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.