As the saying goes “Behind every great man there is a great woman,” the inspiration behind the celebration of a Father’s Day is due in part to Mother’s Day. After hearing sermons on the significance of setting aside a day for mothers, Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, first proposed the idea of a “Father’s Day” in 1909. Mrs.
Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd’s mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a farm in Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The first Father’s Day was
observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father’s Day.
In that same spirit the EAST COBBER continues its Father of the Year essay contest. It’s fun to read all the great
tributes written about East Cobb dads. The winning essay written by Erin Davenport, about her father, Stephen, can be read on page 6.
In this world of hype and celebrity, many young (and older,too!) men and women are looking for a role model. Our popular culture promotes great athletes, movie stars and/or popular rock stars as people to admire. The EAST COBBER magazine focuses on the role models within reach and that we can truly be inspired by. Moms and dads are
the most obvious heroes for us to emulate. This publication is happy to grant them a few minutes of fame. Hence, the annual Father of the Year contest. EAST COBBER also features stories of other East Cobb residents that contribute to our quality of life. The people featured in this edition—from the parishioners at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (see page 14) to the East Cobb high school valedictorians spotlighted on page 18—are excellent examples of role models right here in our own backyards, within our reach. There’s a lot of good we can learn from our parents, friends, and fellow East Cobbers.
I hope after reading this edition, like every edition, you will not only learn a little bit more about what is going on in
our community but also be inspired by the people that make East Cobb such a great place to live!
Cynthia M. Rozzo
Founder l Publisher
Reprinted from the June/July 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Read the June/July issue HERE.
Founder and president of EAST COBBER, Cynthia Rozzo, created the free monthly publication, EAST COBBER, in 1993 to serve East Cobb County residents by providing a forum for them to share their ideas and a source for them to learn more about their community. Ms. Rozzo is also the proud producer of the annual EAST COBBER Community Parade and Festival. An East Cobb County resident since 1991, Rozzo lives in the Park Ridge subdivision with her husband, George Haralabidis, and three children, Lee, Nikos and Eleni.