The Avalanche CEOS Club held its regular meeting for May at the Country Corner Café in Letart.
The meeting was called to order with the pledge to the American Flag by Vice President Yvonne Fetty and devotions were given by Anne Byus. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given by Marilyn Clarke, secretary and Eleanor Hoffman, treasurer.
The lesson for the month of May was given by Patsy Keathley on “Mother’s Day: A Tradition Rooted in Service.” Most know that Mother’s Day has its origin in West Virginia but the lesson went a little deeper into the history of the day traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday in May every year since 1908.
The lesson was presented as follows: “The founder’s mother, Anna Jarvis, was born Anna Maria Reeves in Culpepper County, Va. in 1845. Her father, a Methodist minister was transferred to Philippi in Barbour County. Anna married Granville Jarvis in 1852 and they made their home in Philippi before moving to Taylor County. Anna and Granville had only two of their five children live to adulthood. Anna started an organization called Mother’s Day Work Clubs in Philippi, Webster, Grafton Junction, Fetterman and Pruntytown, and her persistence led to nearly every woman in the communities to join the clubs. They worked to improve sanitary condition, which were poor at that time and thought to contribute to children’s deaths. They were so successful that the doctors encouraged others to start Mother’s Day Work Clubs in their own communities. Anna’s sixth child died after only living for two years. Tragedy spurred Anna to work even harder.
Anna’s daughter, named Anna also led a tribute to her mother’s life at Andrews Methodist Church on May 12, 1907. This later became known as the first Mother’s Day celebration. Afterward, daughter Anna dedicated her life to making Mother’s Day a nationally recognized day of celebration. A bill was introduced into the United States Senate on May 9, 1908 but did not pass. Six years later, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Congressional Resolution on May 10, 1914 which made Mother’s Day a nationally recognized holiday.
Daughter Anna Jarvis came to disapprove of the commercialism that came to accompany Mother’s Day which was originally intended as a day to spend time with your mother and thank her for all she has done for you. Anna spent her inheritance fighting against the commercialization of Mother’s Day and never benefited financially from the fervor surrounding Mother’s Day. She fought the rest of her days to keep the sanctity of the day intact.
This lesson brought new insight into the possibility of what we really should be doing for our mothers instead of just sending flowers.”
After all business was completed the meeting was adjourned, attending were: Audrey Clarke, Eleanor Hoffman, Marge Blake, Bettie Roush, Patsy Keathley, Helen Smithson, Yvonne Fetty, Anne Byus, Sue Darst and Marilyn Clarke.
Submitted by Club Reporter Marilyn Clarke.