State Program Managers

Community Connections State Program Manager: Kathy Hansen

Kathy Hansen, Community Connections State Program ManagerThis programming area was developed to assist and encourage MNWT chapters to become significantly involved in their local communities, resulting in "community connections," increase recognition of a chapter's joint ventures with local community organizations, and highlight the following areas:
  • Promote Friendship Ventures;
  • Promote the Outstanding Person with Challenges award;
  • Promote national programming areas that do not fall under any MNWT programming area;
  • Promote a community-focused area of the SPM's choosing; and
  • Honor chapters who have established Community Connections awarded at the Year-End Convention.
  • FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

    Living and Learning State Program Manager: Melissa Redzuan

    Melissa Redzuan, Living and Learning State Program ManagerThis programming area not available prior to 2009-2010 was developed to encourage a member's personal growth -- mentally, spiritually, civically and through family. Highlights include:
  • Promote the Living and Learning certification;
  • Promote Personal Enrichment Program courses;
  • Encourage USWT Certifications and Competitions (Speaking, Writing and Impromptu); and
  • Organize fellowship services, invocations and benedictions at convention.
  • FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

    NEWSLET Editor: OPEN

    OPEN, NEWSLET EditorThis is the official newspaper of the Minnesota Women of Today. Every member is encouraged to submit an article to this newspaper by contacting the state program manager. Items included are: staff and program manager news, awards received at conventions, personal notes, chapter highlights, etc. Each member receives a copy of the publication delivered to their home. The NEWSLET Editor will also offer tips and ideas on generating chapter and district newsletters.

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

    FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

    Public Relations State Program Manager: OPEN

    OPEN, Public Relations State Program ManagerPublic Relations programming area is the "how to" in teaching our members how to market our organization by utilizing community assets; newspapers, cable, television, radio, network and businesses. Learn ways to spread Women of Today news! Founder's day is celebrated July 1 and Women of Today Week is celebrated in September. Promote MNWT as one of the top ten volunteer groups to be a part of in Minnesota. This is a USWT programming area.

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

    FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

    Priority Area State Program Manager: Jenise Teske

    Jenise Teske, Priority Area State Program ManagerThe Priority Area program changes every three (3) years. Wishes & More is our new Priority Area through May 2021. It began in 2004 in order to fill the gaps of other wish-granting charities serving children with terminal and life-threatening conditions. The founders were seasoned children’s wish granters who had served as volunteer members of the board of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota. Wishes & More grants wishes for infants and children with a life threatening or terminal illness to the age of 19. Wishes are often related to hunting, fishing, sports and other outdoor activities. Families can be supported with a Scholarship of Hope ($2000) or financial relief to families that lose their child before their wish could be experienced. Click here for a presentation from Wishes & More for MNWT members. Click here to view other past MNWT Priority Areas.

    FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

    Records & Recognition State Program Manager: OPEN

    OPEN, Records & Recognition State Program ManagerRecords & Recognition is designed to help keep those important project records on file. Ideas for chapter histories come from this area, as do awards and incentive ideas. This area promotes the USWT Project Recognition program; advertising and promoting outstanding projects in each programming area; and encouraging members to complete Success and Year-End Evaluations. Click here for tips for the Success System.

    FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

    Women's Wellness State Program Manager: OPEN

    OPEN, Women's Wellness State Program ManagerWomen's Wellness is focused on providing and supporting women's health education through traditional and holistic medical practices, as well as balanced lifestyles. Highlights include:

    FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

    Youth Of Today State Program Manager: Sharla Kilen

    Sharla Kilen, Youth Of Today State Program ManagerThis area covers a wide variety of projects whenever a service is provided to our communities, either directly or indirectly. It also promotes ideas and activities that allow youth to discover and experience the importance of volunteering, and also promotes foundations related to youth activities.
    • A major emphasis in this area is Kid's Week held in August.
    • The Outstanding Young Adult program is held annually at Winter State. Young persons are honored for their contribution to the community, and scholarships are awarded by the Minnesota Women of Today.
    • The 2018-2019 emphasis is Girls Lead! This program is a community-based leadership experience for junior high/high school age girls, which teaches and inspires leadership, community action and civic engagement. Click here for more details.

    FOR DONATIONS: please make donation checks out to MNWT and write the appropriate Foundation's Name in the comments. Then send the check to the Chapter Service Center so we can keep all funds together for the presentation of one big check at the Annual Convention. DO NOT FORGET to submit transmittals. THANK YOU for your support!

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