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, programming vice president, 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

  • Go Green Chair: Christine Sibilleau
    Objective: to determine how our organization can improve in the various levels, utilizing leadership positions throughout Women of Today as effectively as possible.

    Environmental Sustainability Statement

    1. The Minnesota Women of Today organization is committed to preserving our environmental by minimizing the impact of its activities on the earth.
    2. There are four (4) key components to this policy;
      • Minimize waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are done as efficiently as possible;
      • Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst the local chapters;
      • Use environmentally friendly materials in meetings and business practices, as well as support and encourage local chapters to do the same whenever feasible; and
      • Continuously look for innovative and new ways to reduce our impact on the environment in regards to meetings, events, service projects and conventions.
  • Manual Review Chair: Jane Hanson
    Objective: to oversee the development and review of all manuals produced by the Minnesota Women of Today.
         Every year we review our manuals in order to ensure they are not outdated. Anyone wishing to publish a manual must have it reviewed and approved by the Manual Review Committee. The subcommittee oversees the three (3) year manual review cycle. Anyone wishing to publish a manual must have it reviewed and approved by the Manual Review Subcommittee.
  • Online Training Chair: OPEN
  • Strategic Plan Chair: OPEN
    Objective: to develop a long-range vision for the Minnesota Women of Today.
         In order to ensure our organization grows in a positive direction, this subcommittee was designed to review ideas submitted to Future Directions to see if ideas can become reality. Established in 1998, this subcommittee created focus groups held throughout the state, seeking input from all members. This subcommittee then develops a strategic plan for approval by the membership.
  • Winter State Awards Chair: OPEN
    Objective: ongoing subcommittee which will oversee the Outstanding Awards presented at Winter State Convention.

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. In addition, this committee selects the annual Statewide 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, and email marketing@mnwt.org. Please go to the News webpage for an assortment of public relations tools for your chapter to use.

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

Subcommittee Chairs

  • Expos Coordinators: Lisa Hahn, Wendy Homyak, & Shanna Pratt
    Objective: to market chapters in their community with an event that will generate opportunities to promote community involvement.
         Established in 2002, this committee is in charge of reading materials and booths for the MNWT at women's expos across the state. Expos where MNWT has a presence have been held in the following cities: Willmar, Rochester, St. Cloud, Buffalo, St. Paul and Minneapolis.
  • Promoting MNWT Subcommittee Chair: Shellie Matthes
    Objective: to maintain a consistent message about MNWT across all media outlets while adhering to budgetary guidelines; to develop networking relationships with other organizations; to explore ways to help fund the marketing committee activities; to host the Fall State Expo; and to create a MNWT brand that provides wider public recognition.
         The main tasks for this Subcommittee is to produce press releases for state conventions and honorees of awards from convention; and create/maintain all MNWT promotional items (i.e., Marketing board, brochures, business cards, etc.)
  • 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.
  • Statewide Buckets of Sunshine Project Subcommittee Chair: Wendy Homyak
    Objective: to promote the Minnesota Women of Today while conducting the Statewide Buckets of Sunshine Project that raises funds for the selected organization.
         This committee is charged with locating an annual fundraising event for a needy organization that will benefit from our organization's efforts. In the past, we have donated monetary and gift items to organizations such as: Shriner's Hospital, Green Sneakers, Cheerful Givers, Mary's Place, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Project Linus and Operation Minnesota Nice. If you are interested in nominating an organization for next year's Buckets of Sunshine project, please complete the bid form before the third trimester meeting; fill in the blanks, save the file to your computer, and email the file 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 MWNT Membership 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.

Subcommittee Chairs

  • Leadership Chair: Anna Nichols
    Objective: to elevate the leadership training opportunities and create new tools to build leaders within the organization.

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, State Store 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

he Key Women Club, started in 1975, oversees the Key Women Award, which is the highest honor a MNWT member can receive. Designed as a chapter nomination of a member who has 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 at least two (2) years;
  • Is a member in good standing for at least four (4) years; and
  • Is nominated and accepted after thorough review by five (5) Key Woman.

For more information, please contact keywomen@mnwt.org.

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