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MOMS Club transitions into new year

Club debunks rumors of dismantling


by: SUBMITTED - Nicholas Katko sat in a West Linn police car during the annual Santa Brunch on Dec. 9. The Moms Offering Moms Support Club of West Linn is going through a transition and effectively debunking rumors that the organization would dismantle.

Last fall, the president of the local chapter of MOMS Club resigned suddenly for personal reasons, said Nina Press, the group’s treasurer. The president’s resignation coincided with several other board positions opening due to members moving out of state.

Because the local nonprofit organization is a chapter of MOMS Club International, the group is held to certain guidelines and expectations, such as operating under presidential or executive leadership.

“At first we didn’t have much of a response toward filling the vacancies on the board,” Press said. “We asked our members to vote via a survey in late October on the club continuing and the direction the club should take. The survey overwhelmingly favored the continuation of the club. ... Hopefully we are redirecting before we have a negative situation.”

Linda Gunselman is currently serving as interim president for the club. A new president and co-president will be named after the new year. The membership survey also showed that the organization lacked effective communication surrounding interest clubs and playgroups, and that members would like to reach out to working mothers.

“We found that our club unanimously would like to include working mothers,” Press said, noting the organization is only allowed to host a set number of weekend and evening functions per month.

“Since MOMS Club International is predominantly about stay-at-home moms, we are working to incorporate activities and events that support our working moms as well, without straying outside our international restrictions,” Press said. “If at some point that becomes a larger issue, the active board and members will need to make a decision about how they continue with or without MOMS Club International.”

About the club

The MOMS Club of West Linn was established as an official chapter in 2001. The organization ballooned to about 70 members in 2010 — almost to capacity per international regulations — and has approximately 39 members today.

“Membership tends to fluctuate every few years,” Press said, noting the group is mostly composed of mothers with children ages 0 to 5.

The organization hosts a monthly board meeting, playgroups, community excursions and service events. The club’s two largest community fundraising events are the Spooky Stroll around Halloween — which benefited the West Linn Food Pantry — and the Santa Brunch — which benefited Clackamas Women’s Services.

“The main goal of the MOMS Club is to build relationships and foster that connection,” Press said. “We also strive to support involvement in the community.”

MOMS Club of West Linn welcomes West Linn mothers of all varieties: those who stay at home, work from home or work outside of the home.

For more information about the MOMS Club of West Linn, visit momsclubofwestlinn.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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