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For local moms Sara Mostafa-Ray, Claire Falcone, Rachelle Sparks, Arika Jock and Irina Schmelzer, helping other moms is a daily occurrence. These ladies are the MOMS Club Carmel Mountain Ranch board members who serve as the liaison between the chapter and the “mother” organization, MOMS Club International. “In addition, we recruit new members and host holiday events, monthly business meetings and family picnics. We also create and distribute a monthly newsletter and calendar of events, plan our monthly moms’ nights out, administer our service projects and designate charities to support,” explained Sara. MOMS Club was started in 1983 in Simi Valley, CA by the organization’s founder, Mary B. James. Currently, there are over 2,000 local chapters with over 100,000 members in the United States alone. The Carmel Mountain Ranch chapter serves members from the 92064, 92127, 92128 and 92129 zip codes.

According to Sara, the mission of the club is to provide support for stay-at-home mothers, mothers who are self-employed, work part-time or telecommute from home. “We currently have 43 members in our chapter. We offer play dates almost every morning and most afternoons at local parks and other kid-oriented venues throughout San Diego County. Most of our active members have kids ranging in age from newborn to about five-years-old, so we focus on activities that would engage that demographic,” related Sara. The group also hosts “Art in the Park,” a fun activity where kids can get messy with paint, clay and markers.

Another extremely important aspect of MOMS Club is volunteerism. Within the MOMS Club chapter, Helping Hands volunteers deliver meals to members who have recently welcomed a new baby. MOMS Club is also a non-profit charitable organization that performs several service projects each year to benefit the local community. “Being in MOMS really gives us a chance to give back to the community through a variety of facets,” said Claire. The Carmel Mountain Ranch chapter has distributed Halloween goodies and masks to children at the Ronald McDonald House, provided Thanksgiving baskets to families in need, held a holiday toy drive benefiting foster children, sent Valentines and treats to deployed troops and recently distributed new and gently used baby items to a home for teen mothers.

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92064 moms who are interested in finding out more about the MOMS Club Carmel Mountain Ranch can email momsclubcmr@gmail.com.

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Group: MOMS Club Carmel Mountain Ranch

# of Members: 43

Contact: momsclubcmr@gmail.com

Website: www.momsclubcmr.webs.com

Board of Directors: Sara Mostafa-Ray, President

Irina Schmelzer, Administrative Vice President

Arika Jock, Membership Vice President

Rachelle Sparks, Secretary

Claire Falcone, Treasurer

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