The YWCA Board retreat took place over the weekend, and we would like to thank all who were involved! Thank you to Margie's Art Glass for having us and Delisimo Cafe for the food. To all that were involved in our Hunt For The Homeless scavenger hunt - Thank you!! Main Street Books, Mainstream Boutique-Minot, Gourmet Chef, Esoterica, Olivers Attic - Minot, ND, and Gideon's Trumpet. Special thanks to Olivers Attic - Minot, ND for donating two handbags!! Pictured below are the teams on the hunt; Team Tangerine, Team Apricot, and Team Squash. The last picture is items that we gathered during our hunt, which will now be donated to the women in the shelter!
ve Life Beyond Stress: Learning how to handle stress, so it doesn’t handle you.
Have you got too many things to do and not enough time? Are you feeling overwhelmed or need a way to beat the stress in your life? Join us at our Fall Empowerment Session on how to Live Life Beyond Stress! This session will focus on how time management can help transform your life, the importance of working out your stress and how to do it, and ways you can stop, relax and really savor the moment around you – even if it is stressful!
Tickets Available at the door: $5
Time Management = Life Management by Kathy Aas, Community Relations Manager, Xcel Energy.
Stress Less Living: Working Out Your Stress by Dr. Terry Eckmann, MSU Professor, Teacher Education & Human Performances.
Savor the Moment: Mindfulness by Laura Larson, MS, LPCC, Northland Community Health Center.
The YWCA 5th Annual Swing FORE Shelter Golf tournament was held on Monday August 10th in Garrison. We had 54 golfers in this year’s tournament and a celebrity golfer. It was a beautiful day out on the course and the hospitality of Garrison Golf Course was wonderful. Board members volunteered for registration, prize distribution, and contest execution. We had a total of 6 sponsors for this event and many donors, with 2015 turning out to be a more successful year for our golf fundraiser than in 2013 or 2014. The YWCA exists in the Minot community because of the members and businesses that support us. Staff are able to provide case management services to homeless women and children, meeting with them once a week to come up with goals to strive for while they are housed at the YWCA. We have a safe, secure building where women can come to get back on their feet, find jobs, build confidence, and budget their money. We provide warm beds with bedding and pillows, running water for showers, laundry, and cooking. The women can job search and complete applications using our two community computers.The YWCA works very hard to keep the recidivism rate of women experiencing homelessness down. Our goal, with the support that each and every community member’s dollar and time provides, is to give women a chance to succeed and overcome some of the issues that they face. It is our hope that during and after the 60 days at the YWCA shelter the women will be on their way to self-sufficiency as productive members of society.
Thank you to the golfers, sponsors, volunteers, and donors who have helped the YWCA succeed within the Minot community and provide direct services to homeless women and children in Minot! Because of YOU we have served 74 women and children already this year, providing 1898 warm beds for the homeless to lay their heads. We appreciate the support.
Taking home the trophy and winning the 2015 Swing FORE Shelter Golf Tournament is… Debbie Currie, Sheryl Haugeberg, Laurel Weigelt & Liz Wolsky! Well done Ladies!
2nd Place: Cathy Janikowski, Angie Uhlich & Reva Palmer.
3rd Place: Clarissa Westby, Megan Stahl, Sara Leudke & Erika Kelly.
Putting Contest Winner: Sheryl Haugberg
Longest Drive: Reva Palmer
Closest to the Pin: Marlene Remilard
Longest Putt: Brittany Dahl
Thank you to all who participated and were involved in fundraising for the YWCA Minot Homeless Shelter. Bring on next year!
We are currently in the process of organizing our 5th annual golf tournament! Every year we tour one of the counties the YWCA Minot serves, and this year we are heading to Garrison, North Dakota for a fun-filled day of golf, laughter, prizes and riding around in golf carts! Last year the teams laughed their way around the golf course, celebrating their great shots and taking a much needed Mulligan at times. This year the event takes place on August 10th, so there will be plenty of pictures to follow soon! Community support is always amazing for this event - team registrations fill up quickly, and last year we had an array of business sponsors. Hopefully this year will be just as fun!
Fast forward a year or two and now I’m the one serving on the YWCA board of directors as well as chairing the Women of Distinction banquet. The YWCA board is the first board I have served on. I was terrified to chair the banquet; Alisa Dahl is a tough act to follow!! I could not believe how much there was that needed to be in place in order to have a successful banquet.
I have also had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of women who served on the committee. They dug their heels in and helped me put fires out left and right!! This was the first big event I have ever planned and I received an amazing amount of support and help, all while displaying how green I was in this type of setting. I learned so much, but what I learned about myself would be my biggest take-away from this experience.
YWCA Board Director, Sana Keller and YWCA Executive Director, Gina Gonstad
On the day of the banquet, I was nervous, excited and scared!! All that was left to do was make sure that all the hard work, time, planning and preparation put into the banquet was not wasted as well as make sure the women received their awards. I also wanted to make sure the funds raised from this event were enough to help keep the YWCA of Minot open, operating and able to continue to help women receive the “hand up” they need to take the next step needed to put their lives back together!!
That morning felt so important to me and I thought I would remember every second up to the banquet! I could not have been more wrong. What I remember most is the feeling I felt aftereveryone left, the clean-up was done and I was on my way home. A warmth I had never felt in my life rushed through my body and has stayed there to this day.
I have chaired the next two Women of Distinction banquets which has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing women in our community that might not otherwise be recognized for what they do, because these are “behind the scene” type of women. They don’t feel they need recognition for the inspirational acts they do on a daily basis. I’ve also been honored to meet the women staying in the shelter and permanent supportive housing. I now consider them my friends. These women are the same as any of us. Circumstances in our lives lead us to places we never thought we would be–good or bad–and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help in any way I can.
The YWCA board of directors is made up of women with different backgrounds, interests, lifestyles and opinions, all with the same goal…to empower women in whatever capacity needed. Every woman that serves or has served on the board of directors, worked or volunteered for the YWCA has brought their passion and talent to a nonprofit organization that has been serving this community for 100 YEARS!!!
When it comes to the role the YWCA has had in my life, I have so much more that I could say. I hope the take-away message from what I have shared is that the Women of Distinction banquet (and Alisa Dahl) is where my love and passion for the YWCA began. The banquet is the BIGGEST fundraiser of the year for the YWCA.
In addition, I hope I was able to express how the YWCA is so much more than a homeless shelter for women and children!! “Empowering women” is in the mission statement. This does not just apply to the women in the shelter–it applies to all women. I have never felt more empowered and grateful for having the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization and group of women!