Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, June 12, 2000

MOMS Club opens chapter in Winsted

The MOMS Club, a national support group for at-home mothers, is starting a new chapter in Winsted this month.

"With so many mothers working outside the home today, it can be extremely hard for stay-at-home mothers to meet each other," said Susan Goebel, founder and president of the new local group. "The MOMS Club allows at-home mothers to get together in a supportive atmosphere."

What makes the group unique ­ aside from the fact that it is the only national organization specifically for at-home mothers ­ is the wide range of activities allowed under the MOMS Club banner, Goebel noted.

"For example, we're going to have meetings with interesting speakers and topics for discussion, park play-days, special outings for mothers and their children, holiday activities and service projects that benefit the community," she explained.

In addition, the group will sponsor special "activity groups" that will allow members to share similar interests.

"Typical activity groups include playgroups, babysitting coops, a monthly MOMS night out, lunch get-togethers, and arts and crafts. Whatever mothers are interested in, we're able to do," Goebel said.

Because the MOMS Club is a support group specifically for the mother-at-home, all of the meetings are held during the day and mothers may bring children to anything the club does.

"Evenings are family time," Goebel explained. "Our meetings and most of our activities are during the day because that's when the at-home mother most needs the support."

"We don't believe that a mother should be isolated just because she has children," she continued. "Mothers who stay home often can't, or won't, leave their children with a sitter during the day. Therefore, children are welcome at anything we do."

The Winsted MOMS Club is specifically for mothers in the Winsted area, but Goebel hopes that mothers from neighboring towns will call for information about starting a MOMS Club there.

"There are 1,000 MOMS Clubs across the country, " Goebel said, "and all of them were started by individual mothers who wanted to meet other at-home mothers near them.

"I hope that at-home mothers from other areas nearby will start sister groups to ours so all the at-home mothers here will finally get the support they deserve," she concluded.

Interested mothers can contact Susan at 320-485-3552 for more information or to become a member.

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