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Celebrating 20 Years: Diane Graves

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.

 

Celebrating 25 Years: Kim England

Twenty-five years ago, the dawn of a new century was approaching. The world was beginning to brace for the potential consequences of Y2K, Toy Story – the first entirely computer-generated movie – was released, Steve Fossett became the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon, and a small auction website called eBay launched. In the past twenty-five years, over 3 million children have been born as multiples in the United States.

This year’s Twenty Five Year Service Award Recipient has been serving as a National Worker for one-quarter of a century. Her hard work and dedication have shaped the past, present, and future of Multiples of America, as well as the lives of countless multiple birth families across the country.

Kim England first dipped her toe in the water of volunteering with Multiples of America as a Technical Assistant (1992-1993). The following year, she joined the Membership Committee (1993-1994). Kim took a short hiatus for a few years but resumed volunteering with Multiples of America in 1997 as a Research Committee Member and has been continuously serving as National Worker ever since.

During her service tenure over the past twenty-five years, Kim has been instrumental in the creation of many successful conventions. Kim has served on the Convention Committee as Future Convention Chairman (1998-2000), Convention Chairman (2000-2001), Product Promotion Sales (2001-2002), Convention Structure Committee (2014-2017), and even for the past year as Meeting Planner (2019-2020).

Kim first joined the Executive Committee as Secretary (2003-2005) before transitioning to the Nominating Committee. In her role as Nominating Committee Member (2005-2007, 2011-2013), Kim encouraged others to volunteer and worked with other committee members to identify the best candidates for elected officer positions. In between her time as a Nominating Committee Member, Kim joined the Education Department as a District Reporter (2007-2009) before returning to Research and the Executive Committee as Research Vice President (2009-2010, 2013-2015). Kim continued to serve in a leadership role on the Executive Committee as Education Vice President (2015-2017) before stepping up from leading committees and departments to leading the organization.

Kim’s leadership skills have shaped Multiples of America in her many leadership roles within the organization, but perhaps in no role more significantly than when she served as President (2017-2019). As President, Kim faithfully represented Multiples of America and worked tirelessly to lead the organization by her example and commitment to multiple birth families. We are tremendously grateful for Kim’s continued dedication, hard work, and steadfast service.

This year, Kim England joins an exclusive list of fewer than two dozen women who have given an extraordinary twenty-five years of service to Multiples of America. Our ability to fulfill our mission to support families of multiple birth children through support, education, and research are 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.

Notebook Naming Contest!

With the goal of honoring the past and looking to the future, the Education Department is having a contest to find a new name for Multiples of America’s quarterly publication, NOMOTC’s Notebook.

The deadline is May 15, 2020. Submit your entries now!

Click here for more details.

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Connect with Us

Social distancing got you feeling disconnected?

During this time of uncertainty, we are sure many of you are missing the face-to-face support of your local club gatherings. Fortunately, Multiples of America can help fill in the gap with our many options for parents of multiples to network online.

Follow us on Twitter (@MultiplesUSA)

Like us on Facebook

Join one of our specialized Facebook Groups below by clicking on the group that interests you. Don’t forget to answer the membership questions to join!

              Members Only Group

              Special Needs Parents Group

              Single Parents Group

              Higher Order Parents Group

              LGBT Parents of Multiples Group

*New* Exclusive to our member club officers, we have a Leadership Shareshop Group on Facebook that offers support and ideas for our member clubs. Find us at Multiples of America Facebook Leadership Shareshop. Don’t forget to answer the membership questions.

Finally, our Executive Office is open for business! We have support staff ready and available to help with any needs you may have as a member or a member club. You can reach us anytime at info@multiplesofamerica.org.

Giving Tuesday 2019

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Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019! Multiples of America would love your support on this national day of giving.

Created in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. We would love your help in fulfilling our mission to support multiple birth families. Your donations can help us achieve that goal!

Multiples of America has been assisting multiple birth families since 1960.  Established for the purposes of education, research and support, Multiples of America is key to the formation of local support clubs throughout the United States.  As times have changed, we have changed as well; technology has enabled parents to access information on the web, but has resulted in less vital face-to-face relationship building and advice sharing through membership in local clubs.  While multiple birth rates continue to rise, membership in local clubs has dropped, and therefore, our membership revenue has continued to diminish.

Multiples of America is dedicated to supporting multiple birth families through education, research and support opportunities.  We need your help to do this!

Multiples of America offers support in the following ways:

  • Research opportunities and partnerships
  • Award-winning quarterly publication, Notebook
  • Annual convention held the last week of July
  • Information on all facets of multiple birth
  • Social media pages dedicated to specific multiple birth topics
  • Organization website full of pertinent information

Use the convenient PayPal button below to donate. Now share your giving story on social media using the following hastags:

 #givingtuesday #supportmultiplied #mygivingstory

 

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