CINCINNATI -- Clubs comprised of only women are a rarity at Elder High School, the all-boys high school in West Price Hill. But one supportive group of females has been a staple on campus for more than 30 years.
The Elder High School Moms’ Club provides a sense of community for moms and guardians of current students.
"It's just a growing community that I just love being a part of,” said the club’s president Roxanne Bauer.
Pat Fiorino was the first president of the Elder High School Moms’ Club when it was founded in 1983. Fiorino said the group impacts her life to this day.
"It's really nice. Friendships that have lasted all these years that I would not have met if had not been for all of us having sons that went to Elder,” she said.
The main goal of the club is getting to know other mothers at Elder, but moms in the club also bring change to the community through events like the Elder Food and Toy Drive. The members wrap hundreds of gifts and food packages, and their sons deliver them to families in the neighborhood -- sometimes with a small dose of reluctance.
"The kids don't like the moms to be there,” said club treasurer Tracy Westercamp, “but the moms still like to be involved whether they like it or not."
The club gives Elder High moms a way to meet faculty and staff members on a more personal level as well.
“They know who I am. I feel more part of the community than just being in moms’ club,” Bauer said.
For Bauer, the best part about being in the club is her connection to other women whose sons are learning and socializing under the same roof.
“Meeting all the moms. Just truly getting that sensation of a bigger community other than me just coming in and sending my son here,” she said.