What we're about
Want to Join Us? Please do the following:
1. Apply! Please fill out a request on Meetup to join. We also advise new members to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to prevent your spam blocker from excluding Meetup emails. When applying, please make sure your Meetup profile includes a photo of yourself- this is both for safety and convenience. A photo allows other members to find you (especially in busy, public events).
2. Check your Meetup Inbox! An organizer will message you. However, Meetup does not email you when this happens. Make sure you sign into Meetup to check for messages.
3. Meet! We meet all new members in a public place before approving them for membership to ensure the safety of current members and children. After this initial meeting, the new member will be granted complete access to the Meetup group website. This is NOT an interview- simply a quick meeting to answer questions about the group for prospective members.
Portage Moms of Munchkins was formed in 2012 for moms in the Portage/Kalamazoo area to form friendships for both themselves and their kids. Our kids vary in age from infants through preschool (although older siblings are welcome too!).
Our play dates include home play dates, parks, libraries, or museums. We also have outings at other fun places such as the Air Zoo, Fire House visits and Binder Park Zoo. In addition, we enjoy family activities such as summer barbecues and holiday parties. We also enjoy Moms Nights Out and In, which we all know we deserve!
Basic Member Policies
In addition to Meetup.com, we also have a Facebook group for Portage MOMs. This group is set to secret so Facebook friends are unable to see that you are a member or what is posted. This group allows us to ask advice, coordinate plans, etc.
To keep our members active, we have attendance and hosting requirements for all members. Non-working moms are asked to participate in two meetups (at least one of which is hosted) each month. Working moms (working 12 or more hours weekly) are asked to attend one meetup each month and host every other month. Meetups are defined as any group meeting including play dates, moms nights, public or private settings, etc. You are not required to host at your home!
Availability: The vast majority of our meetups occur during weekday mornings. If your schedule is only free on weekends and/or evenings, then this is not the right group for your schedule.
The first month of membership is free as a trial period to allow the new member to make sure the group is a good fit. After the first month, our membership dues are $1/per month.