From Lake Ridge Moms Club President Tracie Wheeler and Vice President Merrie Hrabak:
Are you finding yourself walking the same aisles at Target or chatting up any cashier for a little longer than you should? Maybe your idea of an enthralling television program is Dora the Explorer, or your music selection varies between the Nick Jr. theme songs and soft lullabies? If you find yourself nodding and smiling then just maybe the Lake Ridge Mom’s Club might be the answer to some much needed socialization and escape for you and your children alike.
The Lake Ridge Moms Club is a group of stay-at-home and working moms alike, who support each other, learn from each other, and just have a good time with each other and with our children. Our organization provides a fun, welcoming place for parents and kids to make friends, learn exciting new skills, and to become involved in the Lake Ridge and surrounding communities. Whether you have lived in the area a long time, or you are just moving into the community, joining Mom’s Club provides a fantastic opportunity to meet new people that are going through the same things as you, and it provides an opportunity for your children to make some new age-appropriate friends. The Lake Ridge Mom’s Club offers six main areas in which parents can participate: Community, Social, Babysitting Co-op, Fitness, Mommy Meals, and Playgroup. There is definitely something for everyone!
We have our general meetings the first Thursday of every month to give us an opportunity to discuss the upcoming activities and have special guest speakers present on a plethora of important topics for families. In addition to guest speakers we offer programs that provide a chance to acquire a new skill, or time to just socialize and have fun with other local moms. The general meetings are held at the Tall Oaks Community Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Our Open House is Thursday, Sept. 6, and is a great opportunity to get out of the house and get to know some new people. You will also learn more about our six committees.
Every Wednesday of the month, our playgroup meets and plays at Canterbury Woods community center or a local playground selected by the playgroup committee. The kids love to see each other, and the parents get a chance to relax and chat with each other. Sometimes the Playgroup Co-Chairs will arrange field trips to other nearby kid-friendly spots such as Kids n'Motion, Chick-Fila, or even the National Zoo.
The social committee plans fun activities that will engage your entire family in the fun of Mom’s Club. From a monthly Mom's Night Out to couples' nights to quarterly family parties, the social committee provides exciting and entertaining options throughout the entire year.
Our community committee works to identify needs of both individuals and organizations in our community, and then the members organize ways for our club to meet those needs. Past projects have included coat and food drives, adopting individual needy families during the holidays, serving breakfast at local homeless shelters in Prince William County, walking in the annual March of Dimes March for Babies walk, supplying food for the local Habitat for Humanity volunteers working throughout Prince William County, and raising funds for school supplies for underprivileged children throughout Lake Ridge. By getting involved in our community, we help to encourage our children and provide an excellent example for their future, and the whole time giving back and making Prince William County a better place to live.
The Babysitting Co-Op provides an opportunity for families to exchange childcare services without ever exchanging money. Parents and children get to know and trust each other through Co-op meetings and events scheduled throughout the year. Membership in the Co-Op is open to any current Mom’s Club members; however, the Co-Op is limited to 25 members, so if interested make sure to sign-up fast. You will have an opportunity to sign up for the Babysitting Co-Op at our Open House on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Another way that our organization supports our members is by providing home-cooked meals to families, after the birth of a child, a family member is hospitalized or quite ill, or for any other necessary reason that requires helping hands from fellow moms in the Lake Ridge Mom’s Club. Our Mommy Meals chair coordinates our members that have volunteered to cook one or two healthy meals for the family and drop them off at the family's home. The mommy-meals program is a great way for us to encourage each other and provide a little help to our friends, when they might need it most.
Our Fitness Committee is another great way that we encourage each other. By planning day and evening workout options, the Fitness committee makes it fun to exercise and stay fit, while providing a chance to make new friends and socialize simultaneously.
You do not have to be a Lake Ridge Association member to join, so please join us at our Annual Open House to meet our members and check out everything we have to offer. Enjoy some refreshments and conversation, and hear about what we have planned for this upcoming year. We look forward to welcoming back our returning members and warmly welcoming our new members.
Tracie Wheeler/Merrie Hrabak
President/Vice President of the Lake Ridge Moms Club, 2012-2013
Moms Club Open House
Date: Thursday, Sept. 6
Time: 7:30 p.m.
12298 Cotton Mill Dr.