Partnering with Mom

Every May we honor the women who’ve guided us through life, those we call mom. But for some, motherhood means a whole other role. For Mother’s Day we took at a look at two mothers and their who children making a difference in the community.

Peggy and Shoshana Frank

“Without her amazing not-for-profit leadership, I quite literally would not be standing here today.”

Shoshana Frank had what she calls the privilege of honoring her mother, Peggy Frank, during last year’s Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Awards last year.

“It was a very significant crossroads of passing the torch on of the next generation of this community who are so ready and able to contribute to the civic good but to have my own daughter sing my praises was very sweet and very appreciated,” said Peggy, who spent 33 years as the executive director of Naper Settlement before retiring last year, helping the outdoor museum become what it is today. Along the way Shoshana joined her mom as a volunteer at a young age.

“She always instilled in me the importance of giving back and really giving my time and effort and that’s very prevalent in how choose to spend my time,” said Shoshana.

Over the years, the two have volunteered their time together, like at All-Hallows Eve or the senior luncheon on Christmas day.

Tim and Stephanie Penick

For Tim Penick, that opportunity to volunteer with mom turned into a job. When Stephanie Penick started the newspaper “Positively Naperville” in 2001, her son helped by stuffing bags of newspapers for delivery while in college.

Later in 2012, Tim left the restaurant industry and helped his mom revamp the magazine’s website, what he thought was only a three month project.

“Now I’m completely immersed and involved in doing all of the digital aspects, all the social media aspects of Positively Naperville as we slowly are bringing the newspaper into the 21st century,” said Tim.

“I feel like he saved me from myself and from where we were going with the print edition,” said Stephanie. “[He] came over, added a youthful touch to it, changed the logo, made it look more modern, and I learned so much from him, which is amazing to me and I love it.”

Whether working or volunteering, both Tim and Shoshanna are happy to call their moms their partners as well.

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