Father’s Day just isn’t quite as holy as Mother’s Day. In fact a recent article questioned whether fathers are losing their influence in the family since more and more moms are becoming the family breadwinners.

At the West Linn Adult Community Center, we run high to moms since women often outlive their husbands. But the dads who are still with us are still some of our most active members. They still count.

It’s just that moms seem to outrank dads as a general rule; moreover, the initial commemoration of Father’s Day shows up almost as an afterthought, a belated we’d-best-do-something-so-dad’s-feelings-won’t-be-hurt idea.

One day in 1909, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at her Episcopal Church, Sonora Smart Dodd decided to organize a tribute to her father. The occasion took place on June 19, 1910, and Sonora was so pleased with her idea that she began promoting it nationally. Unfortunately, the campaign didn’t go well.

Despite support from churches, the YWCA and YMCA, the proposed holiday languished. The attention it did attract wasn’t particularly flattering. Many people and newspapers made Father’s Day the target of derision, arguing that it was just a senseless calendar-filler of the same type as Children’s Day, Secretaries’ Day and Pet Day.

A menswear retail group formed a committee in the 1930s to promote and legitimize the holiday, but of course the committee’s interest was largely commercial. Sonora Smart Dodd had no problem with the commercialization of her idea, and she threw her support to the enterprise. Still the holiday wasn’t officially established until President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed it a federal holiday in 1966, to be held each year on the third Sunday of June.

We at the WLACC celebrate the event with a barbeque. It’s the kind of food our dads like most, and it happened ahead of time earlier this week. If you missed it, start planning now to attend next year’s Father’s Day barbeque, and enjoy the traditional Father’s Day this coming Sunday.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer assistance is currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Friday, June 14

In the morning, we have the core strength class and the strength and balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve sausage and shrimp linguini for lunch. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m. the Texas Hold’em poker group will deal.

Monday, June 17

In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the woodcarving group, aerobics class, and hand and foot card group. For lunch, we will have open-faced turkey sandwiches with gravy. After lunch, the bridge group will meet, the exercise for all class will meet and the Pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18

Morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The Honoring Our Memories writing group meets from 10 a.m. to noon. The ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19

The Pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 9:45 a.m. The Peripatetic Walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club will meet. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon we will serve soup and sandwiches for lunch. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, June 20

The bus trip to the Tillamook Forestry Center will leave the center at 9 a.m. Our morning offerings include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m. and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m. The exercise for all class will meet at 1 p.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.

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