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Doane Student Named Nebraska Mother-of-the-Year

Julie Lemons, Nebraska Mother of the Year and Doane studentNebraska American Mothers, Inc., selected Julie Ann Lemons of Lincoln as the 2010 Nebraska State Mother-of-the Year and a National Merit Mother for American Mothers Inc. (AMI). She is a fulltime student studying graphic design at Doane College's Lincoln campus and a graphic designer for Lincoln Public Schools.

American Mothers, Inc. (AMI) is an organization that honors mothers who make a difference. This year marks the 75th anniversary for AMI, which supports and promotes positive programs for children and families. To qualify for a mother-of-the-year award, participants must be sponsored by someone in the community who is not part of the American Mothers Association. Lemons was sponsored by Keith Larsen, editor of the Lincoln 55+ Seniors Publication. Nominees then go through an application process. The mother's youngest child must be 18 years or older.

Lemons is a mother of two and grandmother of four. She has been married to Jesse L. Lemons for 31 years.  She and her husband have served in numerous pastoral and leadership positions in the community. Her volunteer service and family activities have included Cub Scouts, AWANA, Red Cross swimming instructor, Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination, PTA and various sports. Lemons has cared for her children and other family members with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. She said her faithJulie Lemons, neb. mother of the year award photo saw her through tough situations.

"You have to put faith on override to stay calm and get through life's ups and downs," Lemons said.

Lemons said she is enjoying her time with Doane and the opportunities it brings.

"Attending Doane has helped my confidence to know that there is so much more that I can do in our community and world," Lemons said.

Art is another way Lemons expresses herself through the community.  She is the president of the Lincoln Artists' Guild, vice president of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, co-op artist at the Noyes Art Gallery, a member of Lincoln's Network Chapter of the American Business Women's Association, and board member of the Nebraska Mothers Association.

"My mom has been my greatest influence in art," she said. "My husband, family and friends are wonderful support, too."

Lemons attended the National Convention for American Mothers, Inc., in New York City. As part of the award, Lemons will be involved in speaking engagements throughout Nebraska and other states.