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11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FATHERHOOD CONFERENCE

“Maximizing Father Engagement,
Celebrating 100 Years of Father’s Day in America” 
June 16-19, 2009
Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, MD 
WORKSHOP TRACKS AND PRESENTER APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTED AT BOTTOM! 

Dear IFC Family and Future Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I personally announce our 2009 Fatherhood Conference theme. “Maximizing Father Engagement, Celebrating 100 Years of Father’s Day in America.” Our 2009 celebration recognizes that next Father’s Day will be the 100 Year Anniversary of Father’s Day in America!

There are too many Fathers who forget what a PRIVILEDGE it is be the father of a child. In 2009, our Father’s Day Conference strives to salute and encourage exisiting fathers, advise and assist new fathers, and RE-DEFINE what Fatherhood means. It’s time to honor and encourage men across the globe for their efforts and constant striving. And for men who have yet to achieve their parental goals, we salute you for taking the responsibility  & steps to your new future. Together, all father’s at the conference will take a pledge together to work with others and with their families to reconnect, rebuild, restore and reawaken the passion to serve our families and communities!

Join us in 2009 for this awesome experience in Baltimore, MD. I look forward to seeing you in June 2009.

 Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson, President & CEO

THE HISTORY OF FATHER’S DAY IN AMERICA

Courtesy of: C. Murchison, ©1996. 

     The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

    Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

    In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our Mother’s Day.

“CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF FATHER’S DAY IN AMERICA”

 June 21st, 2009

FATHERHOOD IS WITNESSED

*Fatherhood Can Be Seen & Heard*

Happy F aithful Day

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WORKSHOP PRESENTER APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!

Submission Instructions: 

Workshop Applications have been created in WORD for your convenience. Please type the necessary information and attach completed form to email. Submit all applications to email address: 

Thank you in advance for all of your ideas!

WORKSHOP TRACKS 

TRACK I.        RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD

TRACK II.       HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS/MARRIAGE

TRACK III.     RE-ENTRY 

TRACK IV.      HEALTH

TRACK V.       EDUCATION

TRACK VI.     EMPLOYMENT

TRACK VII.   POLICY DEVELOPMENT

TRACK VIII.  FAITH-BASED INITITIATIVES

TRACK IX.     FUNDRAISING AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

TRACK X.       YOUTH DEVELOPMENT 

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