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Speaker Sarah Flick (left) with daughter Molly and Rotarian Cyndee Atkins.
Sarah Flick
A MOMS Club for moms

February 28, 2017

She is a stay-at-home mom, Sarah Flick told Putnam Rotarians today. In 13 years, she has moved ten times.

She often has found herself a new resident in a new community, she said. And she wanted to mix with others who shared her problems and interests.

"You want to connect with others who know what you're going through when you're up all night with a teething baby," she said.

"Or you have a six-month-old and don't have anyone to talk to during the day. It's nice to have other moms who understand."

She had connected with groups of moms in other places when she was a newcomer in town. And when her spouse took a job at the Huntington VA Medical Center, she told him, "We have to live somewhere where there's a moms club."

That's when they found the MOMS Club of Teays Valley, and settled down to make a home in Hurricane.

The local club is part of an international organization, she said, with 1,500 chapters in the United States and over 10,000 members.

"MOMS is Moms Offering Moms Support," she explained. "That's why the MOMS Club is here."

Similar groups with similar interests are active in the area, but they're not affiliated with an international group. Flick said.

"Teays Valley has a lot of working moms," she said. "Because a lot of them are nursing, some of them are part-time.

"You don't have to do everything," she explained. "We do play groups. We go to the library. We go to the Clay Center.

"We have a once-a-month outing because moms just need time to be adults without having to share.

"We also do community service: We sponsor a family for Christmas. We do drives for school supplies or the animal shelters. We have cooked meals for the Ronald McDonald House and work on the playground."

A popular social outing is the Moms Prom. Last year the Prom raised $2,400 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The MOMS of Teays Valley also help one another "during the excitement of a pregnancy and a new baby and in times of illness, surgery or other hardships." The MOMS Sunshine Committee sometimes prepares meals for delivery. Or by "simply running to the store for medicine when your child is ill and you are homebound."

Prospective members are invited to attend the monthly Moms and Munchkins Meeting where activities are planned, and a special speaker is sometimes featured.

More information for the MOMS may be obtained by writing "teaysmomsinfo@gmail.com".

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