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While there are many things we will miss without a Convention this year, we could not let the summer pass without recognizing the amazing folks who have volunteered their time, energy, and talents as National Workers throughout this past year. We will be honoring our 2019-20 National Worker Service Award Recipients in person alongside our 2020-21 National Worker Service Award Recipients at our 2021 Convention. However, we couldn’t wait to thank you publicly for stepping up and “Riding for the Multiples of America Brand” throughout the 2019-20 club year.
We will be sharing a series of blog posts recognizing this year’s 5, 10, 20, & 25 Year Service Award Recipients. These awards acknowledge the recipients’ commitment and years of hard work volunteering for the organization. Each of these impressive service records began, as all journeys do, with a single step. Which is why we are starting our posts of gratitude by recognizing those members who took the first step this past year and volunteered as National Workers for the very first time.
Amy Bredemeyer joined the Research Department as a Research Committee member at the start of the 2019-20 club year. When called upon to serve in a greater capacity, Amy did not hesitate to step up. Beginning after Mid-Term, Amy joined the Board of Directors as the Research Vice President. Amy is also the Membership Vice President of her local club, Space Coast Mothers of Multiples (FL).
Meredith Fitzgerald joined the Education Department as District Writer for Notebook. Meredith is also the Vice President and former National Representative for her local club, MetroWest Parents of Multiples (MA).
Jamie Hanan served as a National Worker for the first time on the 2019-20 Convention Committee. Jamie is a member of Southside Parents of Multiples Club (IN).
Cara Kusnic joined the Education Department as a Feature Writer for Notebook. Cara is a member of Twin Cities Moms of Multiples (NC).
Melissa Nelson contributed her time and talents this past year working on Product Promotion/Sales. Melissa is a member of Southside Parents of Multiples Club (IN).
Heather Vestal joined the Membership Department and served as Membership Coordinator #2 this past year. Heather is a member of Twin Cities Moms of Multiples (NC).
Heather Willis was the Exhibit/Sponsorship Coordinator for her first year as a National Worker. Heather is a member of Brazos Valley Mothers of Twins Club (TX).
Thank you to everyone who has served as a National Worker for the 2019-20 year. Whether it was your first year volunteering or your 31st, we are grateful for the contributions of your time, talents, and energy.
Five years can change the world. For our 5 Year Service Award Recipients, we know their years of service have improved the lives of families with multiples. For a combined total of fifteen years of service, our three Service Award Recipients have contributed to meaningful and positive changes in our members’ lives. Whether through awarding scholarships, reviewing applications for elected officer positions to ensure Multiples of America has qualified and dedicated leadership, or connecting members with resources – these three women have provided invaluable service for which the organization is exceedingly grateful.
Shenen Dietrich began service as a National Worker in 2015 on the Scholarship Committee. Since that first year, Shenen has served as the Exhibit/Sponsorship Coordinator, a member of both the Research and Nominating Committees, and this past year as the Nominating Chair. Shenen is a member of Phoenix Valley Mothers of Multiples (AZ).
Nancy McMahon first volunteered as a National Worker in 1990. She served on the Membership Committee from 1990-92 before joining the Nominating Committee for the 1992-93 year. Nancy’s last year as a National Worker in the 1990s was for the 1993-94 year when she served as a District Reporter for Notebook. After a more than 20-year hiatus, Nancy returned as a National Worker for the 2019-20 club year serving as a member of the Research Committee. Nancy is a member of York White Rose Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club (PA).
Helenmary Reeves joined on as a National Worker for the first time as a member of the Membership Committee in 2012. Helenmary then served for three consecutive club years, 2015-18, as a member of the Scholarship Committee. This past year, she has served as a member of the 2019-20 Nominating Committee. Helenmary is a member of Mountain States Mothers of Adult Multiples (AZ).
Thank you Shenen, Nancy, Helenmary, and all previous Five Year Service Award recipients for your hard work in achieving this milestone. We are incredibly grateful for your dedication and commitment to helping Multiples of America fulfill our mission to support families of multiple birth children through support, education, and research.
Over the course of ten years, babies become big kids, toddlers become teenagers, and big kids become fully grown adults. Small, incremental changes add up so significantly over ten years that we track trends in fashion, music, movies, even social movements by decade. Even fifty or one hundred years later, we can recognize the shifts that happen from one decade to the next – how the 1920s differed from the 1930s or the ‘60s from the ‘70s. While we cannot know yet how the world will remember the past decade, we know that our 2020 Ten Year Service Award Recipient has undoubtedly contributed immensely to the success of Multiples of America and in doing so, improved the lives of multiples families throughout the country.
Kathryn Magner began volunteering as a National Worker in 2008. First, she joined the Research Department where she served for three years (2008-2011). In 2011, Kathryn transitioned to the Membership Department and worked as Membership Statistician for four years (2011-2015). Since then, Kathryn has contributed her time and talents to Multiples of America as Research Chair (2015-16), Convention Committee Member (2017-18), and for the past year as a Research Committee Member (2019-20). Kathryn is a member of Hamden County Mothers of Twins Club (MA).
Thank you, Kathryn and all previous Ten Year Service Award Recipients, for a full decade of service with Multiples of America. With your help, we have been able to continue to fulfill our mission to support families of multiple birth children through support, research, and education.
Multiples of America was founded in 1960. Throughout the organization’s 60-year history, we have been blessed with innumerable volunteers who have donated their time and energy in support of our mission and multiples families across the country. This year’s Twenty Year Service Award Recipient has been serving as a National Worker for a remarkable one-third of the organization’s history. Over two decades, our recipient has made an extraordinary impact on not only Multiples of America and our members, but also the families of multiple birth children across the country through her unfaltering and continuous years of service.
Diane Graves first volunteered with Multiples of America in 2000. Over the past 20 years, Diane has served as a National Worker in 10 different roles, including 6 elected officer roles, and served on 5 different committees.
Diane’s first role within the organization was as Membership Statistician. In 2001, her second year as a National Worker, Diane served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer for the first time. She remained in that position for two years. However, Diane has returned to serve as Treasurer multiple times, including this past club year. During her 20-year tenure with the organization, Diane has served as Treasurer for 7 years (2001-2003, 2009-2012, 2018-2020).
After her first stint as Treasurer, Diane served in the Research Department. First as a Research Committee Member (2003-2004), then later as Research Chair for two years (2005-2007), and Research Vice President for two years, as well (2007-2009).
Diane has also served as National/State Liaison (2004-2005), Advertising/Promo Designer (2013-2016), Secretary (2016-2017) and Executive Vice President (2017-2018). While fulfilling her duties in each position, Diane accepted additional responsibilities by serving on the Marketing Committee (2004), Endowment Committee (2009-2012), Treasurer Review Committee (2011-2012), Position/Structure Committee (2015-2017), and as the Marketing Committee Coordinator (2019-2020).
Diane is a member of St. Louis Mothers of Multiples (MO).
Thank you, Diane and all previous Twenty Year Service Award recipients for your hard work in achieving this incredible milestone. We are extremely grateful for your dedication and commitment to helping Multiples of America fulfill our mission to support families of multiple birth children through support, education, and research.
Multiples of America’s 60-year anniversary is a huge milestone that we have only achieved through the dedication of our enthusiastic and inspiring National Workers like Diane. Our ability to fulfill our mission to support families of multiple birth children through support, education, and research is dependent on our members who generously contribute their skills, talents, and time. There’s still time to fill your National Worker application for the 2020-21 Year and help to move Multiples of America forward into the next 60 years and beyond.