Oct 30, 2017

Meet the 2017/2018 Board: Sue W. - Treasurer

 “Be Accountable”

Greetings! I have been a long-time resident of New Hope and have been a member of New Hope Women of Today since 2003. This year marks my third term on the board and the second as Treasurer. I have a husband, Jim, who is a local firefighter with West Metro Fire District (for over 20 years) and three boys in the Robbinsdale School District – Matt and Ryan, who graduate from Armstrong this year, and Alex, who will be in 7th grade.

Born in Indiana and raised in Ohio, my family moved to Minnesota while I was away at college earning a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a master’s degree in Communication from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. After graduating, free room and board sounded nice, so I settled in Minnesota and I love it!

I have enjoyed getting involved in the community. In addition to Women of Today, I served as an advisory commissioner for the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council (it is closing down this summer) and have been a member of the West Metro Fire Auxiliary. After 8 years in IT and 14 years in nonprofit workforce development, I combined the two. I am now working at Creating IT Futures as the Executive Director, Minnesota, helping unemployed and underemployed individuals get their first paid role in IT.

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends – around home, in Vegas, or at the lake “cabin” on the south side of Mille Lacs – and watching her favorite sports team… Go Vikes!


Oct 29, 2017

October Book Club Update

Hi everybody -

Just a reminder to start reading!

Below are the remaining book club selections for 2017 along with tentative meeting dates. Look for more information on the book club meetings as the dates get closer!

• The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion – November 9th
• Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde- January 11, 2018

If you have any questions on our book club, including if you would like to be added or removed, please contact Lori at dlwind@comcast.net. We would love you to join! Lori

Oct 26, 2017

Wreath Sales!

This is our last year doing it - so let's go out on a high note! Contact a NHWT member to order yours. We'll also be offering them at the Cooper Craft Fair from the NHWT membership/information table. 

We will need help!! 
Bow Night - will be November 9th @ 7pm at Shannon's house  
Delivery day - will be November 11th. 

YOU ALL ROCK! - Shannon

Oct 22, 2017

Butterbraids Update

There is still time to share these awesome treats. Order deadline is November 1st and I should receive payment by then also. If payment cannot be gotten to me by the first please make arrangements.

Delivery will be to me on November 17th sometime in the morning. I would like the orders to be picked up as soon as possible, however I will be leaving town Friday evening the 17th and not returning until Sunday in the late afternoon. I'm hoping that some of you may be able to pick up your orders Friday before I leave. Otherwise orders will be have to be picked up Sunday night or during the next week. All orders should be picked up after making arrangements with me by phone or email. Please remember these are freezer items and I need to get them delivered as soon as possible.

Thank you for participating in this fundraiser! Rita

Oct 21, 2017

Save the Date - Holiday Craft Night!

DATE and TIME: November 15th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM 
LOCATION: Diane W. Carr’s House 

     It’s that time again!! It’s time for another fun night of very easy crafts to help celebrate the season. I haven’t selected the items to craft yet, but rest assured a reasonably agile hamster will be able to do them! The odds are high that a glue gun will be involved. Sign up at the October General Meeting. If you have suggestions for EASY CRAFTS, please let me know.

Jingle Jingle, Diane WC

Oct 20, 2017

The 2017 Lavon H. Cooper Scholarships Recipients

The New Hope Women of Today would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Lavon H. Cooper Scholarships.
Amethyst Stegbauer
Amy Master
Brynn Gellner
Emily Gratz
Haley Neumann
Jennifer Williams
Jordyn Massop
Mackenzie Hallquist
Molly Mikkelson
Stephanie Sikkila
We love the city of New Hope and the surrounding communities. That includes the 281 School District. Every year we raise funds to help various programs throughout the district. It is important to us to continue supporting students after they graduate. The New Hope Women of Today Organization is proud to offer the Lavon H. Cooper Scholarship to former high school graduates of Robbinsdale School District 281 (Armstrong, Cooper or Highview). Scholarships awarded range between $500 and $1,000. The 2018 application will available April 2018.

Oct 18, 2017

Fall State Recognition

New Hope Women of Today is honored to have been recognized at the MN Women of Today Fall Convention for the following;

Early Bird Participation

Fast Start Participation: Shannon J, Rita J, Carrie A

Membership Starburst Award

Tawn H and Rita J of  the  New Hope Women  of  Today  were  each honored  with  a  Presidential  Pin. The Presidential  Pin  is  designed  to  recognize  a  member’s  commitment  to  her  local  chapter.  It exemplifies  dedication  and  belief  in  the  Women  of  Today  creed  that  emphasizes  service  to  the community,  personal  growth,  and  friendship.  The state  President personally selected them for  this  award for their work chairing the 2017 Duk Dil Daze Kiddie Games.     

Each trimester chapters from across the state participate in the MNWT SUCCESS Program. This program allows chapters to brag about the amazing things they do within their community.  Every chapter who participates is celebrated and recognized. It is our privilege to announce that for 1st trimester New Hope WT came in 1st place for SUCCESS. Congratulations to all of our members who do so much to help and support others. 

Oct 12, 2017

Here is my story - Alicia D

Bingo at St. Therese Nursing Home. Not the most glamorous volunteer event. Not something I particularly sought out volunteering for. But, I was free and they needed help. So I went. There was a couple at BINGO who had been married 60+ years. She was in the nursing home and needed significant help. He was in assisted living and needed less so. I helped her with her BINGO card the entire night and chatted with him while he played on his own. It was finally over. I had worked all day then went strait to volunteering. I was hungry and tired and just wanted to go home. But Mr. Carlson needed help. You see he wanted to walk is wife back to the nursing home portion, something he always did, before heading back to his apartment; but because of his walker he needed help. I was crabby, I wanted to say no, but after deep sigh I agreed to help. Walking back I heard the most beautiful love story I’ve ever heard. A husband more dedicated to his wife than I ever thought possible. He walks over to see her every day, and the last thing he tells her each night (just in case it’s their last night together) is how beautiful she is and how much he loves her. I was humbled and inspired. It wasn’t glamorous – I was pushing a wheelchair bound woman back to her bed – but it was beyond worth the extra effort. Now I don’t so much mind BINGO anymore.

Alicia D.

Oct 10, 2017

An October Note from President Carrie

Hello all! 

I hope this finds you well and Wow!! Did the cold get here fast! How is it the middle of October already? Can't wait to hear how many little ghouls and goblins rang your doorbells! We have many fun activities planned for the next couple months! Starting with Adopt a highway and Cooper Craft Fair! Hope to see you there! 

Happy Fall! Carrie

Oct 9, 2017

Mental Health Observation Day

     In celebration of Mental Health Observation Day (observed Oct. 10th) let's take time for ourselves. Do something fun and relaxing this week to support a calm and happy mind!

“What should you do?” you may ask! Below are some ideas.

Watch a Comedy,
Color a Picture,
Yoga or Meditation,
Read a book

Share what calms you and email me what you did.

Thanks! - Anna

Oct 8, 2017

What is YOUR story?

One of the most impactful things we can do is to tell our story. The family we met at Duk Duk Daze who could only afford the event thanks to our games. The child you took Christmas Gift shopping who was able to purchase the ONLY Christmas gifts his siblings would get. The Senior Citizen whose yard we cleaned-up who otherwise had no help. The meal we brought to the new mom overwhelmed with life changes. Yes, the facts are important…but it’s the story what inspires action!

So I ask you – what is YOUR story?

Oct 7, 2017

October General Meeting Invitation

Date: Oct. 23, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm General Meeting (Beverages and snacks will be provided)

Location: Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in New Hope - 3900 Winnetka Ave N.

The New Hope Women of Today General meeting is open to the public. Guests are always welcome. For more information, contact us at Membership@NewHopeWT.org

Oct 5, 2017


It is Butterbraid sale time again. If you have never had a Butterbraid, they are a flaky pastry with a variety of fillings. Caramel rolls are also available. They come frozen, you let them raise overnight and then bake them. You will be receiving an email from me with the order form attached and a sample letter explaining why we sell them and who will receive the money we raise. This can be forwarded to family and friends in hopes of getting some orders. Butterbraids are a great treat to serve family and guests over the holidays. The cost has gone up to $13 this year, with 40% of that money returning to our chapter. A new cheese & herb flavored Butterbraid has been added at $14 and would be awesome with a pasta meal or as a treat anytime.

Order taking begins September 25th and all orders and payments (made out to New Hope Women of Today, NHWT) must be turned in by November 1st. Delivery will be to me on Friday, November 17th, in time for Thanksgiving. Orders come frozen, so they should be picked up between the 17th and the 20th, as I am not sure how much room I will have in my freezer. You can contact me to come at your convenience. Let's get the word out and raise some money for the charity we choose!

Oct 3, 2017

Equifax Data Breach

This is a quick PSA in case you haven’t heard! Equifax, one of the three credit bureaus, recently had a huge data breach. Over 145 Million social security numbers were stolen. There are a lot of free and paid services offering ID Theft Protection and other products; but these are not always 100% effective. There is actually one VERY easy step you should all take to protect yourself and your family: set-up a Fraud Alert with one of the other two credit bureaus. Why? It’s free and they are required to alert the other 2 bureaus of the fraud alert. The fraud alert means you are required to be contacted before an account is opened with your social security #. The alert is good for 90 days only, so you may want to mark you calendars to re-do this every 3 months! Consider doing this for everyone in your family, even minors. Identify Theft of minors is a growing issue and could impact your children later in life. It’s easy – just go to https://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html and select Add Fraud Alert.

Alicia D

Oct 1, 2017

October Math Square

Try to fill in the missing numbers.
Use the numbers 1 through 36 to complete the equations.
Each number is only used once.
Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation.
Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.