Georgia Mothers Celebrate Motherhood!

The 66th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Mothers Association of AMI was held on Saturday, February 20th at the Garden House of Deen Day Sanders, the 1997 National Mother of the Year. 

Prior to the lunch a business meeting was held and new officers were installed.  The new Georgia State President is Emily Gunnells, the 2003 Georgia Mother of the Year.  

At the luncheon, the 2009 Georgia Young Mother, Connie Davis, spoke about her year as a mom with two young children, and an Elementary School Assistant Principal where teachers, mothers, and students came to her for mentoring and help everyday.    Connie explained that her training and experience in Georgia Mothers had helped her to be of service to many people.  She said, "I pray that I made a difference for everyone that came to me and my place of service in the school house."
 
At the end of her speech, Connie was given a dozen red roses and a lovely silver tray that was engraved with her name and title, 2009 Georgia Young Mother.
 
The 2009 Georgia Mother of the Year,  Zaiga Mion also spoke.  She gave a wonderful talk about all the places she had spoken during the year.  She especially loved being asked to give the Valedictorian speech for the high school in the town where she lives.  Zaiga told the story of how her mother (who was pregnant with her) walked from Germany to Czechoslovakia to give birth to her in a hospital.  Following her birth, they lived in refugee camps for five years, hoping to survive. At the end of five years they were in a group that were allowed to come to the USA.   Zaiga was five years old.  They lived in one room with a famly in Michigan for several years.  She began school there and learned English.  She finished college and graduate school and became a teacher of German and German studies in High School. She is married with three beautiful daughters and reflects a joy and gratitude for the freedom in the USA that most Americans do not understand.  She is very involved in helping many people in South Georgia.  At the end of her speech, Zaiga also received an engraved silver tray and a dozen red roses.
 
The State Winners and nominees for National competitions were announced and the 2010 Georgia Mother of the Year and Young Mother were also introduced at this time by the Search Chairman, Charlotte George.  The 2010 Georgia Mother of the Year is Marie Corrigan.   Marie was nominated for this honor by the Board of Directors of the school that she founded for children with learning differences.  The audience listened to Marie give her three minute speech and then she received her Mother of the Year pin, her certificate, a check for $1500 for Convention Expenses and a dozen red roses.

The 2010 Georgia Young Mother was then introduced by the Search Chairman, Charlotte George.  Her name is Pam Tokarz.  Pam is an outstanding Young Mother and was nominated for this honor by her Chapter in Georgia Mothers.  Pam gave her three minute speech and then received the Young Mother Necklace, her certificate, a check for $1500 for Convention Expenses and a dozen red roses.

Outgoing State President, Gailya Raines was also recognized for her years of outstanding service to Georgia Mothers.  She received an engraved silver tray and a dozen red roses.  She will also be honored during the Honors and Memorial program at the National Convention this spring in New York City.  The incoming State President, Emily Gunnells,  thanked her for her great service, and gave her the gifts which then concluded a wonderful meeting of the Georgia Mothers Association.