State Committees

Future Directions Committee Chair: Jen Kinzer

Jen Kinzer, Future Directions Committee Chair

This ongoing committee is responsible for reviewing member suggestions concerning organizational structure, administration or programming, especially long range planning in those areas, which have been approved by the membership. This committee is organized annually and meets at least four times during the year. The Future Directions Committee chairperson is appointed by the state president and serves a one-year term. Additional committee members are the state president, internal and external vice presidents, administrative vice president, membership vice president, chapter management vice president, chairman of the board, executive director, state parliamentarian, extensions director, marketing chair, MNWT Foundation chair, strategic planning chair, reporting subcommittee chairs, past Future Directions chair, and five (5) members from the general membership, who serve rotating two-year terms.

Subcommittee Chairs

Marketing Committee Chair: Daina Mirsch-Wenner

Daina Mirsch-Wenner, Marketing Committee Chair

This committee externally promotes the Minnesota Women of Today. Activities include hosting informational booths at expos, developing media kits and new brochures, and providing promotional materials at state-sponsored events. This committee is comprised of representatives from across the state and several executive council members, including the public relations state program manager. In addition, this committee selects the annual Buckets of Sunshine Project from bids presented by the membership. If you are interested in nominating an organization for the project, please complete the bid form before the spring meeting; fill in the blanks, save the file to your computer, and email the file to the marketing chair. Please go to the PR SPM webpage for an assortment of sample Press Releases for your chapter to use.

Chapters, click here for marketing ideas to help promote Women of Today in your community.

Subcommittee Chairs

  • Social Media Team Lead: Jeny Ohr
    Objective: to create and maintain an online marketing tool that promotes Minnesota Women of Today.
         The Minnesota Women of Today has multiple social media platforms. We are constantly in search of new ways to promote our organization using new information technology. MNWT Social Media Guidelines are rules for using Facebook, Twitter and other social media. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please send them to the Marketing Chair.
  • Web Development Subcommittee Chair: Daina Mirsch-Wenner
    Objective: to create and maintain an online marketing tool that promotes Minnesota Women of Today.
         This committee maintains our website and online tools that the Exec Council uses. In addition, it oversees the organization's presence on all social media platforms and the MNWT Social Media Guidelines that were established for using social media; please review these guidelines to ensure your chapter is using social media appropriately. Additionally, we are constantly in search of new ways to promote our organization using new information technology.

Membership Management Committee Chair: Heidi Westerlund

Heidi Westerlund, Membership Management Committee Chair

Established in January 1994, this committee works with the state president and her team to generate interest and excitement in meeting membership goals. Additional objectives are to find ways to increase chapter size, improve retention, assist with the addition of new chapters, and to internally market our organization.

Chapters, click here for marketing ideas to help promote Women of Today in your community.

Subcommittee Chairs

Bylaw Review Chair: MNWT Parliamentarian

MNWT Parliamentarian, Bylaw Review Chair

This committee is responsible for annually reviewing state bylaws and policies. The state parliamentarian chairs this committee and other members include: state president, chairman of the board, executive director, and past parliamentarian. Other members are welcome to attend the committee meeting, which is held once each year.

Finance Committee Chair: MNWT Finance VP

MNWT Finance VP, Finance Committee Chair

This committee is responsible for providing financial direction, designation of funds, and preparing the annual budget. The state Finance VP, Ways & Means state program manager, immediate past state Finance VP and five to seven additional members shall serve on this committee. This committee meets four (4) times each year.

Key Women Chair: Cindy Umland

Cindy Umland, Key Women Chair

The Key Woman Award, started in 1975, is the highest honor a MNWT member can receive. Designed as a chapter nomination of someone who had shown exceptional involvement and growth, the award recognizes those within the organization for dedicated service. A woman cannot work toward this goal; it seeks her out after she has given her heart and soul to the organization. The award is presented to any member who meets the following qualifications:

  • Served as chapter, district or state officer, or a chapter, district, or state program manager for two (2) years;
  • Is a member in good standing for at least four (4) years; and
  • Receive a nomination accepted after thorough review by five (5) Key Woman.

For the rest of the nomination process and more information, please see the current Plan of Action under Key Women. Or you can click here to get a copy of the nomination form from the Book of Forms.

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