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If you have contact changes, simply email the chapter service center at csc@mnwt.org with your updated information,
and don't forget to tell your local Membership Vice President.

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.

MNWT 2020-2021 Candidates for Office

Click here to meet next year's potential staff and find out what they have planned.

Annual Convention 2020

Hello MNWT Members,

We have made the difficult decision to cancel an in-person Annual Convention at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria. We had sincerely hoped that we would be able to gather together to celebrate our collective third trimester and year end accomplishments, but it is neither socially nor fiscally responsible to move ahead at this point in time. The Burnsville Women of Today will return checks or issue a refund to anyone who has sent in a registration. Please be patient while they work to get these out in the mail.

If your chapter or members had reserved a room at Arrowwood under the MNWT room block, that reservation has automatically been cancelled for you. Host chapter Burnsville also sent an email to those members whose name appeared on the rooming list to let them know. If you reserved a room but have not received an email from Burnsville Women of Today or are uncertain about this, you may contact Arrowwood at 866-386-5263 to make sure your reservation has been cancelled.

Despite not being able to gather in person, we still have organizational business to conduct, so your 2019-2020 Staff are busily planning an online format for a number of events on the convention schedule. Please stay tuned for additional information and a schedule of online events for convention weekend. Most of these events will happen at or near the time at which they would normally occur, i.e. Business Meeting on Saturday morning. Please stay tuned for further information, which will be communicated as it becomes available.

If you have any questions about your registration please contact the Burnsville chapter at BurnsvilleWT@mnwt.org. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let me know. I'll keep in touch!

Katie Castro, Executive Director of the Minnesota Women of Today

Fudge Fundraiser

Due to an in person annual convention being canceled, the Finance committee has decided to postpone the fudge fundraiser at this time. The checks for the orders that have been received already, will be returned to those individuals. We thank everyone for their participation in this and look forward to having it at a convention during the 2020-2021 year. Thank you for your participation in the fundraising we have held this year!

USWT Year-End ConventionUSWT Year-End Convention

The USWT will hold this convention and celebrations through a Zoom meeting. We were all hoping to be together to celebrate our successes for the year, but it’s just not possible this year due to Covid-19 issues. We invite all members to join us via Zoom at the 2019-2020 United States Women of Today Annual convention for this celebration. For more information in a letter from USWT President Cindy, click here.

If you have registered already, Thelma and Louise will be returning your checks. Also, if you have reserved a room at the Timberlake Hotel, please remember to cancel your reservations.

We know that this is not now we planned the 2019-2020 year to end. However, the USWT staff will be planning a convention that will be educational and fun. More information will be coming after further plans are made.

 

USWT Rocket Award: National President Cindy Sanders encourages you to submit nominations for this award, which recognizes those who have been helpful to your chapter during the year, but are not members. Please go to the USWT website to access information and forms for the national organization.

MNWT Foundation Gala

The MNWT Foundation ~ don't forget to order your ticket before April 30 for the Gala in October 2020 at foundation@mnwt.org.

Did you want to register for the MNWT Foundation Fall GALA but missed the early bird registration date of April 15 th?  We are extending the early bird registration to April 30! Any registrations postmarked in April will be charged the Early Bird rate. After that the registration amount will be $70.  Send your registration in today! Email foundation@mnwt.org with any questions.  We currently have 40 registrations and need 75 people registered by June 1 to hold this very exciting fundraiser GALA.  Don’t miss your chance to save big and join us for a fun evening of good food, great entertainment and friends.

MNWT Covid-19 Information & Suggestions

Cat Shuman, MNWT State President 2019-2020Dear Chapter Presidents & Members,

We are in an unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 emergency, which is affecting everyday life, work, and play around the world, in our country, our state, and our communities. You are probably aware of the CDC's recommendation to refrain from holding group events of 50 or more people and for individuals that are at risk to avoid group events altogether for the next 8 weeks. That recommendation takes us into early May, which directly affects our Women of Today activities through the end of the trimester and the year. That means that MNWT will be reviewing the calendar and holding discussions on the impact that this potentially could and will have on our organization.

The MN Women of Today state organization has already held a few discussions about the Statewide Committee Meetings and Area Meetings, and plans to hold those as online meetings only. More information will be forthcoming about that. State leaders will also be holding small group online meetings within the next 24 hours to review and discuss concerns and issues that may impact chapters and districts (i.e. chapter meeting/events, district meetings, Local Officer Training Session, etc). We will follow up with a summary and information to share with chapters and exec council members. (Note: at this time, the CDC recommendation will expire prior to Annual Convention. We are hoping that will be able to go on as planned, and will keep you updated as to any changes relative to convention.)

I am aware that there are chapter meetings and events scheduled this week and into April. I would ask that you use your best judgement as to how you should proceed. You may need to cancel or change to an online meeting format if your meeting place is not available. You may want to reconsider whether you should host a public event such as Membership Monday. Please keep all of your members and your community informed of any cancellations, postponements, or changes that could affect them.

Making ConnectionsPlease stay informed and follow CDC and other government recommendations. And watch for a follow-up email from Minnesota Women of Today. We want you to stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely, Cat Shuman, MNWT State President 2019-2020

To all Chapter Presidents and Membership Vice Presidents,

from MNWT Membership Vice President Lisa Hahn

To follow-up with State President Cathy's message regarding COVID-19, if you would like to reschedule your Membership Monday event to the last week of April, please feel free to do so. If you feel comfortable with the plans you have made, the choice is yours. If the CDC recommends we extend their suggestions for low to no contact with others beyond April, we may need to revisit this. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy. Please feel free to send me any questions you may have.

Connection Packets "Shine Among the Stars" Please take a minute to look through the manila envelope that was delivered with your Winter State CIPs. Guidelines and ideas are included for a simple social event. Maybe you could do this in conjunction with Membership Monday on event to the last week of April! See MVP Lisa Hahn's CIP for more details on hosting an event and earning an incentive.

As President Cathy stated, please watch for a follow-up email from the Minnesota Women of Today. Thank you all!

Update to Members in regard to COVID-19 affect on MNWT Calendar of Events

from MNWT Executive Director Katie Castro

A small team of MNWT leaders met via a zoom meeting on March 17, 2020, to discuss topics that are being affected by the COVID-19 emergency. As most of you are aware, the state and federal governments have declared a state of emergency and established strong restrictions for group gatherings. This directly affects Women of Today chapter, district, and state level meetings and events. Following are some decisions and recommendations that we are implementing at this time. These may be subject to change, depending on further actions taken by state and federal authorities.

All updates released by Minnesota Women of Today will come from Executive Director Katie Castro. Updates will be sent via the state email system to chapters and executive council members as well as posted on the MNWT website and main Facebook page. Chapters are encouraged to share this information with their members.

The MN Department of Health (MDH) announced several days ago that the coronavirus has reached the stage of “community spread” meaning that the virus is not just associated with those who have traveled out of the country. We do encourage members who experience symptoms of the virus to engage with their health providers and self-report to persons that they have been in contact with. Please check the websites of the MDH and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for more information.

District Meetings (between now and April 30)

Minnesota Women of Today is recommending that districts do hold a 3rd trimester meeting 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 Illeana Miller 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.

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.

#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

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.

FellowshipLife is Like a Cup of Coffee

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