If you have contact changes, simply email the chapter service center at firstname.lastname@example.org with your updated information, and don't forget to tell your local Membership Vice President.
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.
Please 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 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.
As President Cathy stated, please watch for a follow-up email from the Minnesota Women of Today. Thank you all!
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.
These meetings will be held online only, and District Directors will be forwarding resources to their boards and chapters, including the meeting link for their area. No meetings are being held in person. Executive Director Katie Castro and Chairman of the Board Brenda Sather will coordinate this process with the District Directors. AVP Illeana Miller will be in contact with the DDs and assist with questions and concerns that may arise. There will be no cost to members to participate in the area meetings; however, an internet connection or phone connection would be needed to join the meeting.
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.
Chapters and new officers should save this date for specialized training for individual officer positions. MNWT staff is working on the logistics to provide a webinar-type online presentation that would incorporate the training that officers would normally receive in person. Again, it has been decided to only hold online training; those participating would need to join with an internet or phone connection; in this instance an online connection would be preferred so that you can follow along if possible. More information will be presented during the Area meetings and details will be sent out to chapters when ready.
Plans for Annual Convention have not been changed at this time. MNWT is holding ongoing discussions and closely monitoring the situation with the convention hosting chapter and the hotel and will take into consideration further announcements from state and federal authorities.
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 email@example.com or call 952-406-8578.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The MN Women of Today Foundation will be a featured organization for the Greater Good voting during the week of April 1-8. Please watch for more details on that. It's simple to do and we need your votes. And speaking of the MNWT Foundation ~ don't forget to order your ticket before April 15 for the Gala in October 2020 at email@example.com.
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