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RI Moms~ A Circle of Friends
*Welcome*

We Love Our Members!


About Us:
This group is for supportive, kind, fun, non-judgmental Moms, looking to get out of the house with their little ones and have some fun! We try to post at least three activities a week. We post activities all over RI and in parts of surrounding MA. We like our events to be driven from what you, the members, want. If you have any ideas for activities, field trips, family outings, Moms’ Night Out, or would like to host a playdate at your home, please contact the organizer and we will be happy to include them on our calendar. Some activities that you might see on our calendar include, but are not limited to the following:

*Playgroups
*Day trips
*Potluck Lunches
*Story Hours
* Playground Romps
* Morning Coffee Hours
*Book Club
* Monthly MNO (Moms’ Night Out), and Monthly MNI (Moms’ Night In)
* Family events
* Holiday Parties


We welcome any parent who has the time and devotion to ACTIVELY participate in our group! Active participation is equal to attending at least 1 event per month. Our goal is to create a fun, supportive environment for parents looking to make life-long friends for themselves and their children. We can't get to know you if you’re not there. If you feel that you can devote your time to coming to our events, being active in our message boards, and getting to know our members and their little ones, then this is the group for you!
We look forward to meeting you soon and welcome!











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Meet Our Organizing Team!









Membership Policy






Your Personal Profile


Your membership will NOT be accepted without a completed profile. A Complete Profile includes a picture of you, and answering all of the questions. The questions are there so that we can form the best possible playgroups according to everyone’s interests and availability. It also helps us to get to know one another. We ask that you please fill out your profiles and update them. Our organizers will remind you of this periodically.



Membership Dues
Dues will be $12 PER FAMILY/PER YEAR. To some, $12 may seem like a lot of money, but when you do the math and break it down its only $1 a month which breaks down even further to $.25 per week. $.25 per week is reasonable for all the great activities that are posted each and every week! Membership Dues must be paid within 30 days of joining RI Moms ~ A Circle of Friends. You can pay your dues to any organizer or pay online through our home page.


Some of you may wonder where the money will go...and that’s a great question! It will go towards the use of our website at meetup.com ($142 per year), member events, holiday parties, art supplies, etc. All money from dues will be put back to work FOR US! All the money will be accounted for in the money section tab on our website.


Dues will now be collected until the deadline on October 15, 2009. For any new member, dues will be due within 1 month of joining. For those who do not pay their memberships dues on time, they will be removed from the group, but may rejoin once their payment has been made. Membership dues are to be given to any organizer, in the form of cash, check or money order or you may pay online with a credit card. Once you have given your membership dues to an organizer, you will see a date next to your picture. This will be the date that your membership is good until. If you want to remain a member, you must pay your next dues by this date.


It is important to note that membership dues are not refundable.



Hosting Playdates
Our group requires everyone to host a playdate either in your home or at a neighborhood park once a year. Our group's calendar relies on home playdates, especially when weather doesn’t allow us to play outside. As the host you will be responsible for meeting the newest members and introducing them to the group. For an at home playdate, we ask that you provide drinks and a small snack for the group. This is a request, it is not required and besides, hosting a play date in your own home is great. You don't have to go anywhere to have fun! The fun comes to you!




Attendance Policy
We have many different opportunities during the month for you to Meetup with your fellow group members, so we require that you actively participate at least once a month.
We also ask that you log into the website at least once a week, so that you stay up to date with what is going on with our group. We update our message boards on a daily basis and we often add polls for you to respond to. Participating in polls helps us to know more about our group’s needs. Participating on the message boards helps us to get to know one another better. We ask that when you see a poll, you answer it. We also ask that all members be active on the message boards at least once per month. You can either start a post or answer one.

If there are circumstances that keep you from participating during the month, please let an organizer know. We will make exceptions to this on a case by case basis, for example: sickness, vacation, going back to work, etc.

If you are NOT active, you will be given a warning after the first month of inactivity to remember to attend an event. If you remain inactive for another two weeks, you will be removed from the group.

We also have a no show policy.
If you do not show up to three (3) meetups that you have RSVP'd yes to you will be given a warning after the fifth (5) no show you will be removed.
RSVPing yes to an event and not showing up causes a few problems. Many of our events have attendance limits because of space restrictions so by not showing up you could be taking up a spot that someone on the wait list may have taken. Also, play date hosts usually plan on a craft or having drinks and snacks for members that plan to attend. So by not showing a host may buy more supplies than needed for an event when they expect a certain number of members to attend. Finally, when we attend an event such as the zoo or somewhere that we intend to walk through as a group, by not showing up it may cause the group to wait and hold up the fun for nothing.
I understand that situations come up at the last minute or sometimes members just forget they RSVP'd to an event but it only takes a minute to change your RSVP to no if you realize you cannot attend. Most organizers check the attendance list when they arrive at an event. So if a member is still a yes organizers will expect them to show up.













Lurker Policy
You may be asking yourself, "What is a Lurker, and Why are they not allowed here?"

A lurker is someone who joins the group but does not participate in the forums or attend playgroups. Lurkers are not allowed for two reasons:

We share personal information on this site. We do this with the expectation that people who are members of RI Moms ~ A Circle of Friends, are using it to get to know us better as friends, and as an extended community; supporting each other as we strive to raise our children in a happy, safe, fun, learning environment.

The safety of our members is of the utmost importance to us. Members that can not bother to post messages on our boards, and show up and meet our group creeps us all out. We want to know that you are who you say you are! Unless we meet you, how do we know that you are not just some suspicious man lying in the background waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike?

For all of these reasons, Lurkers, and Lurking will NOT BE TOLERATED at RI Moms, A Circle of Friends! If you are suspected of lurking, you will be sent a message to meet with us at a public group event within 1 weeks time so that we can Meet You. If you choose not to meet with us, you will be removed from our group!





RSVP Policy
In real life, it is always courteous to accept or decline an invitation within a few days of receiving it. The same goes for adjusting your RSVP if your plans change. We work hard to have a full calendar of events and expect for you to RSVP for each event, a "No" RSVP is better than no response at all.

Please take the time to visit our phone tree and put the numbers of our organizers into your phone in case you need to get in touch with someone on short notice. This prevents members from trying to attend a play date and arriving to find no one else there. This does happen occasionally, but by having the phone numbers of an organizer this is less likely to happen.






Sick Kids Policy

Please be cautious of taking your child to a playdate if you think he/she is sick. Unlike adults, children have a tendency to spread illness twice as fast (hands on mouth to hands on toys, wiping their nose on the back of their sleeves, etc.). In order to keep our group as healthy as possible, please don't bring your child to a playgroup if you think he or she may be sick.

Please do not attend an event if you or your child:
~~ is acting sick
~~ has thick yellow or green nasal secretions
~~ has had diarrhea within 24 hours
~~ has vomited within 24 hours
~~ has a fever of 100 or higher taken under the arm or 101 or higher taken orally
~~ has had a fever within 24 hours
~~ has eye drainage or bloodshot eyes
~~ has sore throat
~~ has cough and fever
~~ has an undiagnosed rash
~~ has been on antibiotics for less than 24 hours
~~ has a communicable disease such as chicken pox or head lice





Personal Businesses

We have a strict NO SOLICITATION Policy at our play group events.


You can, however, contact Carin to place your business information on our Message Board in our Business Section or any organizer if YOU would like to host a party to promote your business. We will allow one direct sales party per month. So you must talk to an organizer to reserve a date.







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Meet Our Organizing Team! September 28, 2009 6:32 PM anonymous
About RI Moms~ A Circle of Friends! July 31, 2010 9:29 PM anonymous

East Providence, RI

Founded Oct 25, 2006

Organizer:

Kristen Ware Streit
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