Oct 12, 2017

Here is my story - Alicia D

Bingo at St. Therese Nursing Home. Not the most glamorous volunteer event. Not something I particularly sought out volunteering for. But, I was free and they needed help. So I went. There was a couple at BINGO who had been married 60+ years. She was in the nursing home and needed significant help. He was in assisted living and needed less so. I helped her with her BINGO card the entire night and chatted with him while he played on his own. It was finally over. I had worked all day then went strait to volunteering. I was hungry and tired and just wanted to go home. But Mr. Carlson needed help. You see he wanted to walk is wife back to the nursing home portion, something he always did, before heading back to his apartment; but because of his walker he needed help. I was crabby, I wanted to say no, but after deep sigh I agreed to help. Walking back I heard the most beautiful love story I’ve ever heard. A husband more dedicated to his wife than I ever thought possible. He walks over to see her every day, and the last thing he tells her each night (just in case it’s their last night together) is how beautiful she is and how much he loves her. I was humbled and inspired. It wasn’t glamorous – I was pushing a wheelchair bound woman back to her bed – but it was beyond worth the extra effort. Now I don’t so much mind BINGO anymore.

Alicia D.

Oct 8, 2017

What is YOUR story?

One of the most impactful things we can do is to tell our story. The family we met at Duk Duk Daze who could only afford the event thanks to our games. The child you took Christmas Gift shopping who was able to purchase the ONLY Christmas gifts his siblings would get. The Senior Citizen whose yard we cleaned-up who otherwise had no help. The meal we brought to the new mom overwhelmed with life changes. Yes, the facts are important…but it’s the story what inspires action!

So I ask you – what is YOUR story?


Oct 5, 2017

Butterbraids!

It is Butterbraid sale time again. If you have never had a Butterbraid, they are a flaky pastry with a variety of fillings. Caramel rolls are also available. They come frozen, you let them raise overnight and then bake them. You will be receiving an email from me with the order form attached and a sample letter explaining why we sell them and who will receive the money we raise. This can be forwarded to family and friends in hopes of getting some orders. Butterbraids are a great treat to serve family and guests over the holidays. The cost has gone up to $13 this year, with 40% of that money returning to our chapter. A new cheese & herb flavored Butterbraid has been added at $14 and would be awesome with a pasta meal or as a treat anytime.

Order taking begins September 25th and all orders and payments (made out to New Hope Women of Today, NHWT) must be turned in by November 1st. Delivery will be to me on Friday, November 17th, in time for Thanksgiving. Orders come frozen, so they should be picked up between the 17th and the 20th, as I am not sure how much room I will have in my freezer. You can contact me to come at your convenience. Let's get the word out and raise some money for the charity we choose!

Oct 3, 2017

Equifax Data Breach

This is a quick PSA in case you haven’t heard! Equifax, one of the three credit bureaus, recently had a huge data breach. Over 145 Million social security numbers were stolen. There are a lot of free and paid services offering ID Theft Protection and other products; but these are not always 100% effective. There is actually one VERY easy step you should all take to protect yourself and your family: set-up a Fraud Alert with one of the other two credit bureaus. Why? It’s free and they are required to alert the other 2 bureaus of the fraud alert. The fraud alert means you are required to be contacted before an account is opened with your social security #. The alert is good for 90 days only, so you may want to mark you calendars to re-do this every 3 months! Consider doing this for everyone in your family, even minors. Identify Theft of minors is a growing issue and could impact your children later in life. It’s easy – just go to https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html and select Add Fraud Alert.

Alicia D

Oct 1, 2017

October Math Square

Try to fill in the missing numbers.
Use the numbers 1 through 36 to complete the equations.
Each number is only used once.
Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation.
Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

Sep 28, 2017

Minnesota WT Foundation Scholarship

The Straight River Chapter offers a scholarship for members who are furthering their education in an area to help those who are physically or mentally challenged. For more information or the application go to mnwt.org, Book of Forms and search for Foundation Applications. Completed applications are accepted by January 1 or April 1, for the next two trimesters.

Sep 25, 2017

Meet the 2017/2018 Board: Bonnie H. – Programming VP

“Be Involved”

Greetings ladies! I am your Programming Vice President for the 2017-2018 year. I wasn’t planning on this position but after hearing Carrie’s speech at the banquet I was inspired to “Be Courageous”! She will be a great president for our chapter.

I have been a member for thirteen years. I started out working Duk Duk Daze and have been active with that project every year. I have held LPM positions, as well as, Internal VP and Treasurer.

I have lived in New Hope 14 years. I have a combined family of six with Jon. William is our “together” child. The others are grown. Cassie is my youngest daughter and I have a grandson who is 9. I work as a Special Education Assistant.

I am excited about our chapter this year. We do so many great things for our community. We are helping people in many ways by all our hard work. Sometimes I think we miss how much we accomplish every year. Maybe it’s modesty, but anyone who’s been at a WT convention can tell you, we are an awesome chapter!!

I hope everyone will take the time to brainstorm ideas of how to increase the participation of members. I may groan about saying yes to activities, but once there, I always have a great time and never regret helping out!

The other thing I want to stress is “Growth”. We all love service, and of course fellowship is always fun, but we must remember to grow. Growth comes from challenging ourselves and that requires courage. So let’s “Be Courageous” and (my theme) “Be Involved”.

Bonnie

Sep 24, 2017

Giving Thanks for Families in November

This November let’s take time to remember the families of children in the hospital with a HUGE Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser. The Ronald McDonald House keeps families close to the care and resources they need. Their mission, "We, in partnership with our community, provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness."

Event 1
From now until our November general meeting let’s start collecting pop tabs.Why pop tabs? Saving pop tabs is easy and fun! It’s a small gesture, but collecting pop can tabs can make a big difference – in fact, since its founding, the Pop Tab program has raised more than $500,000! These funds have helped underwrite program costs at Twin Cities locations.

Event 2
From now until our November general meeting let’s start a collection of urgently needed items. The Ronald McDonald House has a list of most needed items. They are Paper towels, Food storage (larger sized), Sugar, vegetable oil, and olive oil. Bring any new unopened items to the September, October, and November meetings.

Event 3
Join together in decorating and making Breakfast Bags at our November General Meeting. If you would like bags to decorate before the meeting for yourself, children, grandchildren, and all other important children and adults in your life please let me know and I will get them to you. It would be amazing to have all of our bags complete before we start filling them in November. I will be asking the chapter for up to $100 to fill the breakfast bags at the September meeting.

Please take time to help with one or more of the planned events. There is something for everyone.

Anna

Sep 21, 2017

Highway & Senior Yard Clean-Up

October 14th Highway clean up! 
We will need a lot of volunteers for this service project. Cleaning from Medicine lake Rd to Bass lake road. Wear good walking shoes! Meet in the McDonalds parking lot off of 42nd. If you have children, we will send you over to clean up the park behind city hall. When all is finished we can meet for coffee at Caribou to celebrate a job well done. Thank you all so much for you willingness to help out. Time is TBD!

October 7th is Senior Yard Cleanup. 
We will need as many volunteers as we can get. Older children and husbands are welcome to help too. We do not have names of seniors who need us, so I also ask all of you to let me know of any seniors that need us to come and clean their yard. It will be just raking and general cleanup. There will be no trimming bushes or cutting trees or anything other than just yard cleanup. The more who volunteer, the more seniors we can help! When we are finished we will celebrate a job well done at Caribou on Winnetka Ave and 42nd! Time is TBD These are some GREAT volunteer opportunities in our local community – PLEASE consider helping if you can!

Sep 18, 2017

Come Paint With Us!

Come paint with us during an early Women of Today Week activity!! Thursday Sept 21, 2017 At Acapulco Mexican restaurant in New Brighton, MN We will paint one cool Flower - See the picture! Cost is $45, BUT if you use the code september2017 you get 40% off!! So it's actually $27! Please let me know ASAP! If you commit I can order tickets and you can pay the night of or you can go buy your own ticket. Let me know either way! I'd like a head count! We can also plan carpooling too! Colleen and I hope to see you there!

Sep 13, 2017

Celebrate Women of Today Week with Us.

Pilates???? 

I thought you said PIE and Lattes! 

COME & JOIN us! At 6:30 pm on Monday, September 25th at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church. We will have intro class for Pilates! Bring a hand towel for s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g exercise. Wear comfortable clothing. This will not be difficult, just fun! Also enjoy homemade PIE & Goodies 

Delores, Marion, Sandy

Sep 12, 2017

MNWT Fall State Convention

Are you living in the right century? Explore your feelings and join us at Fall State 2017 as either a Medieval Woman or a Modern-Day Renaissance woman! There is a lot planned for the weekend of September 22-24 at Hinckley Casino. I have 2 rooms reserved for Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday night starts with a Project Fair, where you can check out many different vendor booths as well as stopping at the booths sponsored by the different State Program Managers. You get a chance to learn about the different areas that Women of Today promotes, sign up for drawings, purchase some vendor products, and mingle with ladies from chapters all over Minnesota. Saturday we have a business meeting followed by a great luncheon and lots of awards for chapter projects and individuals who have been outstanding so far this year. In the evening we have a banquet followed by great party, where we will dance, watch skits and have fun. Sunday brunch has a speaker scheduled and that is always worth attending. If you are interested in joining us at convention in August, please let me know so I save you a spot in the room and we usually carpool. We will also meet up with our Pals chapter Byron for a post-party get-together in our room. Don't forget you get your name put in for a trimester drawing as well as a special homemade Italian dinner at year-end. ~ Rita J

Sep 10, 2017

A September Note from President Carrie

Hello all!

I hope this finds you well. I am currently attempting to “reboot” my day time life and find a new normal. My girls are doing really well with it. In case you missed it, both my girls are in school this year. Kylie entered 2nd grade and Jocie is in KINDERGARTEN!! How did that happen ladies? It seems like life kinda took off and I’m not sure how much I like it! I usually do pretty good with change, but this has sucked away a piece of me. So I am struggling with this new normal of the house being too quiet, and fighting the urge to call my mom Every. Single. Day. This kinda feels like when I decided I would take on the presidency. I was scared (Ok, I’m still scared I’m gonna mess this up!), nervous, sometimes I wanna cry… It’s a big change in my normal! But I know it’s going to be ok. Change is a good thing! I think this year is a great year for change! 

Happy Fall! Carrie

Sep 8, 2017

National Mid-Year Convention


The United States Women of Today Mid-Year Convention will be held in Iowa, October 5-8. If you would like to see what a National Convention is like, this one isn’t too far from home. More information will follow in September newsletter.

Thank You! ~Rita

Sep 5, 2017

Pilates Class Intro!


SEPTEMBER General Meeting * Pilates Intro Class * Please arrive early as class starts @ 6:30 pm.

Feel free to bring a LARGE towel or beach towel, for a s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g exercise. It will NOT be a difficult class. 

Special treats for refreshments @ the meeting - i.e. homemade pies!

Hostess: Delores H, Sandy B, Marion H

Sep 2, 2017

Book Club Update

Hi everybody - just a reminder to start reading! This
month’s book club selection is The Whistler by John
Grisham and the meeting will be held on Thursday,
September 14th. Happy Reading!

Below are the remaining book club selections for 2017
along with tentative meeting dates. Look for more
information on the book club meetings as the dates
get closer!

• The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion – November 9th
• Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde- January 11, 2018

If you have any questions on our book club, including
if you would like to be added or removed, please
contact Lori at dlwind@comcast.net. We would love
you to join!

Sep 1, 2017

September Math Square

Try to fill in the missing numbers.
Use the numbers 1 through 36 to complete the equations.
Each number is only used once.
Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation.
Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

Aug 28, 2017

Meet the 2017/2018 Board: Rita J. – State Delegate

“Be Adventurous”

This is a little about your State Delegate for this current year! I have been the State Delegate 5 previous years and believe it is about the most fun you can have as a Board Member.

I just realized this is my 30th anniversary year as a Women of Today and I have loved every year of it! I have stayed active every year and even had family members that were quite involved, especially with Duk Duk Daze.

I have made some great friends in our chapter and in chapters across the state. I am looking forward to traveling with Carrie this year and hope many of you will join us on our travels. Be Adventurous!

Rita

Aug 25, 2017

August Walk on Wednesday

We meet on the Wednesday following our general meeting.
August 30th @ 6 pm
Meet @ Northwoods Park on Boone Avenue at the corner by Bonnie’s
home. If you do not know where it is, give me a call 763-546-4105 or
send an email: d2hoseth@q.com

Destination walk. We will plan to walk to Frankie’s, starting at the trail
from Northwoods Parkway to Winnetka Avenue and across street to
Frankie’s. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO WALK, feel free to meet us
about 6:20 or shortly after at Frankie’s. We will enjoy food, chatting
and then decide on our route back. We can either return to the park by
trail OR perhaps on 36th Avenue.

Aug 23, 2017

Personal Enrichment Course Reminder


Please join us at the New Hope YMCA on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm. We will have a speaker from North Memorial Hospital who will talk about Advance Care Directives. Advance care planning helps people explore and document goals and wishes for their future health care, should they ever be unable to express these wishes due to illness or injury. After the presentation you are encouraged to fill out a directive form or you may bring your current directive and have it looked over or notarized. You may also choose to take the form home and discuss it with your family. Remember, your children are adults at age 18 and must have their own directive, you can no longer speak for them as their parent. All attendees will be asked to sign in as a guest or present their membership card. ~Rita and Peggy

Aug 21, 2017

Breaking Free Donation Drive - August General Meeting


Breaking Free is the current MNWT Priority Project. Every year, Breaking Free helps over 500
women escape systems of prostitution and exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing
and education. (from Breaking Free's mission statement) Women involved in prostitution often feel isolated from the community. They often experience violence, addiction and homelessness. One small way of letting these women know that others care for them is donating hygiene packs. These small packages of toothbrushes, toothpaste, tampons, etc are handed out by Breaking Free members.

Please bring the following Travel Sized items to the General Meeting:

  • Toothbrush 
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste 
  • Tissues
  • Tampons (just 1 or 2) 
  • Hard candy with strong taste (mints)
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner 
  • Lotion

Aug 11, 2017

Hosting a Wine Tasting Party 101

Limit your tasting to five or six different wines; a sparkling sweet, two whites, and two or three reds. One bottle will give you ten 2oz pours. 

You will read almost everywhere, to move from the lightest whites to the heaviest reds. So start with the sparkling wine, then move towards the darker heavier wines. 

Take your time between pours. Six bottles with five to ten minutes between pours is a perfect amount of time to taste and discuss. 

 Tasting tips to share with your guests: 
 • See Hold your glass by the stem at a 45-degree angle so it catches the light. It’s really about appreciating what you’re going to sip. 
 • Swirl Hold the base of the stem between your first two fingers and move it around (slowly!) in a small, circular motion to aerate the wine and unlock its aromas. 
 • Smell Stick your nose way into the glass (no, it won’t get stuck) and deeply inhale. This ritual triggers your taste buds. 
 • Sip Take a nice-sized sip and let the wine touch all parts of your mouth, rolling over your tongue and hitting the sides to really get the flavor. 

 Tongue-tied? These terms will help you describe what you’re tasting. 
 • acidic The tart (or over-the-top sour) quality that wine gives off naturally. 
 • tannic Tannins create a dry, puckery, astringent sensation in your mouth. 
body A full-bodied wine feels heavy (the way whole milk feels thicker than skim). 
 • dry A wine is called dry if it’s not sweet. Most table wines are considered dry.

Aug 10, 2017

An August Note from President Carrie

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer! It is going by so fast, I
cannot believe the State Fair starts next week. I really hope we see some of
you ladies at our next meeting! We haven't had a quorum since the start of
the new year and we have some housecleaning to do. The board is trying
really hard to figure out how to liven things up, and if you missed the last
meeting...you missed out on some fun! We hope to see you at the August
BBQ meeting because we truly can't do this without you.

Warmest Regards,
President Carrie

Aug 7, 2017

Newsletter Article Tips

The bloggers of Classy.Org write in this blog post about the three classic pitfalls of Non-profit Newsletters:

1. Problem #1 – It’s too boring. Tell a story and make it interesting so they are guaranteed to read it!

2. Problem #2 – It’s too long. Most people have very short attention spans and are lucky to read half an article. Keep it to the key facts – let them contact you for more once you’ve piqued their interest!

3. Problem #3 – It’s too unattractive. Design and formatting help make things pop! Read the full article for more on how to avoid these common pitfalls.

Thank you! Alicia D

Aug 4, 2017

Mark Your Calendars!

When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm 

Where: Anna's Home in Crystal

Who: All members are invited to this social. This event is about reconnecting and getting to know each other.

What: It's a membership social with a twist. It's a social media social! Don't worry, you won't be asked to be in a video or anything crazy like that. This event is 80% social. Snacks and beverages will be provided. There will be plenty of time to get to know new members and reconnect with members you have not seen in awhile. For the twist there will be social media demos for those who are interested along with a little Pinterest 101. 

Aug 1, 2017

August Math Square

Try to fill in the missing numbers.
Use the numbers 1 through 25 to complete the equations.
Each number is only used once.
Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation.
Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

Jul 31, 2017

Meet the 2017/2018 Board: Colleen T. - Membership VP

“TEAM”

Hello New Hope Chapter, welcome all to a new year with New Hope Women of Today! I am excited to be serving you as your chapter Membership Vice President. I have been a member for 26 years and have enjoyed every opportunity that I have had. I joined after my family attended the New Hope city festival called Duk Duk Daze.

This year in the membership area we will have a TEAM approach to membership. It is everyone’s reasonability for our chapter membership. We will be educated in the Membership area from chapter to district to state to US level. There is so much information to share that falls under the membership area that you will be surprised!

This year we will have FUN team competitions that will help you get to know other members and some exciting new m-nights! Watch for additional Team Membership emails for more information.

Colleen

Jul 29, 2017

Your Health Care Directive


You are invited to attend a presentation at the New Hope YMCA on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm. This free event is sponsored by New Hope Women of Today and features a speaker from North Memorial Hospital who will talk about Advance Care Directives. Advance care planning helps people explore and document goals and wishes for their future health care, should they ever be unable to express these wishes due to illness or injury. After the presentation you are encouraged to fill out a directive form or you may bring your current directive and have it looked over or notarized. Remember after your children become adults, they must also have their own directive. All attendees will be asked to sign in as a guest or present their membership card.

Jul 26, 2017

Fall State Convention

Are you living in the right century? Explore your feelings and join us at Fall State 2017 as either a Medieval Woman or a Modern-Day Renaissance woman! 

There is a lot planned for the weekend of September 22-24 at Hinckley Casino. I have 2 rooms reserved for Friday and Saturday nights. 

Friday night starts with a Project Fair, where you can check out many different vendor booths as well as stopping at the booths sponsored by the different State Program Managers. You get a chance to learn about the different areas that Women of Today promotes, sign up for drawings, purchase some vendor products, and mingle with ladies from chapters all over Minnesota. Saturday we have a business meeting followed by a great luncheon and lots of awards for chapter projects and individuals who have been outstanding so far this year. In the evening we have a banquet followed by great party, where we will dance, watch skits and have fun. Sunday brunch has a speaker scheduled and that is always worth attending. 

If you are interested in joining us at convention in September, please let me know so I save you a spot in the room and we usually carpool. We will also meet up with our Pals chapter Byron for a post-party get-together in our room. 

Don't forget you get your name put in for a trimester drawing as well as a special homemade Italian dinner at year-end. The full registration form can be found at www.mnwt.org

Thank You! Rita

Jul 24, 2017

LPM Wanted!

Wanna Get Your Feet Wet? I am looking for someone to take on Local Project Management for Youth of Today. If you've been waiting for the right puddle to jump into, this may be it! Last year Pam M organized a meal at Treehouse in New Hope. It was super easy - call them, pick a date and time, decide on a menu, and finally bring it to the chapter for volunteers to help. On the day of the event, we were there about two hours. It was fun and the teenagers and leaders were kind and grateful. I will happily volunteer to contribute and serve again! Pam M (a seasoned member) has offered to help a new or newer member navigate this area. Please consider this LPM position. This will be a great way to get your feet wet with the NHWT! Feel free to call me (or Pam) with any questions, or ask me (or Pam) at the next meeting.

Thank you! Bonnie H, PVP

Jul 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

We have seats reserved for the New Hope Outdoor Theater for Friday, July 28th. The Theater is located behind City Hall, by the pool. There is no charge for attending, but donations are welcome. Bring your blanket and some mosquito spray, they do spray, but just in case. They have refreshments, or bring your own. The play starts at 8 pm, please arrive at 7:30 to secure your seat. If you wish to attend, please contact Rita so we save you a spot.

Thanks! Rita

Jul 20, 2017

Extended Deadline - Lavon H. Cooper Scholarship

The New Hope Women of Today Organization is proud to offer the Lavonne H. Cooper Scholarship to former high school graduates of Robbinsdale School District 281 (Armstrong, Cooper or Highview). Scholarships awarded range between $500 and $1,000.

EXTENDED DEADLINE


Applications must be postmarked by September 1, 2017.

Jul 19, 2017

Personal Enrichment Course

We are planning to offer a session in August with a speaker who will talk about "Advance Directives". This course will be offered to the public and help prepare all who attend for any unexpected family situations that might involve making medical decisions. More information will be put out to members as this is firmed up. If you have any questions you would like answered, please share them with Rita, so the speaker is aware in advance. Hope to see many of our members there! Rita and Peggy

Jul 16, 2017

Walking Club, July Update

When:
Wednesday July 26

Where:
Meet at Delores’s @ 6:30 pm for walking in
Northwoods Park

Contact Delores H for questions!

Jul 14, 2017

Book Club, July Update

Below are the remaining book club selections for 2017 along with tentative meeting dates. Look for more information on the book club meetings as the dates get closer!

• A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Wednesday, July 19th. Note the meeting date change. Meeting will be at Lori W's house and we will have a showing of the movie “A Man Called Ove”, which came out last year. Movie starts at 6:30 and is approx 2 hours long. Everybody is invited! There will be popcorn!

 • The Whistler - John Grisham - September 14th

• The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion – November 9th

• Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde- January 11, 2018

 If you have any questions on our book club, including if you would like to be added or removed, please contact Lori at dlwind@comcast.net. We would love you to join! Lori

Jul 10, 2017

A July Note from President Carrie

Wow! It’s already July! Where is this summer going? I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. Ours has become increasingly busy with the last part of July, Derek has business travel the last 3 WEEKS; the girls have summer programs and vacation Bible School so that means I turn into a single Sherpa mom. Trying to get things done is CRAZY!! But my reward is coming, I get to go on a trip to Ireland with my coming up in August! Looking at my schedule made me think that if you weather through the hard/messy/crazy part of life you will get to your reward. Which brings me back to you guys, I completely feel like we are in a transition year, we need to get back on track with our members. Muddle through the hard/messy/crazy part and get back to the fun stuff! But the board and I can’t do this alone! I need your feedback, ideas, creativity. Let us know what we can do for you! Let’s start working towards our reward of a strong chapter again! Have a wonderful rest of your summer!

Hope to see you at a few functions! Carrie

Jul 7, 2017

Tips on becoming a great leader



Delegate.
It’s about supporting people and encouraging growth. None of us start out knowing all of the answers. Take the time to explain your ideas/needs and foster growth.

Include Others.
Include all members. Do not assume someone is not interested or that they should know what you are planning. Invite everyone with the same level of excitement and expectation.

Communicate.
Take the time to communicate in three different ways: 1. verbal, 2. non-verbal (written, asl, ect.), and 3. social media (Facebook, Twitter, email, website). 

Respect Others.
Respect each other at all times. Your words have the power to change the world. Do not speak from anger or frustration. Use yourself as an example of what a successful professional looks like.

Own It.
Take responsibility. Do not change the rules or requirements mid process. Handle concerns behind the scenes without creating new issues for others.

Recognize Others.

Share the credit. Recognize all those who help with events and projects. Simply say “thank you.” It is the little things we do that make all the difference in someone’s day.

Jul 1, 2017

July Math Square

Try to fill in the missing numbers.
Use the numbers 1 through 16 to complete the equations.
Each number is only used once.
Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation.
Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

Jun 27, 2017

Women's Wellness Walking Club

When:
Wednesday June 28

Where:
Meet at Delores’s @ 6 pm for walking in
Northwoods Park

Contact Delores Hoseth for questions!

Jun 26, 2017

Meet the 2017/2018 Board: Shannon J. - Secretary

"BE CANDID"

Hello! Shannon your secretary here! My theme this year plays off Carrie's - BE CANDID. I believe communication is important and I want to help be a conduit for that.

I've been a member since 2013 and have done Sunshine club and now secretary (2 years running). I joined because I was new to the community and wanted to connect with people, and DID I! This organization has become very important in my life!

So personal info - I'm married (Derek) with 3 kids. YES - we ARE busy but we love it. I'm an engineer at 3M.. I love being creative, digital scrapbooking, gardening, making messes, cooking and movies. :)

I'm looking forward to being your secretary again this year! Shannon

Jun 24, 2017

NHWT Book Club

Below are the remaining book club selections for 2017
along with tentative meeting dates. Look for more
information on the book club meetings as the dates
get closer!

• A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman –
Wednesday, July 19th. Note the meeting date
change. Meeting will be at Lori W's house and
we will have a showing of the movie “A Man
Called Ove”, which came out last year. Movie
starts at 6:30 and is approx 2 hours long.
Everybody is invited! There will be popcorn!

• The Whistler - John Grisham - September 14th

• The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion – November 9th

• Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde- January 11, 2018

If you have any questions on our book club, including if you
would like to be added or removed, please contact Lori at
dlwind@comcast.net. We would love you to join!

Jun 22, 2017

CERTIFICATIONS


Everyone joined Women of Today for different reasons, but the creed says we are Service, Growth and Fellowship. We want to make sure we are offering all three of these to our membership.
It’s easy to identify the Service and the Fellowship activities, but the Growth is something we may have to work on. Some members experience Growth as they volunteer to take Program Manager positions or serve on the Board; however, many over the years have experienced Growth through Personal Enrichment Courses they have taken or certifications they have completed.

Certifications help you identify areas of your personal life and Women of Today involvement that can provide you with specific goals to achieve. If you set goals to achieve in your personal life, they can give you purpose and a feeling of achievement when you complete them. So Women of Today certifications are set up to be goals that members can achieve. When you complete the certifications, you are recognized by the State or National Organization.

The areas of certification are Living and Learning, Personal Development, Health and Wellness, plus the STEP program, which we have not participated in for years. This program was the backbone of our Growth program when I joined many years ago. It was really helpful in my own Growth in the chapter.

Several years ago, when I did Living and Learning, I made a packet of all the forms. Our chapter had great results with certifications when I did this, so I am doing that again! I will be passing out the packet to each member as well as emailing it out to all members. If you choose to complete any of the certifications, that is up to you. I will put names on each packet and give you a chance to fill them out at the meeting and then collect them after.

~Rita

Jun 19, 2017

Duk Duk Daze!

Our largest community event is approaching quickly and we need your help! There are 75 shifts to
fill in order to have all of our games open for the kids and adults to play.

We count on you, our members, as well as families and friends to help with this event in order
to make it a success. I know many of you are available for any shift, so you wait and let others register first. We are asking that you make your choices now, so we know what is not covered. There are 5 time shifts over the weekend (July 14 – 16)l. We also need help setting up on Thursday evening (July 13th), so if you are not available for the Festival, helping us Thursday would be awesome!

If you have any questions, please contact Tawn or Rita.

Thank you in advance for helping make this event a success – we appreciate it and look forward to
another great year!

Jun 17, 2017

City Hall Flower Gardens

New Hope had the privilege of planting this years flowers at the gardens by city hall. Come check them out while enjoying a day out at the park.


Jun 10, 2017

A June Note from President Carrie

I got busy…

That truly seems like my new norm for the past couple months, May
went so fast, and I’m sure June will be even quicker. As I sit here an
hour before we leave for Florida (26 hour car ride!!) and Alicia asked if
I had a president note, I thought… “I can be better organized than
this!” I can pack a car for 10 days in Florida and not forget anything,
but yet I leave something till last minute that I truly need to have ready
by a deadline.

Yes, I am calling myself out! In the days of go, go, go…it’s time to slow
down a bit. You will find I at times get scatter brained and I leave
things to last minute. But these are things I need to work on to become
a better me! So please do not be afraid to approach me on things, or call
me out. I am here for the chapter to help and get things done!

Have a great rest of June!
~ President Carrie

Jun 7, 2017

Why You Should Give Honest Heartfelt Random Compliments Every Day


It increases your self-esteem:
Giving a genuine compliment is an amazing positivity boost! But compliments are not only good for the recipients—they’re good for the people who give them as well. When you go out of your way to say something nice and give thoughtful praise to another person, it amplifies your self-confidence and nourishes your self-esteem.

It strengthens your relationships:
The act of giving compliments creates a virtuous circle. Telling someone that they have made a positive impact on your life, or that you admired the way they handled a situation, is a powerful gift. You reinforce their value in the world, while strengthening your relationship.

It adds positivity to your day:
All too often, kindness is mistaken for weakness — and that’s a notion that we need to fight. Maybe we don’t compliment others as much as we should (or possibly as much as we want to) because we’re too self-conscious to put ourselves out there. Being unapologetically nice — and honest about that niceness — can make us feel pretty vulnerable; but giving a compliment is such a beautifully simple way to add a little extra dose of positivity to the world (or, you know, just make someone’s day a little better).

It makes you more empathetic:
Committing yourself to more complimenting means committing yourself to paying closer attention, to practicing everyday kindness. And taking the time to acknowledge someone else’s awesomeness will likely only make you a more observant and empathetic person. It is not the thought which makes us empathetic, but the effort it takes to think it, plus the additional step of expressing it. 

It takes the focus off of you:
Any time you can break the habit of “stinkin’ thinkin’” even just for a second, you’re shifting your attention from all the things going wrong in your day and putting it on helping make someone else’s day a little sunnier. Before long, your compliment to a complete stranger could go viral, and strangers everywhere will be smiling at each other, telling the person they just passed on the street something they like about them. Yes, this is indeed a game changer for everyone.

It sparks creativity:
Finding something positive to say to someone at least once a day has to the power to remove, say, that person’s mental block around a big project they’ve been struggling with and clear the pathways for them to get to the solution.  While something this drastic might not happen to each person who receives a compliment from you, you will undoubtedly create a space for them to think differently from that moment on. Small acts of kindness go a long way these days.

It increases your happiness:

When you put positivity out into the world, you yourself become a happier person. It is hard to be nice to be nice to others while being miserable. It reflects from the outside in. Giving compliments adds to your own personal happiness and self-worth.

Jun 1, 2017

A Special Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended Lynn's Memorial Bench Dedication. We had several family members and friends share stores about Lynn and over 50 people in attendance. Your support is much appreciated.

A special thank you to all those who have supported the memorial bench. We hope this bench will be here for decades to come for all to remember and honor Lynn’s life.

The New Hope Women of Today would like to recognize the many members of the community who have come together to make the Lynn Struck Memorial Bench possible.

The City of New Hope

The MNWT Foundation

The NHWT 2015 Convention Committee

and the following families for their generous donations: Windschitl, Tunison, Collins, Brehmer, Nightengale, Wallenfelt, Carlson, Crough, Sather, Neiss, Medvec, and the anonymous

Along with the Memorial Bench a $900 Donation in Memory of Lynn has been made to the Frauenshuh Cancer Center at Park Nicollet integrative therapies area.


A few of our Fabulous NHWT members, past and current.


Photos: Lynn Struck Memorial Bench Dedication