Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Club Sponsors Business Fair Showcasing In-Home Work

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Club Sponsors Business Fair Showcasing In-Home Work

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

Thirty years ago, women throughout the United States began cutting their apron strings in record numbers and seeking careers in the working world outside the home. The trend created a whole new generation of kids and gave rise to a tremendous growth in the day care industry.

But many women, including Diane P. Lewis of Orange Park, prefer to be stay-at-home moms. Making such a decision has never been easier with help from Moms Offering Moms Support Club International, a non-profit organization with more than 1,250 chapters nationwide.

"The club is designed for mothers who stay at home to raise their children and who want to meet others interested in forming new friendships with their children during the day," said Lewis.

MOMS Club of Orange Park/Westside has members in Clay County and Jacksonville who help each other in many ways, Lewis said, including baby-sitting for each other, going on field trips together, teaching each other crafts, recommending a good pediatrician and exchanging recipes. On Tuesday, the club will sponsor an event that could help some mothers develop income-earning opportunities in their homes, as well, with a Women's Business Fair at the Orange Park branch library at 2504 Plainfield Ave. The event, which is free and open to mothers and children, will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Meeting Room B.

"I've been involved [in MOMS] since my son was probably 6 weeks old," said Lewis, a former public relations executive whose husband, Don, is an aviation electronics technician at Jacksonville Naval Air Station.

"We lived in Virginia Beach at the time and a friend of mine from church was a member and told me about it," she said. "It's given us a lot of daytime activities to enjoy with other moms who value staying home with their children."

Her son, Joshua, is now 3 years old, but she has remained a stay-at-home mom, though she still does some free-lance writing from home and "a lot of volunteer work. …

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