Dec 31, 2019

Photos: December Holiday Party and Meeting

Thank you to the many members who attended our December Party and meeting. It was a lot of fun! Check out out Instagram and YouTube for more Holiday Party fun.

Dec 15, 2019

Crazy Bowling

Time to get some exercise and have some FUN! Crazy Bowling requires no skill, it’s something anyone can do. Monday, January 20th we will meet at New Hope Bowl at 7pm. There will be a couple games of bowling, snacks and lots of socializing. If you prefer not to bowl, just come for the socializing. Each bowler will bowl 1 - 2 games, prizes for high and low scores. This is not a membership event, but if you bring a perspective you get 25 extra points added to your total score. Games are $4.25 and shoes are $3.50, if you have to rent them. Come have fun!

- Kathy N

Dec 13, 2019

Photos: Cookie Exchange

We had a full house for our 2019 Cookie Exchange. Thanks to everyone for attending and making those fabulous treats.

Dec 1, 2019

A Note From President Rita - December

It’s the end of the trimester already and we will be doing Trimester Voting at the December meeting. Looks like we have a number of events coming up in January and February for members to chair and attend. If any of you have ideas for service projects, fundraisers or socials that you would like to have on the calendar, please bring them to the Board or bring them up at the meeting. We would like to have activities that members want to attend. Winter State Convention will be in St. Louis Park, January 24-25th. The theme is Denim and Diamonds, so bring your BLING! There is bed space, if anyone wants to come and spend 1 or 2 nights at the hotel. Treat yourself to a mini vacation, enjoy the convention activities, spend some time in the pool, party with other Women of Today and bring home memories. Applications can be picked up at December meeting or accessed from Come for part or all of the events and see what happens at convention. There are several items being collected for non-profits to be brought to convention. Dacmart needs used clean blue jeans to make rugs, the Boys and Girls Clubs need deodorants for the youth and Sweet Dreams wants new pajamas for children in hospitals. Participation is completely up to members and items will be collected at our December Meeting or they can be brought to convention, if you’re attending.

Rita J

Nov 15, 2019

Lavon H. Cooper Scholarship Recipients

The New Hope Women of Today Organization is proud to the newest Lavonne H. Cooper Scholarship Recipients.

  • Rachel Brown – graduate of Armstrong High School 
  • Emily Gratz – graduate of Armstrong High School 
  • Sophia Handzel – graduate of Armstrong High School      
  • Jordan Klein– graduate of Armstrong High School 
  • David Lindgren – graduate of Cooper High School 
  • Amy Master – graduate of Armstrong High School 
  • Cara Meyer – graduate of Cooper High School 
  • Samantha Parsons – graduate of Armstrong High School 
  • Madison Theis – graduate of Cooper High School 

This scholarship is awarded to former high school graduates of Robbinsdale School District 281 (Armstrong, Cooper and Highview). Scholarships awarded range between $500 and $1,000. The 2020 application will be available early spring. For more information, check out our Lavon H. Cooper Scholarship page on this website.

Nov 10, 2019

Hanging Out at Frankie’s

It’s a Social, so grab your other half, a friend or just bring yourself to Frankie’s, Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 pm. Everyone had such a great time at Dining for Dollars that we thought it would be fun to do it again as a group! Expect some conversation, maybe some games, probably a few drinks and always great food and friends.

Questions, contact Kathy N. at 763-291-1678.

Nov 3, 2019

Holiday Craft Night

Nov. 18, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Come for an evening of fellowship, good food and, if we feel like it, make a few crafts! On the craft agenda is wine cork coasters, cork animals, and possibly some Scrabble tile ornaments. Or just come by for the snacks, drinks and fun!! Let me know.  This event will be held at the home of Diane WC.

For more information contact

Nov 1, 2019

A Note From President Rita - November

I am excited to tell you that our State President Cat Schumann will be attending our November 25th meeting. The meeting will start at 6:30 so we have time to give to our guests. Along with Cat, we will have State Program Managers for Living & Learning, Wishes & More and Youth of Today attending to give a little information about their programming areas. Also attending from Monticello is their State Delegate who is doing a visit with Cat. The busy Holiday Season is upon us. Thanksgiving is coming up quickly and we all have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for the many friends I have made in Women of Today all around the State and all of those members who have supported me over the years in whatever area I have chosen to serve. I encourage you to start thinking about the positions in our organization and where your interests are. There are also many service projects and fun events coming up in the next 5 weeks and some postholiday events in 2020 are in the works as well. Check out the calendar and see what is coming up! Feel free to invite friends and family to join us. We will be baking cookies, singing at the Ambassador, serving food to the kids at Crisis Nursery and partying with our friends at the Holiday potluck on December 16th .

-Rita J

Oct 30, 2019

Coat Collection

We will continue to collect coats and accessories until at least the end of this year. It was so wonderful to deliver our collection to date to Hope Bridge. There were 17 coats, 2 pair of ski pants and 10 hand made scarves. All of the items will be given free of charge to people in need of warmth. Way to go!!! Thank You ! Anyone can drop off additional items at any of our general meetings.

Oct 18, 2019

Christmas Cards for Ambassador Nursing Home

If you have some new and extra Christmas cards, please bring them to our November general meeting. The cards will be  by signed by members. It would be fun if some of our youth (kids and grandkids) could also write a short message inside the cards. We will be delivering these cards to the residents when we go to sing and visit in December. It really warms your heart to experience the caroling! 

Oct 12, 2019

Cooper Craft Fair Update

October 26th, it’s almost here! Your opportunity to finish most of your Holiday shopping in one day. We have over 140 crafters and artists selling their items. Be sure to invite your friends and relatives to share in the day. The event is open from 9am to 3pm, so you have lots of time to shop. Coffee and treats are also available for your enjoyment. 

We still have some volunteer opportunities open on both Friday night for marking spaces and on Saturday to help out. Friends and relatives are also welcome to join our volunteer crew and get to shop too. If you are already signed up to help, thank you so much for making this event a SUCCESS. We couldn’t make a difference in our community without your help! Contact  Rita @ for more information.

Oct 8, 2019

Halloween Party!

Bring your children, grandchildren, friends and their children to a fun filled evening at Holy Nativity Church on Monday, October 21st at 6:30 pm. There will be games to play, treats to eat and lots of cool costumes to see. Maybe even some spooky times. Sign up at a general meeting or call Kathy to RSVP. Everyone had a great time last year, so you don’t want to miss it this year!

Oct 2, 2019

August School Supply Collection Update

Our school supply collection was a tremendous success! We collected over $950.00 in supplies for Prism. A HUGE thank you to everyone ! Meg, Marion and Delores volunteered at Prism by sorting and organizing supplies. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who supported this project.

Oct 1, 2019

A Note from President Rita - October

The Women of Today Organization, has had several name changes since its start 70 years ago. Originally it was part of the Jaycee’s Organization, it has helped women to improve their lives and find their places in society over those many years. At Winter State Convention in January, we will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of our great organization. Please try to join us for this celebration at the Doubletree in St. Louis Park. More information will follow in the upcoming newsletters. If all goes well, the State Program Manager for Living and Learning, Sarah Sundine and President Cat will be joining us at the November meeting and we will be starting the meeting at 6:30 both in November and December when we have our Holiday party. I hope members will come with support and questions. Don’t forget Make a Difference Day is October 26th, where millions of volunteers will unite in a common mission!
-Rita J.

Sep 24, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities Beyond NHWT

The following are a couple of volunteer opportunities that are open-ended time-wise. I think either one of these would be a fun project.  Let me know if you volunteer. Thanks, Diane WC

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Annual Benefit - Need Set-Up Volunteers (Age 16 +) 
Date: Friday, Oct 11, 2019 
Time: 7:00am to 1:00pm 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities’ annual Benefit, For the Kids!, is on Friday, October 11th at U.S. Bank Stadium, and we need your help to set up for our biggest fundraising event of the year! There are different shift start times and all will end around 1:00pm – lunch will be included! Here is what we need help with: • 7:00AM – unloading the truck • 8:00AM – auction set-up 10:00AM – on field and other set-up tasks Please fill out this form and indicate what time you are available to start helping – if you are unable to stay until 1:00pm, please note that as well in the form: WuHbFPjAYyWDKhUXA If you have any questions, please contact Amy Kuehn, Director of Special Events, at akuehn@bgc or 651-200-4107. Thank you in advance for your help! 

Fraser Volunteer at the 2019 Fraser Annual Benefit (Age 16 +) 

Fraser is Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Fraser serves children and adults through healthcare, housing, education and employment. 

Date: Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 
Time: Shifts from 8:00am thru 10:00pm 
Location: Minneapolis Hilton 

We are looking for volunteers to help out with various shifts between the hours of 8:00am and 10:00pm. Attend the event free of charge and enjoy the exquisite entertainment. Receive breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner depending on the time of your volunteer shift. Volunteers will help with a variety of tasks including: • Set Up • Guest Registration • Greeting • Coat Check Merchandise Packing and Checkout Anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer to help make a difference in the lives of children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families. Please follow this link: https:// ap=917676223 to fill out the short volunteer application and join in on the fun! Contact Meagan LeMay at with any questions or if you are interested in volunteering. 

Sep 18, 2019

NHWT Ways and Means Fundraiser


The Butter Braid order form will be emailed to chapter members around the 18th of September so that members can share the information electronically with friends and relatives. There will also be paper copies of the order form at the September meeting. Our chapter will receive 40% of each item sold and this money will be used to help fund our ways and means account (yearly expenses). The sale will continue until November 4th , when orders and money will need to be turned in. The Butter Braids are an incredible treat for your guests over the holidays and can be kept frozen for many months. The orders will arrive at my home on Friday, November 15th and should be picked up as soon as possible, because they have to be kept frozen. Contact Rita with questions or to place an order (

Thanks, Rita J

Sep 13, 2019

September Newsletter Scavenger Hunt

Read our September Newsletter. Answer the following questions and email Rita J before the October Newsletter is complete to be entering into a drawing for a fun prize.

Question #1: Who is collecting socks for our chapter?
Question #2: Who should members invite to the Halloween Party?
Question #3: When will be Butter Braids be delivered?

Sep 10, 2019

Cooper Craft Fair Volunteers Needed

Fall is quickly approaching, which means the Cooper Craft Fair (CCF) is just around the corner! It’s always the last Saturday of October. This year it’s on the 26th.

For those of you who’ve never heard of or been to the CCF, it’s a large arts & crafts fair made up of 140-160 crafters who sell only handmade goods. 40% of the proceeds go to the Lavon H Cooper scholarship fund, usually equaling $4,500-$5,500, that’s dispersed to about 8-10 graduates of a District 281 high school. The CCF is at Cooper High School and is going on its 47th year!

We require about 24 volunteers to help set up on Friday night and 30 during the event. Please sign up for a shift, if you haven’t already, via the SignUpGenius. Also, I’ll be looking for someone to shadow me to take over my position on the CCF Committee. My role in the committee is scholarship oversight and volunteer recruitment. Please let me know if you’re interesting in being a part of the committee. It would involve shadowing me at our follow-up meetings after this year’s fair, learning the tasks involved in my position, and shadowing me at next year’s fair.

Thanks, Merrin B

Sep 1, 2019

A Note from President Rita ~ September

     Not sure what is going on with the weather. But fall seems to be here early. I find myself wanting a cup of hot cider with cinnamon or a nice big hot chocolate with whipped cream! FYI, Country Kitchen has an incredible bottomless cup of Hot Chocolate! I am looking forward to all the fun activities we have in the works. I hope you all will find time to attend some of these activities. I look forward to all the new events our members will put together for us this fall and winter. 

   - Rita J.

Jun 5, 2019

Duk Duk Daze Kiddie Parade

2019 Duk Duk Daze
       Kiddie Parade

Organized by the 
New Hope Women of Today:

When:      Saturday, July 13th

Where:      Duk Duk Daze at Northwood Park  
          (Boone and 36th at Park Entrance)

Time:     Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
        Parade begins at 11:00 a.m.

Theme:      “It’s a Lego World”

Contest Categories and Prizes for:

  • Best Group Float (3 or more kids)
  • Most Creative
  • Most Comical
  • Best Representation of Theme

After the parade:  Prizes, Punch, 
Goodie Bags for all participants, entertainment and more!  

Contact Kathy Nevils with questions –   763-291-1678

A special thanks to McDonalds in New Hope & Golden Valley!

Master Builder - what will your Lego design be. . . ?

Jun 3, 2019

It's that time of year!! Get ready for DUK DUK DAZE!!

New Hope Women of Today are currently seeking volunteers for our annual Kiddie games at Northwood park on July 11-14th.  There are many volunteer opportunities left open and we can't run a successful event without support from our members and community! Please take a look at the sign-up genius link and pick your spot!

The descriptions for the games are below the link. Hope to see you there!

Duk Duk Daze 2019 games    **The Token Booth is for members only, no guests or youth.**

Don't forget that youth over 13 are also welcome to sign up and help on most of the games alone. So make it a family affair! 

Basketball - Participant tries to make as many baskets as possible in 30 seconds. Prize each time depending on # made and larger prize awarded to top shooter of the day.

Duk Pond - Participants have 3 tries to match two ducks from a pond with the same number on the bottom.

Golf Putt - Participants try to putt into the hole, prize awarded for one ball in hole.

Penny Drop - Participants drop pennies into a fish tank and try to land them on different sizes of lily pads painted on the bottom. Prizes awarded according to the size of the pad the penny lands on.

Plinko - Participants drop a disk down a bumper board and receive the prize that the disk indicates.

Prize Wheel - Participants spin a wheel for prizes including dinner coupons at local restaurants and other items.

Sucker Tree - Participants pull a sucker from a display and either win that sucker or a better prize of their choose.

Tic Tac Toe - Bean bags are tossed through holes trying to get a Tic Tac Toe.

Toilet Paper Toss - Rolls of toilet paper are tossed into wooden toilet and prizes are awarded according to how many go through the hole.

Apr 6, 2019



Are you ready to run/walk?

The 2019 NHWT 5K Walk/Run and Silent Auction is just over a month away,
April 27, 2019
(details can be found Here)

Don’t delay, register today.
The Early Bird registration ends on April 7, 2019

For those that are not registering for the 5K, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for the
event. We need people to help set up the course, sit around the course during the
run, check-in/walk up registrations, time the run, check out silent auction, facilitate
the Kid’s Fun Run, take down the course and any misc. things that need to be done.
The link below is where you can sign up of a shift.
Register here to volunteer