This year, SCMOM is celebrating thirty-five years of connecting local families with multiple-birth children. When the group was founded in 1983, it was designed to provide support for Brevard County mothers of multiple-birth children and others having direct responsibility for the care of multiple-birth children. Learning from one another, exchanging ideas, educational materials, and equipment was also forefront to the organization’s mission. Over time, various mentorship programs have existed to help answer the questions of new and expecting mothers of twins, triplets, or more.
The new launch of our mentorship program is rolling out this month. Eight moms have expressed interest in being mentors, which is very encouraging. A questionnaire will be going out to members who have indicated that they would like a mentor, and it will also be made available in case any MoMs have changed their minds and would now like some individual advice.
Many of our members have remained involved long after the days of diapers and daycare end – twice as many members have multiples over the age of ten than are currently expecting! The wisdom of those who have lived to tell the tale will graciously come in handy for this exciting project.
SCMOM is looking forward to the return of our mentorship program in our continuing effort to help mothers thrive during the full journey of motherhood with multiples.
If you ask a long-time member of SCMOM to do something the third weekend in October, she will turn you down. Those few days are sacred to those who battled the terrible twos before Facebook and widespread online support groups. The Florida Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs holds their annual convention that weekend, with the location moving around the state. It’s an opportunity to meet other MoMs throughout Florida, learn more about our state organization, take part in one of the quarterly business meetings, and more.
Space Coast Mothers of Multiples did an AWESOME job representing our club at this year’s convention, with ten of our active members (plus an alumni or two!) attending. We are the only Florida club who can brag about having participated in every aspect of the event, from having a booth at Buy, Show, and Sell, to performing a skit, to having two first-time convention attendees take part in the scavenger hunt initiation. Not only was it a weekend away from our usual day-to-day routines, but it was an opportunity to learn from those who have been in our shoes, gain perspective on the great things Mothers of Multiples can do, and relax!
The Hospitality Room
Jen & Laurie relaxing with some appetizers
Preparations for convention began months ago, as our Executive Board brainstormed ideas as to what we could sell to raise money for our group. We are grateful to members who weren’t able to attend convention for assisting in the assembly of our jars of cookie mix, which we proudly peddled at Buy, Show, and Sell!
Maria, Teresa, Michele, Tina, Dana working hard
Elizabeth, Amy, Maria, Teresa, Tina at Buy, Show, Sell
We also began scheming about our skit (this year’s theme was The Small Screen in 2017) pretty early, and we WON for our parody of “I’ll Be There For You,” the theme from Friends! As a fortunate consequence of our scheme, our official club photo turned out pretty classy with our lovely ladies in black and white, just like Ross, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Monica, and Rachel!
It wasn’t all fun and games, though. There was the formal entrances with club flags, the general meeting, and even a mini board meeting for our members who upped their game and are now representing SCMOM on the state level! Amy Bredemeyer and Maria Torsney are now on the Newsletter Committee, while Carissa Crossman-Murray is on the Scholarship Committee.
Elizabeth and Amy bring in the flag
Maria & Amy fill out paperwork for their new state positions
And then there’s the unofficial events. The Thursday night group dinner and board/card games, the Friday afternoon adventures at Marshalls to top off our raffle basket, and the Sunday brunch before we headed back to reality.
Let’s count down as the rose petals fall leading up to the 2018 convention… that’s right, it will be a Beauty & the Beast theme! Who’s in??
Space Coast Mothers of Multiples is proud to present this year’s elected officers, President Teresa Nick, 1st Vice President Amy Bredemeyer, 2nd Vice President Ardyth Dearsman, Secretary Dana Kellgren, and Treasurer Maria Torsney. We are especially looking forward to Teresa’s second year as our fearless leader, and Maria’s tireless hand in a third position.
We celebrated with a lovely Italian dinner at Tuscany Grill, with nearly 20 members in attendance! The board meets the first Wednesday of every month, and members are welcome to come and throw out ideas, weigh in on decisions, and help with planning upcoming events. We also have a couple of chairmom positions momentarily unoccupied, so now is the time to become more involved!
On May 7th the SCMoMS club held their first annual garage sale. Thank you to Denise Thaller, for use of her home and neighborhood. All members were invited to come and sell personal items. The cost was $10 for the table space and then any money the member made over that, was their to keep. We also held a bake sale with the proceedings to go to the Children’s Home Society which is the charity the Florida Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (FOMOTC) will be donating to. The bake sale raised $37.50. It was a fun and profitable day!
For the club’s April meeting MoMs met to discuss upcoming board elections and have some therapeutic crafty activity decorating plates. We had our best turn out yet and got to get acquainted with some new members.
On April 30th, a team representing SCMoM participated in the March for Babies. The team raised funds for the March of Dimes while enjoying a beautiful day with friends and family. The March of Dimes mission to help premature babies is one that hits close to home since multiples have a higher risk of being born early. We are looking forward to next year’s walk at its new beach location.
On April 14, the SCMOM banded together to solve a murder! We went to the Escape Zone and worked together to solve the crime in 45 minutes! Afterward, like any good detectives, we celebrated at Bennigan’s.