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Minnesota Women of Today
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Service - Growth - Fellowship

This year the Minnesota Women of Today organization is celebrating 57 years as a non-profit volunteer service organization. Our chapters throughout Minnesota serve over 110 communities. This is a dedicated volunteer force of over 2,000 members in Minnesota. In the past four years we have raised over 2 million dollars for various charities. Members have volunteered many thousands of service hours. The Women of Today organization represents a variety of backgrounds, personal orientations, political positions, races and ethnicities.

The fellowship area of our organization is very rewarding, it is the opportunity to develop fellowships and support to one another. We have many fun filled events. Many socials are held so members can get to know each other. Sometimes we even bring our families together at various outings. The fellowship amongst our members and their families helps to strengthen our communities. The members are 18 years and older. They are single or married women.

The Minnesota Women of Today member is a member of the United States Women of Today. There are ___ chapters throughout the United States.

The Minnesota Women of Today organization has come a long way. It started from their roots in the 1950s as Mrs. Jaycees. Upon the reorganization of the Jaycee Women in 1985, we became the women of today. Since this time our focus has been to help women improve their own lives and the lives of the people in their communities around them

First talk of a state organization was in the fall of 1949, when some Jaycee wives met to discuss it. In May of 1950, the Mrs. Jaycees of Minnesota was born. During the next five years, we grew to over 60 chapters. In 1957, Minnesota had grown to the largest Mrs. Jaycees organization in the nation with 90 chapters. At Summer Awards 1974, we celebrated our 25th anniversary. In 1979 our membership had grown to 5000. In 1982-83 affiliation was a big issue. The US Jaycees said there had to be a Jaycee chapter in order to have a Jaycee Women chapter in the community. We worked closely with the Jaycees to establish Jaycee chapter so that no Jaycee Women chapters would be lost.

 

 

 

 

On July 3, 1984, the Supreme Court ruled that women must be allowed membership privileges in the Jaycees. In April 1985, the US Jaycee Women Executive Council drafted a resolution to dissolve the US Jaycee Women on July 1, 1985. The membership voted on and passed that resolution at the Indianapolis National Convention on June 17, 1985. At this convention, a special meeting was held with those interested in reorganizing as the Women of Today


MN Women of Today Creed

We, the Women of Today are service, growth and fellowship. We believe that through us great lessons can be learned, worthy deeds performed and a hand of fellowship extended to millions of women everywhere. May we leave the world a better place because we lived and served within it.



US Women of Today Creed

We, the United States Women of Today, are dedicated to serving our community and nation, are committed to strengthening our individual talents, and stand united by our friendships and belief in the future.

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