MOMS Club® of Buckingham North

October 2015 Minutes for Moms

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Message from the President

Fall is here! Time for pumpkins, scarecrows, costumes, mums, falling leaves and for a colorful array of red, orange, yellow and brown! I came across 2 quotes for fall:

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” (L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables). “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” (Lauren DeStefano, Wither).

Oh how true this is for me! Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The Doylestown area has so much to offer during this season. With so many wonderful farms to choose from, you can pick pumpkins and go to fall festivals till your heart's content! Have a great October everyone!

October Birthdays: Happy Birthday!


13 - Jeanne Serban


12 - Nathan Manelski

12 - Kate Maschi

13 - Annabelle Menz

22 - Brady Harlan

Upcoming Events

Oct. 2nd- Doylestown Fire Co. Open house 6:30 pm
Oct. 3rd- Moonlit fun at Market at DelVal 6:30 pm
Oct. 5th- Picnic lunch at Doylestown Airport 12:30 pm
Oct 7th- Park Day- Bush Park 4 pm
Oct. 8th- New Member meet and greet at Doylestown Library 10 am
Oct. 9th- Essential Oils Class 9:30 am- 11:30 am
Oct. 12th- Park Day- Burpee Park 10 am - 12 pm
Oct.14th- Pre-K Story Time 1:15 pm
Oct. 15th-Hellericks Family Farm 10 am
Oct. 16th- Fire House Tour at Midway Fire Co. 10 am
Oct. 17th- Lolly and Yoyo at Peddler's Village 5 pm
Oct. 21st- Pumpkin Painting 1:30 pm at Bush Park
Oct. 22nd- Rain date for Pumpkin Painting 1:30 pm at Bush Park
Oct. 23rd- Hellericks Family farm 10 am
Oct. 24th- None Such Farm Family Event 11 am - 2pm
Oct. 27th- Halloween Members Social 10 am - 12 pm

Past Events

We enjoyed several different activities in September, including park days, story hour at the library, a members social and a great moms night out to dinner. We also were able to go apple picking which was a huge hit with the kids! Something new we tried was Howell Living Farm which was a lot of fun! The kids saw a variety of farm animals, saw horses pulling a plow in the field, pumped water from an old-fashion pump, learned about field corn and even got to pick the field corn off the cob into a bucket to give to the pigs. Lots of fun had by all!

New Members

We have 6 new members to the club!!

Please welcome Stephanie Grossman, her son Sam (5 months) and Stepdaughter Ella (7) to the club. Stephanie works at Bucks County Community College, used to be an event planner in Philadelphia and her hobbies include shopping, exercise and spending time with friends and family. She was referred to us by Leslie McGrady (Thanks Leslie) and is interested in joining a playgroup and helping out on the committee. Stephanie can be reached at We look forward to getting to know you, Stephanie!

Please welcome Casey Poretta and her sons Ben (2.5yo) and James (5mo) to the club. Casey was referred to us by Jeannine Walsh. When she is not busy with her sons, she works part-time at Poretta-Orr. Casey enjoys cooking and is interested in joining a playgroup; she can be reached at We look forward to getting to know you, Casey!

Please welcome Heather Reynolds to the group. She and her husband Gerard recently moved to the area from Jersey City with their sons Gerard (6) and Ethan (3.5). Heather enjoys baking, cooking, running, exercise, being outdoors and is a Howard Stern fan. She works as an advertising sales director for AMTRAK Media Network, recently became a trainer at Orange Theory Fitness and a Stella & Dot stylist. She can be reached at We look forward to getting to know you Heather!

Please welcome Rhea Minda to the club. She and her husband Bogdan recently moved to the area from Glenside with their son Rowan (3yo) and daughter Everly (17mo). Rhea loves animals and volunteers for Paid with Love. She is interested in joining a playgroup and can be reached at We look forward to getting to know you Rhea!

Please welcome Jen St. George, her son Michael (3yo) and daughters Keira (7yo) and Fiona (5yo) to the club. Jen enjoys running, fitness, traveling and gardening. She works weekends as a Physical Therapist at Doylestown hospital. She is interested in joining a playgroup for her youngest and can be reached at We look forward to getting to know you Jen!

Please welcome Jeanne Serban, her son Christian (7.5yo) and daughters Simone (6yo), Camille (4.5yo) and Jacqueline (21mo) to the club. She was referred to us by former member Jill Smith. Jeanne enjoys reading and fitness. She is a Nurse and works 1-2 days a month at Chandler Hall Hospice. She is interested in joining a playgroup for her youngest two and can be reached at We look forward to getting to know you Jeanne!

Book Club

We would love to set up a book club but we need a few more members! Let me know if you would be interested in being a part of the book club! You can e-mail me at: Thanks!

Free the Girls

For the month of October for breast cancer awareness month we will be collecting bras and camisoles for the Free the Girls Foundation. "Free the Girls" is a is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization started by someone who wanted to help women that escaped human sex trafficking and modern day human slavery in other countries, such as Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, El Salvador and Mexico. The program collects bras and camisoles (both new and gently used) and donates it to women who escaped sex trafficking and slavery, so they can sell the bras to other women and earn a living. Bras are considered a luxury item in these countries. Many very young girls have been sold into human trafficking and many do not have any skills or education. It also allows these women to work with other women (not men) and provides a safer environment for them.

So now's a great time to clean out that underwear drawer and donate those gently used bras and camisoles that no longer fit or that you no longer wear. Or new ones! We will be collecting the first two weeks of October- you can drop off any donations to Kellie's house. Thank you!

If you would like to read more about this foundation you can go to:

Sunshine Committee

Stephanie Grossman has volunteered to be the chair of the Sunshine Committee! Thank you so much Stephanie!

This committee is in place to help out fellow moms of the club if the need arises, by arranging meals or support from other members. So if you know of a MOMS Club member who is expecting a baby, has a long-term illness, or is in need of meals or support from other members, please contact Stephanie at:

Fire Prevention Week

The first week in October is Fire Prevention week! This year's theme is "hear the beep where you sleep"- every bedroom should have a working smoke alarm!

There should be smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. Here are some facts and safety tips from our local fire department and the National Fire Protection Association:

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!


-If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire... on the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

-For an oven fire, turn off the heat an keep the door closed.

-If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 911 from outside the home.

Escape Planning:

-Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

-MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

-KNOW at least 2 ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.

-HAVE an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

-PRACTICE your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.

-PRACTICE using different ways out.

-TEACH children how to get out on their own in case you can't help them.

-CLOSE doors behind you as you leave.

If the smoke alarm sounds...

-Get out and stay out! Never go back inside for people or pets.

-If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW AND GO under the smoke to your way out.

-CALL the fire department from outside your home.

Fall Craft Ideas

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Board Members

Kellie Horvath

VP of Administration:
Leslie McGrady

VP of Membership:
Noel de la Pena

Erin Leber

Joy McDonough


Primary Coordinator
Cara Borian
249 Atlantic Ave.
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
(610) 927-9129

Secondary Coordinator
Erin Fischer
508 Bentley Court
Exton, PA 19341
(610) 280-0330

Conference Coordinator
Nadine Young

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