January 29, 2005
If there’s a mother’s group, you can bet Angela Groff is somehow involved with it.
The 29-year-old Gilbert mom spends her days learning from other moms and spending time with her two daughters.
Groff takes a cooking class through the Gilbert Parks and Recreation Department with 3-year-old Jessica. She cheers on the sidelines and brings snacks to the soccer games of her 10-year-old, Alexis. And she’s involved in several other mom groups through her church.
To recognize all of her mommy responsibilities and activities, Groff was named the Young Mother of the Year 2005, an honor bestowed by the American Mothers, an interfaith, nonpolitical, nonprofit organization that provides mother mentoring, interfaith alliances and community service.
"I’m excited about it," said Groff, whose grandmother, Rita Gannon, was a Mother of the Year in 1982.
The award has been given out for about 20 years to mothers who have children age 18 and younger, said Genevra Bond, president of American Mothers, who was impressed with Groff’s good attitude.
"She is trying very, very hard to create a home where her children grow up in a positive environment with good values," said Bond, a Mesa resident. "She’s young and she’s just trying really, really hard to do the best that she can for her family. She’s just a delightful lady."
Whether it’s getting together with other mothers at the Mothers of Preschoolers group, or meeting with moms at a Ministry of Mothers Sharing meeting at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, Groff has her hands full as a stay-athome mom.
As a member of the Little Angels Play Group at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Groff and Jessica meet at parks, the zoo and fun restaurants with the casual play group. Groff is also a child monitor at St. Anne’s and is involved in a scrapbooking club.
With the Young Mother of the Year distinction, Groff will attend the national convention in April, meeting with other mothers of young children. She will also be in the running for the national Young Mother of the Year award.
Groff’s husband, David, is a telecommunications technician for a software company. The two are expecting their third child in August.
Groff grew up in Phoenix, graduating from Central High School. She was a medical assistant in Phoenix and Scottsdale for six years before deciding to stay at home with her first daughter.
"I see a big difference when I stay at home with my kids," she said. "I can see their development and spend time helping with homework."
Other winners include Lynn Johnson of Ahwatukee Foothills, who is the Arizona Mother of the Year 2005, and Carmen Shumway of Taylor, who is this year’s Merit Mother.
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For more information on American Mothers, visit www.americanmothers.org or call (480) 834-1514.