State Representative Buckner-Webb Receives National Honor from American Mothers, Inc.: Named National Mother of Achievement for 2012
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National Mother of Achievement— State Representative, Cherie Buckner-Webb, is the first woman in the State of Idaho to receive the honor of being named Mother of Achievement by the Idaho Chapter of American Mothers, Inc. As a state recipient, she was eligible for the national honor of being named National Mother of Achievement. Winners were announced on May 4, 2012, at the annual convention of American Mothers, Inc. Buckner-Webb was one of only five National Mothers of Achievement in the inaugural class of 2012. According to Miki Farris, 2012 Awards Chairman, “She should be very proud, as there were many great candidates nominated for this recognition.”
Buckner-Webb, a fifth generation Idahoan, is the founder and principal of Sojourner Coaching. Her business expertise includes cross cultural collaboration, leadership development, facilitation, consultation and coaching. Cherie works with business, education and community organizations. She is a respected motivational speaker, in high demand for her presentations. Buckner-Webb is a gifted gospel, jazz and blues vocalist. She is the recipient of the State of Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She donates many hours to community organizations and is the winner of numerous awards including the Jefferson Award for Public Service. In 2010 she was elected to the State of Idaho House of Representatives where she proudly serves today. She earned her B.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University, and a Master of Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University. Cherie is married to the Reverend Henry Webb and has two adult sons and one granddaughter.
“We are very proud of having the state of Idaho represented at the national level, said Joy Weller Miller, McCall resident and former National Board President. “Her achievements as a mother and a woman are outstanding, and we are delighted to see her recognized nationally for her accomplishments.”
American Mothers, Inc. was organized as a division of the Golden Rule Foundation and was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York in 1950. On June 1, 1954, it became a completely independent organization, non-profit and now tax-exempt. AMI is the official sponsor of Mother’s Day. It embraces all faiths.
The first National Mother of the Year was presented by Honorary Chair Sarah Delano Roosevelt in 1935 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Every year since then, AMI has named a remarkable mother from among Mothers of the Year for 50 states, Puerto Rico, and District of Columbia for this important honor. In the 1960’s, AMI expanded to support the specific needs of young mothers and the selection of National Young Mother of the Year. All mothers are honored at an annual convention in recognition of the invaluable contribution mothers make to the future success and happiness of their children and society.
AMI is an interfaith, non-political, non-profit organization for women and men who identify with our purpose of strengthening the moral and spiritual foundations of the family and the home. It is dedicated to continuing its pledge to promote these age-old values and principles upon which America was founded. The fracturing of family life can be resisted and altered. AMI stands ready to help the nation rededicate itself to its family commitments and strengthening mothers and families.
Women fill many roles in today’s world. Our most vital and important one remains that of nurturing children. Whether in our care through birth, family ties, foster care or adoption; community service, employment or legislative interest; women are the primary caregivers who mold and shape future generations. It is motherly love, for our own children and those whom we serve, which motivates us to teach, contribute and take part in our communities. The collective voice and wisdom of mothers across this nation benefits children, families and society. We are American Mothers.
Kara L. Craig
Chair of Media Relations
Idaho Association of American Mothers, Inc. email@example.com