May Day Flowers

We had our April showers and now it is time for some May Day flowers! People around the world celebrate May Day in many ways. Some deliver May Day baskets full of goodies to their friends, and in some cases whole towns celebrate the first day of May. Just in case your town doesn’t celebrate this occasion, we would like to give you a few craft ideas that can be done with items found around the house.

May Day FlowersImage

Materials:

  • Small Paper Plate
  • Large Paper Plate
  • 6 colors of construction paper
  • Black paint/ Black Ink
  • Scissors
  • Glue/Double Sided Tape
  1. Set out your six pieces of construction paper.
  2. Smear some paint onto the large paper plate. (only if you are using paint)
  3. Press your hand and fingers onto the paint/ink.
  4. Make a hand print on the first piece of paper. (repeat this step on all papers)
  5. Let your hand prints dry while you wash your hands.
  6. If you plan to hang up your creation, you will want to punch a hole in the plate first.
  7. Once they are dry you will want to cut out around your hand. You can make these any shape or size you would like. But remember they are the pedals of the flower.
  8. Turn your small plate over.
  9. Place a small bit of glue, or a small strip of double sided tape at the bottom front of each hand print pedal.
  10. One by one, flip the pedals over and stick them to your plate. (If using glue, you will want to let that dry before you handle it.)
  11. The options are endless after it is dry. Some ideas are:
    1. Candy Dish
    2. Door Hanger
    3. Gifts for family and friends

May Day Baskets

ImageMaterials:

  • Solo Cups (1 per basket being made) + 1 for a scoop
  • Paper Punch
  • Large Bowl
  • Pipe Cleaners (1 per basket being made)
  • Flower Stickers (or the stickers of your choice)
  • Popped Popcorn (varies on amount)
  • Variety of candies (Varies on amount): M&M’s, Skittles, Mini Candy Bars, Etc.
  1. With your hole puncher, you will punch two holes in each cup, directly across from each other.
  2. Stick one end of your pipe cleaner through one hole. Bend one inch of it up and twist the small piece to the large piece. (repeat this step on the other side)
  3. Take the stickers you have chosen and place them around the outside of the cup.
  4. In the large bowl you will want to mix all of your food products.
  5. With a cup that you have not put a handle on you will want to take one large scoop of mixture and pour it into your cups with handles.
  6. Now you have your May Day baskets ready for friends and family to enjoy.

This is a fun fraternal activity that can be enjoyed each May. Many lodges do activities like this for their communities and other members. Check out our Lodge locator to find a lodge near you! And for some extra fun, download the May Day word search.

Earth Day – April 22nd

ImageInformation obtained from the Earth Day History

Earth Day began in 1970, during an era when environmental factors were not a topic of interest. Rachel Carson started to bring this topic to the surface with her New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. She wanted to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment, and public health.

Years later, another event put the environment in the minds of many. After witnessing the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA, a US Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson became the founder of Earth Day. Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the media. Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey was elected as co-chair, along with recruiting Denis Hayes as national coordinator.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets for demonstrations, led by Nelson, McCloskey, and Hayes. They were rallying coast-to-coast for a healthy, sustainable environment.  This day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.  Nelson states, “It was a gamble, but it worked.”

In 1990, Earth Day went global when Denis Hayes was asked to lead another campaign. This campaign brought President Bill Clinton to award Senator Nelson with the Presidential Meal of Freedom (1995) for his role as Earth Day founder. This is the highest honor given to civilians in the United States.

With the combination of the big-picture feistiness of the first Earth Day and the international grassroots activism of Earth Day 1990, Earth Day 2000 was born. The message was heard around the globe that the people of the world wanted a quick and decisive action on clean energy.

Earth Day 2009 was the Green Generation™ in defense for the following core principles:

  • A Carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
  • An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
  • Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.

 Earth Day 2010 was a turning point for the environment and climate change movements. This day was a celebration of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary.  The Earth Day Network reestablished Earth Day as a powerful focal point around which people could demonstrate their commitment. More than two hundred thousand people came together for this memorable event.

Earth day 2012 brought over 1 billion people from 192 countries together to celebrate the 42nd anniversary. They were standing united in mobilizing the earth™.

Western Fraternal Life has been a supporter of a greener Earth for more than thirty years. WFLA began their national program, Earth Care, in 1982 and has been a promoter of sustainable living since. We celebrate Earth Day, along with many outdoor activities such as JOIN HANDS DAY, throughout April. To learn more about Earth Day visit www.earthday.org. To see our lodges in action, check out this photo gallery: http://www.wflains.org/images/index.html