GGMG was founded in
1996 by a group of San Francisco moms. We are a volunteer-run
organization (we're all moms too!) who work hard to support each other.
In the beginning,
Wynn McClenahan Burkett, mother of an 8 month old, had a vision. She
imagined a group of first-time moms getting together and creating a
community of support for each other. Wynn, like most of us, found
first-time motherhood a little overwhelming. She did some research and
found that groups like she imagined existed in a number of Bay Area
communities, but not in San Francisco. The most prominent example was a
Marin group that had already been in existence for a number of years.
her research also turne up the name of Katie Hopke, a woman who had
extensive experience facilitating the start of mothers' groups. So....
Wynn called a
number of friends with babies, some of whom called their friends, and
on April 18, 1996, some 14 San Francisco moms met for the first time to
explore the idea of creating a mothers' group. Wynn engaged the talents
of Kate Hoepke as a facilitator. Kate helped the group to define a
mission and form a Steering Committee. The values, guiding principles,
organizational structures, and transition processes that the GGMG uses
today evolved from those initial meetings. The Steering Committee met
trhough May and June that year to create programs and structure.
Finally, on June 27, 1996, the first General Meeting of the GGMG was
held at St. James Church. Nearly 50 moms, who had heard about the
meeting via word of mouth, attended.
Now, 20 years
later, many of the original steering committee members may not
recognize the group they founded, but they would be proud to know that
the guiding principles and statement of values remains the same.
2015 Annual Report
The Golden Gate Mothers Group is pleased to share its 2015 annual report.
We hope that you will take the time to read the report. As always, we welcome member feedback
and will take comments into account for future communications and reports.