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President’s Note

2011-2012 Board PRESIDENT


appy December! This year has flown by so quickly. I can hardly believe 2011 is almost over. I know this month is especially hectic for everyone with holiday gatherings and all that shopping! Make sure you take an opportunity to pamper yourself at our Moms’ Night Out on Dec. 12. Join us at Destiny Nails from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Get a Mani/Pedi and relax for an evening. We also have the family Holiday Party on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Church of the Savior. There will be fun activities for the entire family. The cost is only $5 per child. Happy Holidays! Regan VanKerckhove


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Kristen Laughlin


Ashley Werthaiser


Anissa Cundall            Jill Branam Chrissy Koppenhoefer Lori Suffield Amanda Hughes Mousumi Sinha


Shannon Gantzer


Christine Katzman


Jenny Carman


Erika Groppe


Gloria Lin Debbie Kirby


Maria Hardy


Ann Uhlman


Shannon Weinstein



elcome new members! We have 30 women who have joined this Fall! Please help us welcome our newest members: Abbie Rosfeld, Heather Rosfeld, Jenny Saskin, Julie Stewart, Laura Geraci and Kimberly Merrick. New Members: we are planning another new member social in January. Our best recruiters are our current members. Please send any prospective members with questions to Jill Branam or Anissa Cundall.

Laura Phillippi



Welcome New Members W

Regan Van Kerckhove

Christina Britton Kathy Mercurio   Ruth Richter Pam McCallen Rebekah Erck   April Voellmecke

December 2011

General Meetings O

ur monthly general meetings are a great place to come and unwind with new and old friends! Each month we gather (generally the first Tuesday of the month) at 7:30 p.m. at Terwilligers Lodge in Dulle Park. You collect a nametag, check out the tables listing the current events of the group, grab a drink and some treats, and then do a little socializing. We will begin our meetings at 7:45 with announcements/ business from the Board. Presentations will begin at 8, ending with social time at 8:45. Here are the rest of our meeting dates. DEC. 6—Bartender teaches us to make fun and holiday-worthy drinks at this relaxed and laidback meeting.

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JAN. 3—Fitness for the Family in the New Year: Ways to get your family involved and making time to stay fit. Rebekah Erck, certified group fitness instructor. FEB. 7—Hands-On Valentine Cookie Decorating. Ashley Ellis, former MMom who has her own baking business. MAR. 6—Empowering women to “Find Their Inner Sass” and create their best life possible. Shari Goldsmith, women's life coach and mental health therapist. APR. 3—Game Night: Bring a favorite game to play with the group! MAY 1—End-of-Year Cinco de Mayo party! RSVP: None needed. You are always welcome! Bring a friend if you want!!

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ospitality would like to thank Annisa Cundall, Kristen Huetcher and Courtney Simon for providing the yummy snacks for our November meeting. We would also like to remind Julie Workman, Nicole Carey, Ruth Richter and Beth Johnson that you have signed up to bring snacks to our December meeting (we are having a bartender at this meeting, so think breads). We would also like to remind Lori Suffield, Niki Siddons and Beth Johnson to arrive around 7:15 to help set up for our December meeting. If you can no longer commit for this meeting, please try and find a friend to take your place or let Kathy Mercurio know.

December 2011

December Children’s Activities ACTIVITY 1: Holiday Party What: Fun Activities for the Entire Family! Crafts, bounce house, snacks, games When: Sat., Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Rd. 45242 Cost: $5 per child ACTIVITY 2: Christmas Story Time at Barnes and Nobel What: A very merry time will be had by all while we celebrate Christmas. Miss Linda will be reading a variety of her favorite Christmas books and sticking around to create a craft with us. When: Thurs., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Where: Sycamore Plaza at Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Rd, 45236 Cost: Free ACTIVITY 3: Hanukkah Story Time at Barnes and Nobel What: Happy Hanukkah! Come celebrate or learn about this holy holiday with Miss Linda as she reads Hanukkah Haiku and Hanukkah Mice. When: Thurs., Dec. 15 at 2:00

Where: Sycamore Plaza at Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Rd, 45236 Cost: Free

ACTIVITY 6: Happy Zoo Year What: Meet at the dining area by Skyline Chili at the Vine Street Entrance. Ring in the Zoo Year with a bunch of "party animals!"  Kids of all ages are invited to ring in the Zoo Year as the Cincinnati Zoo holds its very own New Year's Eve bash. Enjoy a kidfriendly, Early Countdown Before the Ball Drops. New Year’s activities will include shows of Winter Wonders by Madcap Puppet Theater, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby ZOO Year, and the Zoo will cap off all celebrations with an EARLY countdown with fireworks presented by Rozzi Fireworks. When: Sat., Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. Cost: Zoo Admission and Parking

ACTIVITY 4: Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center What: In addition to the amazing model trains in the exhibit, you can participate in exciting programming and energizing performances. Meet in the concourse area and bring a lunch. After lunch we will go to see Holiday Junction. When: Mon., Dec. 19 at 12 p.m. Cost: Museum Center Admission and Parking ACTIVITY 5: Winter Wee Wednesday – Cincinnati Art Museum What: Join us for our special winter edition of Wee Wednesday including drop-in art making and interactive storytelling throughout the museum with our specially trained docents. This program is now featuring an optional kid-friendly lunch buffet. When: Wed., Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free; Parking is $3

RSVP We will send out electronic invitations to sign up, but if you have any questions, please e-mail Debbie and Gloria at

KIRK KOPPENHOEFER Phone: 513-421-3100 Email:

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Community Enrichment Sat., Dec. 3 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Holiday in the Village See Montgomery’s tree lighting at Montgomery and Cooper Roads as well as carolers and the “North Pole Workshop,” including crafts and Santa, at the Universalist Church. Sat., Dec. 10 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa Share a pancake breakfast with Santa at Dulle Park (Terrwilliger Lodge). All-youcan-eat pancakes will be served by the Montgomery Fire Department for $5/person (family rate of $20). Bring your wish list to share with Mr.

Claus himself (be sure to have your free picture taken). All proceeds benefit the Holiday Family Fund that supports local families in need with gifts and toys shared in the generosity of the holiday spirit. The city invites you to share in the spirit of the season and to help others by bringing food items for the FreeStore Foodbank. Sat., Dec. 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. – Christmas in Loveland Children singing, the clip clop and jingle of horse-drawn carriages and the smell of hot cider will again grace Christmas in Loveland. Christmas in Historic Loveland features free horse-drawn carriage rides and some of the area’s finest children and adult choirs. Choirs will be performing continuously. This year’s event coincides with the

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touching Live Nativity put on by New Hope Baptist Church where children can pet the animals and envision the story of the Christ Child. A live Christmas production awaits you at the Stage Co. Theater. St. Nick will welcome the Children with free candy canes and there will be other treats of the season. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire (really!) will take the chill off near the caroling and historic buildings. Santa will be available, and there is a big holiday sing along at 8:15 p.m. LBT.xmasloveland.html Nov. 18 to Dec. 31, 6 to 9 or 10 p.m. – Holiday Lights and Santaland at Sharon Woods Come enjoy and cherish the wonderful holiday spirit at the winter wonderland of Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods!

Open 7 days a week, The Wild Hare Salon in Montgomery was voted “Best Hair Color Salon” by Cincinnati A- List Magazine. The Wild Hare Salon offers organic choices for hair color, makeup, and skin care, along with standard favorites.

The Wild Hare Salon is offering Montgomery Moms $10 off your first cut/color combination or $5 off a shellac manicure.

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Book Club

Moms’ Night Out

Here are the Book Club selections for the 2011-2012 year with tentative dates. Members are welcome to come to as many or as few as work for them. Also please let Lori know if you are able to host a particular month and/or want to be on the email list. We typically meet at a mom’s house, but the host can determine the location and is welcome to pick any place they would like.


hether you have been Naughty or Nice, we’ll have beverages waiting for you on ice! We are sure you would love a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Come let yourself be pampered and enjoy some social time with the girls. What better way to relax than with a soothing pedicure or manicure at Destiny’s Nails? Pedicures are $30.00, and Manicure/Pedicures are $42.00. Bring a snack to share and join us for some Holiday Cheer!! December 12th at Destiny Nails from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 11416 Montgomery Rd., Symmes Twp, Ohio 45249 RSVP to April Voellmecke or Rebekah Erck.

DECEMBER 13 Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris Host: Nicole Carey JANUARY 31 The Postmistress by Sarah Blake Host: Anissa Cundall

J OB OP P DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS 12/4 Maggie GaoGehlmann 12/4 Melissa Moeddel 12/18 Courtney Simon 12/23 Sara Ramprasad

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FEBRUARY 28 Olive Kitterage by Elizabeth Strout Host: To be decided

My company is looking to hire someone for part-time office work in our downtown Montgomery office. Please contact Ashley Werthaiser if you are interested in more information.

MARCH 27 The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr Host: To be decided APRIL 24 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Host: Lori Suffield MAY The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack by Rebecca Skloot Host: To be decided

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PHILANTHROPY New this year, we will have philanthropy-oriented projects at the Children’s Holiday Party! These projects, which were scheduled for Dec. 5, will now take place at the party on Dec. 3. What a great way to teach your kids to give back to others There will be a station where the kids can make cards for the residents of Twin Lakes. This will be appropriate for all ages, with lots of stamps and markers provided. We will also be making sandwiches for a downtown food pantry (The Lord’s Pantry). This project is appropriate for ages 4 and up. The kids will put together meat & cheese sandwiches. Separately, we are still looking for volunteers to help at Twin Lakes. Once per month, Montgomery Moms will be going to Twin Lakes with their children. We will be in the wing for those who are not mobile. We will be pushing a cart around, selling small toiletries and other items to the residents. This is a great way for your kids to have a chance to interact with the elderly, and a great opportunity for the residents to see some young kids! Please email Pam McCallen if you’re able to give a

PLAYGROUPS Playgroups have been formed and should be up and running. If you have any questions with your group and need help, please notify Ruth Richter. Groups were formed based on age and scheduling availability. If there was a scheduling conflict, it is possible someone may not have been placed in a group. If you decide that you would now like to join a group or your availability has changed, please let me know. I can keep a list for new playgroup formations or try to incorporate you into a current playgroup. This is a great way to get to know other moms better, and it is a fun social activity for the kids.

O U T R E AC H : H O M E C O M F O RT S Home Comforts is the ministry that helps people transition from homelessness to apartment living. In most cases, they have nothing. Maria Hardy says there are 4 families that Home Comforts will be helping in the next two weeks. They are in need of beds. Any size beds from twin to king would be fine. Your donation is tax deductible. Contact Maria Hardy for more information.



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Montgomery Moms Newsletter December 2011  

A newsletter for moms and their kids living in the Sycamore, Ohio, school district. December 2011 activities and events.