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
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.
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!
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!
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 yourself-esteem.
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
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
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.
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
The City of New
The MNWT Foundation
The NHWT 2015
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.