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Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser scheduled for March 22

On Sunday, March 22, 2015, Southern Minnesota Nurses will hold its annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser to raise money for VINE Faith in Action and the Southern Minnesota Nurses Scholarship Fund. This year it will again be held at the Wow! Zone Family Entertainment Center at 2030 Adams Street on the Mankato hilltop, near Hy-Vee and Applebee’s.

Cost is $25 per individual (4-5 individuals per team), which includes two games of bowling with shoes, snacks and eligibility for door prizes. Friends and family members are welcome to participate. Teams that sign up by March 1 will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card.

For more information and to register, download the attached flyer (link below). A donation form is also available for download below.

Bowl-A-Thon 2015 Flyer (PDF)
Bowl-A-Thon 2015 Donation Form (PDF)

November 2014 board election results

The annual Southern Minnesota Nurses board election was held in November 2014. Linda Rossow was re-elected to serve as president for an additional two-year term from 2015-2017. Margaret Brewer will continue as a director with her new term extending through 2018, and Shari Comnick joins the board as a new director, also serving until 2018.

Complete information about the SMN board of directors can be found here.

Thank you for Children’s Museum donations!

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Thank you to everyone who donated supplies or money to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. We had two carloads of supplies along with monetary donations.

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