WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Depending on what parenting phase you're in, there are numerous support resources available to you. But three of the most widely respected and well-established local organizations are the Wellesley Mothers Forum (WMF), the Weston Dads Foundation (WDF), and the Weston Community Children's Association (WCCA). The Wellesley Mothers Forum Founded in 1991 by Lisa Macalaster (a former Wellesley resident) in her kitchen, the WMF is a thriving organization with more than 500 members in Wellesley and surrounding towns. Membership is $165 a year, which includes placement in a playgroup, lectures and seminars on parenting from childrearing experts, social events, community out- reach, and more. There's also an alumni membership ($95 a year) for those who have been members for five years or more and still want to stay connected. Macalaster founded the organization to fill a void — those years prior to school — when moms need a way to connect with other moms. She wanted to bring a diverse group of women together and provide a sup- port resource for them, as well as a social and educational outlet where they could be served delicious food on a silver platter, literally. "New moms are so good at taking care of their children, but they need to take care of themselves too," says Macalaster. "I started the Wellesley Mothers Forum to help women connect, inspire, and enjoy. It's chal- lenging to remain intellectually inspired and spiritually grounded while keeping up with the minutia of day-to-day life. We need each other's support and encouragement to do this well." Since moving to Boston five years ago, Macalaster has taken the WMF model and applied it to her new organization, The Beacon Hill Womens Forum, designed to bring a diverse group of neighborhood women together. Wellesley moms Nerine Warasta and Meryl Glassman are WMF's current co-presidents — a volunteer position they gladly took on. "When my husband and I moved here from San Francisco we didn't know anyone in Wellesley," says Glassman. "My son was six weeks old and the Wellesley Mothers Forum became a social and educational lifeline for me. I learned so much and got so much out of it." Warasta agrees. "The breadth and depth of what the Wellesley Mothers Forum family matters "help women connect, inspire, and enjoy" 160 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 left: Lisa Macalaster, founder of Wellesley Mothers Forum (WMF) below: Lisa Macalaster with her children shortly after founding WMF P I E R C E H A R M A N P H O T O G R A P H Y

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