Mother's Day has passed, but that doesn't slow the momentum of the MOMS Club of Mint Hill.
The Club is composed of 36 members - stay-at-home mothers, mothers who run businesses out of their homes, and mothers who work part-time.
It provides these mothers support, friendship, fellowship and fun. Each month the club's calendar is crammed full of events that can be enjoyed by mothers and their children, as well as several events for moms alone.
"Some activities are geared more towards kids, but there's always a time for moms to socialize and share while our kids play and build their own connections," said Club president Heather Wehr.
And participation is flexible. Members can participate in as many, or as few, events as they choose.
Wehr says she joined the group when she and her family moved to Mint Hill from Atlanta in 2007. She found it a great way to assimilate into a new community.
"It was a great resource to help us get settled in the area and find special connections, not only for our kids, but for ourselves as well. It's a wonderful way to meet people and it gets you out into the community. Through family events, some of our husbands have formed friendships as well," Wehr said.
Over the past year, members have enjoyed play dates in the park, toured the Mint Hill Fire Department, learned about the history of the town at the Mint Hill Historical Society, enjoyed a family outing at a Knights game and much more.
The club's Helping Hands Committee offers special support, encouragement and meals to members who are celebrating a new baby or dealing with a family illness.
And there's always plenty of advice on potty training, pacifiers and picky eaters.
The club also places an emphasis on service. They've collected school supplies, held a winter accessory drive and just wrapped up a random act of kindness campaign.
"We wanted to teach our children the importance of kindness and caring for others," said Wehr.
The MOMS Club of Mint Hill consists mainly of mothers with preschool- and elementary-age children although some have kids in middle and high school.
There's even an alumni group of sorts that Wehr says still gets together to share the friendships and connections they made when their children were small.
MOMS Club of Mint Hill is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, which has 2,100 chapters in the United State alone. There are several chapters in the Charlotte area with the membership being divided by zip code. To find out more information or to contact the club in your area, visit www.momsclub.org, www.webng.com/minthillmoms or email firstname.lastname@example.org.