This past weekend was a very special one for the Single Mothers by Choice (SMC) organization. We celebrated our 30th anniversary with a Conference/Celebration at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel in NYC. We had hundreds of attendees from six countries and nineteen states; thinkers, tryers, and moms from various periods over the last thirty years were represented, and we had particularly large turnouts from our SMC chapters in Boston, the DC/MD/VA area, NJ, Minneapolis, and of course, our NYC chapter.
Friday night we had a wine and cheese party, followed by a showing of “Sperm Donor X”, a wonderful film by filmmaker Deirdre Fishel.
On Saturday we had three panels: The Moms of Grown SMC Children; Looking for Genetic Roots; and Grown SMC Children, and I gave a talk on “What We Have Learned In These Past 30 Years; How Does Being Raised in an SMC Family Impact the Children?”. Along with these inspirational and educational experiences, we also had the pleasure of socializing with one another at lunch and dinner. New friendships were made and old ones were renewed.
There were a lot of tears of joy as we shared our experiences and our concerns, and our support for one another. The event was culminated by a surprise gift to me – – an amazing presentation of an album of photos of hundreds of our SMC members and their children, accompanied by handwritten notes of appreciation to me for starting the SMC organization thirty years ago.
I am so grateful to those who attended and to those who sent their good wishes on this very special occasion. It is hard to find words to express how wonderful the event was for me, and I hope for everyone else as well.
Jane Mattes, Founder and Director, SMC
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