Zoom Fall WorkshopToday

Yvonne Schilplin is inviting you to a scheduled GFWC MN Zoom meeting. 

Topic: GFWC MN Fall Workshop Aug 29 
Time: SATURDAY, Aug 29, 2020 9:00 – 11:00 AM 

CLICK HERE TO Join Zoom Meeting 

OR USE Meeting ID: 647 677 4850 
Passcode: spring 
Once you are in zoom you will be placed in a “waiting room” until hosts let you into meeting. If you need a practice session w/zoom please let me know today. 
If you have any questions please call or txt

Fall Workshop August 29th

Hi to ALL members of GFWC MN,
You are cordially invited to GFWC MN Virtual ZOOM Fall Workshop Saturday, August 29, 9-11 am. A zoom link will be sent later next week. Consider yourself already registered if you have rec’d this email directly from me (yschilplin@gmail.com dated August 19 (Not sure just register)

However this invite is for ALL members! SO ASAP
District Presidents: PLEASE FORWARD to ALL your Clubs who Forward ASAP to their members.

Any NEW REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE Tuesday, August 25 if possible (Thursday, August 27 at latest)
Email the following to yschilplin@gmail.com
Email address
Club name
District (N, WC, EC, SE, SW)

We’re excited to HEAR all about GFWC MN President Jennell’s focus and new presentation/reorganization of CSP’s. PLUS meet the new chairman.

Here’s Tentative Agenda

Review CSPs
Important dates for reporting, dues
MVR virtual meeting
Member sign-in on GFWC.org
Membership bonus from Headquarters
101 things

2020 Virtual MN State Convention

Jean Walker Virtually Calling GFWC MN 2020 Convention to order 

Jackie Barkley and Shirley Deno 
participating from Blackduck

GFWC MN 2020 Virtual Convention MN Virtual Convention 2020

It was history in the making…a world pandemic taking place…COVID-19, social distancing, wearing of masks in public places and home bound.

In these unusual times the usual took place via zoom conducted by Yvonne Schilplin, GFWC MN Leadership Chairman and Lilah Crowe, GFWC MN Convention Chairman. Jean Walker called the FIRST Virtual Convention 2020 meeting to order with 50 registered members of which 48 where able to connect. The GFWC Grand Rapids North Star Women’s Club members led the Pledge of Allegiance. The president’s report was given. The minutes were approved that had been shared via email by GFWC MN Secretary Diane Mangseth; Pam Mithum, GFWC MN Treasurer, presented the proposed budget which was approved.

GFWC MN Vice-President Jennell Jorgensen-Johnson presented the membership award. Linda Blue, GFWC MN 1st Vice-President and Dean of Departments gave an outstanding power point presentation of the department statistical reports and awards. President Jean announced that GFWC MN won several International Awards that were presented at the GFWC International Convention also held virtually.

GFWC Bloomington received the Shot@Life award in their category; Outstanding Achievement in Public Issues (Linda Blue, GFWC MN Public Issues Chairman) was awarded to GFWC MN; GFWC Zehlians of Thief River Falls received Honorable Mention in the Arts; and Jean Walker was one of the recipients of the Charlotte Emerson Award for exemplary service and leadership. An update on fundraising was given by Diane Hanna, GFWC MN 2nd Vice President and fundraising chairman.

A memorable “You are Angels” themed Installation service was given by GFWC MN Past President Jan Latola. Jan installed the (ANGELS) officers: Jennell Jorgensen-Johnson, GFWC MN President; Linda Blue, GFWC MN Vice President: Diane Hanna, GFWC MN 2nd Vice President; Deann Fiecke, GFWC MN Secretary; and Sam Johnson-Purdie, GFWC MN Treasurer.

The Club Collect and Juniorette Pledge were recited. All members were then asked to share ONE word describing the last six months of COVID…..the list was heartfelt and overwhelmingly filled with gratitude…from organizing, cleaning, golfing, and reading to grateful, thankful, blessed, and healthy.

Attendees to the MN GFWC Virtual Convention

Nevis Women’s Club Mask Makers

The 19 virus is affecting every person on this planet.  And, as you must have heard, protection supplies are diminishing.  The Nevis Women’s Club rallied together through the inspiration of an awesome member, Ginny Benson, to become Mask Makers.  Ginny contacted health facilities and has received requests from all over the country.  So far, with the help of several club members and their friends, they  have made over 1500 masks!!  Ginny is mailing bundles of masks daily to nursing homes and health care facilities.  If someone does not sew, they cut fabric and/or donate to the postage fund.  This website editor is pretty sure many  clubs in MN have taken on this task.  Let’s hear which clubs are ‘stitching’ in.  Contact me at strong.linda1@gmail.com  and I will add club names when I hear from you,

CANCELLATION of 2020 MN State Convention

From the Desk of GFWC MN State President, Jean Walker

30 March 2020

Dear Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Minnesota,

It is with sadness that I am notifying you of the cancellation of the GFWC of MN Convention 
scheduled for May 1-3, 2020.

I am notifying GFWC Headquarters of our change in plans as well and Mississippi
Valley Region President Kathleen Flock.

After considering all the information currently available from the Center for Disease
Control and the MN Department of Health, Your Board made this difficult decision. When
the infection rate is halted, your Board is planning to extend the Fall Workshop one day where we can gather and celebrate the year, the 2019 awards will be given out and we will meet our new Club, District and State officers for 2020-2022.

I am working with our Leadership Chairman Yvonne Schilplin on a way for our elections to take place by email or phone conference. Yvonne will be emailing a letter explaining the process that you can use to get our elections completed so the new officers can take charge for 2020-2022. We all know this is a trying time and if we work together, we will get this done.

I pray for your well being and good health in the coming days. Remain calm and STAY HOME!

Yours in Federation,

Jean Walker, GFWC of MN State President 2018-2020
426 E Ross Avenue
Warren, MN 56762

2020 MN District Conventions

Southeast –  Winthrop – March 28 – Saturday
Southwest – Sleepy Eye – April 18- Saturday
Northeast – Grand Rapids – April 1 – Wednesday
Northwest – Thief River Falls – April 18th – Saturday
West Central – Elbow Lake – April 18 – Saturday

East Central –  Bloomington  –  April 7th – Tuesday