Pella Chronicle

February 19, 2014

Local MOMS Club® continues to grow, help out

By Clint Brown The Chronicle
The Pella Chronicle

---- — Since the fall of 2011, The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club® of Pella Area have been growing.

“We have gone from having seven members to now over 20 with many new at-home moms contacting our group weekly,” Tara Kohlhaas said.

Kohlhaas is the founder/president of The MOMS Club of the Pella Area.

The MOMS Club® is an international non-profit organization specifically for all at-home mothers. The group provides activities during the day when mothers need the most support. Kids are welcome to all the MOMS Club® daytime activities. The MOMS was started in the fall of 1983 by founder Mary B. James. The first local chapter was in Simi Valley, California. In 1985, The MOMS Club became a national organization, and in 1996 it became an international organization with over 2,000 chapters.

“I started the Pella Chapter of The MOMS Club shortly after moving to Pella, in the fall of 2011 when my daughter Kenzie was 2 years old and my son Wyatt was just 6 months old,” Kohlhaas said. “Since then, the variety of activities and word of mouth has gotten a lot of stay-at-home mothers in the area interested in joining. MOMS Club activities include weekly play dates, monthly business meetings, lunch dates at local restaurants, holiday parties, monthly field trips, and the ever popular MOMS Night Out. We also created a babysitting co-op to help members in times of needing a babysitter without the exchange of money.”

Throughout the year, the club participates in a couple of service projects and fundraisers. In the summer of 2013, The MOMS Club of Pella Area held their first Garage Sale/Bake Sale and raised over $300, which they donated to Pathways to Pella. This past Christmas they participated in their second year of filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child. In March, the group will be packing backpacks for the Pella Food Shelf.

“There are times when the group has pulled together and donated mother and baby supplies to families in need,” Kohlhaas added. “Within the club, we have a couple of activities just for the ladies of the group. The organization of the club comes from those members that make up the Executive Board. The club recently started a Book Club. In March they will compete in a Fitness Mileage competition for three months. There also is a Party Planning Committee and a Service Project Committee.”

The MOMS Club of Pella Area covers at-home moms in all of Mahaska and Marion counties. The members of the club range from full-time stay-at-home moms to part-time moms who also work or go to school.

“Teachers who stay at home during the summer months with their kids are also welcome to check out the group” Kohlhaas said. “Even if your kids are all in school or you are expecting your first kid, if you stay at home during the day and would like support and activites to keep you busy, this could be the group for you.”

Kohlhaas admits the group is both fun and very rewarding.

“Our club is just a fantastic group of ladies that love to have a good time when we are together,” Kohlhaas said. “We can gain advice from one another, share frustrations, and bring new ideas to the group for activities. I love that some of my daughter and son’s best friends are part of the MOMS Club. They are always excited to go to MOMS events. “

Upcoming events for The MOMS Club of Pella Area include their MOMS Night Out at the Art Center on Feburary 28 and their Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt in April.

If you would like more information about The MOMS Club® of Pella Area please send an email to momsclubofpella@gmail.com or contact Kohlhaas at (641) 204-1551.