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Women of Today WeekOYA Scholarship Fundraiser

Women of Today WeekWomen of Today Week September 19-25, 2021

In 1950, a group of dedicated women formed the Mrs. Jaycees of Minnesota with a mission of community service. Several name and organizational changes occurred over the years, and in July 1985 we became known as the Minnesota Women of Today. Our three areas of focus are Community Service, Personal and Professional Growth, and Fellowship.

Through membership, the MNWT organization has brought together over the last 70 years 7,000 women in Minnesota who are passionate about improving their lives and the lives of people around them; encourages young women to become involved and hold positions of leadership; and provides opportunities for all members in the areas of community service, growth and fellowship.

As a result, MNWT is clearly making a difference in the lives of women and their communities all around the state.

MNWT week, scheduled for September 19-25, 2021 gives us the opportunity to celebrate our projects, celebrate the friendships we have made, honor our past and look to the future with pride and optimism.

Happy Women of Today Week!

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!

CM 001: MNWT Webinar Series - October 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Topics include:

  • 6:00PM The Value in Board Meetings. The difference between Committee Work, Board Meetings, and Chapter Meetings – presented by AVP Tevyan (30 minutes)
  • 6:30PM Activation, How to Inspire Members to Get Involved presented by MVP Jenise (30 minutes)
  • 7:00PM Using the MNWT Google Website Template to Create a Dynamic Chapter Website – presented by the Marketing Team (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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2021 USWT Mid-Year Convention2021 USWT Mid-Year Convention

State Staff Info

President Anna Nichols

It is an honor to represent each of you as the 72nd president of the Minnesota Women of Today. My staff and I are here to support and guide you, your local chapter and district.

Sometimes I think, “Where am I going to find the time.” I have a house, job, family, activities and a whole list of other things that need my attention. If we all take a step back from the rushing around and find our purpose, we can give an hour or two each month. Our accomplishments can be endless. Our reach can go further. We can make a difference in the community that surrounds us. Together we have the power to show our local communities Something Wonderful.

My challenge for each of you is to set aside a few hours a month, every month to reach out and give your time to a local project, social, or an event. Throughout this year your chapter will host fundraising projects. These are the projects that support your chapter throughout the year. These are the projects that allow your chapter the largest reach in your local community. They allow us to do what we do and give what we give. My hope for this year is that each of us pick at least two of these projects to donate your time and talents to over the next year

  • Take time to socialize. Some may only be interested in a book club, or craft nights and that’s ok. Others may prefer a ladies’ night out, or happy hours. There is something for everyone. If you do not see a social on the calendar that interests you, reach out to your local board and suggest something new.
  • Take time to give. Some of us find it easier to write a check, while others enjoy more hands on activities. Our organization is amazing because there are so many opportunities for us to help and so many ways to do it. Whether you participate in one or two activities a trimester or every activity, we are happy to have you as a member.
  • Take time to learn and share knowledge. Think about chairing an event, taking on a chapter board or local programming manager position, hosting a meeting, completing certifications, or mentoring a new member. Your efforts are what makes the Minnesota Women of Today so successful.

I encourage you to be as active as you are able. Some members may only have a few hours a month or every other month; others will chair projects, host meetings and attend several events a month. During this year, my wish is that each of you makes a difference in the lives of the many people around you by building a better you, developing self-confidence, close friendships with other members, and contributing to your community through the act of volunteering and fellowship.

I have one last request for each of you. Set aside time each month for just you, to selflessly invest in yourself. Take a class, go shopping, read a book, or get your hair done. Make time for yourself, because you are Something Wonderful.

MVP Jenise Teske

Here are a few suggestions for helping your new members engage and become active quickly. Please contact me if you need any help with activation or membership fun!

    • Pair them up with a buddy. It is so helpful when there is one member who is checking in on the new member, making sure they are getting information and finding ways to engage. This doesn’t have to be a formal “Big Sis-Little Sis”, though that is fun. You just want to make sure you have an active member (so they know what is going on) making sure the new member is not getting overwhelmed and is informed. A great way to start is to invite them to an event with you or sit together at something!
    • Add them to your distribution lists. Make sure that all members have the new member's email address (or all contact information) so they get chapter information. If invites have been sent out for upcoming events, make sure to go back & include the new member.
    • Make sure they know how information is communicated. The easiest way to lose a new member is for them not to know what is going on. Let your newbie know how information comes out. That may look different for different communications. Examples might be...all events come out by evite or are posted on the Facebook page, chapter newsletter is emailed, meeting agenda is emailed each month, etc. Don’t forget to invite them to join the Minnesota Women of Today Facebook pages.
    • Invite them specifically to join events. Some members may think some events are only for certain people like board members. Take a minute to make sure they know they are welcome to come to each specific event & you hope to see them there. This will also make sure they know what events are going on.
    • Orient them. So many acronyms, programming areas & new terms that it’s like learning a new Women of Today language! It will help if you can conduct an orientation with your new members so they have an idea of the organization structure, involvement opportunities, activities to look forward to, and an explanation of all of the acronyms. This might be a simple talk, but it is nice if the new member has a handout with information to look back on later when they inevitably have questions. If you need an example of an orientation, here is a link to the latest version. Feel free to download and customize for your chapter.
    • Success Through Enthusiastic Participation (STEP) is a great tool to get members educated and engaged quickly. It is a certification that members complete by checking off activities they have completed. They will receive recognition from USWT & MNWT for completing. STEP I is meant to be completed in their first 120 days and STEP II in their first year. I would encourage you to take a look at this and try it out. Even if they don’t complete all of the requirements, they will benefit from the effort. STEP forms can be found on the Chapter Management VP page of the website.
    • Be specific with requests. It can be so overwhelming to be asked to “chair” something or to be a Local Program Manager (LPM), especially for someone new. Break it down for members and you are more likely to get a volunteer. Rather than “who wants to host the next m-event?”, ask “would you be interested in hosting the Dinner of the Tri? You pick a restaurant and a date, send out an email or evite, and make a reservation. The rest is just people showing up!” I know I am more likely to say yes to the second request.

It is never too late to do these steps with your members. Maybe you signed new members last year? Take a check-in to see if they would benefit from some extra encouragement or support. A little attention now can help them blossom into future chapter leaders.

Extensions Director Jeny Ohr

As the Extensions Director this year, part of my POA is to help the Marketing Team develop ways to not only help extending chapters have a presence on Facebook, but to help all of our chapters. Chapters have reached out with help about Facebook and where to start. I am 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. This packet also includes three sets of posts that your chapter can just copy and paste. The highlighted areas is where your chapter can personalize items. Set 1 is posts for Sundays, Set 2 for Wednesdays and Set 3 for Fridays. 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 me at or Marketing VP Shellie at

Marketing VP Shellie Matthes

Fall State means Vendor Fair time! We are looking for a few more vendors interested in selling their wares on Friday, September 17 from 7pm to 9pm. Cost is $35 for a 6ft table. Please share with chapter members, family and friends.

Further Information

    • Items Supplied: You will be supplied with one table to display your items and 2 chairs. Upon arriving at the room, tables will be arranged within the room and will have a sign on top indicating which space belongs to you.
    • Items Not Supplied: Minnesota Women of Today does not supply signage for you. You are welcome to bring whatever signage you would like. Please bring your own supplies for hanging these items up. If you have requested electricity, please try to bring a power strip/or extension cord.
    • Event Agenda: The event is open to Women of Today members and the public, who will arrive at any time during the 7:00pm to 9:00pm time frame. You may offer incentives, sales, etc. to encourage people to drop by your booth. If you wish to hold a drawing at your table, we can announce the winner(s) on our Facebook page & website. There will also be booths sponsored by the Minnesota Women of Today’s programming areas; feel free to browse them to find out more about our organization.
    • Breakdown: Breakdown is entirely on your own. Please remove all items you brought in, and make every effort to tidy up your space to make clean up easier for the Hotel staff.

Additional details regarding set up, the format of the event and tear down will be sent out August 31 via email. There will be no duplicate vendors. You are responsible for your own setup and tear down.

Complete the online form. Mail check payable to "Minnesota Women of Today" with "FS2021 Expo" in the memo line, and mail to Wendy Homyak, 7510 111th Ave N, Champlin MN 55316. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact

COB Illeana Miller

Don't miss out this year on ordering your ONTO shirt to show your support of President Anna. Shirts will be delivered at Fall State and once they are gone, they are gone! You don't want to be left without one of these shirts to add to your collection. Shirts run in a unisex size all the way up to 6XL.

We are asking that all members in your chapter complete the redistricting survey. We would like everyone to answer honestly as we will be working on completing a redistricting action plan this year. If there are any questions at all please let me know. This is your opportunity to express your concerns and issues. If you would like to discuss anything additional, there is a spot on the form to place your contact information and to have me reach out. Added bonus: the chapter with the highest amount of responses will be receiving a special gift basket at Fall State. Thank you so much for working on this and returning it in a timely manner.

State Programming Info

MNWT Community Connections

SPM Angela Hanson, Acceptance Start With A Smile

    • This year the foundation she is focusing on is Courage Kenny Foundation, who 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.
    • 1st Trimester Challenge: Any member, chapter, or district that donates $5 to the Person With Determination gets their name in for a chance for a basket to be drawn at winter state. Check Chapter Information Packet (CIP) or email to see where to send money .

MNWT Living & Learning

SPM Shirley Viesselman, Self Reflection

    • Check out the MNWT Programming Facebook page for what PEP Course topics you would be most interested in this year as we do some "Self-Reflection." If you have a great idea let her know.
    • Chapters that complete a Personal Enrichment Program between June 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022 will get their name in a drawing at MNWT Annual Convention in May, 2022.

MNWT Priority Area: Crescent Cove

SPM Jennifer Auger, Wings Of Comfort

    • Challenge of the Trimester: Every task completed will earn a chance in a drawing for a gift at MNWT Fall State Convention. The challenge is open to chapters, LPMs, and individual members. Donate $25 or more to Crescent Cove during the first trimester (checks mailed to Chapter Service Center with Crescent Cove in memo). Complete an activity in the Priority Area-Crescent Cove Programming area during the first trimester. This could be a fundraiser, information session, guest speaker at a meeting, etc. Participate in Friday Night Project Fair activity at MNWT Fall State Convention.
    • 10th Annual Gala on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Saint Paul RiverCentre, St Paul, MN
      Keep an eye out on Facebook, Chapter Mailing Highlights, and emails regarding opportunities to help with Crescent Cove’s biggest fundraiser of the year. There will be volunteer opportunities, as well as opportunities to support their specific fundraising activities that evening with donations (think gift cards and silent auction items).

MNWT Women’s Wellness

SPM Andrea Schue, It's Only A Phase

    • Trimester Focus: Early Adulthood information on lLearning and planning reproductive health; providing awareness of resources in your area; and supporting Pregnancy & Postpartum MN
    • 1st Trimester Challenge
      • Drop a Comment on a WW Post of the MNWT Programming Facebook page
      • Email to let her know what your chapter is doing for Women’s Wellness and introduce yourself!
      • Send her an invite to an event or social event in the WW area.
      • Donate $5 to WW, either personally or as a chapter.
      • Contact her to ask for help/resources for a WW event.
      • Promote USWT DVA Area and share with her what you did.

MNWT Youth of Today

SPM Sue Bay, Be IndePANDAnt

    • Focus this trimester is to help someone be indePANDAnt: ○ She would like us to think about how we can help someone that may struggle in a form of insecurity. Examples: Many children are food insecure, and in addition, there are also other items their bodies need like clothing, or hygiene products. Take a look around your communities and find a way you can help. Can you organize a clothing drive, or get donations for back to school clothes.
    • 1st Trimester Challenge: She will have drawings at Fall State for chapters who complete each task. Check out her CIP for more information or email
      • Chapter makes a donation of $25 for Youth of Today before 9/1/21
      • Submit a nomination for Project of the Trimester

Hello everyone! Fall State Convention is right around the corner and I am excited to be there as your YT SPM. At the Friday night project fair, I have a unique fundraiser for the OYA scholarship. Do you like chocolate chip cookies? I am baking 3 different recipes and asking YOU to be the judge for the best chocolate chip cookie. Each cookie will be packaged and labeled and ready for you to purchase. The cost of 3 cookies will be $5. If there is a cookie you really like, you may purchase the recipe from me for an additional $1 per recipe. In return, I ask that you return the voting ballot to me by Saturday afternoon so I can share the final vote with everyone. The application deadline for OYA scholarship is November 1. Start working on your nominations! It does take a bit of planning to get all the needed documentation in place for the person you are nominating. You can find the application on the MNWT web page. Ask if you need help finding the paperwork.

Did your chapter have an activity for Kid’s Week? Please share your event(s) with me. I would love to hear what your chapter accomplished in your community.

Chapter Officer Submission

Time again to submit the listing of your chapter's Board of Directors. Reminder from Executive Director Katie: submit your chapter officer sheet for the 2021-2022 year. This is also where you indicate if you want printed versions of CIPs & State POA. If you do not submit this form, you will receive electronic copies of both.

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!

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.

Click here for more detail on zoom fatigue.

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 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 and we will share them on our website.


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 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.

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MNWT Website Website Scavenger Hunt

Our new website may have you at a loss on where to find items you previously were used to finding. Here is a fun way to learn how to navigate it; the Web Team created a website scavenger hunt. There are ten (10) questions you and six (6) of the questions have a BONUS; these are optional. To prep for the hunt, you can review 2019 Revised Website Introduction for more information on the changes that were made.

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