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President’s Note W

2012-2013 Board PRESIDENT

elcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I am so excited about the coming year with MMOMS! Make sure you attend our first meeting on Tuesday, September 11th . We will be having a game night!  This is always a fun way to get a chance to catch up with friends and meet new people.   Don’t forget to turn in your membership forms, they are available online now. For your convenience, you may pay online via Paypal.


Mark your calendars now for our Moms Night Out! It will be September 24th. We are going Salsa dancing!! Finally, we will be ordering Montgomery Moms t-shirts this year. There will be t-shirts at our first meeting for you to check out. As always, please talk to your friends and neighbors about our group. We are always excited to have new people join us!

This November we will be having an opportunity to showcase all the great strengths and businesses of women in and around Montgomery Moms. The Women’s Business Fair will be on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 at Dulle Park. We are planning to have tables set up, but we need you. If you have a business and want to expose your product to our moms, please contact Laura Phillippi or Kate Pinckert to let us know you would like to join us by October 15th. After this date, we will open this up to women outside of MMoms.   Please plan to attend this great event to support local women and take care of some holiday shopping or get yourself a little something special! Page 1

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Kristen Laughlin


Erika Groppe

Anissa Cundall            Jill Branam


Chrissy Koppenhoefer Lori Suffield Mousumi Sinha


Shannon Gantzer


Mousumi Sinha


Kristi Minar


Beth Johnson


Kristen Laughlin Debbie Kirby


Maria Hardy Katherine Rapp


Laura Phillippi Kate Pinckert


Christina Britton Jessica Werthaim


Ruth Richter


Margo Rapp


Shannon Weinstein



MMoms First Women’s Business Fair

Bekah Erck



Best, Regan VanKerckhove

Regan Van Kerckhove

Winnie Yaecker Wendy Anthony

September 2012

New Member News We are excited to see many new and returning members!  Please help us welcome our newest members:  Audrey Gerbus, Micha Gleisinger, Melissa Reynolds, and Diane VanderBrink. Please send any prospective members with questions to Anissa Cundall or Jill Branam.

General Meetings Each month we gather (generally the second Tuesday of the month) at 7:30pm at Terwilligers Lodge in Dulle Park. Our first meeting of the year is Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 7:30pm. It's game night so be sure to bring any of your favorite games. It will be a fun and relaxing evening! See you there!

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Outreach News!!!! Babies, Babies and Babies... Summer brought five new additions to our Montgomery Moms Family! Molly and Grant Johnson welcomed their daughter Anna Katherine who arrived on June 15th at 1:49pm. She was 7 lbs. 5 oz., 20 ¼ inches and joined her big sisters, Ellie and Claire.   Megan and Doug Dimon welcomed their son Braden Michael on July 14, 2012.  He arrived at 3:22 am , weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 22 inches.  He joins his big sister Brooklynn.   Debbie and Mark Kirby welcomed Emery Leigh to their family on August 4, 2012 at 12:37.  She was 21 inches and 8.5 pounds.  She joins her siblings, Mackenzie and Spencer. Alicia and Justin Murphy recently welcomed Gwendolyn Grace on August 10, 2012.  

She arrived at 12:59 am, weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21 inches. Gwendolyn is joining big sisters Adeline (4) and Estelle (2). Kara and Don Willis welcomed their son, Barrett Edward. He arrived on August 24, 2012 at 8:37 am.  He was 20.5 inches and 6 pounds 14 ounces.  He is also welcomed by his  big sisters Aubrey and Harper. Congratulations to all the new moms!   A special thank you goes out to our Moms who made meals for these new families-Jessica Wertheim, Kristi Minar, Wendy Anthony, Christina Britton, Kristen Laughlin, Anissa Cundall, Kim Merrick, Laura Phillippi, and Melissa Moeddel.   If you are pregnant, please contact Katherine Rapp so that we can prepare meals for you once your baby arrives.   If you are experiencing a hardship or loss, please also contact Katherine Rapp so that we can provide assistance and/or meals as needed.  

Playgroups I hope you all had a great summer. It is hard to believe but Fall is just around the corner. With that comes the start of a new Montgomery Moms year and new playgroups! Please fill out your forms and either email it back to me at  or you can mail to my home (please see the directory for contact information).  You’ll find forms on the website if you did not receive an email with the form attached. Play date forms are due back to me no later than September 14. I would like to get the groups formed asap so you can all start meeting! Once playgroups are formed, it can be difficult to add members to them throughout the year due to playgroup size as well as day/time/age of kids meeting. Forms can be submitted throughout the year, if it is possible to fit a new member into an existing playgroup I will go ahead and do that, but more likely than not I will keep a folder of requests and as the year goes on if there are enough members with similar request (i.e age of children and day they want to meet) I can form new groups. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you! Ruthie Richter Page 4

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Children’s Activities Fri, Sep 14 10:00 am: Meet up at the play area next to the Sharon Woods Visitor Center. In the event of rain, meet inside the Adventure Station indoor play area (cost $2.50 per child for the indoor area).   Please note, you do need a Hamilton County parking pass for Sharon Woods ($10 annually or $3 per visit). Thur, Sep 20 10:15 am: Meet up at Montgomery park Mon, Sep 24 10:00 am: Graeter’s tour at the Mason/ Deerfield Graeter’s (5076 Natorp Blvd, Mason 45040).  An evite will be sent prior to this event. The website & facebook will be updated with any additional activities.

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Save The Date!!! Couples Night Out... Line up your sitters now for Saturday, October 20th for the Montgomery Moms Fall Couples Party! It’s a mystery how the night will turn plan to come in character and join us for a Murder Mystery Party.   Evite and additional information to follow via email and in next months newsletter. Please contact Rebekah Erck with questions.  

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Book Clubs! Join us for a fun, lively discussion Book club will meet the third week of each month. I will let the host choose the day, time and place. Please let me know if you’d like to host.  We are happy to meet at houses or out and about.   We usually start meeting around 7:30 PM but the exact time can be up to the host. Please let Lori Suffield know if you want to get on the book club email list. September- The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom October- Bringing up Bebe, by Pamela Druckerman /Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua. This month read one or both of these books.  It should make for some good contrasting discussion. November/December- Newbery Award winners. Read any of the young adult books on the Newbery Award winner list.  It dates back to 1922!  I’m sure you’ll find some old favorites on this list. January- Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof February- 50 Shades of Grey, by E L James March- Catcher in the Rye, by J D Salinger April- Bloom, by Kelle Hampton May- Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn Summer (to be discussed in August)- Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Montgomery Moms T-shirts! T-shirts will be available to order from the first meeting until Oct 15th. The shirts will be on hand to try on at both the September and October meetings. We are offering a fitted shirt for $10 and a Tshirt style shirt for $8. Payments can be made to Montgomery Moms via check, cash or Paypal (Paypal will incur a small additional fee).



Mom’s Night Out on September 24th Have you ever wanted to learn how to salsa dance? This is your opportunity! Join us for salsa lessons on Monday, September 24th in Clifton. We are heading to the Mad Frog (1 East McMillan St. 45219) for fun and salsa lessons! We will meet there at 8pm for drinks; salsa lessons start at 9:15pm and then enjoy live tropical music at 10pm. The $5 cover charge gets you into the bar and includes the lesson and the live band. (If you don’t want to dance, just come for drinks and laughs). We know it’s a Monday night…but it’s a great time to head out with the girls and avoid the crowds! Hope you can join us!

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Recipe: Powerball Cookies

Submitted by: Katherine Walch

These wholesome little snacks are simple to make and rival cookie dough eaten right out of the bowl (not that we'd do that). The easiest way to make them is to combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer, but the fun way is to push up your kid's sleeves and let her mush it all by hand.

Ingredients: • • • • • •

1 cup peanut butter 1 cup honey 3 cups old fashioned oats 1/2 cup ground flaxseed 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup (nuts, dried fruits, raisins etc.)

Instructions: 1. Mix together 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of honey until smooth.

2. Gradually add in 3 cups old fashioned oats and 1/2 cup ground flaxseed. 3. Add 1 cup chocolate chips and a cup of a combination of nuts and soft dried fruit (try 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts and 1/4 cup each of raisins and dried cranberries).

Makes 40 - 48 Cookies You can eat them right away, but they'll be less sticky after a night in the fridge. They freeze well too, layered on wax paper in airtight containers.

4. Mix gently in your stand mixer or smush together using your hand.

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5. Roll into Ping-Pong-size balls and, for maximum presentation value, put in paper mini muffin cups.

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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