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Community Connections State Program Manager: OPENOPEN, Community Connections State Program Manager

This programming area was developed to assist and encourage MNWT chapters to become significantly involved in their local communities, resulting in "community connections," increase recognition of a chapter's joint ventures with local community organizations, and highlight the following areas: promoting national programming areas that do not fall under any MNWT programming area; promoting a community-focused area of the SPM's choosing; and honoring chapters who have established Community Connections awarded at the MNWT Annual Convention.

Living and Learning State Program Manager: Sarah SundineSarah Sundine, Living and Learning State Program Manager

This programming area not available prior to 2009-2010 was developed to encourage a member's personal growth: mentally, spiritually, civically and so much more. Highlights include: promoting the Living and Learning certification; promoting Personal Enrichment Program courses; encouraging USWT Certifications and Competitions (Speaking, Writing and Impromptu); and organizing fellowship services, invocations and benedictions at convention.

Priority Area State Program Manager: Glorie BalfanzGlorie Balfanz, Priority Area State Program Manager

Wishes & More

Wishes & More began in 2004 in order to fill the gaps of other wish-granting charities serving children with terminal and life-threatening conditions. The founders were seasoned children’s wish granters who had served as volunteer members of the board of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota. Wishes & More grants wishes for infants and children with a life threatening or terminal illness to the age of 19. Wishes are often related to hunting, fishing, sports and other outdoor activities. Families can be supported with a Scholarship of Hope ($2000) or financial relief to families that lose their child before their wish could be experienced. Click here for a presentation from Wishes & More for MNWT members.

Our Priority Area changes every three (3) years; Wishes & More is our 2018-2021 Priority Area. Click here to view other past MNWT Priority Areas.

Women's Wellness State Program Manager: OPENOPEN, Women's Wellness State Program Manager

This programming area encourages women to become more involved with their health and well being; promotes health education by providing challenges to chapter members encouraging participation with the added benefit of feeling better; educates women that Domestic Violence is a health issue and reminds our membership that there are still numerous people, children and families, friends, their communities impacted by domestic violence; and participates in walks that benefit women’s health issues like March of Dimes, Breast Cancer, Diabetes and ending hunger. This area supports the Outstanding Women Who Impact program.

Youth Of Today State Program Manager: Michelle Kocak JonesMichelle Kocak Jones, Youth Of Today State Program Manager

This area covers a wide variety of projects whenever a service is provided to our communities, either directly or indirectly. It also promotes ideas and activities that allow youth to discover and experience the importance of volunteering, and also promotes foundations related to youth activities. A major emphasis in this area is Kid's Week held in August. The Outstanding Young Adult program is held annually at Winter State. Young people are honored for their contribution to the community, and scholarships are awarded by the Minnesota Women of Today.

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