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ACTION ITEM: 2022-2023 Chapter Update Items
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When: June 10-11, 2022
Where: Holiday Inn & Suites, 200 W First St, Duluth, MN
Hosted By: Duluth WT Women of Today

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August 20, 2022

MNWT Webinar SeriesMNWT Webinar SeriesMNWT Webinar Series

Each trimester we offer our membership online training where participants will learn more about our programming areas, membership techniques, and online tools. Make this a regular event for your chapter!

MNWT Webinar Series - June 22, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Topics include:

  • 6:00PM Using The Success Tool to Support Your Local Chapter. Presented by SUCCESS Coordinator Cat (30 minutes)
  • 6:30PM Winter State Outstanding Awards. Presented by Future Directions Chair Wendy H (30 minutes)
  • 7:00PM Bringing Your “A” Game The Value of a Parliamentarian, Robert’s Rules of Order, Preparing an Effective Agenda, and Keeping your Minutes Simple. Presented by Parliamentarian Barb and Secretary Melissa (60 minutes)

The times may shift due to availability of the presenters.

Click here to Register for a Session

  • Registration MUST be made by 5pm on the Friday prior to the Webinar in order to reserve your spot. If there are no registrations by the deadline, the session will be cancelled.
  • A Confirmation Email with instructions will be sent out by noon on the Monday prior to the Webinar, so you will have time to set up your computer in time for the session.

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State Staff Info

President Anna Nichols

2021-2022 Something Wonderful Award

Your Chapter has an opportunity to recognize one non MNWT member for their contributions to your local chapter 3rd trimester. The recipient information is due April 30. This person can be anyone 18 years or older; a family member or friend of a current member or someone in the community such as a business owner or city official who goes out of their way to support your chapter. A certificate will be given to your chapter at Annual Convention for you to award to your recipient. To submit your chapter’s selected award recipient send an email to President Anna at president@mnwt.org with the following information:

  • Your Chapter Recipient’s Name
  • Recipient’s connection to your chapter
  • List at least 3 specific reasons why the recipient is deserving of this award, include examples. Describe impact and differences made.

3rd Trimester Chapter President Challenge

Every Chapter President to complete and submit a Year End Evaluation by April 15th. Why? Completing the year end evaluation serves many purposes. This is an important tool that can document your year. It is an opportunity for you to reflect on challenges and success, An opportunity for you to highlight accomplishments and the items of which you are most proud. Use your evaluation as a tool to support your successor. Be honest about what did not work, what worked well, and what you would have done differently. Give them a copy at the beginning of the year to use as a reference to share with the MNWT organization. The more the state knows about what your chapter does and how it runs, the better we can support your local needs. Entries should be emailed on or before the April 15, 2022, deadline to CMVP Michelle at cmvp@mnwt.org as either a Word or PDF document. There is no monetary fee required to submit. Fun Stuff! Every chapter president that completes my 3rd trimester challenge and sends in their evaluation will receive a fun end of the year thank you gift from President Anna.

AVP Tevyan Sorensen

Regional Meetings

Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be meeting on Saturday, March 26 in Aitkin
Districts 7, 8, and 10 are meeting on Saturday, April 2 in Chaska

What is a Regional Meeting? A Regional Meeting is a meeting of the MNWT membership that comes to you. It has a three-fold purpose to provide opportunities for members to:

  • hear from MNWT President candidate(s,
  • meet and hear from the current MNWT President,
  • participate in training or enrichment delivered by State Staff.

SAVE THE DATE AVP/State Delegate Chat Sunday, March 13th at 7:00pm

Do you have questions? Want to share ideas? Join AVP Tevyan and your fellow Women of Today State Delegates for a chat about MNWT. It is an open time to ask each other for ideas or get some support. We will also discuss the meetings of MNWT and how business happens. This is a great time to learn more if you are thinking about getting involved outside your chapter. Come on at any time and stay as long or short as you want. Look for information in your chapter email or on the MNWT Membership Facebook page.

State Delegate Year-End Evaluations

Just like your mid-year entry, you will complete the answers and outline fully. Completing the year-end allows you the opportunity to honestly review your year, share your accomplishments, and support your successor. By giving a copy of your year-end to your successor you will be helping them get a better understanding of their new position. Although all year-ends will be considered for an individual award, not all entries may receive one.

The year-end entries will be evaluated by a group of reviewers and the state president. Gold, Silver and Bronze keys will be awarded at Annual Convention. Just like your mid-year entry, you will complete the answers and outline fully.

  • Your Year-End Entry should consist of the following:
  • Limited to a ten (10) page typed entry, numbered
  • Your personal Plan of Action (Goals and Implementation)

You may include up to five (5) pages of substantiating material; this helps to illustrate how you accomplished your goals and strengthens your entry. It is not required but is recommended. Your substantiating materials should be included at the end of your evaluation. Please label all pictures. Multiple pictures may be on each page. Entries should be emailed on or before the April 15, 2022, deadline to CMVP Michelle at cmvp@mnwt.org as either a Word or PDF document. There is no monetary fee required to submit.

MVP Jenise Teske

MEMBERSHIP SUCCESS POINTS

  • 84% Retention
  • 56 NEW MEMBERS

For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

Other Membership Items to know!

  • For 3rd trimester, dues billing help, renewals questions, address changes, and new member add support, please contact MVP Jenise, mvp@mnwt.org. Continue to send all payments and completed dues billing forms to the CSC (csc@mnwt.org)
  • MNWT OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECOGNITION IN 3RD TRIMESTER
    • Early Bird renewal—submit your renewals before March 15 with at least 75% of your members renewing
    • In-chapter Extension—add four new members in a single month and be recognized at Annual State Convention
    • Retention—achieve at least 75% retention and be recognized at Annual Convention; achieve 100% retention and receive a $10 gift certificate to the State Store from the MNWT Foundation
    • New members—receive recognition at Annual Convention for any new members; add at least 3 new members and receive a $15 rebate from the MNWT Foundation

CMVP Michelle Kocak Jones

3rd Trimester Challenge

  • 30 Seconds Left activity where members are divided into small groups to share a best moment of their lives in 30 seconds with other group members. Email me at cmvp@mnwt.org upon completion to be entered into a drawing for an incentive.
  • 3rd Trimester To Do List:
    • Complete and submit President Year-End Evaluation by April 15, 2022
    • Complete and submit Success System documentation by May 2, 2022
    • Complete CMVP leadership activity at Trimester 3 general meeting & report to CMVP
    • Register for Annual Convention, and encourage chapter members to do the same
    • Share important Trimester 3 calendar dates with your chapter
    • Register for LOTS if interested in local positions for the 2022-23 year

SUCCESS System Coordinator Cat Shuman

The deadline for 3rd trimester submission of Success is May 2, 2022. Submissions should be emailed to success@mnwt.org. Each of these items is worth 25 points and you can submit a maximum of 100 points. Presidential Bonus Points for 3rd trimester:

  • Participate in MVP Jenise’s February Challenge. Find the challenge in MVP WS CIP. In Box D, list names of new members added in 3rd trimester – no copies needed. (verified by MVP/CSC)
  • Submit a chapter scrapbook page to PA Tawn by April 1st. In Box D, list date the page was submitted - no copies needed. (verified by State PA)
  • Submit at least one nomination for the Community Connection Awards by April 15 the deadline. In Box D, list CCA award area(s) – no copies needed. (verified by CCSPM/State PVP)
  • Submit a nomination for USWT President Cindy’s Challenge-The Visionary Award. In Box D, list date you submitted a Visionary award - no copies needed. (verified by State Pres)
  • Have two (2) or more general members visit another chapter’s meeting or event by April 30. In Box D, list chapter attended. Include copy of agenda, flyer, or email signed by that chapter president with your Success documentation. (verified by Success Coordinator)

If you have any questions, email success@mnwt.org. Reminder: deadline for 2nd trimester submission of Success is January 2, 2022; submissions should be emailed to success@mnwt.org. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

PVP Melanie Chenoweth

3rd Trimester Challenge

Marketing VP Shellie Matthes

3rd Trimester Challenge: GO GREEN with Marketing

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle with the Marketing team. The 3rd Trimester challenge is an “Environmental Photo Contest.” At your next chapter meeting, discuss what steps your chapter can take to help Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We are looking for chapters for example who use the least amount of paper; suggestions include reduce use of paper napkins, skip the receipt at the gas pump, ATM or drive-thru coffee stop. Speaking of coffee shops take your own cup with you to the coffee shop, at home try to use just one cup a day. Bring your own canvas bag to the grocery store. Utilize emails, ask yourself do I need a paper copy, print double-sided, use smaller font. Innovation in sustainability to encourage environmental awareness, creativity and implement a new practice. Think outside the box, other topics include storm water management, urban agriculture and green energy. We will continue to share more tips on Facebook. Chapters need to portray, through an original photo, their pride and commitment to improving, protecting and preserving the environment. The photograph should depict the local environment of the community the chapter serves. All photos with a brief description of the project needs to be received by May 1, and a winner will be announced at Annual.

Facebook Guidebook

Chapters have reached out with help about Facebook and where to start. With the help of our very own Social Media Team Lead, we are excited to introduce a "How to Facebook Guide." This promotional packet will guide chapters on how to schedule posts and create events, and will be published every three months. Follow the simple directions, and you will have a dynamic Facebook account with only 20 minutes worth of effort. It is highly recommended you schedule all three months of posts at one time. This is the most efficient way to manage your Facebook page, as it allows for seamless posting without the concern of missing a post and at the same time saves hours of work. The packet will also include three sets of posts that your chapter can just copy and paste, where the highlighted areas is where your chapter can personalize items. These posts are just suggestions to help you get started. Feel free to use them or create your own. If you have any questions or need help, please reach out to SM Team Lead Jeny at mktg-socialmedia@mnwt.org or Marketing VP Shellie at mkvp@mnwt.org.

SMILE!

The Marketing team is asking chapters to submit new chapter images with “smiles” to be used on the MNWT website. We would like to have images of chapter members working at a project, social or membership night. Send to mkvp@mnwt.org. Here are the image specifications needed to have a phenomenal image in the carousal that scrolls on the landing page of the website. For more information, see page 4 of my Fall State CIP.

FVP Sherry Boike

MNWT Clothing Store

Warroad ThreadsIn cooperation with Warroad Threads, we are now able to offer MNWT branded clothing. We have quite a selection, including T-shirts, polo shirts, pants, jackets and even face masks – all with the MNWT logo. There are various colors available as well as sizes up to 4XL. Shipping is free on orders of $50.00 or more. Shipping is direct to you, so you don’t have to wait for a convention or meeting to get your order. Your order will also help support State Ways & Means. This is a great way to show your pride in our organization and to support the organization at the same time. If you post a picture on Facebook of yourself wearing any of the items that you order and provide a short review (ex: ordered a XL and fit was true to size or the L was a little too big, great choice of colors) and use hashtag #MNWTFinance. Thank you for your support!

MNWT State Store

Have you shopped at the State Store? The State Store is a great place to purchase gifts for your fellow chapter officers, outstanding members and yourself. Always available you will find the mug for the current and previous state president. There are note cards (a great way to connect with other members), pens, certificates to recognize outstanding accomplishments and of course charms and pins for all the various positions in our organization. Right now we have fans, pop-sockets and garment bags. This is just a sample of what is available. We have our fantastic State Store Manager Jane Holmberg from the St Cloud chapter. She is always enthusiastic about the various items and looking for new ideas. She can be contacted through her email of statestore@mnwt.org. The State Store is always open during conventions to make your purchases, but you don’t need to wait—send Jane an email with what you would like and for a reasonable shipping fee she will get it to you when you need it.

Minnesota State Sales Tax

Sales tax is paid annually by February 5. This covers the period of January 1 to December 31. The State of Minnesota allows sales tax to be filed and paid online. You can find information on Sales and Use Tax at: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/sales-and-use-tax. A Minnesota Sales and Use Tax guide can be found at: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/guide/minnesota-sales-and-use-tax-business-guide and you can do your filing at the website this information is found at. For additional information or if you have questions, you can contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Sales Tax Division at 651-296-6181 or 800-657-3777 or email salesuse.tax@state.mn.us.

State Ways & Means Donations

Our organization depends on donations from chapters, districts and individuals to help support our budget each year. We have a goal to raise $3,000 in donations. If we had 50 chapters donate at least $60 during the year, we would raise $2,500; and if each of the 9 districts donated $60, we would raise over $3,000. We are lucky that there are many individuals that donate as well. Your support through donations truly makes a difference, no matter the amount.

Extensions Director Jeny Ohr

3rd Trimester Challenge

Any chapter member that is a member of an extensions team will get a special gift at annual convention.

Amazing Offer from MNWT Foundation

  • When a new chapter completes its extension by February 28 the NEW chapter will receive $300.
  • When a new chapter completes its extension by March 31 the NEW chapter will receive $200.
  • When a new chapter completes its extension by April 30 the NEW chapter will receive $100.

*Verification by end of December and payout will be at Winter State. Contact extensions@mnwt.org for more information.

Secretary Melissa Redzuan

TIPS: Taking Good Minutes

Get the agenda ahead of time and make an outline. This will be helpful to take an accurate account of the order in which items were discussed. Choose your method or use a standard template. This saves the secretary time and members can quickly find information once they get used to the format. A withdrawn motion should not be recorded in the meeting minutes. Don’t wait too long to write meeting minutes - you’ll be surprised how quickly some details can be forgotten!

Parliamentarian Barb Monsrud

Chapter Structure SUCCESS System Points

  • Monthly Board meeting: 10 pts
  • Establish quorum at general meeting: 10 pts/meeting
  • Conduct Chapter survey: 25 pts
  • Hold a by-law study committee meeting and submit to State Parliamentarian: 50 pts.

If you have any questions, email success@mnwt.org. Reminder: deadline for 3rd trimester submission of Success is April 15, 2022; submissions should be emailed to success@mnwt.org. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

COB Illeana Miller

Searching for our next Executive Director

For the last 11 years Katie Castro has served the organization as the Executive Director. Prior to that Past State President Nancy Dvoracek was the Executive Director. We are luck to have two amazing women to have served our organization in the only paid position in the organization. While we are sad to see Katie leave for new adventures, she will still be around! What does that mean? The next Executive Director will have the ability to lean on Katie for any help or answering any questions. There will be a cross training period and we can assure all members that we will make sure that there is minimal impact to the organization daily happenings.

A committee has been formed in search of the next Executive Director. We are currently working on the expectations of the position, application and selection process. While we are hoping to move quickly, please know that a lot of thought and consideration is going into this process. We look forward to being able to announce a new Executive Director at or by Annual Convention.

Presidential Assistant Tawn Hanson

3rd Trimester Challenge

Please send photos that you take at your events and meetings to pa@mnwt.org. Even if Anna isn’t in the pictures, we would still like to have them to help flesh out scrapbooks and for slideshows.

Executive Director: OPEN

From a letter dated January 8, 2022

Dear Members, Friends and Partners of Minnesota Women of Today,

It is with both sadness and gratitude that I must announce that Katie Castro will be resigning as the Executive Director of Minnesota Women of Today.

Katie joined Minnesota Women of Today as a general member in 2005, taking on the role of Executive Director in February 2011. As our Executive Director, she has gone above and beyond responding to needs at all hours of the day and many times seven days a week. She has supported Executive Council, districts, chapters and members with kindness and grace. She has worked with the USWT, our committees, and the MNWT Foundation to help improve and stabilize operations and organizational processes; and has built important partnerships with many organizations and businesses throughout Minnesota. Looking forward, I am confident, that as a general member of our organization, Katie will continue to support our organization locally in new and exciting ways.

Katie’s last day as Executive Director will be Monday, January 31, at which point she will be taking on a support and advisory roll through Annual Convention 2022. An interim team including President Anna and COB Illeana, will be supporting membership needs until the position has been officially filled later this year. There will be no change to our Chapter Service Center contact information during this transition. Please continue to use the current address, phone number, and email. Per our bylaws and policies, the Chairman of the Board will oversee the process of permanently filling the position. I am confident that the Katie and the 2021-2022 MNWT Staff will make this a smooth transition for our members, partners, and supporters. A follow up communication with further details will be sent to chapters in the upcoming weeks.

Please join us at our Winter State 2022 banquet to offer our farewells to Katie. She will be missed. I would personally like to wish her the best of success in all future endeavors. Katie leaves us in a very strong position for continued stability and success, and I sincerely thank her for her contribution and leadership in her time here. The MNWT Staff is grateful for her support and wish her the best of luck and opportunities in her future endeavors.

If you have any questions about the transition of the organization, do not hesitate to reach out to me at president@mnwt.org.

Please contact Chairman of the Board Illeana Miller at cob@mnwt.org for the Executive Director job description and information on the bidding process.

Sincerely,
Anna Nichols
2021-2022 MNWT State President

State Programming Info

MNWT Community Connections

SPM Angela Hanson, Acceptance Start With A Smile

  • This year's foundation focus is Courage Kenny Foundation, which advances the mission and goals of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute by maximizing the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities by delivering comprehensive, person-centered rehabilitation throughout life.
  • 3rd Trimester Challenge: Any chapter that donates $10 or more to True Friends and all chapters or districts that donate will get put into a drawing for a fun basket at Annual convention.
    • True Friends' Mission: Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self esteem for children and adults with disabilities. Vision: A world where experiences and adventures are open to individuals of all abilities.
    • Check Chapter Information Packet (CIP) or email cc@mnwt.org for more information.
  • Nominate your chapter’s 2021-2022 projects for the Annual MNWT Community Connection Awards. Each year MNWT recognizes chapters for their contributions to their local communities. Please consider nominating your chapter’s projects for these awards. Nominations are due no later than April 15, 2022, to cc@mnwt.org. The $5.00 entry fee is due by May 1 mailed to the CSC. All Chapters that submit an entry by April 15 will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.
    • Civic or Environmental Award: A project that civically improves your town or city, promotes citizenship in your community, or improves the environment in
      your community.
    • Community Impact Award: A chapter project with a lasting impact on your community.
    • Joint Ventures Award: A project that successfully collaborated with another organization.

MNWT Living & Learning

SPM Shirley Viesselman, Self Reflection

  • CERTIFICATIONS can be completed anytime throughout the year. You should complete the activities between May 1 and April 30.
  • Each trimester the names of those that completed one of the above certifications during that trimester will get their name in a drawing. For each completed Personal Enrichment Program (PEP Course) between June 1 and April 30, the chapter will be entered in a drawing at MNWT Annual Convention in May 2022.
  • 3rd Trimester Challenge: “Coffee Self-Talk” is a powerful, life-changing routine that takes only 5 minutes a day!
    • The author Kristen says, “What if you could wake up every morning feeling more incredible than ever before…. In 5 minutes? Living the most epic life!” Coffee Self-Talk transforms your life by boosting your self-esteem, filling you with happiness, and helping you attract the magical life you dream of living. And, very importantly, it creates feelings of relaxed wholeness and worthiness. All this, with your next cup of coffee. Don’t drink coffee, that’s ok… grab a tea or juice.
    • Look on facebook for a private group “MNWT Living & Learning – Coffee Self-Talk” and ask to join. The Facebook page will be used to support members to work on Self-Talk together.
    • Watch for zoom chats in February and March.

MNWT Priority Area: Crescent Cove

SPM Jennifer Auger, Wings Of Comfort

  • Who is Crescent Cove? The Crescent Cove Respite & Hospice Home for Kids is a vibrant and joyful home-away-from home for kids with life-threatening conditions, where each moment is embraced and celebrated.
  • 3rd Trimester Challenge: Everyone has the opportunity to earn a chance in a drawing for a gift at Annual Convention. The challenge is open to chapters, districts and individual members. There will be 2 drawings; one for individual members and one for chapters/districts.Jennifer would like to raise funds to purchase “Wish Items” for their sensory and/or art room in the $1,000-$1,200 range. She knows this is a VERY hefty goal, but why not reach for the stars that surround the wonderful crescent moon of Crescent Cove!!! Donations are due by April 5.
    • Individual Members: For every $10 donation you make to the donation fundraiser you will earn one chance in the drawing.
    • Trimester: For every $30 donation you make to the donation fundraiser you will earn one chance in the drawing.
    • Districts: For every $50 donation you make to the donation fundraiser you will earn one chance in the drawing.
  • May Day Baskets: Last year Crescent Cove delivered May Day baskets to all Crescent Cove families. They would love our help this year! Any chapter that would like to help either donate funds, items or help devliever the baskets, email priority-area@mnwt.org by March 28. There are currently 207 families.

MNWT Women’s Wellness

SPM Andrea Schue, It's Only A Phase

Ways to Win with Woman’s Wellness!
  • Trimester Focus: Late Adulthood -- Check out her CIP for more information.
    • Menopause: She is currently reading “The Menopause Manifesto” by Dr Jen Gunter. Watch for posts on Facebook each Thursday for tidbits from the book.
    • She has also spoken to individuals who have experienced menopause to gather a series of personal experiences that will be shared throughout Trimester 3.
  • 3rd Trimester Challenge:
    • Email ww@mnwt.org to let her know what your chapter is doing for Women’s Wellness 3 st Trimester.
    • Promote March of Dimes and share with me what you did.
    • Nominate an event or project for Project of the Trimester.
    • Nominate an Outstanding Program Manager in Woman’s Wellness.
  • March of Dimesleads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy, we support every pregnant person and every family.
    • Join the MARCH FOR BABIES: A MOTHER OF A MOVEMENT on April 23, 2022, near Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. The event starts at 8:30am. Register online, or just submit a donation—the possibilities are endless on how to support this organization!

MNWT Youth of Today

SPM Sue Bay, Be IndePANDAnt

  • Are you following the Programming Area Facebook page?
    • If you have not liked this page, she is encouraging everyone to give it a like.
    • It will have many valuable tips, tricks and information available to you this year from all the SPMs.
  • Kids in the Kitchen Videos are ideas to have fun with kids and share some recipes with you. The first video has been posted making No Bake Chex Cookie.
  • 3rd Trimester Challenge: There will be drawings at Winter State for chapters who complete each task; there will be a drawing for three (3) separate gifts at the Annual Convention in May. Check out her CIP for more information or email yt@mnwt.org.

State Committee Info

MNWT Foundation

Chair Nicky Anderson

Become a Sustaining Member! For an annual $25 donation you, your chapter or both can become sustaining members of the Foundation. Funds are uncommitted and used at the board’s discretion to support the mission of the MNWT. Funds have been used for the membership rebate program, for PE courses, to pay for speakers at convention, to support the President/State Delegate retreat and many more programs. Won’t you send your donation today?

Future Directions Committee

Chair Wendy Homyak, A Look Back & A Look Forward

Membership Management Committee

Chair Sharon Scholl, Building Blocks to Something Wonderful

Marketing Committee

  • For Marketing Committee Meeting information, see the information under the Marketing VP above.
  • Next Marketing Committee Meeting: : Saturday, November 20 at 10:30am. Join in person at Star Bank in Eden Prairie or online via Zoom

MNWT Covid-19 Information & Suggestions

Due to the increased volume of requests to use the MNWT GoToMeeting account for meetings,
we have created a GoToMeeting Request Form so Katie can better track the requests and have them all in one place. 
Requests will be honored in the order they are received based upon availability.  Please use the link to request a time;
she will respond within 24 business hours to your request to let you know if the time you request is available.
If you have already requested a meeting, you do NOT need to request again using the form.

District Meetings

Minnesota Women of Today is recommending that districts do hold a meetings in an online format such as Zoom or GoToMeeting. The Spring meetings are normally when new district officers are elected, and it is encouraged to include that in your meeting agenda. AVP Michelle Kocak Jones will be coordinating this process with the district directors to ensure they are able to host an online meeting. Executive Director Katie Castro will assist with setting up meetings, as needed.

Chapter Meetings & Events

MNWT is not offering specific recommendations to chapters; however, you are welcome to contact Executive Director Katie Castro if you are looking for assistance in setting up an online meeting for your group, email csc@mnwt.org or call 952-406-8578.

#mnwtstillsocial #mnwtfellowshipatadistance

If your chapter is holding at-home fellowship activties, like virtual meetings using online meeting tools or other virtual activities, please use #mnwtstillsocial #mnwtfellowshipatadistance when posting your events on social media! We will share your posts on the MNWT Facebook page.

What are you Cooking? by New Hope Women of Today

Social distancing isn't fun, but it's what we do for the better good of all. Being apart, should not mean being alone. Let's all take a moment to share a go to recipe. It can be anything; a meal, snack, or comfort food. Email you recipe to recipe@NewHopeWT.org and we will share them on our website.

#mnwtserviceatadistance#mnwtserviceatadistance

Here is a great in-home chapter service project to do during the Covid-19 crisis! We know there are a bunch of sewers in our organization. Our communities are in need of face masks, and this is something we can all do while staying in our house! MNWT LL SPM Sarah Sundine was able to make 11 the other day with most of the supplies already in her house. Click here for a link from Allina with directions, as well as many drop off locations around the cities. If you are not near the Twin Cities, think of donating these to your local healthcare facillities, like elderly care, clinics, hospitals, etc.

If you make a donation, you can send the quantity donated to ll@mnwt.org and I will track donations to report out. If your chapter is holding this at-home service activty or other activies similar to this, please use #mnwtserviceatadistance when posting your events on social media! We will share your posts on the MNWT Facebook page.

How to Combat Zoom Fatigue

Why do we find video calls so draining? In part, it’s because they force us to focus more intently on conversations in order to absorb information. They also require us to stare directly at a screen for minutes at a time without any visual or mental break, which is tiring. To make video calls less exhausting for yourself, try using a few research-based tips.

    1. Avoid multitasking. It may be tempting to get other work done on a video call but switching between tasks can cost you as much as 40 percent of your productive time. The next time you’re on a video chat, close any tabs or programs that might distract you, put your phone away, and stay present.
    2. Take mini breaks during longer calls by minimizing the video, moving it to behind your open applications, or just looking away from your computer now and then.
    3. Do some light stretching helps too, during breaks. Examples, yoga poses and stretching the neck and arms. If possible, sit on a balance ball or balance ball chair. While or when sharing your screen, standing up like you would in person meeting or presentation helps too getting the blood flow(do not worry they won’t be able to see you), or cast your meeting into a big screen where attendees can see you standing up presenting on a big screen like they would in a conferences or corporate meeting. Hydrate often, drink water.
    4. Check your calendar for the next few days to see if there are any conversations you could have over phone or email instead. Especially in situations where you’re communicating with people outside of your organization, don’t feel obligated to send a Zoom link. Often, a phone call is more appropriate.

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