The Monticello Chapter of Women of Today use nine different Program Areas to help us focus our time and energy. These Program Areas 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, civically, and through the family. This is achieved through such programs as Effective Writing, Public Speaking and Impromptu competitions. Also included within this area are the invocation and benediction messages at our monthly meetings. Sub-categories of Living & Learning include:
- The View – our chapter bookclub
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 area covers areas that our chapter that are used to communicate to the local community using a variety of media outlets such as the local newspapers, social media and businesses.
Some of the celebrations 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 on file. Ideas for chapter histories come from this area, as do awards and incentive ideas.
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 donation.
This area encourages involvement in the local community and joint ventures with other local community organizations. Some examples are:
- donating to local food shelf
- volunteering at Riverfest (the city’s summer fest)
- Spring and fall craft shows
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 America 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 the 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.
Priority Area: Breaking Free
This is a three year Minnesota Women of Today priority area on which we focus and help to promote during this time frame.
Breaking Free educates and 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.
Past priority areas have focused on the following:
- Can Do Canines