, approved the idea, but never signed a proclamation for it.In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event to “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of the obligations.” For more history and resources, visit the Library of Congress Wise Guide.If you need current tips and resources for dads, visit the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. Happy Father’s Day!

Indiana Fatherhood Expo Sponsoring 2014 Dad's Expo

Indiana Dad's ExpoOn Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males is sponsoring the Indiana Fatherhood Coalition’s 2014 Indiana Dad’s Expo. The event takes place at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. The Indiana Dad’s Expo is an opportunity for Dad’s to celebrate their fatherhood and learn more about pertinent issues that face fathers today. More than a dozen workshops are being held for fathers, covering a number of topics including: Bullying/Preventing Teen Suicide, Children on Social Media, Parenting Through Divorce, Daddy Bootcamp (for new fathers), and many more. Goody bags and free lunch will also be provided to all attendees.

Admission is free and the expo is open to the public. Kids are also encouraged to come and hang out in the KidsZone, which will be run by the YMCA with many fun games and activities.

Celebrate the Birth of 'Old Glory' Tomorrow

Flag Day: June 14, 2014This Saturday, June 14th, is Flag Day.We use flags to commemorate and celebrate as well as mourn our soldiers.Flags can incite many emotions ranging from pride to anger, when it’s being defiled or defaced.Many see it as a day on the calendar, but do we know where Flag Day came from?On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of the national flag.In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issues a proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14.Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day.Before 1916, many localities and a few states celebrated the day for years.Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a proclamation every year.

According to legend in 1776, George Washington commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to create a flag for the new nation.Scholars debate this legend, but agree that Ross likely knew Washington and sewed flags.To date, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag,but the arrangement of the stars varied according to the flag-makers’ preferences until 1912 when President Taft standardized the then-new flag’s forty-eight stars into six rows of eight.The forty-nine star flag (1959-60), as well as the fifty-star flag, also have standardized star patterns.The current flag dates to July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959.For more information and resources about Flag Day, visit the Library of Congress American Memory Today in history Page.

Governor Makes Several Appointments to State Boards & Commissions

Indiana Governor's OfficeIn a press release from June 5th, Governor Mike Pence recently named appointees to boards and commissions, including Indiana Election Commission, Kids First Trust Fund Board of Directors, Integrated Public Safety Commission, INTERNnet Board, Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone, Law Enforcement Training Board, Interstate Mining Compact Commission, Governor’s Planning Council for People with Disabilities,and Rehabilitation Services Commission.  The full list with appointees’ names and terms of appointment is available here.

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