by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”After Erin Schaefer moved to Elburn in 2005, she wanted to make new friends and become involved in the community. At a friend’s urging, she joined the St. Charles Mothers’ Club four years ago and found it to be just the right fit.
â€œIt’s a really good blend of social and philanthropic,â€ said Schaefer, 32.
Schaefer has two young children, Grayson, 4, and Ainslie, 2.
Before becoming a mother, she worked full-time in advertising and never envisioned herself as a stay-at-home mom. When her employer downsized the company, that is just what she became, however.
â€œI guess it was kind of my fate,â€ she said.
She found that she enjoyed the new role, but was thankful to find a club that offered her a mom’s time out.
â€œI was looking for an outlet, something to do when my husband came home, and offer a break from the kids,â€ Schaefer said.
Since joining the club, Schaefer served as its treasurer and for the past year has been the organization’s president. When elected to that office, she decided to focus on increasing membership in the club.
Last year, the organization had 38 members, and now it has 49, an increase Schaefer attributes in part to changing the meeting location. The club lately has been meeting at area businesses, such as the Spice House in Geneva and others, places that provide a spot for members to get together to just â€œchill out a little bit,â€ Schaefer said.
Previously, the club met at a St. Charles church, which Schaefer believes may have deterred potential members from joining.
â€œI think some people hesitated to join, thinking we were a faith-based organization, which we are not,â€ she said.
The club offers social events and groups, from a monthly book club that meets at Barnes & Noble in Geneva, to an annual wine and cheese party to celebrate new members, to movie or dinner outings that sometimes include dads.
In addition, the club holds several fundraisers each year, such as a tea and fashion show coming up in April. These events are social opportunities that also raise several thousand dollars in scholarships for women and local charities.
Members in the 86-year-old club range in age from early 20s through their 60s.
Schaefer’s goal is for the club’s membership to total at least 60 members by the time her term as president ends this spring.
Seven club members currently are from Elburn, and Schaefer wants to spread the word that all area women, of any age, are welcome to join the club.
â€œYou don’t have to live in St. Charlesâ€”you don’t necessarily have to be a mom,â€ Schaefer said.
Tea with fashion
St. Charles Mothers’ Club
Tea Luncheon &
Pajama Fashion Show
Sunday, April 11 â€¢ noon
St. Charles Country Club
1250 Country Club Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
$35 per person
The event includes a Unique
Boutique shopping experience with various goods for sale,
a light luncheon and pajama fashion show. A raffle of gift baskets also
will take place, with tickets
available at the event.
For registration information, e-mail TeaTime2010@rocketmail.com
or visit www.stcharlesmothersclub.org
Fundraiser will benefit scholarships for women and local charities