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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
June 2011
In This Issue
June Membership Meeting
President's Monthly Note
Photos from MASWA Spring Luncheon 2011
New MASWA Board Members
37th Annual Fall Aging Converence
'The Next Wave' Exhibitor Opportunities
2011 MASWA Meeting Schedule
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Issue: # 6June 2011

'The summer night is like a
perfection of thought'. ~ Wallace Stevens
Cheers to June and many perfect summer evenings!



Joint Public Policy Forum 

When:       Thursday, June 23, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Where:        Oxboro Public Library, Meeting Room -
8801 Portland Ave. S. Bloomington , MN 55420

Topic & Speaker:
Sean Kershaw, Executive Director of the Citizens League, will offer a fresh perspective on State budget and policy issues affecting the elderly through a discussion of the Citizens League's 2010 report, "Moving Beyond Medicaid:  Long-Term Care for the Elderly as a Life Quality and Fiscal Imperative."  Mr. Kershaw will describe the process and conclusions of the report, and share ideas for how Minnesotans can become more civically engaged with aging-related issues.

Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
Annual Membership fee $20.00 Guest fee $5.00
Susan GreenAt the MASWA Spring Luncheon, Father Nick Mezzacappa suggested that the "art of being a people professional" requires that we learn everything we can from yesterday and apply it to today.  If we are to be successful and experience longevity in the business of caring for others, we must utilize these lessons.  Father Nick implored us to learn the art of 'self care' by becoming aware of that which inspires us, and seek it.  We must avail ourselves of those things we find nourishing.


Father Nick told the story of how he begrudgingly allowed a man to go ahead of him at the drive-through.  Irritated and impatient, he waited in line only to learn as he reached the drive-up window, that the gentleman had paid for his meal too.  This humbling lesson suggested that we consider acting on our second impulse, rather than the first and always allow others the benefit of the doubt.


Father Nick shared the 'short list' of lessons he considers most important for his own self-nurturing:  life is short; keep it simple; and laugh easily.  He advises us to "get on the swing", have fun and be playful.  As people professionals, he reminds us that we are often required to support and nurture others.  By practicing self care, we are better positioned to "pick someone up and put them on a rock" gracefully and without feelings of resentment.

Susan Green


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New Board Members 2011-2012 

  • Jenny Kasbohm of Age Right Retrofit - Education
  • Jon Lips of Lips Law Firm - Public Policy
  • Vicky Wilcox of The Colony - Program
  • Keca Bell of Claire Bridge of Eden Prairie - Historian
  • Marilyn Christenson of Seniors Choice At Home - Nominating
Mark Your Calendars For This Fabulous Event!
Fall Aging Conference
Thursday, November 10
7:15 am to 4:30 pm
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, MN


This year's Fall Aging Conference will focus on the newest and most efficient ways to work with seniors. We will be having a designated technology exhibit area where exhibitors will have the opportunity to marketing to the 300 - 400 attendees of the conference. This is a great time to promote your company name and demonstrate your products and services.
Please contact Jenelle Boeckermann at [email protected] for further technology exhibitor information.


2011 MASWA Meeting Schedule
See the below list of MASWA meetings for the remainder of 2011. Speaker and location information will be posted on the MASWA website under 'calendars' once details are finalized for each meeting.


June 23rd - Joint Public Policy meeting
July 28th - monthly meeting
August 25th - monthly meeting
September 22nd - monthly meeting
October 27th - monthly meeting
November 10th - Fall Aging Conference
December - Joint Public Policy meeting