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Gilda's Club Twin Cities e-Newsletter May 2009
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Board Notes

Board Member Rick Kleven, Secretary/Governance:
Our board of directors is taking a very strong strategic focus as we move ahead with our plans for 2009 and beyond. A high priority will be to hire an executive director to help us solve what we all agree is a critical
need-fundraising, including the launch of a capital campaign. We're thrilled to have found an expert to help us with our executive director search, Wendy Seyb, who brings us a wealth of human resources experience and enthusiasm. Wendy is generously helping us on a pro bono basis.

In addition, we are actively recruiting talented and dedicated individuals who can help by joining our board or in other expert advisory capacities. It is gratifying for all of us on the board to see our compelling mission providing us with introductions to so many remarkable people. While our work is exciting, the challenges of building a new organization are tremendous- we're so thankful to those who continue to work tirelessly to help us achieve our goals and give, even in these times of economic uncertainty. Our board is very optimistic about our plans, and is focused on making sure we take the necessary steps so that we can bring this much-needed special mission to the Twin Cities.

2009 Golf Committee 

Rick Kleven is Vice President, Government Affairs Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. You can reach him through: info@GildasClubTwinCities.org

Registration Now Open for Gilda's Club Twin Cities Second Annual Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit

Monday, July 27, 2009
Minneapolis Golf Club
2001 Flag Ave. South
St Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952.544.4471
  • 18 holes, cart and lunch
  • Silent auction
  • Dinner and entertainment hosted by celebrity emcees Brian "B.T." Turner, Cities97 and John Sweeney, Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy performance by the Brave New Workshop Theatre
11:30     Registration and lunch buffet
  1:00     Shotgun start
  5:30     Cocktails and silent auction
  6:30     Dinner and comedy

  • Tickets to the evening social events are available for non-golfers.
    Don't miss this fun filled event - click here to register


  • Great Opportunities are Available for
    Volunteers at the Golf Benefit

    Planning for the Second Annual Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit is well underway, and the committee is thrilled to see how it is shaping up! In order to make this event a success, and raise critical funds, we need an army of volunteers for various positions. There are opportunities throughout the day of the event, but also there are many opportunities for volunteers to help with various tasks leading up to the event.

    2009 Golf Committee

    Don't Miss the All Hands Meeting May 18th

    GCTC volunteers, friends, supporters or anyone interested in learning more is invited to join us for our "state of the union" All Hands meeting. We'll share how we are strategizing within the current economy, and plans for outreach and fundraising for 2009 and beyond:
    • Jenni Lilledahl, Board Chair, will give a review of plans for 2009.
    • Kathi Pitra, will give us an overview and plans for the Ambassador Program.
    • Eva Stevens, Vice Chair and Clubhouse, will cover Clubhouse considerations in a challenging economy.
    • Janet Kinzler, Director at Large, will cover the July 27th Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit and volunteer opportunities that you can sign up for during the meeting.
    Please join us Monday, May 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the United Properties building at 494 and France Avenue in Edina
    United Properties, 3500 Building -- (signage also says: Northland Executive Office Center)
    3500 West American Boulevard     
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Second Floor  (follow signs)

    RSVP by May 15th at:

    You Can Make a Difference
    Gilda Desk Figure
    It was Gilda Radner's dream to provide a homelike  environment where people with cancer, their families and friends could gather for free, emotional and social support. Here's how you can help make this dream a reality.

    Make a personal donation: Every dollar given will bring us closer to opening our doors. To make a donation:

    Volunteer: We have many exciting and rewarding things for you to do. To sign up go to:


    Some photos graciously contributed by Gilda's Clubs across North America.
     Race for the Cure Update:
    Sunday, May 10, 2009 Race for the Cure:
    It's not too late to sign-up as an individual!

    Team registration ended April 18th. However, you can still register as an individual and walk with the GCTC Team. 

    Please register on the Susan G. Komen website: http://www.komenminnesota.org

    After you register on the Komen site, please email GCTC Komen Race Volunteer Coordinator, Ellen Sunshine lnsunshine76@gmail.com, so she can keep you informed
    of where the GCTC Team will meet on race day.

    Carrie and Eric at Race for the Cure

    Quick Links
    New Volunteers
    Welcome, New Volunteer 
    Gary Nathan
    GCTC Ambassador Program
    The Board of Directors announced Kathi Pitra as the GCTC Ambassador Program Chair. In her role, Kathi will develop and launch the GCTC Ambassador Program, a program that trains and certifies individuals to become official GCTC spokespersons. GCTC Ambassadors will speak with other associations, clubs, and businesses in an effort to build awareness, while generating contributions and soliciting volunteers. By building an emotional connection with audiences these speakers can add significant value, as Kathi explains, "the most passionate and effective speakers are those who can skillfully relay their story of how cancer has impacted their lives."  Kathi is actively seeking individuals who are interested in speaking engagements; please contact her at: kathi.pitra@marquette.com

    New Time for Yoga
    GCTC Yoga Class at the
    Center for Happiness

    Starting on Sunday, May 3rd, the yoga class will move to a new time on Sunday evenings from 7:15 - 8:15 pm
    Thank you to Erika Peterson and the Center for Happiness for continuing to sponsor the GCTC Kundalini Yoga class for anyone living with cancer and their family members or friends.


    Meetings and events
    MN Cancer Alliance Business meeting: Gilda's Club Twin Cities is a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance. The Alliance invites members to its 2009 Business Meeting Tuesday, June 16, 2009, from
    1 to 5 p.m. in the Twin Cities. During this half-day meeting, attendees will learn about current Alliance initiatives and plans for the coalition's future, including:
        Project "Team Work" plan presentations
        2009-2011 implementation activities discussion
        Operational committee
    reports (evaluation, membership and finance)
    All members are invited to attend.To learn more about the Alliance go to: http://www.mncanceralliance.org/ to register for the meeting, contact Elizabeth Moe at
     (651) 201-3608 or elizabeth.moe@state.mn.us.

    2009 Twin Cities Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk: Join the Gilda's Girls team on
    August 21 - 23 for the 3- Day walk. Visit: http://www.the3day.org for more details on the event, support one of our walkers, or join the team. The more the merrier! For more information contact Pam Blomgren at: pjblomgren@yahoo.com or