I attended a 5th
Monday Membership Event at Holmberg Orchard along with several other members of
the Marshall Women of Today Chapter and our District Director, Kelly Porter. We
enjoyed traveling through the orchard on a hay wagon, eating "high-point",
homemade apple crisp, and playing a few apple orchard-related games. In addition,
we all were given the opportunity to shop for apples, pumpkins, gourds as well
as other items from the "famous" Holmberg Orchard Gift Shop. Although
the night was crisp, the friendship and the fun we shared helped to take the chill
off a bit . . .the hot apple cider did not hurt either!
I drove home from this event with my car's heater turned on high, I re-thought
the evening and who we are. We did a rather informal "spiel" for our
guest with the hopes of explaining to her who we are and what we do. Yes, we are
a civic organization that believes in community service and giving our members
the opportunity to grow and develop. Yes, we plan and implement many activities
and fundraisers within our community and then donate the monies earned back to
our community. Yes, we offer opportunities for personal growth and development
of leadership skills.Yes, we have our roots in an organization founded more than
50 years ago which evolved from the Mrs. Jaycees to the Jaycee Women and finally
to the Minnesota Women of Today. However, my thoughts kept coming back to the
fact that we are so much more. We answered the question, I believe, of "What
is the Women of Today?". But, I kept thinking that we did not really answer
the question of "Who are the Women of Today?".
about our local chapter and the many women, and men, that I have met through the
Women of Today at both the District and State Levels, I see that the Women of
Today consists of a wide-variety of dynamic and enthusiastic individuals. These
individuals are bright, energetic and committed to making the community, and perhaps
even the world, a bit better place in which to live. These individuals care about
people within the Women of Today, within their community, and within their family.
These individuals are willing to work hard and to play hard. These individuals
work in many different arenas, be it at home or in the work-a-day-world; some
individuals even have jobs to accomplish in more than one location. These individuals
have families that they care about and care for be it as a mom, a step-mom, a
wife/partner, a sister, a daughter, a niece, a cousin or a friend. These individuals
care about themselves and investing in developing their own leadership abilities
and opportunities which take them out of their day-to-day world. Together these
individuals come together and create a force that generates many positive outcomes.
And in the process, these individuals create friendships and networks within their
communities, region and State which will withstand a lifetime.
I, as one individual, am happy to know so many wonderful individuals, to count
these individuals amongst my friends and to count myself as one individual within
this organization. I am proud to be part of the Women of Today finding myself
in a position often of explaining what is the Women of Today. I know now that
in explaining the "what", I will also include a bit of the "who."
The Minnesota Women of Today focuses
on community service, personal growth,
and building friendships. Whether you want
to give back to your community; develop your
individual talents in speaking, writing
and other areas; or make great new friends,
Women of Today has something for you and
you'll bring something unique to the organization!
New voices and new ideas are always welcome.