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What's Your Why?

Recently, we did a blog article on the experience of a first-time attendee to one of our state conventions. She said, "Why I love Minnesota Women of Today? I love getting to meet people from all over Minnesota and support them at their events. I have traveled to cities I have never heard of and experienced so much fun with my family." Check out the rest of her post from her MNWT Convention First Timers experience!

Tanna Engen
Tanna Engen
Greenbush Women of Today

I joined to meet new people when I moved up from Wyoming. I stay because of the friendships service and projects.

Danielle Enberg
Danielle Enberg
Monticello Women of Today

I joined to meet new ladies in my community. I stay because of the ladies and the community service we do.

Shellie Lemmerman
Shellie Lemmerman
Morris Area Women of Today

I joined WT to meet new ladies and get out of my comfort shell. I'm still in WT because I love what we do, and I'm out of my comfy zone. It also helped me when my hubby was sick. I could go to all my friends, and I knew they were there for me.

Anonymous
Anonymous

WT benefits you by all the interactions and friendships. I became a member because I needed more friends. I stay because WT changed my life <3 It is my lifetime goal to stay a member. I love my personal growth and friendships.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am involved in WT because I love volunteering. I joined to meet new people. I love their focus and helping the community.

Pat Hanks
Pat Hanks
St Cloud Women of Today

I joined because my daughter was so done with Girl Scouts and I wasn't. I stay for the service and adult friendships.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The WT values are awesome: Service, Growth & Fellowship! I joined to serve my community, and I enjoy the members. Service makes me happy. :)

Anonymous
Anonymous

If you want to give back, you get many opportunities to do so. I joined for the camaraderie; it's fun! I can set up M-nights in fun places, and I enjoy the experience overall. Our long-term projects have meant so much to me. I want to see those worthwhile projects through, knowing we're making people's lives a little better. I enjoy the conventions, and all the events throughout the year.

Christine Sibilleau
Christine Sibilleau
Roseau Women of Today

I joined WT at the encouragement of a friend -- she knew it was something I would love being a part of...and she was right! I loved helping in my community and after a few years, I discovered there was so much more to the WT organization, so much more than the chapters in our district. I have learned so much in this time. There really is something for everyone!

Glorie Balfanz
Glorie Balfanz
Monticello Women of Today

I joined to volunteer and be involved in the community after becoming an empty nester. I stay for the same and because of all the friends I have made.

Sue Bay
Sue Bay
Fairmont Women of Today

I joined for friendships. I stay because I was right...this is great for friendships! I feel so loved.

Carolyn
Carolyn
Warroad Area Women of Today

I joined to be a part of a group with a purpose; a group that makes the community a better place; a group of like-minded women that celebrate each others' successes and uplifts each other; and provides a family of support. I am still a member our work is not done yet.

Daina Mirsch-Wenner
Daina Mirsch-Wenner
Duluth Women of Today

I joined when I was new to my community and was doing a service project for my young son. While there, the Membership VP from the local chapter invited me to the meeting; I joined that evening and became the newsletter editor for the chapter. I stay because WT offers opportunities to use my creativity and experience with no barriers. It grew my confidence and gives me friendships across the state and nation. WT gives me leadership opportunities and the ability to do service projects for those in need. I have loved the time spent...over 20 years & counting!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I joined to meet people in the community. I feel obligated to stay a member so I am not a lost member of MNWT.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Volunteering with WT makes you feel like you are making a difference. I joined because I wanted to belong to an organization that helped my community. I stay because I have made lasting friendships with members of my chapter. It makes me feel like I can make the world a better place. I makes me fee good and it is a worthwhile group to be in. :)

Kayla Hermann
Kayla Hermann
Madelia Women of Today

In 1985, I was fresh out of high school and stayed in my hometown to work. A bunch of happy, cheerful ladies passed me an invite. I wanted to be part of something bigger. WT raised me to be a leader in my community and my job. I love mentoring others to be the best they can be.

Shanna Pratt
Shanna Pratt
Aitkin Women of Today

I became a member because I wanted to join a group of people who help our community and world be a better place. I am still a member for that reason, and because of all the friends I have made.

Mary Kaminski
Mary Kaminski

I joined to meet new people and volunteer in the community. I stay for the continued ability to meet people and give back to the community.

Heather Simenstad
Heather Simenstad
Aitkin Women of Today

I joined because of family members. I stay because it's just simply a part of my life.

Beth Clifford
Beth Clifford

I joined for new friends and to give back to the community. I stay for the same reason.

Mary Sobczak
Mary Sobczak
Burnsville Women of Today

I joined to do something different, and at the suggestion of my neighbor, who was a member, and I love every minute. I stay because I love doing service projects, going to meetings, meeting new people, and growing as a person. Also, I enjoy being involved and making a difference in the community.

Sherri Leske
Sherri Leske
New Ulm Women of Today

I joined WT because I really liked the feeling of giving back to my community. I like the fact that money raised goes to my hometown and helps our chapter donate to events, worthy causes, and general places. I am still a member because I enjoy being with other women who want to make this fractured world a better place.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I joined to help out my community and to be a part of something great.

Donna Schwartz
Donna Schwartz
Hutchinson Area Women of Today

I joined because it sounded like a good organization to join. I stay because I like the people I have met and being part of bettering the community.

Kayla Schroeden
Kayla Schroeden
Monticello Women of Today

I joined to meet people. I stay because of the Service, Growth, and Fellowship. :)

Rhonda Eckhart
Rhonda Eckhart

I joined to socialize volunteer and get to know other women. I stay because I can still do all those things.

Sue Renz
Sue Renz
St James Women of Today

I joined because I didn't know many people in my community, even though I'd lived there almost two years! I thought their chapter projects sounded like fun and I wanted to pitch in! I stay because I made friends with all the members, and I like the chapter and their projects. Then I went to district and state meeting and met many more friends.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I joined to meet new women from Champlin. I love the friendships that I have, so I stay.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I joined to help others in my community. Times are tough these days for many -- why not help out.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You would benefit from WT by meeting other inspiring women and giving back. I love volunteering and the fellowship. I feel like I am always bettering myself. WT adds positivity to my life. :) I stay because I want to be a positive change in the world!

Anonymous
Anonymous

WT is a good fit for women who want to give back and meet new people. I joined when I was newly married and wanted to meet new people. I stay because I'm a life-long learner, and our chapter members are great. Our chapter is a gorup of caring, smart, and fun individuals.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You would benefit from great friendship and a great way to get into your community. I joined looking for new friends. I love meeting new people. I want to continue making a difference in my community.

Linda Nindorf
Linda Nindorf
Duluth Women of Today

I joined to get out of the house after retirement and meet new friends. I stay because I like to learn new things and get out of my comfort zone.

Angela Hanson
Angela Hanson

I joined because I needed to meet new people, volunteer, and get out of the house. I stay because it's fun and I meet new people!

Sue Lemke
Sue Lemke
Avon Women of Today

I joined to find out what was going on and stay because of the people I have met along the way.

Kathy Wegner
Kathy Wegner
New Ulm Women of Today

I joined because I like the people, and playing Farkel in Amy S's garage. I got hooked when I found out about good times they had at convention. I like giving back through the 3-year project, and hanging out with people at conventions. The get-togethers are great!

Dawn Hendricks
Dawn Hendricks
Monticello Women of Today

I joined to be a volunteer with my own name! I was always Lynzie's mom or Zoe's mom. I am a volunteer at heart. That is why I am still a member, as well s the friendships I have made.

Kelly Carlson
Kelly Carlson

I joined to meet new people. I stay because I like helping people.

JoJo Larson
JoJo Larson
Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today

I joined to meet people after moving to a new town. I stay to keep in touch wiht the hundreds of friends I made after joining.

Wendy Homyak
Wendy Homyak
Champlin Women of Today

I joined for the volunteer opportunities in my community. I stay for the many friendships, leadership opportunities, and FUN!

Mary Hansen
Mary Hansen
St Cloud Women of Today

My sister said we needed to join so I did. I stay for the friendships and challenges.

Tawn Hanson
Tawn Hanson

I joined because my neighbor made me. I had no friends. I stay because of all the great friends I have made.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I joined to show my kids that no matter what they can overcome and do/be what they want! I am still a member to escape and for the friendship! I love to get out of the house and be a part of something bigger.

Barbara Shade
Barbara Shade
Warroad Area Women of Today

I'm pretty basic: I joined because why not! I stayed again because why not. However, my not-so-basic answer is my work is not yet done!

Joanna Borkenhagen
Joanna Borkenhagen
Fairmont Women of Today

I joined because I was looking for friendship and getting more involved in my community. I stay for the service, fellowship, and growth. I found more than service growth and fellowships. I found growth. I found leadership and confidence. WT is what you make it; the effort you put in determines your success.

Cindy Carlson
Cindy Carlson
Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today

I joined because I was asked to by a friend and was self-employed, so I thought it was a good idea. Friends, connections, and giving back is my heart and why I stayed.

Sheila Geier
Sheila Geier
Byron Women of Today

I joined because I needed to get out and meeting new people. I stay because I love being around everyone and grow more in leadership.

Cheryl Watson
Cheryl Watson
Burnsville Women of Today

I didn't expect making so many friends and feeling comfortable talking in front of people. Being a member of such a dynamic group has made a wonderful difference in my life and helps me make the world a better place.

Anonymous
Anonymous

WT is a great way to make friends, network, and volunteer in the community. I joined to find new friendships, as well as volunteer. I enjoy my time with my WT friends, and believe it is important to give back and have fun in the process.

Annette
Annette
Monticello Women of Today

I joined to meet more ladies and volunteer. I stay becasue I made new friends, and love to volunteer

Robyn Farm
Robyn Farm

I joined because I was told to, and to meet new people in the community. I stay because of the people that I have met and the impact that WT has made in my life. Also, I stay to meet new people. for personal growth, and it's lots of fun!

Rachal Mueller
Rachal Mueller

I joined to meet new people and do a variety of projects. I stay because of the friendships and raising money for non-profits.

Kathy Hansen
Kathy Hansen
St Michael/Albertville Women of Today

I joined to meet other women. I've been a member since 1998 because I love the organization.

Sally Koltes
Sally Koltes
Melrose Area Women of Today

I joined to meet new ladies and do great things in the community. I stay for continued growth fellowship in the community fun projects and women outreach.

Bernice Graves
Bernice Graves
Duluth Women of Today

I joined because I needed to know more about this organization: what they do and why. Is this a copycat organization of another organization? I stay because I made fantastic, ever-lasting friendships. WT gives 110% of their abilities and hours to help their projects.

Leslie Goble
Leslie Goble
Aitkin Women of Today

I first joined because a friend asked me to. I still belong because I've made more friends and love the service to our community.

Cathy Snyder
Cathy Snyder
Eastern Carver County Women of Today

I joined to get out of the house. I stay because of the friendships.

Cathy Olson
Cathy Olson
Aitkin Women of Today

I joined because I wanted to help with projects geared toward young children in the community, and meet new people. I stay because I like seeing people from across the state, and enjoy volunteering.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You would benefit from learning leadership skills. I joined to become involved in my community and had young kids at the time. I am still a member due to the friendships across the state, the community involvement, and volunteering.

Michelle McGowan
Michelle McGowan
Byron Women of Today

I joined when I went to an M-event and had a great time. I stay because I continue making great friends and enjoy helping our community.

Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson
New Hope Women of Today

I joined to meet ladies to do things with and to volunteer. I stay because I like the friends and experiences, and still find WT a great organization.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I joined to meet new people in my area, and because of the service projects I saw on PINterest! I stay because of the other women in my chapter and the opportunities. There are always new things I can do and get involved in my area! I stay for the personal growth!

Nancy Dvoracek
Nancy Dvoracek
Anoka Women of Today

I joined because I was starting a dental practice in Anoka and we were encourage to join the Jaycees and Mrs Jaycees. So we did -- as a new community member, it was a greay way to meet people. I am still a member because I enjoy watching members grow and take advantage of all we have to offer

Char Ostenberg
Char Ostenberg
Duluth Women of Today

I joined because I was impressed with the work WT does for Duluth Veterans. I stayed because I enjoy the women I work with.

Adrianna Post
Adrianna Post

I joined to meet people and volunteer in my community. I stay to continue to make new friends learn new skills and volunteer.

Melody Weigel
Melody Weigel

I joined to meet new people. I stayed because I really enjoy my group and giving back to the community through service.

Candy Freeman
Candy Freeman
Melrose Area Women of Today

I joined because I want to volunteer and help people in our community. WT is all about the service growth and fellowship. I have good energy. I stay because we have a very active chapter that works together; we have lots of fun and make a big difference. We collaborate and are always coming up with great projects.

Stefany Nikolaus
Stefany Nikolaus

I joined to meet new people and help my community. I stay because I have met so many wonderful women! (and to get away from my hubby)

Anonymous
Anonymous

WT helps you grow as a person. I joined to meet more ladies in my community. I stay because I enjoy the projects, the friendships, and conventions. I feel needed by the chapter. We are a small group and enjoy doing projects together.

Anonymous
Anonymous

WT is a great way to make a difference in the community while having fun. It is something I do every year for me.

Alyce Collins
Alyce Collins
St James Women of Today

I joined because I had cancer and not working, but needed to socialize and feel I was helping. I am still a member because of all the friendships

Shelby Sletton
Shelby Sletton
Warroad Area Women of Today

I joined WT because I like helping people. I am still a member because I love to meet new people.

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