Network Of Moms Get Their Own Playdates


The last Monday of each month is a time for stay-at-home moms, moms who work part time, in or out of their homes, to get together to chat and learn something new.

These women are part of the Moms Club of Payson.


At the Moms Club of Payson women have time to trade child rearing tips, hang out, and form lifelong friendships. Ashley Rose, 1-1/2, drew on her paper and played with goldfish crackers while her mom, Deb Rose, enjoyed the camaraderie of the Monday meeting.

"This is a great group of girls," said Dionne Sayers. "I worked at Bank of America for 10 years and quit to be a stay-at-home mom, it is so worth it."

When Sayers, used to communicating with adults all day, discovered the Moms Club a bit over a year ago, she decided the network of women was just what she needed.

Now she is the enthusiastic membership vice president.

The women learn a craft or listen to a speaker at the Monday meetings, held at the Payson Public Library meeting room.

In August, certified financial planner James Karns spoke. On Sept. 25, there will be a fall themed craft and a Halloween costume exchange of adults' and children's costumes.

Child care by ‘Grandma Dorothy' is available for all children who are walking. Grandma Dorothy reads them stories and monitors their play in the children's library.

A plethora of get-togethers for moms and their children in between those special Mondays might include playdates at the park with a picnic or in the homes of individual moms.

The club gets together at Bashas' for coffee and doughnuts once in awhile, too.

Club Easter and Halloween parties are for the whole family. They are big events, but they are not looked forward to quite as much Mom's Night Out.

"Children are not welcome," several of the moms said at once, proof that grown-up "girls just wanna have fun."

A night out might be dinner and a movie or a local restaurant for games or listening to a band.

"We did a wedding party where we all brought our wedding albums and shared memories and the hostess made wedding party favors," said Jamie Blanchett, club co-president.

For Moms Club mothers, the mothering doesn't stop with their own children.

Children and moms will make a cheerful visit to residents of the Powell House on Grandparent's Day.

The group held a yard and bake sale Saturday, Sept. 9. Proceeds will be used to purchase items for the children's room at the Payson Public Library.

The last fund-raiser by the group netted about $1,000, so club members are hopeful they will be able to buys toys and games to complement what the library already has.

Contact Dionne Sayers at (928) 474-9709 for more information about the club.

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