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Who is Illinois' best mother?
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[OCT. 21, 2004]  CHATHAM --- The Illinois Association of American Mothers Inc. is beginning its search for exemplary mothers to recognize in 2005 at the organization's annual celebration of motherhood. Every year each state chooses a special mother to represent that state in a national contest. Organizations, clubs and church groups are encouraged to nominate outstanding mothers for this honor.

To be eligible, mothers must be at least 45 years of age with natural or adopted children, not more than one of whom may be under 15. Mothers will be judged on their success as a mother and their involvement in their church and community. All nominees who have been chosen and fulfill the requirements will be honored as State Merit Mothers.

One mother will be chosen from this honored group to represent Illinois at the national convention of American Mothers April 27-May 1 in Houston, Texas, as the 2005 Illinois Mother of the Year.

American Mothers Inc., organized in 1933, was authorized by Congress to choose a National Mother each year. This organization is the original sponsor of Mother's Day. For more details about the organization, visit www.americanmothers.org/.


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Mothers who are nominated are required to prepare portfolios with information about themselves and their families. Nominations should be in by Nov. 20, with the complete portfolio due by Feb. 1. Nomination blanks with further information on qualifications may be obtained by writing to Dorothy Mau, Search Chairman, 610 S. Park Ave, Chatham, IL 62629; or by calling (217) 483-2594.

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