Dear MOMS Club®,
Thank you for allowing me to find you when I needed
you. I was a mother in a completely
different part of town than where I grew up and lived most of my life and the
only companion I had was my AOL Message board for September 2003 mothers. I heard some of the moms talk about how they
joined their local MOMS Club® and absolutely loved it. It got them out of their home and gave some
entertainment and purpose for the mothers and the children. I heard their stories for a couple of years. I had checked the website when my middle
child was less than a year old but there was not a chapter in existence.
When my youngest child was five months old, I decided to
check the website again. There was now a
club that included my area in their boundaries.
I was so excited. I emailed right
away to find out what I needed to do to join this club. I received an email back within a couple of
hours and lucky me, there was a business meeting coming up. I showed up and was confident in myself. I saw other moms, just like me. I joined MOMS Club® that day. February of 2006. It’s been eleven and a half years since that
day and I am still a member of that club even with all the changes we have gone
I jumped right in headfirst.
I needed this in my life. I
became friends with Yolanda, our Founder and President. I am still friends with her and I think she
is a great and wonderful person and I love seeing her new adventures in
life. I attending age-specific play
groups, lots of outdoor events, lunches and brunches, but I can tell you, my
favorite part was the monthly business meeting.
It made me feel like I was part of something bigger, an organization
with a purpose. I started by submitting calendar
events. I would spend hours scouring the
internet in hopes of finding events for both mom and children that were either
free or very low cost. This is where I
learned about all the awesome events going on in the Kansas City area. There was so much to do that I was completely
unaware of before. So MOMS Club® thank
you for allowing me to learn more and explore my community. I was seriously an expert on all the children’s
water and splash parks in the area.
When elections came up, I was nominated for Administrative
Vice President. I accepted the
nomination and was voted in that July.
As the AVP, I helped out the President when needed; I coordinated the
service projects and fundraisers. We
didn’t have any fundraisers, but we did have a few service projects. We prepared a meal at our local Ronald
McDonald House and fundraised through WalkAmerica (now March for Babies) for
March of Dimes. Both events had amazing
turn outs. The WalkAmerica went so well,
I was asked by March of Dimes to be on their local committee to help organize
the family team things for the next event.
MOMS Club® led me to many volunteer opportunities.
The year I was AVP, I decided to volunteer for International
MOMS Club® as a website reviewer. I
loved doing this. The big world wide
web. The chapter websites were waiting
to get published and all they needed was my review to be complete. I did a lot of these. I emailed a lot of Presidents. I approved a lot of websites and chapters
were able to grow their membership.
After this job was completed, I decided to become a Big Sister through
International MOMS Club®. As a Big
Sister, my job was to assist a small number of chapters. I was their first stop liaison to
International. I would answer
questions, review their newsletters and receive a monthly update from each chapter.
I started out with a few chapters in
the Kansas City area and soon moved up to Area Coordinator and received
additional chapters to help out. After a
few months there, our Assistant Regional Coordinator, my friend Yolanda, asked
me if I wanted to become a State Coordinator.
I said YES! As a State
Coordinator, I had to interview with Mary James. She called me, we did an interview, I was
nervous. I got the volunteer job. I became the State Coordinator for Missouri
and eventually I was given Iowa. I also
had Big Sisters and Area Coordinators under me.
I was happy as a clam mentoring other moms. I got so many newsletters. I read so many newsletters. I got more ideas for my own chapter.
By the end of my term as AVP, our chapter was asked to
sister. In MOMS Club® to “sister” is to
break off into smaller chapters. Our
chapter became so large, that we were asked to split into three chapters. The current President took over the west
portion of our chapter, I took over the central portion of our chapter and our
Membership Vice President took over the east portion. We worked long and hard to come up with
boundaries and to get everything approved.
Right before our sistering, we had a huge celebration. It was an emotional event and few tears were
In July, our new chapter was founded. We were official. I was founder and the first President of this
chapter. My board consisted of volunteers
that first year. They were all dazzling
and delightful and I couldn’t have had a better committee to steer our new
ship. After my year as President, the
Membership Vice President was voted into the Presidency. She had a different way of running things and
membership dropped. She learned from her
ways and soon membership surged again. I
did serve one term as Administrative Vice President after my initial founding
of the chapter. MOMS Club® gave me a
sense of leadership and accomplishment.
I founded a MOMS Club® chapter and it’s still going super strong today! Thank you for that. It makes me feel like I’ve achieved something. I was the one responsible for bringing all
these moms together. They are still
finding this chapter and still joining and finding friendship and purpose.
I was able to travel during my time as State
Coordinator. I traveled to Texas to
attend the Regional Conference. I met
many MOMS Club from all over our region there.
I still remain friends with a few of them. I recently ran across pictures from this
event on my facebook memories and it brought back the fun times. I remember the food, all of the chapter
boards and raffle baskets. I remember
hanging out with my friends from far and near.
If you are a MOMS Club® member, I encourage you to attend these
events. I helped when we had a small
Missouri, Kansas and Iowa luncheon. It
was a blast. Another one that was worth
the whole Saturday.
I made some of my best friends during this time. I am still in communication with a handful of
them and I love seeing their families grow up and all the exciting life events
they are going through.
I have my membership pins for being Founder, President,
Administrative Vice President and Member.
I have kept them all.
I am not active in my chapter that I founded, even though I
am still a member. I will always be a
member of this chapter. I do try to
attend the End of the Year banquet if I am available. I know none of the current members will even
know who I am and that’s okay. I did
this for them. I did it for the mothers
who needed other mothers. I did it for
the mothers who needed friendship. I did
it for the mothers that needed other adults in their life with so much in
common. MOMS Club® is for MOMS.
Thank you MOMS Club®, I appreciate you for helping me
through that chapter in my life.
Founder of the MOMS Club® of Kansas City-Northland, Missouri (originally KC/Gladstone)
|Fall Party Meeting 2007|
My daughter is the cute cow.
|Chocolate Making Demo.|
|Shannon and myself. We look so different now.|
|I still have my prize! I used it on my vacation|
|One of our Favorite FREE activities!|
|Chapter End of the Year Party 2006|
|My kiddos are old now.|
Are you a MOMS Club(R) member? Tell me about your experiences! What was your favorite part?
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