Another Great Day!

I am trying to get in the habit of journaling a little bit at the end of the day – if you want to see what I’ve been up to or if you want to know what’s up at M.O.M. Of course you can always check the calendar too.
We had our first board member meeting in January that included some of the new hyper-local people who are helping make the museum integral to the community, and our next meeting is Feb. 15th in person here at the museum, as well as a few parties booked, a few special events, another ‘Eat, Drink, Be Mommy’ event/fundraiser and the ‘1st on First’.
The ‘Meet The Expert‘ series is going well. The people who have gotten involved with that have really become invested in us doing well, including a social worker who wants to write a grant for a social worker to be available to counsel mothers here at M.O.M.. We now have music on Sundays, which has been bringing in some people, and next goal is to get pregnant ladies in here on Wednesdays, so we’re trying some new programs with that. I’m going to go to the Javits Center next Tuesday to look for items to make our store more robust. I am also launching a cooperative workspace concept here off-hours: Monday NOON-3 and Wed. 6-9PM. People can bring their computers, we’ll provide tables, networking, etc and pay $10 per hour to use the space.
New breast feeding exhibit and new art behind the desk by Norman Gardner. It looks great.
I spent Tuesday at the Foundation Center to pick up more info on grant writing. We have few people who have volunteered to write grants for us, and my goal is to have 1-3 interns so I can spend more time grantwriting and fundraising beyond the day to day of the museum.

Spoke with Clare Misquitta and corresponded about Grant initiatives. Also spoke with Jill Starishevsky, who’s the Advisory Board President. Her amazing book ‘My Body Belongs To Me‘ is about teaching toddlers how to protect themselves from abuse. Jill is a sex crimes prosecutor from the Bronx, Mid-town Manhattanite, ‘Founding Legacy Member’ of M.O.M. and real friend to us here. She’s going to be helping to steer the advisory board in great new directions. VP is Janae Shields who works for Goodwill in the Bronx, and is helping with grantwriting, and making introductions to Women’s Chamber Of Commerce which we joined too.
Slow day yesterday at M.O.M. Today was rainy with a couple of Babybites groups. We were also included in their newsletter today about Mom Swap event next Friday. Couple of Moms of twins came today and one Dad.
Fun, Fun, Fun.
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One response to “Another Great Day!

  1. Joy, Keep up the great work at the Museum of Motherhood. Today is December 1, 2012 and I want all of us to keep in mind that May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and to build awareness of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy and the post-partum period, this year thousands of families in 35 cities in the U.S. participated in Promise Walks.

    “Preeclampsia affects one in 12 pregnant women, and the incidence of this puzzling disorder is on the rise,” says Eleni Tsigas, Executive Director of the Preeclampsia Foundation.

    Three members of Congress, Reps. Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Lois Capps (D-CA), and Gwen Moore (D-WI), have called for Preeclampsia Awareness Month to be added to the National Health Observances Calendar;

    Learn more: The Preeclampsia Foundation is the only national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Preeclampsia and related disorders such as HELLP syndrome and eclampsia are most often characterized by a rapid rise in blood pressure that can lead to seizure, stroke, multiple organ failure and death of the mother and/or baby. For more information visit http://www.preeclampsia.org.

    So I am adding a request on my blog page that you created for me with a call for suggestions on how to create Preeclampsia Awareness in 2013.

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