Guidelines for MOMs of Oakwood
Mission Statement: The MOMs of Oakwood is a group of mothers committed to supporting one another as we raise our children in Oakwood and nearby communities in the Miami Valley.
Conduct Expectations: Members will demonstrate respectful communication and behavior with each other both in-person and online. Whenever possible, members will discuss grievances with the co-presidents (or appropriate committee member) before discussing with the membership at large.
Release of Liability: The MOMs Group of Oakwood holds various events and gatherings throughout the year. Each member, on behalf of herself, her spouse, her heirs, and her assigns, knowingly and voluntarily assumes all risks associated with attending such events or gatherings, and assumes full responsibility for any losses, damages or personal injury, including death, sustained as a result of such attendance. Each member further releases and forever discharges, to the fullest extent legally permitted, the MOMs Group of Oakwood, and its trustees, officers, employees, and agents from all claims, including claims arising out of the MOMs Group’s negligence, for injuries, damages, or losses of any kind that may arise out of participation in such events or activities.
Photo Disclaimer: The MOMs of Oakwood reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by MOMs of Oakwood, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. MOMs of Oakwood may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by MOMs of Oakwood including but not limited to: directory of members, brochures, invitations, websites, etc. To ensure the privacy of children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian. A person attending a MOMs of Oakwood event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. MOMs of Oakwood will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence. By participating in a MOMs of Oakwood event or by failing to notify MOMs of Oakwood, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by MOMs of Oakwood, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify MOMs of Oakwood from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.
Any person or organization not affiliated with MOMs of Oakwood may not use, copy, alter or modify MOMs of Oakwood photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from MOMs of Oakwood.
The term of membership for the MOMs Group of Oakwood is 12 months starting mid-August. If you want to continue your membership, then you need to renew each year. Members must live in Oakwood, OH and the surrounding communities in the Miami Valley (exceptions made for those moving into the area or those that have moved out but still own property in the area).
The group’s schedule of events follows the traditional school calendar, running from mid-August through late May. In order to attend events and have access to Facebook and email, members must pay dues during this time frame.
We do allow members to join during the summer for a reduced rate; however, these members must pay dues again when events begin in the fall.
To be included in the directory, members must enroll online and pay dues during the FALL DRIVE PERIOD, which runs from mid-August – September 20th.
Members who join after September 20th will not be included in the printed directory, but will still have access to our events and communications. Members who join after September 20th have the option to receive directories if extra copies are available.
If a returning member has not paid dues by the end of the fall drive period, he/she will be deleted from the Yahoo Group email and Facebook group and have their online account deactivated until dues are paid.
HOW TO JOIN:
To join each year, all members must fill out the membership questionnaire on the website.
Members must also pay dues.
Upon completion of questionnaire and receipt of dues, members will be invited to join our email list and Facebook groups.
Dues can be paid by cash, check, or debit/credit card.
Annual dues are $25 when joining between Aug. 12 and May 31. If you are joining between June 1 and Aug. 11, dues are $15 for the three month period.
Members can pay dues at the Oakwood Ice Cream Social, Farmer’s Market (on specified date), Fall Mixer, New Member Coffee, or by mailing a check, made out to MOMs Group of Oakwood, to
MOMs of Oakwood, PO Box 144, Oakwood, OH 45409.
Checks must include name, address, phone number, and email address.
Dues are nonrefundable.
REGISTRATION PATH – Website
Member fills out membership questionnaire.
Member pays dues according to scale outlined above.
REGISTRATION PATH – Email
Membership inquiries received via email will be directed back to the website.
ADDING MEMBERS TO FACEBOOK AND YAHOOGROUPS:
New members will be added on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Proper Use of Membership Directory: The information in the printed directory is intended for use within the group only. Photocopying or using the directory for business mailers is prohibited.
Co-Presidents *Incoming co-presidents will actively lead the group while outgoing co-presidents will serve in a mentorship role.
Work collaboratively to lead the group
Solicit and support committee volunteers
Model and maintain principles of respect, community, and outreach within the group
Represent the MOMs group within the larger Dayton community
Treasurer *This is a three-year commitment. Year 1: Apprentice role. Years 2 and 3: Serve as Treasurer and Mentor to incoming treasurer.
Work with co-presidents to set budgets and communicate budgets to committee members.
Update membership spreadsheet as dues are paid.
Halfway through the year, communicate with co-presidents and committees regarding budget use and remaining balances.
Reimburse committee members for expenses.
Membership Committee *Incoming team will actively serve as the committee, while outgoing committee will serve in a mentorship role.
Assist with management of online Membership Portal and Directory
Communicate with Treasurer regarding deadline for dues and member payments
Provide simple information about how to join for distribution at Ice Cream Social and New Member events
Attend Ice Cream Social, Oakwood Farmers’ Market, New Member events, Fall Mixer, and other events as needed to assist members with signup
Create, produce, and distribute printed Membership Directory
Serve as primary administrator of MOMs Facebook Groups
Assist new members with gaining access to Yahoogroups email
Delete unpaid members from Facebook and Yahoogroups after the Fall Membership Drive
New Member Committee
Communicate with potential new members to generate awareness of the group’s various events and the membership process
Email new members to welcome them to the group. (Membership and new member committee will work together to decide how new member committee will be informed of new members to contact)
Plan New Member Coffee and Fall Mixer Pre-Party in September and another new member event in January
Coordinate with Co-Presidents to plan Ice Cream Social and Oakwood Farmers’ Market sign up booths
Greet potential new members at Ice Cream Social and Oakwood Farmers’ Market sign-up booths, New Member events, Fall Mixer, and other events as needed and throughout the year and provide them with information about the Group
Possibly distribute fliers/brochures at local establishments, such as the OCC and Wright Library
MOMs Playgroup and Coffee Meetup
Determine playgroup format and solicit volunteers for snack/craft/story
Open OCC room for playgroup and return key when room is empty and clean
Communicate with OCC staff about time, keys, etc.
Coordinate several times during year to sort through and clean toys
Solicit donations for new toys from members as needed
Coordinate with Treasurer regarding an end-of-year donation to OCC
Major Events Committee
Work with Co-Presidents to oversee and plan Fall Mixer, Spring Fling, and Spring Picnic
Determine locations and formats for Fall Mixer, Spring Fling, and Spring Picnic
Work within budget to plan food, drinks, decor, etc.
Recruit sponsors and door prize donors, if necessary
Coordinate set-up and clean-up
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote major events
Super MOMs Development Series Committee
Oversee and plan monthly development events (topics, speakers, format, etc.)
Arrange hosts for monthly events
Create a calendar of development events for the year
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote development events
Communicate with host prior to event
Confirm presenter 2 weeks prior and 2 days Prior
Coordinate back-up plan in case of cancellation
Send thank-you note to host and presenter
MOMs Night Out (MNO) Committee
Oversee and plan monthly MNO events (reservations, drink specials, etc.)
Create a calendar of MNO events for the year
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote MNO events
Cooking Club Committee
Oversee and plan monthly cooking club events (themes, hosts, etc.)
Arrange hosts for monthly events
Determine voting process and monthly prize
Create a calendar of cooking club events for the year
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote cooking club events
Provide small thank you gift for hosts
Book Club Committee
Oversee and plan monthly book club events (book selections, hosts, etc.)
Arrange hosts for monthly events
Determine book selection process and format for discussion
Create a calendar of book club events for the year
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote book club events
Provide small thank you gift for hosts
Field Trip Committee
Oversee and plan monthly field trips (locations, reservations, etc.)
Create a calendar of field trips for the year
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote field trips
Confirm field trips with locations 2 weeks prior and 2 days prior
Moms of Teens/Tweens
Oversee and plan speakers, social events, and other events of interest for moms of Teens/Tweens
Create a calendar of Teens/Tweens for the year
Serve as admin for Moms of Teens/Tweens Facebook page
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote Teens/Tweens events
Courtesy Meals Committee
Create Meal Trains and solicit volunteers to make meals for members in need
Provide volunteers with necessary information (address, dietary restrictions, etc.)
Promote courtesy meals throughout the year as a service of the group
Little Hands, Big Hearts Committee
Use budgeted funds to oversee and plan philanthropic activities for MOMs and children
Create a calendar of philanthropic activities for the year
Create Facebook events and send email reminders to promote activities
Collect photos and/or memorabilia about MOMs activities, events, and members
Create a scrapbook or photo book at the end of the year
Scarecrow Row Committee
Organize and plan meetings with team to brainstorm a theme and create scarecrow display. Theme must be approved by Co-Presidents.
Assemble and tear-down Scarecrow Row display with team
Choosing New Co-Presidents: Co-presidents are chosen each spring based upon nominations from the group. The current co-presidents will consider all nominations and choose the following year’s co-presidents based on nominees’ compatibility and committee experience.
FACEBOOK AND EMAIL COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES:
Respectful posting: Please refrain from religious and political posts (when in doubt, please contact a co-president before posting). Please use polite and considerate language and resolve conflicts privately. When posting a negative review of a business or service provider, please use good judgment. This is a closed group. Content on this board is for MOMs members only and is not to be shared outside this group in any form. Posts are not pre-screened or approved in any way by the MOMs Group, and may not reflect the views of all MOMs Group members.
Buying, Selling, Giving away: Nothing bought or sold on the MOMs of Oakwood Facebook page is guaranteed by the group to work or be safe for use. Be cautious about sharing private information when arranging for pick up.
Businesses: No outside businesses can post directly to the page, however, members are welcome to share information about their own businesses (for example, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, or other member-owned businesses) on a day designated by the co-presidents. If in doubt, please contact a co-president before posting.
Fundraising: Members may post general announcements about fundraising when they or their child are one of many raising funds for a particular cause (school, scouting troop, sports team, etc.) For example: “Smith School students are selling popcorn this fall. You can buy through any Smith family. The deadline is May 1.” However, if the member or child is raising money for a personal cause or for something in which few, if any, Oakwood MOMs families are participating, posts are permitted. For example, “My daughter is selling lemonade at our yard sale next week to raise money for the Relay for Life.” or “My son is selling poinsettias to raise money for his youth group trip. To learn more, visit xxxx.” Members should exercise good judgment whenever posting fundraising information and consider whether or not the fundraiser is of particular interest to our group. When in doubt, please contact a co-president before posting.
MODIFYING GUIDELINES: These guidelines are intended for use as a fluid document to guide this group. The guidelines should be annually reviewed and updated. The co-presidents may make minor changes as they see fit. However, significant changes that would affect the membership at large should be made with the majority consent of committee members.