Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Mothers of preschool-age children soon will
have a new Fort McCoy organization to help them find friends,
resources and to help guide them and their children through that
important time in their lives.
of Preschoolers (MOPS) is an international Christian organization
operating in the United States and 28 countries with more than 4,000
Fort McCoy, MOPS is coordinated by Karen Colwell, the spouse of
Garrison Chap. (Col.) Steven Colwell. It is scheduled to hold a
kickoff meeting from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Chapel Center,
the group will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month from
9-11 a.m. Colwell said she started a similar organization in Sparta in
2007 that is now flourishing.
wanted to start a military MOPS (at Fort McCoy) to help military
mothers of preschool-age children to get together and help each
other," Colwell said. "The needs we hope to meet are to
create lasting friendships, help for moms, especially if their
husbands are deployed, and give another avenue of support."
will be beneficial for moms who may be isolated and need an outlet
after constantly caring for her children and family. MOPS are designed
for women to find their own identity as a woman, friend and as a
leader, she said.
Fort McCoy organization will be open to military mothers of
preschool-aged children (birth to 6 years old or who are out of
organization also will serve military, military family members,
retirees, federal employees and contractors — basically anyone who
has a connection to the Fort McCoy community in a professional or
said she hopes to develop a steering team of women and other
interested personnel who will help lead with different
responsibilities, such as hospitality, publicity, creative activities
and outreach. The plan envisions the group having speakers, creative
activities, games, food, and time to talk and share experiences.
theme from MOPS International this year is ‘Adventures in
Motherhood,’ and that theme lends itself very well to military
moms," Colwell said. "It is an adventure wherever and
whenever the Army sends you as a mom with preschool-aged
and other compatible organizations that can be sponsored by the
Religious Support Office (RSO) will be sponsored if the programming
resources, including volunteers, are available and sufficient
community interest exists.
in the Fort McCoy community can register for MOPS or get information
about RSO activities by calling the Chapel Center at (608) 388-3528.
MOPS participants will be available if the request is made by the
Monday before a meeting. Children using these services must be
registered at the Fort McCoy Child Development Center.