Women of Today open new chapter in Staples

Organization is looking for members who want to make a difference 

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

A new chapter of Women of Today opened in the Staples Motley community in May. President Nicky Anderson, who is also the Minnesota board chairperson, is very excited about the future of the organization.

“I joined Women of Today 11 years ago to network,’’ she said.

Women of Today first began as the JC Women. In 1985 it broke off and established its own identity.

Women of Today, a national organization, has opened a new chapter in the Staples Motley area. Pictured are (from left): Jean Skroch, the state membership vice president, State Board Chair and President of the Staples Motley chapter Nicky Anderson and Lisa Hahn, the extension director.

Women of Today, a national organization, has opened a new chapter in the Staples Motley area. Pictured are (from left): Jean Skroch, the state membership vice president, State Board Chair and President of the Staples Motley chapter Nicky Anderson and Lisa Hahn, the extension director.

Minnesota has the largest number of clubs and members in the country. There are 70 chapters and 1,350 members, two-thirds as much as in the entire country.

Jean Skroch, the state membership vice president and a member of the Rice chapter of Women of Today, said she joined to make a difference in her community. She has been with the organization for 14 years.

“We are all about service to the community,” she said. “Whatever the chapter decides is best, it’s what gets done. It could be helping the food shelf to assisting a boy scout troop or helping raise funds for a community center.”

The non-profit organization is also about individual growth. Each of the women said they would have never stood in front of a group to talk before they joined Women of Today.

The new chapter in Staples is all about helping its members with personal growth, making friends, learning to speak to a group, recruiting and expanding skills.

“Courses are available on leadership, finances, domestic violence, stress management, health and wellness, motivation, estate planning and more,” said Skroch.

The Staples Motley chapter has raised money to help the two communities. For starters, they adopted the grounds of the Staples Community Center with plans to address its needs on a weekly basis.

The group had a root beer float stand at Music in the Park in Staples and more recently a free vendor fair/craft show at Pine Ridge Golf Course to get to know the neighbors.

“All the funds we raise go back to the community to help children and families,” said Lisa Hahn, the extension director. She is a member of the Sauk Rapids chapter of Women of Today and said she joined 23 years ago to meet more people.

Future plans for the Staples Motley organization include a golf tournament in the spring of 2014 at Pine Ridge and setting up scholarships for local students.

“This is good for the Staples Motley area,” said Anderson.

The focus of the national organization is to be known as a major supporter of domestic violence awareness programs. It also is involved in childhood cancer projects, the March of Dimes, Lupus organizations and more.

Skroch said that since getting involved with Women of Today, she has learned how much is needed in her own community.

The Staples Motley group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Town’s Edge Restaurant in Staples.

“We are looking for women, and men, to join who have a passion for what they feel are needs in their community. As a group, we can help raise money for those passions,” said Anderson.

“If someone wants to make a difference, meet others and help their community, Women of Today has the answer,” said Hahn. “New ideas are always welcome. It’s only limited to one’s imagination.”

The next meeting in Staples is Tuesday and everyone is welcome to see what the organization is all about. The meeting will incorporate a Christmas social as part of the evening.

For more information about the Staples Motley chapter call Anderson at (507) 381-0786. For information about the Rice chapter, call Skroch at (320) 250-9119.

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