We are the voice of working women in Minnesota; it’s a role we take very seriously. We’re constantly on the look-out for ways to bring value and growth opportunities to our members and working women.
Our organization offers the rare combination of personal and professional growth. Members love the networking, the programs and especially the camaraderie they experience at the club meetings. At state events they join with women from across Minnesota and from every walk of life to be inspired, to be exposed to new ideas and to be recognized for their accomplishments. We truly are women helping women.
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Thank you members and clubs that participated in our State Event. It was an amazing day and a half, to say the least! We celebrated a record number of "First Timers". They were recognized and formally pinned by Membership Chair, Julie Asmus. Everyone that attended really enjoyed themselves and were inspired and engaged by the fantastic speakers. Everyone won at least one nice prize. We learned about wine and what "real" chocolate tastes like. It went by way too fast! Club awards were handed out to some very deserving clubs, celebrating their accomplishments; Willmar took home the Membership % Growth award. Over 38% growth, woohoo! Fergus Falls was awarded "Club of the Year", they demonstrated just what MBW/BPW is all about, the commitment of empowering women through events, fundraisers and getting their community involved with their efforts. I can't leave out Willmar and Mankato, they too demonstrated being a star club. Mankato won Best Skit, they showed us how to have fun and give much needed scholarships through their cheese ball making skills. Grand Rapids took home the coveted Traveling Trophy, with 10 members in attendance. We all learned from other clubs through their best practices, ideas, events and just their excitement.
This past year was so new to us as a state organization and as I think back it went well, but I know we can do better. As we start a new MBW year next month, I have many thoughts, ideas, and goals as we continue to move forward. So with the new year, we will have a new Board of Directors that represents all the clubs. They will bring leadership, commitment, ideas and innovation. The new Directors will connect us all at a state level to keep us a strong, viable and healthy organization with a common mission.
I would like to share Chris Heeter's Wild Dares with you. She was our amazing Keynote Speaker. Chris puts a great perspective on our organization.
To stay with the discomfort, stay open and honest with one another, and trust the wisdom that evolves from being willing to be uncomfortable
Harness the energy, encourage each other's Wild spirits
To hold an open hand toward what MBW can become
Keep on caring, cultivating the legacy of difference you have made in people's lives
Your 2014-15 state president,
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