Aug 12, 2020


Join us for a fun membership event. We will have lots of laughs and yummy treats at Jennifer’s house in Crystal. Bring along friends…… more the merrier…..let’s show others the fun we have! For more information on attending this fun event, please email

Aug 8, 2020

Here’s what’s buzzin’ with Member Mary Kay F.

1. Where did you meet your husband? I met my husband on the city bus when we were taking the bus to college. My husband jokes, that if something happens to me, then he will get a new bus schedule and find a new woman. 

2. Who would you like to have lunch with? I would like to hear Jeff Cavins speak. He talks about the Bible and he is very inspirational. 

Aug 2, 2020

White Fragility

Written by Bonnie Hansen

    I feel compelled to write this following my watching a TED Talk by Robin DiAngelo on her book: White Fragility. I have come to see my defensiveness when thinking about my own racism. "All white people are racists." If that statement made you angry, you must think about why. My own reaction is typically, I am not a racist because I grew up in a racially diverse community, I lived in an upper-middle class neighborhood, we had upper-middle class black neighbors, I went to a diverse high school, I notice when black people are omitted from advertisements, groups, gatherings, and large events such as baseball games, plays, or state fairs, it bothers me that NHWT has no black members, it bothers me that the school I work in has a very small number of black educators despite the fact that most of the students are black, and finally, I have been upset by the black people who have been killed or hurt by police and have been incarcerated unfairly (or held unfairly due to lack of qualified representation). I remain part of the problem. We all were horrified by the public murder of George Floyd, and many of us are looking at what we can do to stop the problem of racism because of it. The question I have to ask myself is why did it take this public disrespect for human life to wake me up? This has been going on for a long time. What I can do is inform myself with the many, many resources that exist. I can also commit to challenge racism when I see it in myself or others. Click here for the handout from DiAngelo.

Jul 31, 2020

Bee-Youtiful Thoughts for July!

  • Renee, thank you for hosting book club. You always do a great job in hosting! - Delores 
  • Diane, Meg, Renee and Bonnie, it was so fun walking with you all for our first "I will show you mine, if you show me yours....Hosta !!! Next evening walk and tour to be scheduled within few weeks. -Delores 
  • A special thank you to Merrin for all the hard work time and effort that she puts into our newsletter -Kathy Nevils 
  • Mary Kay, Congratulations on your Presidential Pin. Well deserved. Glad you finally got it! Rita 
  • Dottie, Congratulations on your Presidential Pin. So glad you joined us and got involved! Rita 
  • Jaclyn, Congratulations on your LPM of the Year recognition for Wishes & More. Mom 
  • Wicked Wort ladies, so glad we could finally go back there and socialize. Hope we can do it again soon with more members. Rita 
  • NHWT Members, wishing happiness, health, and sanity to everyone. Rita 
  • Home Free, thank you to all who donated items for the shelter. Some items are from our Kody’s Closet collection, as they couldn’t accepted them, so now we have a place that can use them. I will have a totals report at the meeting. 
  • 1 st Trimester Renewals, thank you to all the members who renewed for another year of Service, Growth and Fellowship. We look forward to seeing you all at projects and socials. Sorry to see Heather go, please remove her from your email lists. Rita 
  • Founder’s Day, thank you to members who joined us to celebrate Women of Today’s 70th Anniversary. Rita 
  • Tawn, Congratulations on graduating Ryan, through all that is going on this year. Rita 

Jul 29, 2020

The Bookworms have a new home!

We will be using a website and app called Bookclubz which will allow us to have all things bookclub in one place. Meetings, books we are reading, books we have read and books you recommend. I think it will be a great resource and maybe cut down on emails! The bookclub is private and invitation only. You don't have to attend bookclub to join the club online. Contact for more information. Our next book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Our next meeting is scheduled for September 10th . Happy Reading. Lori

Jul 22, 2020

Kids Kids Kids…….We Love Kids!!!

Celebrate Kids Week on Monday August 17th between 6 and 7. Enjoy yummy treat and pick up a couple wooden craft projects. This is kids’ week and it is important to teach children the importance of volunteering and doing good deeds at a young age. For more information email 

Jul 15, 2020

Covid Corner

By Diane W. Carr, 

Although the majority of COVID is transmitted from person to person, it is also a good idea to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters with a virus disinfectant. Anti-bacterial soaps or spray are not effective against viruses. Here are 3 easy and inexpensive ways to disinfect your counters (from Consumer Reports June 2020): 
• Bleach: You can make an effective diluted bleach solution for virus disinfection of 1/3 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons of bleach to 1-quart water. Wear gloves while using bleach. Spray and later rinse the countertops to prevent discoloration. Solution degrades in a few days. 
• Hydrogen Peroxide: pour undiluted solution into a spray bottle and use. Wipe down after one minute. It can stain clothes. 
• Isopropyl Alcohol: Solutions that are at least 70% solutions are effective against the virus. Do not dilute. It can discolor plastics.

Jul 12, 2020


Regular exercise is a good antidote for depression and anxiety. Come spend some time outside with our upcoming Walk On Wednesday. Scheduled for July 29th, 11:30am, we will meet by the west side parking lot of Northwoods Park for our promenade. For more information, please contact

Jul 8, 2020

Here’s what’s buzzin’ with Member Deb S.

1. What tourist location could you hang out at for a month, why? I could hang out in Cozumel; which is a quaint little island south of Cancun. I have been there almost a dozen times and have made many friends on the island. I've learned the ins and outs of the island from some of the locals. I have a friend who built a house in the middle of the jungle; she is lots of fun to hang out with; even with the tarantulas, scorpions and snakes in her pool on a daily basis. I find Cozumel to be a friendly, welcoming island with new adventures every day. 

2. What is your favorite meal to cook? I have a chicken dish that I like to involves, chicken, swiss cheese, cooking wine, croutons......if you want to know more, you will have to ask for the recipe! I can say that every time I have made it, it has been a hit!

Jul 2, 2020

Happy Founder's Day

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We had a founders day picnic in a local park. Everyone brought their own meal and then the board provided cupcakes and cookies for dessert. We practice social distancing while we ate and visited, but did come together quickly for a picture of our activity before we enjoyed our dessert. - Rita J.

Jul 1, 2020

A July Message from President Kathy

Good job ladies, for starting out our year with a bang! Keep buzzing up those wonderful and creative ideas. Things are moving slowly but surely in the right direction. I am excited to share with you an upcoming project with the New Hope, Crystal Police Department along with the Metro Fire Department. It will be a ‘thank you’ and recognition project. Your participation is needed; it would be involving our families, children, but grandchildren, and friends to make thank-you cards for all departments. We will deliver them and have a photo opportunity with the police department with some of our kids. Details later. Looking forward to seeing face to face. Until then, stay strong and safe! 
Kathy N., NHWT President

Jun 30, 2020

Bee-Youtiful Thoughts for June!

  • Congratulations to Teri B for her Presidential Pin. Much deserved. – Diane W Carr 
  • Jennifer - kicking off your Wishing and More SPM position in high gear! Good for you! – Diane W Carr 
  • Congratulations to all the award winners from the Chapter and State. – Rita 
  • Teri, thanks for putting together our Disbursement list with descriptions and doing our monthly reports. – Rita 
  • For all of you who may have Graduates this year, hip hip hooray for them! Congrats class of 2020! – Kathy N 
  • A big thank you to all members for having such positive attitudes and supporting one another during this challenging season. We are a strong group of women we will get through this! – Kathy N 
  • Congratulations to all the chapter-level and state-level award winners!! Well done! – Merrin 

Jun 24, 2020

May 2019 - 2020 April YEAR END Chapter Awards

  • Member of the Year: Kathy N 
  • New Member of the Year: Julie O 
  • Local Program Manager (LPM) of the Year: Merrin B (Newsletter)
  • Membership Project of the Year – Cookie Exchange: Pam M & Sandy B 
  • Internal Project of the Year – Bookworms: Lori W 
  • External Project of the Year, Fundraising – Cooper Craft Fair: Rita J, Renee W & Merrin B 
  • External Project of the Year, Non-Fundraising – Shopping Spree: Jennifer A, Dottie V & Deb S 
Congratulations to All!

Jun 19, 2020

Women's Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. The term heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease and heart attack. Although some women have no symptoms of heart disease, others may have: 
• Angina (dull and heavy or sharp chest pain or discomfort) 
• Pain in the neck, jaw, or throat
• Pain in the upper abdomen or back These symptoms may happen when you are resting or when you are doing regular daily activities. Women also may have other symptoms, including: 
• Nausea 
• Vomiting 
• Fatigue If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 right away. Key risk factors for heart disease are: 
• High blood pressure, high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and smoking Other factors that add risk are: 
• Diabetes 
• Having overweight or obesity 
• Eating an unhealthy diet 
• Physical inactivity 
• Drinking too much alcohol 

For more information, check out the CDC link above and American Heart Association at

note: This information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention women.htm 

Jun 18, 2020

Sudoku -09

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

Jun 17, 2020

3rd Trimester Chapter Awards!

  • Member of the Trimester: Anna N 
  • New Member of the Trimester: Heather B 
  • Local Program Manager (LPM) of the Trimester: Anna N (Website) 
  • Membership Project of the Trimester – Parking Lot Trivia: Tawn H 
  • Internal Project of the Trimester – Bookworms: Lori W 
  • External Project of the Trimester, Non-Fundraising – Breakfast Bags: Anna N
Congratulations to all!

Jun 16, 2020

Sudoku -08

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

Jun 10, 2020

MNWT Annual Convention Highlights!

Chapter Recognition:

  • 3rd Trimester – 5th place
  • Year-End – 6th place 
Year-End Keys / Pins
  • Presidential Pin: Dottie V 
  • Bronze – Colleen T (Women’s Wellness Program Manager) 
  • Silver – Jennifer A (District 7 Director) 
  • Gold – Rita J (Chapter President) 
  • Over $116,680 donated last year.
  • Over 8,540 service hours were reported 

Jun 1, 2020

A June Message from President Kathy.

Happy Summer ladies, 
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather. Things are slowly opening up, which means we will probably be able to meet sooner than later. Until then, BEE safe and healthy. We are brainstorming and looking for any and/or all ideas for activities or projects. Bring it on! We need stuff to do. 

Quarantine President Kathy Nevils 
Let’s get buzzy and BEEEE the Difference...

Word Search - Dinosuars

May 28, 2020

Sudoku -07

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

May 26, 2020

Sudoku -06

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

May 21, 2020

Youth of Today

This year has flown by with my being the Youth of Today LPM ! I am excited that we will be donating funds soon to NEAR Food Shelf and Prism. The agencies are extremely appreciative ! 

Even though I am not officially the YT LPM this year, I would like to work with Treehouse, who reaches out to our area youth. Who is interested in helping me chair a project and/or a meal for them AFTER they return to a more normal schedule? 

Delores H

May 19, 2020

Walk on Wednesday

May 27, 11:30 Northwoods Park I would like to re-institute Delores’ wonderful walks again this year. Let’s try the last Wednesday of the month. This month it will fall on the 27th. We may not always Walk on a Wednesday – maybe a Trot on Tuesday, a Frolic on Friday. We’ll see what happens! We will meet by the parking lot on the west side of Boone. I am open to any suggestions! 

Diane W. Carr

May 18, 2020

Who’s that Lady?

I invite people to submit who you think is this wonderful woman. All correct answers will be put in a drawing for a special treat! This time we are taking the Way Back Machine for this month’s famous woman... Born in Missouri in 1852, she was orphaned by 12 years of age. She dressed in men’s clothes and did whatever work was to be had. She drifted to Deadwood, South Dakota where she met up with Wild Bill Hickok and her legend began. In later years she toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. She was a skilled sharpshooter on horseback. It’s said that if you messed with her you were “courting Calamity”.

Diane W. Carr, 

May 17, 2020

Support Wishes & More

Simply head on out to the DQ in Shoreview during our event times and have a meal or a sweet treat and 10% of the proceeds will go to Wishes & More! The event will be held four times this summer on Thursdays of each month – May 21, June 18, July 16, August 13 – from 6-9pm. Join us and invite your friends, colleagues, neighbors and family as well! It’s an easy way to enjoy a night out while benefiting the wish kids we serve!

May 15, 2020

Home Free Collection Project

I spoke with Home Free Shelter and asked what New Hope WT could do to help. They indicated ladies especially need things to occupy their time. They are out of adult coloring books and things to keep them busy. So I propose, for members that wish to help, you put together zipper bags with colored pencils or crayons and coloring books; Sudoku books or pages and pencils; Crossword books and pencils; easy craft projects with items needed and instructions or whatever you creative ladies can come up with. She cautioned that they can’t take any markers or paints due to little ones getting their hands on them and making messes. If you have something to donate or have any questions, please contact me. I would like to drop items off the end of May, since they are in need now. Rita Johnson – 

May 13, 2020

Take Me Out to the Garden…

By Diane W. Carr 

Spring and one’s thoughts turn to the great outdoors. Gardening is a hobby, a pastime, and a passion. For me, one thing that gets me through winter is wondering what plants will pop up in the spring. It’s like how some people think about baseball… this will be the year we make it to the bigtime; we’re going all the way. Unfortunately, if my garden were a baseball team, it would be the Cubs. Minor league at that. I love my garden, but it doesn’t love me back. If there is love, the garden loves me for my money. More mulch! More compost! Plant something here in the north bed that won’t die off like the tickseed and lupine (and the coneflowers and the rose bush). Make it snappy! For years I would go to the Friends School Plant Sale (the largest plant sale in the upper Midwest) and go slightly crazy. I would go with a list, which I promptly ignored, as I fell in love with their 30 different kinds of tomatoes. Thirteen different type of marigolds! Rare flowers, common flowers, roses, bushes, trees, shrubs. Most of the plants were small and inexpensive. Most of them didn’t last the season in my yard. In truth, my garden is a hospice center where plants go to die. What doesn’t die, but instead thrives, are weeds. I have dandelions the size of dinner plates. Creeping Charlie everywhere. I spend my first days in the garden pulling weeds. They are relentless. I had a patch of purslane that took me 3 years to irradiate. Burdock and quack grass that has been with me for years. So how does my garden grow? Solomon seal is hard to kill and looks like you know what you’re doing. I probably have 10 different types of Hosta’s, with the rabbits only eating the ones I buy from Bachman’s. Hardy geranium is truly hardy. Sedum (which I call sedum and forget them) pop up all over. Bleeding hearts are wonderful flowers. Once you establish peonies, you really can’t kill them. After they bloom (right before a heavy rain which puts the blossoms in the mud) you can trim them back and have a tidy bush. Shrub roses, originally established in Canada, are a good bet. Beardtongue is hardly and reliable. I let lamium loose on the back of my house and it looks good with no fuss. Just run it over with a lawn mower if it gets out of line. I try to keep the raspberry bushes from taking over the yard. I will continue to encourage and coax my plants to prosper while flailing away at the weeds. A little sun, a little patience, and a little luck gets me through the summer. Come September, I throw my hands up and turn my back on everything. But I know it will be waiting for me next spring. 

May 10, 2020

NHWT Chapter Meeting!!

Begins at 6:30 PM on 5/25 Online via Zoom!! New meeting sign-on time will be 6:30. Time for 15 minutes of socializing and getting settled, plus a little extra time for anyone having trouble getting logged in. Everyone should be logged in and ready to start the meeting at 6:45. A preview for members of some new meeting changes we would like to try when we start meeting together again. The online meetings shouldn't be too long, so any members that would like to stay connected for a social time after are invited to stay logged in. Some changes came from the Chapter Surveys that members filled out in November & December.

May 9, 2020

A May Message from President Kathy

Hello ladies, I would just like to say how happy I am to be the 2020-2021 New Hope Women of Today President. Thank you for choosing me! I hope to make this the most amazing, exciting, and creative journey this year, and I'm excited to share this journey with you all. Although our situation with social distancing is now present, it should be really fun to see how creative we can all be with social distancing many different events and fun gatherings. It still can happen, we just have to figure out a way Teamwork Makes the DreamWork. Looking forward to being a part of this team! Stay safe ladies and be healthy. Hope to see you all real soon! 

~ Kathy Nevils NHWT President. 

May 8, 2020

Sudoku -05

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

May 7, 2020

Caramel Biscuits

 Betsey N.

 2 packages of 10 refrigerated biscuits (or 3 packages of Grands)
cinnamon & sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. vanilla ice cream
1/2 c. of butter or margarine

Grease a 13 inch by 9 inch pan.
Lay 20 biscuits or 24 Grands in the pan.
Mix some sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the tops.

Boil  the  other  ingredients  for  1  to  2  minutes  and  pour  over  the biscuits.

Bake at 350ยบ for 20 to 25 minutes.

When done, flip upside down on a large plate to cool.

Personal Notes: Can add chopped nuts atop before baking if desired. 20-24 servings would be incorrect because no one could eat just ONE!

May 6, 2020

Sudoku -04

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

May 5, 2020

Member Feature, Tawn H: What are you doing in the 2020-2021 WT year


My name is Tawn Hanson and I have been a member of the New Hope chapter since 2008. I joined to gain friends, and boy did I ever. As my husband is fond of saying, you never just join something to join, you always get involved. That being said, I have been true to form. I have served on our local board in every position, the district board, including DD, and now I am looking forward to the new adventure of serving on the state level. I will be serving as the Community Connection SPM. My theme this year is Giving Power to Our Communities. One of the areas that I will be promoting is Habitat for Humanity. I truly believe that this organization empowers people to rise above situations that they find their lives in.

On a personal note, I have been married to my wonderful, supportive husband, Scott, for 23 years. We have two amazing children. Our Son, Ryan, is a senior at Armstrong High School. Our daughter, Abigail, is a freshman at Armstrong High School. Ryan is an avid mountain biker and Abigail is a competitive gymnast and softball player. And yes I am actively involved in their sports teams, not just a spectator. I also work full time as a dental assistant at Metropolitan Periodontists.

As we navigate these new waters of Covid, our communities will need our support and individual expertise more than ever.

- Tawn H.

May 4, 2020

Sudoku -03

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

May 3, 2020

Ronald McDonald House Delivery

One of our AMAZING members Pam, with the help of her husband, created and dropped off 60 breakfast bags. 

May 2, 2020

Member Feature, Jennifer A.: What are you doing in the 2020-2021 WT year

This year I am so excited to be joining the executive council of Minnesota Women of Today as the SPM for Priority Area-Wishes & More. My theme is Unlocking Wishes, which is a perfect fit, considering I work daily with students with disabilities unlocking their potential. I am an Occupational Therapist for St. Paul Public Schools. I live in Crystal with my son Cameron who is truly my pride and joy. Cameron and I enjoy being part of our community volunteering with the New Hope chapter, where I have been a member for about 10 years. I did take a brief break from New Hope and was welcomed into the Brooklyn Park chapter for a year. In both chapters I have held various board and LPM positions. My most recent position was as District 7 Director this past year. It was an amazing opportunity to represent an extraordinary group of ladies and be part of the greater group of MNWT. I look forward to my the next adventurous that are ahead.

- Jennifer A.

Apr 30, 2020

Bookworms Stay At Home Reading List

The NHWT Book Club, The Bookworms have put together a list of must reads while we are all inside and apart...

Here's their faves:

1.  Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
2.  All the Light we Cannot See  - Anthony Doerr
3.  The light between Oceans - M.L. Stedman
4. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
5.  Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - Lorna Landvik
6.  A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman 
7.  The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
8.   Becoming - Michelle Obama
9.  The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
10.  The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto - Mitch Albom

Apr 28, 2020

Crockpot Pulled Pork

by Tawn H.

1 Pork loin roast-frozen, put in crock pot. 
Add about 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. 
Add about 1/3 cup molasses. 
Sprinkle liberally with Tastefully Simple Rustic Herb Seasoning that you can get from Teri Burkstrand. 

Cover and cook on low 8-12 hours. My measurements are just guesses as I don't measure when I cook. When the roast is done, it will shred very easily. I don't even add any BBQ sauce, although you can if you would like. The left overs make great omelets the next day.

Apr 26, 2020

Effective Writing

Imaging you as an author! 

This effective writing activity is a great way to think outside the box and exercise your brain muscles during our separation. Pick up a pen or keyboard and start writing. Preferred article length is 400 to 800 words. Stories and articles can be on any topic, social lesson, skill to share, or personal story. They will be shared on Email your completed stories and articles to

Apr 25, 2020

The Bookworms are still Meeting!

Our next book club meeting is May 14th.  We are planning on doing a zoom virtual meeting for anyone that wants to join.  The book is Uneducated by Tara Westover. If anybody wants to join us for the virtual meeting they can email me at

These are the books we will be reading yet this year:

The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Woman of God - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Sold on a Monday - Kristina McMorris

Apr 24, 2020

Parking Lot Trivia




WHO: Chapter members and guests

WHAT: Play Trivia with your friends outdoors while maintaining social distancing. Bring your folding chair and a beverage. Not a trivia buff? Don’t worry, just enjoy the company and being outdoors. It’s all about getting together!

WHEN: Thursday, April 30th, 6:30PM

WHERE: Holy Nativity Parking Lot

WHY: Because we need to have some FUN! Safe prizes too!

Apr 22, 2020

Gettysburg Address

By Josephene O

November 19th, 1863 Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address to commemorate the thousands of lives lost in battle. Ironically, he believed that what he said was not important, except that what he said was actually really important. No one talks about what happened that day, they talk about what Lincoln said because it was that influential to the progress of the war. When giving the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln reinterprets the Declaration of Independence, redefines “people”, and he notes a shift in the people v. the government to the people are the government. Lincoln announced what everyone had been thinking, what everyone knew but wouldn’t admit. By giving the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln announced a point of no return that was reached when limited war became a total war. He was announcing his refusal to recognize the Confederacy as anything but rebels and his plan to end the war with no conditions.

At the beginning of the war, many believed that the government had no jurisdiction to interfere with an individual’s right. The right of the state was more important than protecting federal law. This is the premise under which the southern states seceded from the Union. Lincoln did not see this as a legitimate secession. He refused to acknowledge any legitimacy of the Confederacy. This is evident in his Fabian policy in which he stalled response and action in order to preserve the union. His policy was to hold, occupy, and possess. Lincoln was convinced that the war would be done just as soon as it had started. This was not the case. A limited war soon became total war. For example: 90-day enlistment turned in to a three-year draft; preserving the Union turned in to starting anew; total war signaled the end of Fabianism to which he turned to his policy of peace through victory. Victory could only truly be a victory if the Confederate states returned to the Union—and Lincoln refused to have it any other way.

Beyond just the beginning of the war, by reinterpreting the Declaration of Independence Lincoln challenged the founding fathers’ ideas of what the country should be. “This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” He redefined “people” to include far more than what the founding fathers had intended. For instance, when the Declaration was written only landowners could vote, Lincoln reestablished this to be all people regardless of land ownership or occupation. Additionally, not only does Lincoln use “people” differently, he also makes it clear that they are working by their own agency as citizens rather than by “the laws of nature and of Nature’s God”. This new Union would be a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”. This was even more significant because now, Lincoln was referring to everyone, not just the wealthy or those who owned land. Lincoln set a precedent for commanding the country during times of internal conflict. He was direct with his speech, making it clear that he would have none else but peace through victory.

In conclusion, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, although brief, had a substantial impact on the end of the war. Lincoln announced his plans for ending the war in a Union victory. Except, this announcement marked a point of no return. Only a few weeks later on December 8, Lincoln announced his plans for reconstruction. This man meant business and he wasn’t going to negotiate with rebels.

Apr 20, 2020

Together We Can Be More

Looking to try a new meal or snack? Have a go to recipe to share? 

If yes, this fun Together We Can Be More project is for you. Any recipe you love will do. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, treat, beverage… If you love it, share it! Email your recipes to and they will be spotlighted on for other members to see and try. 

P.S.: The chocolate chip cookies are a big hit. Serval people have already made them. Have you?

Apr 19, 2020


By Anna N

Makes 12

·         1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus softened butter for muffin pan
·         1 cup flour
·         1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
·         2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
·         1 cups milk, at room temperature
·         Muffin Pan (1 twelve cup or 2 six cup)

1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
2) Whisk together the flour, salt, eggs, milk, and melted butter until smooth. The batter will be thin.
3) Add a small dab of butter to the bottom of each muffin pan cup.  
4) Place the muffin pan in the oven for 2 minutes to preheat.
5) Remove tin from oven and immediately divide the popover mix between the 12 muffin pan cups and bake for exactly 25 minutes. Do not peek.
6) Remove popovers from oven. Serve warm.

Apr 18, 2020

EMPTY BOWLS 2020 Still Needs Support!

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the need for food assistance is greater than ever and Minnesota Foodshare has extended their proportional matching funds deadline to April 30th.  Please consider a financial donation, your dollars can go further to support local hunger at PRISM and NEAR by giving to:   Empty Bowls

Apr 17, 2020

Sudoku -02

The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9x9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3x3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is an excellent brain game.

Apr 16, 2020

Puzzles & Games Oh My!

Call your family members and challenge them to a NHWT puzzle or game. Two (2) to three (3) new puzzles/games are uploaded each week. Who finished the Sudoku faster? You? A niece or nephew? A grandchild/child? Your BFF? Another chapter member? How about the word finds and crosswords? Share photos and stories of your at home adventures and completed activities by emailing them to

Apr 15, 2020

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

By Rita J.

3/4 C softened butter
2 1/2 C sugar
1  1/2 tsp vanilla
3 3/4 C flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 C vegetable oil
3 eggs
3/4 C sour milk
6 T. Baking Cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp cloves
3 C zucchini, finely chopped
1 C chocolate chips (1/2 in cake, 1/2 on top)

Mix dry ingredients, set aside.  Combine oil, beaten eggs, sour milk, half chips and zucchini. Add dry ingredients, pour into floured cake pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle remaining chips over entire cake, then return to oven for 20 - 25 minutes.