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President's Note - Tia Merwin
Ihope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
The two weeks prior to Thanksgivingmy familywent to Hawaii for a
family reunion. My mom was born and raised in Hawaii and ithad been
exactlyone year since my grandmother passed away. My parents wanted
the whole family to head back over for a family reunion and visit my
grandparents gravesite. It was so wonderful to spend time with my entire
family in Hawaii. We hadn't all been together there since 1998 and there
have been several family additions since that time!
I love the people, the food and the lifestyle of Hawaii. I was able to visit
my former work and boss and see longtime family friends. The kids
loved the beach and all the sea creatures. It turns out Malachi is a boogie
boarding pro! I couldn't get him out of the water, even when it was
pouring rain. One day we were the only ones on the beach due to all the
rain, but it was still 74 degrees, so it was fine by me!
My grandfather used to teach college courses on military bases and in
2000 I was able to take one of his political science classes on Kaneohe
Marine Corps Base (KMCB). Since my brother is an officer in the ARMY,
we were able to go back on base and visit all the places my grandfather
used to take us. One family tradition was to have pizza on the pierat
KMCB. We upheld the tradition after visiting their gravesites even though
the sun had long ago set and it was completely dark. We got to listen to
several military planes and helicopters doing drills at night. It makes me
so thankful to live here and feel so safe in our country. I have so much
respect for all military workers and their families.
I hope you are able to spend lots of time with your family and loved ones
this holiday season.
Happy Holidays!

Eugene MOMS Club Holiday Charity 2015:

Hope Ranch Ministries
Every year MOMS Club of Eugene sponsors a family or an organization in
need for the holiday season. We give themneeded items and some
holiday gifts as well.
This year, we have selected Hope Ranch as the recipient for our holiday
cheer. Their mission is to heal women who have been rescued from
human trafficking.
The Director of Hope Ranch is very excited that we have selected her
organization for our donations. She sent a list of items, both necessary
and fun. You can sign up for items to donate here:
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Even if the slots are filled, please donate whatever you feel comfortable
They also welcome used/opened cosmetics like shampoo and
conditioner, nail polish, face creams, makeup etc that we may have
purchased and didn't like.
None of the items need to be wrapped. The director will match the items
with each of the women staying with them. They will have 3 women with
them at Christmas and 3 more women they work with that they want to
donate some items to as well.
Please bring your donations to the Member Social on December 10th. If
you can't make it, we can meet you at another time to pick up your
donations. We want to have all of the items to Hope Ranch by the 21st of



MOMS Club of Springfield, OR

Know someone who's interested in MOMS Club of Springfield, OR? Please
feel free to share this link with them (there is a link on the website to
contact the club directly):

Recipe: Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Craft of the Month: Santa Binoculars

These cookies are SO good! They aremy family'sfavorite.

cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
teaspoons Salt
teaspoons Baking Powder
teaspoons Baking Soda
1 cup Allpurpose Flour
cups Powdered Sugar


Click on the image above for a link to the blog with directions.
Submitted by Angelique Hanscom

Member Social
HEY! What happened to the Member Meeting? We have decided to change
the name of the meeting to a social to better describe the event.
Please join us at our next member social on Thursday, December
10that 10am at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with
non stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again.
Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the
powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour
powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough
into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat
with remaining dough.
Bake for 911 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and
cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool
cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
*If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2

Submitted by Tia Merwin

Club Highlights from November

It may have been chilly, but several moms and their kids still enjoyed a
fun walk at Delta Ponds. Last month Heather hosted a cute fall craft with

New Baby Corner


No new babies in November.

We'd like to welcome all new babies in the newsletter, so let any board
member know the details and we'll include it here! And please let us
know if we missed you, because we'd be happy to add your new little one
in next months newsletter.


Playgroup Corner

Helping Hands Program

Part of the support we have in MOMS Club of Eugene is helping each
other during times of family additions, upheaval, andstress. This is not
just limited to having a baby, things like moving or illness in the family
also warrant a need for this program. Our Helping Hands program
provides moms with assistance, usually givingseveral meals in a time of
need. However, this program can provide more than just meals. We
can arrange assistance with childcare, running errands, even a phone
tree! We want all of our members tobenefit from this program in a time
of need and we are more than willing to customize an
assistanceschedule that works well for each situation. Please let us know
if a circumstance should arise in your life and you feel this program
would help you! Contact Carole Sterry ( for
more information on this program.

Member Birthdays & Anniversaries in November:

Playgroup fun at Amazon Park

Playgroups are a great way to connect with Moms of kids with similar
ages. Starting September 2015, we are asking that all regular birthyear
playgroups meet on Tuesday or Wednesday, so they don't conflict with
the allages playgroups.
Babies 2010 Playgroup meets on Wednesday mornings for coffee.
( more information.
Babies 2011 Playgroup also meets on Wednesdays, starting at 3:30.
Contact Angelique
( get in the loop.
Babies 2012 Playgroup meets every Wednesday from 4:006:00pm.
( more information.
Babies 2013 Playgroup meets on Tuesday at 9:30 and Wednesday at
10am. Members take turns hosting. Contact Sarah Schmutz
( more information.
Babies 2014 Playgroup meets on Wednesday from 9:0011:00.
hosting. Contact Angelique
( more information.
Babies of 2015 Playgroup meets on Wednesday at 10:3012:30.
Contact Heather O'Neill ( for more
Watch for allages play dates via Evites or check the Member

Member Renewal Anniversaries:

Lynn Gutoski11/29/2013
Ana Kemple 12/11/13
Corina Maher 12/17/14
Mary Suelze 12/11/11
Member Birthdays:

Nicole Allen 12/8

Mary Carol Britt 12/31
Shanna Chess 12/11
Kid Birthdays:
Jordi Alapont 12/3/2010
Lincoln Edwards 12/28/13
Seth Hendrix 12/20/13
Levi Meyers 12/15/13
Liam O'Neill 12/27/14
Nicholas Piibor 12/8/09
Contact Amber
( let her know if you'd like to
renew your membership.
Celebrating a birthday for you or your child but you didnt get your name
in this months column? Send roster corrections/updates to Heather.

Are we missing something?

Is there something you'd like to see us include in future newsletters?
Have an idea for an article, a recipe to share, photos from a MOMS Club
event you'd like included? We're always open to hearing from you! Feel
free to email Emily ( directly with ideas.

Executive Board Members:

Tia, Crystal, Heather, Emily, Sarah and Amber

MOMS Club Regional Coordinators

Have questions or concerns about how our chapter functions? Contact
one of these ladies:


Area Coordinator
Lisa Lewis (
(253) 6313290
State Coordinator
Chris Baldwin
( 6260131
Asst Regional Coordinator
Jenn Betz
( 6260131


Emily, Angelique, and Carole

MOMS Club of Eugene, OR Board, 2015 - 2016

PresidentandSpringfield MOMS Club Liaison
Tia Merwin (
Administrative VP
Crystal Leahy (
Membership VP
Heather O'Neill (
Marketing VP
Emily Looney (
Sarah Schmutz (
Amber Zekic (
Big Sister Coordinator
Angelique Hanscom (
Helping Hands Coordinator
Carole Sterry (
MOMS Night Out Coordinator
Emily Looney (
Playgroup Coordinator
Angelique Hanscom (