February 2021 Member Breakdown

February 1st starts the second half of the membership year for Space Coast Mothers of Multiples, so it is typically when a demographic overview is updated.

Types of Multiples: the club has similar numbers of boy/boy, girl/girl, and boy/girl twins. There are two triplet families currently, each having two girls and one boy. No current members have quads or higher. One of the members currently expecting does not yet know the sexes.

Ages of Multiples: While many clubs across the country have their highest numbers in expecting, newborn, and infant mothers of multiples, Space Coast’s membership has a balance of age groups, with about half of the members having age 3 and younger, and the other half age 4 and older. A quarter of all families in the club have multiples ages 7 and up.

Location of Members: “Space Coast” is a nickname for Brevard County, Florida, as NASA and other space systems companies are based here. The county is 72 miles north-to-south, and it also includes barrier islands, yet our membership extends beyond those boundaries. We have members who raised their multiples here and have moved but continue to remain in the organization, and we also have members in neighboring counties where formal clubs do not exist. The breakdown is more balanced at the moment than it has been in several years.

Length of Membership: The club’s 38th birthday is less than three months away, and their longest-active member has belonged for 28 of those years! Nearly a quarter of the club’s members have belonged for over five years, and its growth rate is great with another quarter of its members just joining in the past twelve months!

More than Multiples: Lastly, a quick look at how many members have children in addition to their multiples. At present, there are no members with more than one set of multiples. Nearly half of the members have additional children, but amusingly, no member has singletons both older and younger than their multiples at the moment.

As seen above, many different types of members make up Space Coast Mothers of Multiples. If you’ve wondered about the group in the past or are discovering it now for the first time, please reach out – more information is available and your emails will be answered promptly.

For a look at how this compares to past numbers, 2019 can be viewed here and 2020 can be viewed here.

What other demographic information would be interesting to learn more about?

$500 for the Brevard Zoo!

For the past five years, Space Coast Mothers of Multiples has held an online fundraiser the week of Black Friday where it showcases various online sales companies, each of which donates a portion of the sales to our chosen cause. Given that online shopping is perhaps more popular than ever, it is no surprise that the event did very well this year!

Due to the pandemic, the Brevard Zoo (here in the heart of the Space Coast!) has been severely impacted. The club selected the Zoo to be the recipient of this year’s donations, which totaled $500. As many of the member families frequent the zoo (or did when their multiples were younger), it is near and dear to hearts club-wide, and has been since it was built! In the early 1990s, several MoMs did a day of volunteering to help prepare the area now known as Paws On.

This post will later be updated with photos once donor recognition elements have been installed at the zoo.

A Different December

With the pandemic continuing on, the club opted not to have craft playdates or a family event in December, which are typical mainstays for the organization. It did, however, continue with its annual Sock Exchange event.

The attire was not only “ugly sweater,” but also included a competition for best socks! Everyone also brought a pair of socks stuffed with goodies, and to play it safe, this year the socks weren’t opened until all picks and steals had been made to minimize handling. It definitely made for an interesting activity, to choose a gift purely based on its wrapping! Three sets of MoMs ended up selecting the socks that one another had brought, so it was certainly an evening where great minds thought alike! It was different to not enjoy the comfy couches and bowls of snacks that is the usual, but attendees were grateful for the opportunity to sit spaces out on a member’s patio and enjoy pre-packaged goodies nonetheless.

Fall Fun 2020

With no Back-to-School kickoff to our membership year, and no big trip to Partin Ranch, the fall was starting to look a little rough in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Fortunately, some members came up with a safe idea for a socially-distanced Trunk-or-Treat, and it was a highlight of the fall!

The club had a fantastic turnout with 54 children and their families participating. Due to the nature of the event, it was difficult to capture photos of everyone, but ALL of the costumes were as great as these!

The fall’s Informative meeting was a virtual roundtable focused on Education during the Pandemic. Members submitted questions in advance, and a moderator led the discussion, ranging from picking a preschool to dealing with elementary bullying.

The MoMs had a day out at EPCOT in September for the third year, but the dads had their own fun at Hollywood Studios this year, too! Little by little, the world is reopening, and the club did a moms’ night out at a local art studio in October, as crafts are a favorite with this bunch! The annual holiday group shopping trip at the local outdoor mall continued to be a hit as well. The rest of the fall was peppered with virtual moms’ nights in and playdates at parks and outdoor ice cream venues.

A Virtual Convention

2020 continues to be a year like no other. It is the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Florida Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, and a cruise had been the planned celebration. Instead, the fluff was cut from the convention, and only a series of three meetings was left.

The General Session that is typically held the third Saturday of the month was supposed to move up a day this year but was placed back in its traditional spot once the details of a non-cruise weekend were ironed out. The meeting that is typically held the Friday of convention weekend was held the Saturday prior, and the one typically the Sunday of convention was held the following Saturday.

All three meetings had good participation, though many are already crossing fingers for next year’s re-do cruise.

Space Coast celebrates having a member in an elected position again this year, as Sandra Losavio returns as Treasurer. Additionally, Amy Bredemeyer will be serving her fourth term appointed as Newsletter Reporter.

FOMOTC will be led this year by the indefatigable Terri Gillis, member of both Greater Orlando Mothers of Twins & Triplets and Flamingo Mothers of Multiples. She previously served as President 1983-1985, and has continuously served the organization in a variety of roles, most recently (and concurrently) as Executive Secretary.

The next FOMOTC meeting will be held virtually in January – all members of a club registered with the organization are invited to attend, please contact your State Representative for more information, and be sure to read your quarterly Sunshine Twinformation!

National News

Unfortunately, there is nothing to report from the 2020 Multiples of America convention, as it was unable to take place this year due to the pandemic. However, voting did take place to conduct the business of the organization, so this month that information will be shared in its place.

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The board seats were uncontested this year, though that might see a sharp change next year, as the structure of the board will be shifting. A bylaw passed that will condense the board of directors beginning in 2021-20222 into fewer seats and adjust the duties into different subsets. Additionally, Space Coast is excited to be represented on this year’s board of directors: our Membership VP, Amy Bredemeyer, will serve as Multiples of America’s Research VP this term!

The budget also passed, though the bylaw that would have changed that budget did not: a long-overdue amendment for a dues increase was defeated.

On an exciting note, there is no wait until Halloween this year to learn where the next national convention will be held: San Antonio, the city where the 2020 convention had been planned, will host the organization’s 2021 convention instead. Be sure to watch the website for more updates throughout the year.

2019-2020 in Review

While COVID-19 stopped a lot of the club’s planned activities over the past five months, it was still a great year!

The 2018-2019 board left the 2019-2020 one in good hands with a full summer of playdates already scheduled, and the 2019-2020 crew one-upped them by adding a Beyond Brevard playdate each month to focus on visiting new areas with the support of other mothers of multiples. Local hits included parks like Westwind, Suntree Rotary, Spyglass, Fred Lee, Gleason, and North Solerno (where holiday crafts were a bonus!). Indoor locations such as Morgan’s Place, YuJump, Rain or Shine, Urban Air, and the Wickham Community Center worked for all different ages and abilities. New (and somewhat distant) places included the Orlando Science Center, District Kids in Oviedo, Fort Christmas, Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, and even Walt Disney World’s All-Star Movies Resort. Toss in a good measure of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and the Brevard Zoo and it was really a bountiful year before the pandemic pushed playdates to the likes of Virtual Show-and-Tell!  

Moms’ Days/Nights Out had something to offer everyone this past year, from the nature lover to the artsy mom to those who just want to relax. There was a Sea Turtle Walk, coordinated visits to both Personalized Peach and Get Fired Up, playing Friends Trivia at Intracoastal Brewery, visiting EPCOT for the Food & Wine Festival for the second year in a row, dinner and drinks at 4th Street Fillin’ Station, and even Twisted Rooster’s final Drag Brunch! After things went virtual and plans to hit an Escape Room (among other ideas) fell through, members met online for Scattergories, Pictionary, and some chill happy hours as well.

Five Family Events were all hits this year, and the club has started taking its “standards” up a notch. The Back-to-School Party last August was at a pool, the annual trip to Partin Ranch included a sponsored tent for a shaded lunch, and the Holiday Picnic featured a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus! The club also did a Boo at Zoo meetup near Halloween, and again rented a movie theater to see the latest family-friendly film: Frozen 2. 

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Special Events took an especially hard hit due to the widespread spring cancellations, but the term kicked off with couples’ ax-throwing before the focus shifted to hosting the 39th Annual Convention for Florida Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (FOMOTC). It was an extremely successful weekend of “Magical Dreams in 2019” in Cocoa Beach. The club also held its second annual sock exchange holiday party in December with a great crowd, and this year’s February Parents’ Night Out event was at Hell ‘n Blazes.

The seven board meetings took on some extra personality, as they were held at Pizza Gallery, Bold Cup, 4th Street Fillin’ Station, and an all-day planning session at Droplit.

The General Meetings this year ranged from a widely-advertised Open House to Trivia Night, Halloween Craft Night, and crowd favorites Potluck & Games and Wine & Chocolate.

Due to COVID-19 killing the spring, only one educational event was held this year, but with a topic like Estate Planning, those who attended took copious notes!

In addition to events, the club successfully raised almost $300 for their Welcome Baskets initiative, held a No-Bake Bake Sale as their FOMOTC philanthropy project, and boasted a Virtual Spirit Week surrounding the club’s Founder’s Day in May. The club also launched monthly Lift-Off meetings as an opportunity for members to get encouragement and support one another in a safe environment. Additionally, for a second year, members contributed to a social media campaign as part of Multiple Birth Awareness Month. There were also four drive-by birthday parades organized for the families celebrating birthdays in May and June. Lastly, it revived its monthly newsletter, Challenger, last August in an effort to better connect with members not frequently on social media.

It’s been quite the year, and although so many great ideas from the 2019-2020 board were unable to come to fruition, the 2020-2021 board is dedicated to creating a fun and inclusive term ahead!

Recognition & Installation 2020

Due to the pandemic, Space Coast Mothers of Multiples hosted its annual Recognition & Installation Ceremony online this year. Everyone attending felt the difference, but was positive and it was still nice to remember the year we just completed while looking forward to the future.

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The evening began with recalling the major events from the past year, including two family picnics, a trip to Partin Ranch, a movie theater rental, hosting the state convention, and a plethora of playdates and Moms’ Nights Out. The club then moved on to recognizing some of the members responsible for making all of that possible, the Light in Shining Armor and the Thanks-a-Latte recipients. Afterward, the 1-year, 5-year, and 20-year members were acknowledged before the outgoing President was presented with a gift of gratitude.

The officers were then installed, and the 2020-2021 positions will be held by President Amy Baehl,  1st Vice President Amy Bredemeyer, 2nd Vice President Carrie Howell, Secretary Elizabeth Tynes, and Treasurer Holli Parker.

SCMOM 2020-2021 Board

President Baehl then declared her appointments for the remainder of the Executive Committee: Monet Payne (Chair of Library), Holli Parker (Chair of Stork & Sunshine), Mallory Berteotti (Chair of Playdates), Arayna Klenke (Chair of Social Media and Education & Programming), Amanda English (Chair of Ways and Means), and Amy Bredemeyer (FOMOTC Representative, MOA Representative, & Chair of Website and Archives). She also co-appointed Mallory Berteotti and Jennifer Rodriguez as Co-Chairs of Publicity, and Carrie Howell and Amy Bredemeyer Co-Chairs of Party Planning. Arayna Klenke will serve as Advisor. For an explanation of these roles and other ways you can serve the club, please visit this page.

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While the board is transitioning, the club is still taking renewals for the 2020-2021 membership year, so please get your annual form and dues in! Contact the Treasurer or 1st VP with any questions.

SCMOM Spirit Week

The club was unable to celebrate its 37th birthday with a playground party as they had hoped, but they still drummed up a jubilant feel for the occasion by hosting a Spirit Week for its members online. For six days, families were encouraged to participate in themed days by posting photos, tagging fellow club members, and voting for favorites! Winners of each competition received a small gift card, and it was a fun change to the monotony that can envelop getting dressed these days.

Pictured below are the winners for Best Birthday Cake for the Club, Best Dressed as if Attending a Club Meeting in 1983, Best Take on Dressing as the Club Logo, Best Twinning Outfits, Best Pajamas, and Best Fancy Outfit.

Congratulations to the winners and to the club on 37 years!

Spring at Home

It’s a different feel these days as all socializing is done without being physically near one another. Still, the club is carrying on with some activities!

A virtual playdate of Show-and-Tell proved to be about as well-attended as most other playdates, and the kids involved enjoyed sharing about their favorite things. The club also had a successful Disney-themed video chat (instead of spending the day at Disney Springs), and will be trying game nights next month. Scattergories has been selected to appeal to the wordsmiths and Pictionary will be played for the creative MOMs.

If you have found fun ways to socialize online during this time, please share what you’re doing!