- An abiding respect for mothers and their role in society.
- A desire for collaboration between mothers in service for the common good.
- A heart of compassion for issues and challenges facing mothers around the globe.
- An acknowledgement of diversity among mothers and their individual choices.
- A recognition of the power of a mother's inner strength.
- A commitment to honor mothers for their leadership and service at home, at work and in the world.
The American Mother, Inc. (AMI) 2013 convention was held in New York City at the famed Waldorf Astoria. Talk about a fancy place! I had to laugh every time I walked through the lobby with my stroller we just seemed so out of place. The first day, Thursday, all the Mothers of the Year (MOY) and Young Mothers of the Year (YMOY) from the various states met together for a formal meeting where we introduced ourselves. There was a less formal "meet and greet" afterward where we also met spouses, sisters, mothers, and other guests that had come to celebrate with us.
|To the left of the chocolate statue is Tamara Passey from Arizona speaking to Kendi Chase from North Dakota. To the right of the gentlemen is Rachel Crane from Florida.|
|Me (standing on my toes because I'm so short), Tamara Passey YMOY from Arizona, and Michelle Lehnardt YMOY from Utah|
As you can imagine it can get long with that many people giving speeches so there was a warning system in place to let us know when our time was almost up or over. A couple of women sat in our line of view and would hold up a yellow card when there was 30 seconds left and a red card when our three minutes was up. We weren't cut off if we went over. It was just to help us try to keep it short. What can you say in just three minutes? Actually you can say a lot! Next week when I start introducing you to these wonderful mothers we'll also be sharing their speeches. Each one was terrific. I shared my speech last week. Here's a recording of me giving my speech my daughter made with her i-pod.
After the YMOY speeches we had a luncheon to honor the National Mothers of Achievement Gail Rost, Becky Andrews, and Kathie Lee Gifford who was also the featured speaker. You can read a great synopsis here, Throw Your Stone.
|Me, Michelle Lehnardt (UT), Kathie Lee Gifford, Kim Hoey-Stevenson (DE)|
The crowning event, the American Mothers Gala, was held in the evening. A special video presentation was shown with each State Young Mother and Mother of the Year sharing advice on how to be a great mom. You can watch all those videos here. My short snippet is below. They surprised us with the timing of recording our videos so I had no chance of freshening up. Oopsie!
|Tables ready for the gala!|
|Judy Cook - National Mother of the Year and Me|
|The 2013 State Young Mothers of the Year. Tara Trobaugh sitting next to me in the black dress is the National Young Mother of the Year|
If you would like to learn more about American Mothers visit www.americanmothers.org. American Mothers embraces all faiths and recognizes the important role and contribution of mothers in the home, the community, the nation, and the world. AMI is recognized by the United Nations as a non-governmental organization and currently works as consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.