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MOMS Club a way to connect

What's a mom to do? If she doesn't work outside of the home or works limited hours, how does she connect with people? There are no business meetings or coffee breaks with co-workers. For moms in our area, there's MOMS Club.

MOMS Club of Indian Trail is made up of stay-at-home moms, moms who work part time or work at home. The Indian Trail chapter is the only MOMS Club in Union County, drawing from Indian Trail, Stallings, Lake Park and Hemby Bridge areas.

Kim Sandoval, president of the local chapter, says, “I like to think of it as social networking, a way of meeting friends.

“I was fortunate enough to find MOMS Club because of a chance meeting on a playground as I made the transition from a paid career life to going on ‘sabbatical' and life with my then 2-year-old,” Sandoval said. The Indian Trail chapter began in July 2005, and now has 27 members. MOMS Club has 100,000 nationally and is reaching out internationally.

The chapter schedules events such as museum visits, breakfasts or lunches. Last week was a trip to Hunter Farms to pick out pumpkins and fill a wagon with members and their children. Later this month, they plan trick-or-treating at a nursing home.

MOMS International requires the chapters to do a benefit project each year for children. During the summer, they held a food drive and a Fire Safety Day. Other efforts include helping groups that fight cancer. To learn more: E-mail momsclubofindiantrail @ or visit momsclubofindiantrail/ home.html or