Dec 31, 2014

Home Free Collections

This year we are trying something different for Home Free. They are stocked up with bras but still have many needs. At the January General Meeting, we will be collecting gift cards for Home Free. Any amount is appreciated. The value of the card should be visible and can be written on the card. A few ideas are gas cards, grocery store cards, Target, Walmart, and Sally's beauty supply store.

Dec 29, 2014

Silly Supper

Do you like to have fun? 
Do you like to eat? 
Do you like mysteries?
Then we have the event for you! 

What is a SILLY SUPPER? It's a dinner where you order multiple courses of food that have code names - for example Road Rocks = Salt. :) This includes the utensils too. You will get a full meal - just in an order you pick and you might have to find unique ways of eating it, unless you can figure out the clues. :)
When: January 16th at 6:00pm
Where: Shannon Johnson's House
Spots: 14!!

Dec 27, 2014

The Bookworms Book Club

The next book club meeting will be January 8th at 7:00 at Lori W's. The book is The Astronaut's Wives Club by Lily Koppel. We will be picking books for next year at that meeting also. If anybody has any book recommendations, please e-mail them to Lori W. by December 31st.

Dec 25, 2014

Our Gummy Holiday Skit

Our Gummy Holiday Skit, sung to here comes Santa Clause.

Here comes TRIDENT Gum, 

Here comes BUBBLE Gum, 

STRIDING Right down the Lane, 

TRIDENT and EXTRA and all the others coming right to you. 

Gum is STICKIN’, women flinchin’ What a BUBBLE-ISHIS night.

So cover your eyes and EXPAND your arms, Cause BUBBLE gum comes tonight 

Here comes EXTRA Gum 

Here comes “RED HOT” Gum 

STRIDING Right down the Lane

We’ve got a bag that’s filled with BUBBLE gum. For all you gals Again 

Hear those BUBBLES PINGING, POPPING, Oh what a beautiful sound 

So cover your eyes and EXPAND your arms, Cause BUBBLE gum is coming tonight

Dec 20, 2014

MNWT Foundation Fundraiser

Our annual foundation fundraiser event Saturday, February 28th at 8pm! (doors open at 7)
Chanhassen Playhouse Theater
501 West 78th Street
PO Box 100
Chanhassen MN 55317

The Stevie Ray’s Comedy Troupe creates hilarious comedy based on suggestions you can call out from the audience. Watch a high-quality show in a relaxed atmosphere. Dinner and gratuity included! For just $65.00 Per Person! What a great way to celebrate 65 year

Dec 18, 2014

Christmas Caroling

Please join us for some fun, festive, Christmas Caroling at the Good Samaritan Ambassador Nursing home. Emoji

It's this Saturday, December 20th at 10:30 a.m.

If you didn't signup at the meeting and plan to join us, please reply to this email. If you're not sure or won't know until the last minute, that's ok - just come! Emoji

Song sheets will be available and you do NOT need to be a good singer. Emoji Children of any age are welcome and encouraged to come.

We'll meet inside by the front entrance at 10:30 and we'll plan to sing until 11:45. Emoji The address is 8100 Medicine Lake Road (just west of Winnetka).

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to bring joy to others during this holiday season and joy to ourselves as well! Wear a Santa hat or reindeer ears if you have them. Emoji I'm bringing homemade Xmas cookies from our WT cookie exchange for a snack after caroling. Emoji

Ronald McDonald House

The holidays are surely a time for giving as is the New Year. Please consider helping provide meals at Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, January 10th from 4:30-7:30. The Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit organization that provides a home away from home to keep families together during a child’s health crisis, when family matters most. Meals are provided for the families thanks to volunteers like

We need approximately 7 people to work at the RMH which includes setting up, serving and cleanup. We're going to serve lasagna, macaroni & cheese, 4 salads, 2 garlic bread and 4 desserts (cookies/bars/cakes). I will be making a motion to buy the lasagna from Costco and hopefully the rest will be provided by our members. If you cannot attend, you can still provide food or beverages that someone else can bring or a donation. We need to plan for 80-90 people, but I will get a better count before I pick-up the lasagna. I will have a sign-up at the December meeting, but if you cannot attend the meeting and want to help, please email me. Let me know if you can help at the event, if you can contribute, or both.

1. Mac and Cheese - in a crockpot
2. Lettuce Salad
3. Jell-o Salad (if anyone wants to do finger jell-o that's been a big hit in the past)
4. Other Salad
5. Other Salad
6. Garlic Bread (2 people)
7. Dessert (4 people)
8. Milk (gallon of white and chocolate) - 2 people

You can also sign up for an item and just donate money, which I can use to buy items at Costco (i.e. milk, salad, dessert, bread).

Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Pam M

Dec 13, 2014

Isaac's Journey - Winter State

A tribute to children who have suffered from cancer, is again happening at Winter State with the Luminary Walk. For a suggested donation of $5, you can decorate a bag with the name and age of the child. Let me know if you would like a white bag for this purpose. We are hoping that there are at least 2 bags from
our chapter. I will collect both the bags and monetary donation.

Diane V, Issac's Journey LPM

Dec 11, 2014

Home Free Collections

This year we are trying something different for Home Free. They are stocked up with bras but still have
many needs. At the December and January General Meetings, we will be collecting gift cards for Home Free. Any amount is appreciated. The value of the card should be visible and can be written on the card. A few ideas are gas cards, grocery store cards, Target, Walmart, and Sally's beauty supply store. If we collect over $200 in gift cards at the December Meeting, there may be an appearance from the bra and
underwear ladies to sing a special thank you song.

Dec 10, 2014

Trust Vets

Trust Vets is a valuable resource. They are expanding TRUST VETS and need help getting the word out.
They've built a page on the Indiegogo site and need to get as many people on that link as possible to introduce themselves. Would you be willing to help us drive business to Veterans by sharing the link?

A lot of people want better for Veterans; this is a simple way to make good on those intentions.

Dec 9, 2014


It's that time of year again - 
Come celebrate the New Hope Women of Today's Annual Holiday Potluck and General Meeting! 

What makes it special? Let me TELL you!
*FOOD FOOD FOOD! It's a potluck dinner - so bring a dish to share!
*LIVE MUSIC! Provided by the talented Wally Carr
*GIFT EXCHANGE! Bring a gift - get a gift! (Think $5-$10 range)
*A CRAFTY SERVICE PROJECT! We will be decorating cards for the Ambassador Nursing Home - all supplies will be provided. 
*FESTIVE CLOTHING! Bring out the good, the bad and the ugly Christmas sweaters! Come Christmasy, Casual, and Comfy! 

And the MOST important
*MEETING TIME! We will conduct a general meeting as well. 

It should be fun, festive, and full of laughs and food! Hope to see you there!!

HOST:New Hope Women of Today
WHEN: Monday, December 15 at 6:30 PM

WHERE: Holy Nativity Luthern Church 3900 Winnetka Ave N New Hope, MN 55427

Dec 8, 2014


Bring your family and join me for some Fun in the Snow! If you are lucky you might catch a sight of me falling. I hear it is quite entertaining. - Kellee

Where: Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area
12400 James Deane Parkway
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $15 a person
RSVP to Kellee P

Dec 6, 2014

December Fun

Members, I need your help. I'm looking for one fun fact from each of you. I'm hoping to get 100% of you to reply to this plea before December 10th
You can think up your own fun fact or use one of the ideas below. Text me or e-mail me.

Fun Fact Ideas:
Middle name
Favorite Color
How Many Children
How Many Grandchildren
How many pets
A spouse, child or pets name
Years as a NHWT member
Favorite TV show

I only need one fact from each member. I also need one recipe from each member, if you have not sent me yours yet, now is a good time.

Thanks, Anna

Dec 5, 2014

District Road Show

Join us Friday, December 19th, 6 – 8 pm at the Fridley Community Center for a District Road Show. Women of Today members from the State will be there to do a little training and have a little fun. 

Dec 3, 2014

2014 Shopping Spree

Our Annual Shopping Spree will be held on December 6th. Please contact Judy S if you would like to volunteer your time.

What is our Shopping Spree?

Each year in we take children from families in need shopping. This is no everyday shopping trip. These children are not buying for themselves, but for their family. With the help of volunteers, the children pick out gifts for their family. They wrap the gifts and as a reward for giving to others, the children get to visit Santa. Santa has a small gift for each child. It is a humbling experience to witness children picking out gifts of sock and underwear or mittens, scarf’s and hats, instead of video games and toys. 

Nov 29, 2014

Bookworms Book Club

The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7 pm @ Lori W’s Home. The book is The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel

Nov 26, 2014


We are now on You Tube, Check us out!

Nov 22, 2014

November General Meeting

Our November Meeting will be on Monday the 24th, 7 pm at Holy Nativity in New Hope. Everyone is Welcome.

Nov 20, 2014

Emerge Mothers Academy

Thanks to a successful Butter Braids Sale we raise $320 for the MNWT Buckets of Sunshine project Emerge Mothers Academy. We will be giving them a check at the Winter State Convention.  

Nov 18, 2014

District 7 Winter Meeting

New Hope will host the District 7 Winter Meeting at Frankie's in New Hope on November 20th at 7 pm.

We would like to thank Frankie's for their continued and generous support of the New Hope Woman of Today and the community.

Nov 16, 2014

Tastefully Simple Raffle

We raised $22 for ways and means with our October Tastefully Simple Raffle. There is still time to place your order and support our ways and means.

25% of the sales will go to NHWT.

Now thought November 24th.

The Party Hostess:
State: Minnesota

Name: New Hope Women of Today - Teri Burkstrand's Party (you can just type in New Hope)

Nov 14, 2014

Letters From Santa

Share the Magic of Christmas with Letters from Santa,
and Help Fight Childhood Cancer

Sponsored by the  New Hope Women of Today

Create wonderful holiday memories, while at the same time helping to fight childhood cancer.  For your donation of only $5, the week before Christmas Santa will send the special child in your life a letter postmarked from the North Pole!  No two letters are alike, because Santa and his helpers use the information that YOU provide to write personalized letters that children will remember for years to come.

Orders and payments must be received by DECEMBER 1ST to arrive before Christmas.
(For orders received past the deadline, Santa will send a letter telling about his visit to your child on Christmas Eve…
 …sorry, but no refunds will be given for orders that arrive late)
Send one form for each letter (located on the back of this sheet) along with payment to:

Make checks payable to:
New Hope Women of Today

Mail form(s) and $5 per letter to:
Diane VanDierendonck

“That Guys Letter”

 3804 31st Avenue N.
Robbinsdale,MN 55422

For more information or questions, please contact    Diane VanDierendonck  @ 763-521-7457, or Karen Potter @  763-780-5499,
How did you learn about our Letters from Santa program? ____

Your email address / phone number so we can contact you next year: _______________________________________________

To help Santa, please complete the form below (one form per letter)
(NOTE:  Not all information provided will be used in all letters.  However, the more information you provide, the better the letter will be!)


Your Name: _________________________

Your Phone # (in case Santa has questions!):
Your Address: ________________________

Your relation to child: ____________________________________

What does child call you? __________________________________

Child’s Name / Nickname:

 What does child call his/her parents?
Gender: M  or F

Age: ________ 
Brother(s) / Sister(s) Names & Ages:

Names & Types of Pet(s):
___________________________  ________
___________________________  ________
___________________________  ________
___________________________  ________

______________________  ___________
______________________  ___________
______________________  ___________
______________________  ___________
Name of School: ______________________

Name of Teacher: ____________________
Names of Best Friends:

Favorite Things (i.e. toy, activity, sport):
Good Behavior or Achievements:

Behavior to Improve:
One gift child WILL receive from Santa:

Gift child WILL NOT receive from Santa?
       Baby’s First Christmas               Child is a Non-Believer             No chimney for Santa
       Child won’t be at home for Christmas           Parent(s) will not be with child for Christmas
Changes in Family (births/deaths/illness/divorce): _________________________________
Did child write to Santa this year?

Did child visit Santa this year? _________
Where? ___________________________
Will child be leaving anything for Santa? _________________________________________
Anything else Santa should know? ______________________________________________

Child’s Name: ______________________________
Mail Child’s Letter To:
 c/o (if applicable): ____________________________
(Please print clearly!)
Street:   ___________________________________

City / State / Zip: ____________________________

Nov 12, 2014

Simpson House Services

Join us November 26, 2014, 7 pm at Holy Nativity in New Hope. We will have a representative from Simpson House giving a short presentation and will be presenting them with the celebration baskets we created.

Nov 10, 2014

Board Meeting Update

Due to weather issues our Board Meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, November 15th at 7 pm.

Nov 8, 2014

Thank You Members

Thank you to everyone who donated to and shopped at our garage sale. The unsold jackets have been given to a great organization. A $450 in-kind donation of jackets and socks has been made to sharing and caring hands. Great job everyone.

Nov 7, 2014

2015 NHWT 5K Update

Exciting news! Our 2015 NHWT 5K Benefiting Organization will be Kody's Closet. We are excited to be working with such a great local organization.

Nov 6, 2014

Wreath Sales Update

Thank you for everyone who purchased wreaths this year. Next up on our to do list is Bow night on Nov. 13th  and Delivery on Nov. 15th. Everyone is welcome to help.

Nov 5, 2014

District 7 Winter Meeting

Our Winter District Meeting will be on Nov. 20th, 6:30 pm at Frankies Pizza in New Hope. The cost is $7 for a pizza buffet. The theme will be Vikings vs Packer, come dressed in your favorite teams wear, We hope to see you there.

Nov 4, 2014

Book Club - November

November's book is Lydia's Party by Margaret Hawkins. The book club will me on Nov. 13th, 7 pm, at Peg's. Our next book will be The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Staory by Lily Koppel.

Nov 3, 2014

Vikings vs Packers

Join us for a playful rivalry as we host the annual Vikings vs Packers Social. This years event will be on Nov. 23rd, 11:30 am, at Tawn's. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Bring an appetizer to share and a beverage.

Nov 2, 2014

Membership Renewals FYI

2nd trimester renewals are due by Nov 15th. Renewals are $50, $45 of this will go to the state, and $5 to the chapter. Checks and cash can be given to either Carrie or Alicia.

Nov 1, 2014

Tastefully Simple Fundraiser

Help us raise money for our community.

25% of the sales will go to NHWT.

Now thought November 24th.

The Party Hostess:
State: Minnesota

Name: New Hope Women of Today - Teri Burkstrand's Party (you can just type in New Hope)

Oct 31, 2014

Woodland Hill Winery – Ladies Nighht Out

New Hope ladies and friends join me for ladies night out Sat November 1 meet at kellee's house to carpool at 3:45/4:00 pm. $5 per person, includes glass of wine, and live music.

Oct 30, 2014

Records and Recognition Update

Members please send your completed project reports to Jayne.
We were 11th in Success for 1st trimester. Thank you to Jayne for getting that sent in.

Our 2nd trimester awards voting will be on December 15th at our general meeting. 

Oct 29, 2014

Civic Awareness: Human Trafficking Speaker

There will be a speaker talking about human trafficking at New Hope City Hall at 6:30 pm on November19th. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.  

Oct 28, 2014

New Hope Women of Today

Serving the City of New Hope and the Surrounding Communities

Who We Are:
·         Woman age 18 to 118+. We are a diverse group of women in every stage of life coming together to make a difference in our community, grow as individuals, learn new skills, and make new friends. In 2013, we invested over $20,000 into our community and performed over 1,000 hours of service.

What We Do:
·         Our 4 Major Projects:
o   Cooper Craft Fair
o   Kiddy games and parade at Duk Duk Daze
o   New Hope WT 5K
o   Wreath Sales/District 281 Shopping Spree
·         A Few of our Many Smaller Community Projects:
o   Adopt a Highway
o   Bingo at local nursing homes
o   District 281 scholarships
o   Making of Ronald McDonald Breakfast Bags
o   Making of Food Shelf Birthday Bags
o   Thanksgiving Basket Collections
·         A Few of our Social Events:
o   Book Club
o   Cookie Exchange
o   Craft Nights
o   Ladies Night Out
o   Park Play Dates
o   State Conventions
·         The MN WT Priority Project:
o   Isaac’s Journey Foundation:

Where You Can Find Us:
·         Our General Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 7 pm.
·         Facebook:
·         Website: