What types of activities are suggested for a new chapter?
Start off with simple activities for the first month. An Open House to announce your new chapter and a casual park day are a great beginning. Add in a local field trip to someplace fun or a MOMS Night Out, and you have a wonderful first month calendar. As your chapter grows, you can add other activities like playgroups, lunch bunch, cooking club, book club and other interest groups as other members join and help organize them. The activity groups you can add are unlimited. Let your membership know the kinds of things they can help start through your chapter and then as they join, enlist their help in starting the new, broader activities. The more moms who are involved in actively planning your chapter's activities, the happier and more successful your chapter will be.
How much of a time commitment is required to start a chapter?
To get the chapter started, you will need time to have the first meeting and set the initial calendar. After you get started, the Chapter Founder will become the President. As President, you get to choose the Executive Board members. These four people will assist you in guiding the chapter, but the whole membership should help plan and execute the chapter's plans. The a mount of time required is up to you. If you can delegate to your board and other members, the Presidents job is mainly supervising the others.
How much money is required to start a chapter?
Initially there is the $30 registration fee to the International MOMS Club. There are also some other start-up costs like copies, postage and possibly room rentals. If you keep your receipts, the club treasury will reimburse you once you have dues-paying members.
How much are the local dues?
The local chapter sets their dues. Typically, they are between $20-25 per year. There is information available in the manual to help you determine what to charge.
What are the guidelines for adding a chapter to the International links page?
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