The Monticello Chapter of Women of Today are involved in the following Program Areas, which fall into two different categories, Internal and External, and are each led by a Local Program Manager.
Living & Learning
This program promotes the personal growth of our members in areas such as intellectually, spiritually, civic, and through the family. This is achieved through such programs as Effective Writing, Public Speaking, Icebreakers, and Impromptu competitions. Also included within this area are the invocation and benediction messages at our monthly meetings.
Our monthly chapter newsletters help all members stay informed on upcoming events and include the past month’s meeting minutes. Past newsletters can be found under the “For Members” tab.
The State and National organizations also publish newsletters:
- The Minnesota Women of Today’s newsletter is called the “NEWSLET”.
- The National newsletter is called “Today’s Leader”.
This program covers areas that our chapter uses to communicate to the local community using a variety of resources including local newspapers, social media such as Facebook, website, and business communication and advertising. Some of the activities under this category include Founder’s Day (which is celebrated yearly on July 1st) and Women of Today Week (which is the last full week of September). The state organization also celebrates “Out and About with Women of Today” each trimester on a designated day.
Records & Recognition
Is designed to help keep those important project records and chapter history on file. Awards and Success submissions fall under this area.
Ways & Means
This area is the “how to” for finding ways to raise funds for the chapter’s operating expenses. Any member can suggest ideas for fundraising. The state organization also promotes ways and means to help support the Minnesota Women of Today through the state store, trimester fundraisers and chapter donations.
This area encourages involvement in the local community and joint ventures with other community and charitable organizations. Some examples are: donating to our local food shelf, Adopt-a-Highway, and volunteering at Riverfest (the city’s annual celebration).
This area is focused on providing and supporting women’s health education through traditional and holistic medical practices, as well as balanced lifestyles. Highlights include promoting the March of Dimes Walk for Babies and other health areas affecting women today.
Youth of Today
This area promotes ideas and activities that allow youth to discover and experience the importance of volunteering and promotes foundations related to youth activities. A few major focuses are:
- Kid’s Week – held in August
- Outstanding Young Adult – held annually at Winter State convention where young adults are honored for their contribution to the community by receiving a scholarship.
This is a three year Minnesota Women of Today priority area, which features an organization that we feature and promote during this time frame. The state organization and chapters help educate and raise funds for the organization.
2017-18: Breaking Free provides services to women and girls who have been victims of sexual exploitation/sex-trafficking and need assistance escaping violence in their lives. It is a MN based non-profit and social justice/social change organization. They help an average of 400-500 women and girls each year escape the systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing and education.
2018-2021: Wishes & More fulfills extraordinary experiences to kids battling a terminal or life-threatening condition and supports the entire family throughout their journey.
Domestic Violence Awareness
This area is promoted by the United State Women of Today and focuses on education about domestic violence and fundraising for organizations and victim support within communities across the United States. Each chapter is encouraged to find ways to get involved with domestic violence awareness. Monticello chapter interacts with Rivers of Hope, a domestic violence support agency in Wright and Sherburne counties.