Karin Brown founded the group in the spring of 1992. Karin had recently moved to Oakwood from Dallas where she had been active in a similar mothers group. She first talked with other mothers and members of the school administration to find out if the community would support such a group. The schools were enthusiastic about the idea because it could provide them with a feel for how many kindergartners they could expect in the coming years. (This was about the time that young families began to settle in Oakwood in higher numbers.)
An article was posted in the Oakwood Register and interested moms from Oakwood met to discuss forming a group. Around 15-20 women attended the first meeting, and the “Mothers of Oakwood Preschoolers” was born (a.k.a. MOPS). Planning occurred over the summer and the first regular monthly meeting occurred in September 1992 at the home of Allison Danis, with Donna Curry as the first speaker on the topic of developmental milestones of young children.
The group continued to meet monthly in members’ homes with speakers each month. The first few years focused on the monthly meetings and getting interesting speakers. It was also a wonderful way for mothers with young children to form new friendships. As we all know how tedious some days can be with our kids, Karin noted that the group provided a way to meet other mothers that gave you “affirmation that you weren’t losing your mind!” By the end of the first year, there were approximately 30 members.
In 1996, the national MOPS organization contacted the Oakwood group informing them that they could not use the licensed MOPS name. Consequently, a contest among the members was held to come up with a new name. Mothers of Oakwood Munchkins was chosen, which was shortened to the MOMs Group of Oakwood by the following year.
In 1996, under the leadership of Katie Reese, a weekly playgroup was started in the Oakwood Community Center basement. The song, crafts, snacks, and story time format we use today has its roots here. By meeting weekly, the mothers got to know each other better, and in the next few years, more activities began for the group: a newsletter, MOMs Night Out, field trips, book club, exercise group, book drive, and more. The group began to grow. In 2003, the MOMs Holiday Showcase was launched to provide exposure for many area moms who have home-based businesses. The first edition of the Referral Network became available as well.
In 2006, the Cooking Club was formed by a group of Moms who wanted to have the opportunity to share recipes in a fun environment. The Referral Network issued its second edition in 2006 as well. Over the years, different activities have come and gone, and existing activities have become more elaborate. MOMs is always evolving to meet the changing needs of the group.
In 2007, the Little Hands Big Hearts committee was formed by a group of MOMs who wanted to give their children the opportunity to experience giving back to those less fortunate. And, the Spring Fling was added to provide an opportunity for moms and dads to have an evening our with other Oakwood parents.
1992 – 1994 Karin Brown
1994 – 1995 Mary Kay Buffington
1995 – 1996 Holly Nielson and Kathy Gaston (partial year)
1996 – 1997 Joan Hall and Katie Reese
1997 – 1998 Amy Deal and Maureen Wagner
1998 – 1999 Margie Howell and Aimee Millard
1999 – 2000 Julie Beyers and Sally Wagner
2000 – 2001 Jill Davis and Barbara Erbe
2001 – 2002 Gretchen Markert and Pam Morrow
2002 – 2003 Julie Teeters and Margot Varley
2003 – 2004 Shawn Fry and Wendy Kordik
2004 – 2005 Heather Ruetschle and Sybil Taylor
2005 – 2006 Sarah Lethander and Brenda Yeamans
2006 – 2007 Jan Swedlund and Megan Trout
2007 – 2008 Lindsay Fiesbeck and Angel Perkins
2008 – 2009 Dante Connell and Meredith Spitzmiller
2009 – 2010 Lauren Hemm and Liz Jacomet
2010 – 2011 Susan Usechak and Mackensie Wittmer
2011 – 2012 Ashely Coyne and Amanda Robb
2012 – 2013 Janet Cantrell and Amanda Hoying
2013 – 2014 Summer Merrill and Angela Mwandia
2014 – 2015 Rose Lounsbury and Tracy Staley
2015 – 2016 Meghan Currie and Lauren Kawai
2016 – 2017 Katie Gottesman and Amanda Krauss
2017 – 2018 Tami Galdeen and Dagmar Paul