Northfield Village resident Amber Vojtush has been named Mother of the Year by the Southeast Mothers of Twins Club.
Tina Soric, vice president of the club, said Vojtush, is recognized as a tireless volunteer who is especially devoted to autism awareness, as her son Andrew had been diagnosed with autism.
"She is so devoted to her twins, Andrew and Addison," Soric said. "Andrew has been diagnosed with autism at a very young age ... She has gone to the ends of the earth to give him a better life.
"She is a huge advocate of the greater autism community," she said.
In additioin to supporting autism awareness, Vojtush voluteers with her church's vacation Bible school and is a co-leader for her daugher's Girl Scout troop.
"She's become someone that everyone goes to if they have a question about their child. She'll help you; she'll do research for you; she just wants to lend a hand in any way she can.
"She's also been very dedicated to our club. She serves on many committees and organizes Breakfast with Santa, she's done the Easter Party, and other events" Soric added. "Amber is probably the most deserving mother who's won the title."
Vojtush said she's been a member since her twins were born seven years ago.
"It's a great support group of moms, who all have twins -- or more. We've made a lot of friendships. We do a lot of play dates, and holiday parties, couple's nights out, moms' nights out. We meet once a month," she said.
"Just being able to talk about twins and children with special needs -- some of the other moms have kids with special needs. We can compare stories ... It was welcoming and nice to know that you're not alone, with other moms who have twins of their own," she added.
She said the mothers in the group have children who range from newborn to adult, so those with older children are able to pass on experiences for the benefit of the mothers with younger children.
The Ohio Federation of Mothers of Twins Clubs was founded in 1949 and includes 14 regional chapters. The Southeast Mothers of Twins Club, founded more than 20 years ago and based in Twinsburg, includes about 40 members from throughout the area.
Meetings are the first Thursday of September through June, at 7:30 p.m. The majority of meetings are held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Twinsburg. Monthly meetings consist of socializing, along with speakers on various topics. Committees plan club activities including playgroups, parties for members' children and families, outings, and philanthropic work.
The club's Welfare Committee devotes time and energy identifying ways the club can help those in need.
In the past, the club has sent toiletries to children overseas, collected gifts for hospitalized children and donated to local families. Each year, the club chooses an organization to further concentrate its philanthropic work. This year, the club is supporting the Autism Society.
More information about the Southeast Mothers of Twins Club can be found at http://semotc.org.
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433