Mar 31, 2020

Making Masks for Hospitals

Can you sew?

Are you looking for a service project you can do from home?

Check out this article from Blue Cross. It has all the information needed to make masks for the local hospitals.

Send an email to with the total number of masks you donated.

Mar 29, 2020

April – “Wicked Wort”

This event is canceled. Everything is fluid at the moment. Check back for updates on a new date and time.

Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30pm. We always have a great time at the Wicked Wort in Robbinsdale, so let’s do it again! Beverages, food, socializing or games, it’s all there. Stop by and join in. Questions, contact Kathy at

Mar 28, 2020

What are you Cooking?

Hello Members and Friends of 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.

Mar 26, 2020

A Message from the MNWT

Update about COVID-19 and the affect on MNWT calendar of events scheduled through the end of the 2019-2020 year:
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.
Area Meetings ~
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 DDs. 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.
Meeting Schedule: Area 2 – Friday, March 27th, 7 PM start
Area 1 – Saturday, March 28th, 10 AM start
Area 3 – Friday, April 3rd, 7 PM start
Area 4 – Saturday, April 4th, 10 AM start
District Meetings ~ (between now and April 30)
MN Women of Today is recommending that districts do hold a 3rd trimester meeting in an online format such as Zoom or Go To Meeting. 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.
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 phone 952.406.8578.
LOTS (Local Officer Training Session) ~ Saturday, May 2, 2020
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.
Annual Convention ~ May 14-17, 2020
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.
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.
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.

Mar 24, 2020

Wisdom of the Wood Duck

Diane W. Carr

The only thing you can depend upon is that things will change.  Most of us face change reluctantly.  Here are some thoughts on change and courage.

What does courage and change in action look like?  Let’s look at a baby wood duck for an example.

You may know that wood ducks do not nest on the ground but in openings in trees and in wood duck boxes, affixed to trees.

You’re a baby wood duck and all of your life you have been sitting in a wooden box, above the ground, with your siblings, your mom, broken egg shells and duck shit.  The only light your see is a little round hole that your mom pops in and out of, which is light and dark in turns.  You sit there, with your siblings poking you in the eye sometimes, and it’s smelly, but it is all you know.  This is life.

One day your mom goes out and does not come back into the box.  Instead, you hear “Quack quack quack” I’m not coming in anymore. 

“Quack quack quack” You need to go to the hole and jump out.

What, you think, jump out? Jump out where? Leave my home?  You cannot imagine what happens if you jump out through the hole.  What’s out there? Is there anything out there? How can it be better than where I am?

“Quack quack quack” says momma duck.  I’m not coming back.  You stay in there and you will die.

Die? Not sure what that means but it doesn’t sound good.  But this is all you know. 

Slowly, one of your siblings goes to the hole, peeks out and then falls. That doesn’t look good either.

“Quack quack quack” I don’t have much more time.  You need to get out now.
One by one your siblings find the courage to go to the hole, and jump out.  

Soon you are alone, sitting in a box with shells and shit.  Your mother’s quacking is starting to sound further off.

Finally, mostly out of fear of being alone, you push yourself out the hole.  And you fall, flaying your little helpless wings.  You hit the ground. And it hurts.

But suddenly, you take in a whole new world.  World beyond your imagining.  Sights and sounds and smells you had never encountered in your short life.  And there, a few feet away, with your siblings is your mom.  “Quack quack quack” It’s about time.  Now quickly follow me.  You find your webbed feet, that you had never before used, are quite capable of getting your over to your mom and siblings.  You will soon learn to swim, something you could not have dreamed possible and then, even more magical, to fly.  In short, a life unimaginable within the wooden box.

Now life isn’t perfect for the wood duckling.  There is cold, rain, muskies in the lake and foxes in the brush.  But there is a set of possibilities for the duck that would not be attainable in the box.  The box may be safe but staying in there would cause the duck to be stunted and then die.

Change can come at you fast.  It is not always welcomed.  But it can open up new doors and new possibilities that you may not have never imagined.  Embrace change.  It can do you a world of good.

Mar 22, 2020

Hygiene Item Collection for High Schools

As Always..... Ladies, thank you for donating hygiene products for Armstrong and Cooper High Schools !! Marion and I shopped for items and delivered them to the schools along with the items you donated. The school staff were very appreciative. The total dollar amount was $286.00 !

 Delores H

Mar 19, 2020

Yale University is offering a free course online

  • Yale University is offering a free course online, The Science of Well-Being, that teaches you how to be happier.
  • Professor Laurie Santos taught a class called Psychology and the Good Life first in spring 2018 in response to concerning levels of student depression, anxiety, and stress.
  • It became the most popular class in Yale's history and garnered national and international media attention.
  • To share the class' contents with a wider audience, Santos created a Coursera course. You can audit it entirely for free or opt for a $49 certificate of completion.
  • The original article can be found here!

Event Cancelations

Due to social distancing, the following events have been cancelled.
• Line Dancing 3/21
• March General Meeting 3/23
• Leap Into Volunteering 3/28
• Mad Hatter Unbirthday Party 3/30
• Ambassador Bingo 3/31
• Pre-Race Party/Silent Auction 4/17
• NHWT 5K 4/18
• Wicked Wort 4/23
• Women’s Health PE Course 4/28

Mar 18, 2020

When Volunteering is Put On Hold…

It is a very odd feeling to be a volunteer and realize the best thing you can do for your community is nothing.  Social distancing is not something that comes easy to us, the volunteers. We are on the front lines; raising money, collecting supplies, donating our time and talents for the better good of others. Now what? What do we do when the best thing for our community is to stay home?

We stay in contact. Our friendships and connections are greater than a virus. Now is the time to think outside the box. Send mail and email. Take time to make a phone call or ten. Check in with your fellow volunteers to say hello. Share stories and support each other. This might be the right time to challenge everyone to a Words with Friends game.

We prepare. In the future things will begin to return to normal. We need to rest our minds and souls, because soon the need for us in our communities will be greater than ever. Pay attention to who is doing what and where. Keep track of businesses and schools that supporting families with food. In the future plan events that will support them. Keep in touch with your local nursing homes. When the time comes they will know you are there to help them.

At the moment everything is fluid. We don’t know what the next week or month will look like. We do know that our connection to each other and the community is strong, and when the time is right we will be ready to not only help the community, but welcome new members into our volunteering organization that have the same passion to support our community.

Mar 16, 2020

A Little Extra Fun.

While we are all stuck at home, there will be more interactive posts on this site. You will find puzzles and stories, along with articles and spotlights from different members. Check back often and STAY CONNECTED.

Mar 15, 2020

Butter Braid Fundraiser

They are a tasty treat for any breakfast or brunch! Butter Braids are here again. All sales must be turned in at or before our March meeting on 3/23. Delivery will be April 3rd so you will have them before Easter. Checks are due, made out to New Hope Women of Today with the orders or at delivery, whichever is easier for you. Remember, these come frozen and will need to be picked up as soon after 4/3 as possible. There is also a fun contest to see who can sell the most. The prizes will be worth the effort, so let’s see if we can hit a goal of 100! Questions, contact Rita

Mar 8, 2020

March – “Mad Hatter Unbirthday Party”

Monday, March 30th at 7pm at Holy Nativity. Wear your “Maddest” hat, play wild party games, win unbirthday prizes, enjoy unbirthday cake and beverages. Don’t forget to RSVP and bring your friends. If you have a flamingo, Cheshire Cat or hedgehog, bring it along! Questions, contact Kathy at

Mar 5, 2020

Leap Into Volunteering

Meet up with New Hope Women of Today at one of our March 14th or 28th, Saturday events between 9:30 - 10:30 am, at Caribou on Winnetka and 42nd in New Hope.Learn what New Hope WT has to offer you and our community. Discuss opportunities for volunteering, make friends in the community and more.

We are a community organization that supports the City of New Hope and the surrounding communities, including Crystal, Robbinsdale and the 281 School District area. Anyone 18+ is welcome. You don't have to live in New Hope to be member. We have members from many of the surrounding communities, including Plymouth and Golden Valley, and as far away as Minneapolis.

Try something new, don't be afraid to take the leap! For more info 612-770-1300.

Mar 1, 2020

Bookworms 2020 Book Selections

Join Us at Book Club.

Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - March 12th, 2020 

Educated - Tara Westover - May 14th, 2020 

The Giver of Stars - Jojo Moyes - July 9th, 2020 

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng - September 10th, 2020 

Woman of God - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - November 12th, 2020

Sold on a Monday - Kristina McMorris - January 14th, 2021

Contact Membership@NewHopeWT for more information.

Feb 23, 2020

March – “Line Dancing”

Wednesday, March 11th at 6:15pm at West Medicine Lake Social Community Club. 6:30pm is a beginning class and the cost is $7. You are free to stay for other classes without paying again. After the class we will pick a location and go out for refreshments. They teach a variety of dances and it is great fun! I have been going for several weeks and I love it. Questions, contact Kathy at

Feb 17, 2020

Breakfast Bags - February

A Breakfast Bag Update:
  • Purchased items to be contributed to the bags should be bought to the February general meeting. I will be shopping for items we still need the first weeks of March. Bag items to not need to be identical, so anything you donate will be appreciated.
  • We have 60 decorated bags. Let's try to get to 200 bags. Bring in any bags you have already decorated to our February general meeting and stay to color a few more bags. There will be supplies provided to decorate bags while we meet.
  • Plan on arriving to our March general meeting 30 minutes early (6:30 pm). We will be assembling the bags and boxing them up for delivery. 

Some of us have time. If that is you, consider helping to assemble the bags. Some of us enjoy being creative. If that is you, consider helping to decorate the bags. Some of us prefer to shop. If that is you, consider a personal donation of items needed to fill the bags. Everyone’s help is needed and appreciated. N

Thanks, Anna N
Breakfast Bag Chair

Feb 16, 2020

February – “Game Night”

Thursday, 27th at 7pm at Ambassador Home. Fun, games, prizes, refreshments and socializing. Bring a guest or come alone. The more the merrier! Questions, contact Kathy at

Feb 9, 2020

MNWT Winter State Convention Awards

  • US Medallion: Jodie Meyer
  • MNWT Effective Writing Competition Winner: Anna Nichols 
  • MNWT Presidential Medallions: 
    • Women’s Wellness SPM: Colleen Todd 
    • President: Rita Johnson 
  • MNWT Presidential Pin: Deb Schmitt 
  • Fast Start: Mary Kay Ficks 
  • MNWT Membership Awards: 
    • New Hope – 75% Retention or higher (83%)
    • Early Bird Renewals
    • 6th in Success
    • Certificate for Membership Monday participation 

Feb 2, 2020

2nd Trimester Chapter Awards

Congratulations to all of our 2nd trimester chapter award winners!

 Member of the Trimester: Mary Kay Ficks
 New Member of the Trimester: Julie Ohman
 Local Program Manager (LPM) of the Trimester: Merrin Baker
 Membership Project of the Trimester – Cookie Exchange: Sandy Berger & Pam Medvec
 Internal Project of the Trimester – Halloween Party: Kathy Nevils
 External Project of the Trimester, Non-Fundraising – Shopping Spree: Jennifer Auger, Deb Schmitt & Dottie Voigt
 External Project of the Trimester, Fundraising – Cooper Craft Fair: Renee Weiss, Merrin Baker & Rita Johnson

Feb 1, 2020

A Note From President Rita - Feburary

Third trimester is going to be a busy trimester! Membership events have been planned, new LPMs and officers are stepping forward to take on running our chapter in 2020-2021 and we will have some changes to discuss for our next year. We held our Bylaw and Policy review on February 6th and the proposed changes will be presented at the February meeting, printed in the March newsletter and voted on at the April meeting. Due to some of the budget changes for 2020-2021, it was decided to have our Budget Review in March, so that some of the changes can be discussed and voted on at the April meeting along with the proposed Bylaw and Policy changes. The Budget Review is open to all members and when the date and location have not been set yet, but will be published. If you wish to attend, please let me know, so I make sure we have enough seating. DUK DUK DAZE replacement festival will be July 11th, all day and is in the planning stages. If anyone wishes to join the committee to work on our part of the event, please let me know. It sounds like a great event and the Lions want us to be as involved as before and to know that we are an important contributor to its success. The location will be spread out from the new City Hall to include several local businesses and will have many old and new events and attractions. The day will start with a new 2K event, continue with the softball tournament at Northwood, may include other sporting events as well as children’s activities, Bingo and food trucks. There will be no carnival or fireworks. The event will evolve over the next few years, as they see what works and what could be added. This is really an exciting time for us as they are asking for our ideas and help to make it successful.

Rita J.

Jan 19, 2020

Breakfast Bags - January

Who is looking for a feel good service project to start 2020 off with a BANG? Yes! All of us… Consider contributing to our Breakfast Bags Project.

What are Breakfast Bags and who do they help? They are simply bags with breakfast to go in them in them. More specifically they are bags filled with nonperishable breakfast and snack items such as; juice boxes, fruit snacks, apple sauce, granola bar, protein bar, rice crispy bar, and other items of that nature. As a chapter we decorate and fill these bags and donate them to the Ronald McDonald House. They distribute them to the local children’s hospitals they service. These bags are used by families of children who have been admitted to the hospital. Some, just over night. Others for many months. These families are away from home. There are morning appointments and surgeries to get to. Having a bag of food you can grab and take with you is one less expense and one less thing to worry about. We decorate the bags to share joy, hope, and fun. Siblings of patients often enjoy selecting a bag that looks special to them. Parents enjoy the messages and kind thoughts. Breakfast Bags may be a simple project compared to others, but it makes a huge impact.

What can you do to help? This is a three (3) month project that has a little bit for everyone. Do what works for you and your schedule. Everyone’s contributions are equally important.
  • Attend at our January general meeting. We will be voting on a motion to donate up to $100 for the cost of Breakfast Bag Supplies.
  • Take home provided lunch bags at both our January and February meetings. Decorate them. Invite family, friends, children, and grandchildren to help. If you have a few extra lunch bags at home, you can decorate those as well. We are using the standard brown paper bags.
  • Purchase items to be contributed to the bags and bring them to the January and February meetings. I will be shopping for items we still need the first weeks of March. Bag items to not need to be identical, so anything you donate will be appreciated.
  • Join me at our February general meeting where there will be supplies provided to decorate bags while we meet. Take home a few extra bags.
  • Plan on arriving to our March general meeting 30 minutes early (6:30 pm). We will be assembling the bags and boxing them up for delivery. 

Some of us have time. If that is you, consider helping to assemble the bags. Some of us enjoy being creative. If that is you, consider helping to decorate the bags. Some of us prefer to shop. If that is you, consider a personal donation of items needed to fill the bags. Everyone’s help is needed and appreciated. Now let’s start decorating so we have bags to fill up in March.

Thanks, Anna N
Breakfast Bag Chair

Jan 12, 2020

Hygiene Item Collection for the High Schools

Our chapter’s January Youth of Today Project will be collecting and providing much needed hygiene items to Armstrong and Cooper High Schools. See the list of items below that the school staff have requested. They are very appreciative for our assistance. The schools supply items for students, formerly called Kody's Closet. The schools asked that we NOT donate razors or mouthwash, and they do NOT need toothbrushes or toothpaste. Please consider bringing some items to our January general meeting. Thank You !

Women's deodorant (they have lots for men)
Soaps (sensitive skin)
Shea Moisture
Products for African American students: Brands by Carol's Daughter & Cantu
New T-shirts
New underwear

Ponytail holders
Combs (any kind)
Small packages of facial tissues
Travel size lotions Large
basic women's underwear
Mini-pad sanitary pads

Jan 5, 2020

Sweet Dreams for Kids

The Buckets of Sunshine Project for Winter State Convention this year is Sweet Dreams for Kids. They are a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to bringing smiles to faces of hospitalized children by collecting and donating new PAJAMAS to those kids. Chapters from all over the state will be bringing new pajamas for kids in hospital who love anything that reminds them of home. If you enjoy shopping for kids, think about picking up some PJs for a child who will really appreciate them. Pajamas will be collected at convention, January 24-26, so we will need to have them before the 24th and our January meeting isn’t until the 27th . Contact  Delores H to arrange a time to drop off your pjs before the 24th.

Jan 1, 2020

A Note from President Rita

This is the time of year when we start looking ahead and preparing for the next year. Many things will change in our 2020-2021 year. We will welcome in a new Board, new LPMs, new members, plan new events and embrace the changes that are to come. There has been discussion in the past of manpower issues with Duk Duk Daze and now that will no longer be a problem. There will be a new, smaller festival that the City and Lions have asked us to be a part of by continuing our family oriented activities. It is great to know that what we have contributed to the festival in the past was noticed and appreciated. We have an incredible chapter with members who step up and offer their time and support to our activities and to other members when they need it. I am so proud of our group of ladies! Come to the meeting and see how the Trimester Voting turned out. Bylaw Review Once a year we take a look at our Bylaws and Policies to see if there are changes that need to be made. Everyone is welcome to come and see what this is all about and add their input. We will be meeting at Frankie’s on Thursday, February 6th at 6pm. Due to the LPM positions that changed to coordinator positions, we will need to make those changes for sure.

Thanks, Rita