It’s “double the trouble, double the fun” in the Tri-County Mothers of Twins Club.
The organization, in existence for almost 45 years, offers support and friendship for moms of multiples in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.
The club’s president, Angela Meislin, of Saratoga Springs, is the mother of 6-year-old boys. She began looking online for a group when she learned she was pregnant. She said she felt confident as a new mom but just wanted something to get her out of the house once a month.
“I don’t think I really needed so much ideas or anything, (it was) just to hear other people talk about their twins and what they’re going through,” she said. “I think it’s pretty much the same concerns as with singleton children, but just times two.”
Meislin said there are about 15 mothers active in the club, many with twins between 3 and 7 years old. The yearly dues are $10, with monthly meetings that sometimes include events like a Lindt Chocolate and Traveling Wine Tasting and a MarEle Boutique accessories party.
The club also has fundraisers, for which it partners with certain companies and receives a percentage of the sales, which Meislin said goes back into the treasury or is given to children’s charities like Operation Santa Claus and Empty Stocking. A consignment sale, organized every spring, is open to the public.
The children don’t miss out on the fun, though. The recent newsletter, “Twin Topics,” highlighted the Halloween Party and visits to a pumpkin farm and Santa’s Workshop. There are also picnics, movie nights and the holiday party in December.
According to longtime member Peg Murray, of Saratoga Springs, the club was formed March 19, 1968, by area residents Donna Mellon, Laraine Metivier and Ruth Fruda and was, until recently, affiliated with the New York State Organization of Mothers of Twins Club.
Murray joined two years after the group was founded. She has twin girls who are 41 and two other children. She belongs to the club because she enjoys the socialization and likes being a resource to the younger moms, though she said the dynamics of the organization have changed from when she joined in 1970.
“There’s less of us; that’s the problem. Nowadays, most everybody works, and when I joined, most everybody was a homemaker,” she said. “Most of them had four, six, eight children. You get the different perspective.”
Murray recalled she didn’t even realize she was having twins until she was in labor because no sonograms were performed.
“They said my blood pressure went sky high,” she said with a chuckle. “I wasn’t expecting two, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with one.”
For Meislin, the club’s president, the members have become more than just women who meet once a month. They are great friends, she said.
She forged a bond with one member because both had children who were diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and they were able to share information, she said.
Then, over the summer, Meislin’s husband died unexpectedly, and the moms’ club provided support.
“Obviously, I would have made it; everybody survives,” she said. “But I love meeting people that have the same interests or issues. They got me gift cards for different places, and they’ve helped me with things.”