Volunteers needed to help with Kiwanis Holiday Lights

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) night at the Kiwanis Holiday Lights (at Sibley Park in Mankato) is December 10. Anyone interested in volunteering that night from 4:30 – 9 pm can contact Diane Gerlach at 507-358-7804 or 507-931-6996, or you can register through the Kiwanis Holiday Lights website. (Volunteers can also go other nights and just write “NAMI” on the registration list.) Volunteers will be served supper around 6:30 pm. It has been lots of fun and last year food shelf items totaled over 150,000 pounds.

Volunteer activities include the following:

  • directing traffic as it goes through Sibley Park
  • taking food shelf items from cars and loading it into food shelf vehicles
  • handing out brochures
  • monitoring the skating rink (in the warming house)
  • lots of walking around and supervising the walkways

It can get cold, so volunteers need to dress warm. (Kiwanis has been very good about rotating volunteers in and out of the warm trailer.) Volunteers should sign in at the trailer when they arrive and list NAMI as the volunteer name.

SMNews for August 2014

The August edition of the SMNews newsletter will be mailed to members soon, but the electronic copy is available now by clicking the link below.  Highlights include information about community and other upcoming events, membership and elections. Check it out!

SMNews, August 2014 (PDF)

Board Meeting Minutes, March 10, 2014

Click here for full minutes (PDF)

Date: March 10, 2014
Location: Panera (Mankato)
In Attendance: Coni Rodgers, Pat Shortall, Margaret Brewer, Mary Milbrath, Pam Wolters, Kathy Kachelmyer, Linda Rossow

  1. Flyers have been printed and distributed to those present requesting donations from individual work areas for Partners for Affordable Housing. Greatest need at this time is for new socks and underwear; household cleaning supplies; shampoo, body washes and baby wipes.
  2. SMN will honor the request from Blue Earth County to act as a payee for speakers for their annual Mental Health conference on October 14, 2014.
    • SMN will provide an informational table at the conference.
    • SMN members will receive a $20.00 discount on registration fees.
    • Save the date cards will be sent out some time in spring.
  3. A request for support was submitted via letter from a nurse currently in recovery from chemical addiction. The nurse would like to start a support group for nurses recovering from chemical addictions in our region. Such a group would require a place to meet, facilitators, and possibly a coordinator. Linda and Pam will explore various avenues/resources that may be available and willing to assist in getting such a group started.
  4. Linda provided an update on the plans for the April Expo and the May Banquet.
    • Currently eight (8) exhibitors have paid for the Expo. Some others have expressed interest but have not provided money to date.
    • Exhibitors will not be expected to remain past the second break.
    • Flyers for the Expo were distributed to those members present.
    • Requests have been made for providing articles, baskets, etc. for the Expo’s silent auction.
  5. Ideas were shared for possible future CEU offerings. Julie Hawker from Lloyd Management is willing to present and provide CEUs for a presentation of the local Tapestry Project. The Tapestry Project has been working in collaboration with various local agencies to assist Somali and Sudanese immigrants and refugees with their transition to living in a new community and culture. Contact information for Julie was given to Linda.
  6. No changes will be made in the way SMN scholarships are advertised. It will continue to be a “word of mouth” process.
  7. SMN will be a primary sponsor for the September 4 conference on dementia. Primary sponsors may have a free exhibit table and its employees would be able to attend the conference for half price. The question will be asked if SMN will be able to substitute “members” for “employees.” Participation in this conference is seen as an opportunity for SMN to recruit membership and encourage involvement from current members employed by long term care agencies.

Respectfully submitted by Kathy Kachelmyer

Mankato Clinic Foundation awards grant to Southern Minnesota Nurses

Southern Minnesota Nurses (SMN)

January 24, 2014

Contact: Linda Rossow, Southern Minnesota Nurses President, info@southernminnesotanurses.org

Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, Southern Minnesota Nurses is receiving a $2,500 grant to be used for its 2014 Nurses Expo on April 10.

Through sponsorships Southern Minnesota Nurses is able to offer quality educational opportunities for its members and the community in southern Minnesota at reasonable costs. SMN appreciates the opportunity to partner with The Mankato Clinic Foundation in this endeavor.

Southern Minnesota Nurses is a non-profit organization created for nurses by nurses to offer opportunities for education, networking, scholarship and becoming involved in their communities. Members include RNs, LPNs and nursing students from the region. Meetings, educational opportunities and community events are open to members and non-members who are interested in the topics or events.

The Mankato Clinic Foundation provides resources to organizations and endeavors that effectively promote and improve community health and wellness. Since the primary focus of the Foundation is to support the health and well-being of the community, projects and programs supported include education and scholarships initiatives focused on health care, health education and wellness.

The physicians at the Mankato Clinic provide the majority of the Foundation funding as a means to give back to the community by providing support to organizations which strive to improve health and wellness. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are considered only through the application process. Applications can be obtained at mankatoclinic.com.

About the Mankato Clinic Foundation
The mission of the Mankato Clinic Foundation is to encourage and support the health and well-being of our community through initiatives that promote and improve community wellness. Annual initiatives made possible by the Mankato Clinic Foundation include community grants, scholarships for students pursuing careers in health, Project Kindness and Partnership in Health in Greater Mankato schools.

SMNews for January 2014

The January edition of the SMNews newsletter will be mailed to members soon, but the electronic copy is available now by clicking the link below.  Highlights include information about the Southern Minnesota Nurses Expo in April, the upcoming Bowl-A-Thon, the Nurses Week banquet in May and Mu Lambda‘s annual book discussion, as well as a ballot for the upcoming election. Check it out!

SMNews, January 2014 (PDF)