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Gilda's Club Twin Cities e-Newsletter June 2009
All Hands Meeting Held on May 18th this year

And what a meeting it was--you could feel the excitement of the presenters and the audience of volunteers and friends of GCTC who were there to learn more about our efforts and find out what they could do to help open the doors.

Jenni Lilledahl, Board Chair: kicked off the meeting with a review of happenings over the last few months and presented GCTC plans going forward, here are the highlights:
  • The first GCTC fundraising, awareness building gala was held in November '08
  • The board transitioned leadership in early '09 and is in the process of looking for a new Executive Director
  • The potential Wellness Community and Gilda's Club Worldwide merger was reviewed 
  • The new Gilda's e-Gram was kicked off to ensure regular communication with the community
  • Introduced an updated "opening strategy" addressing the impact of the economy on clubhouse plans  (see Eva Stevens article below)
On behalf of the Gilda's Club Twin Cities Board of Directors, Jenni announced the revised GCTC strategic plan for 2009 and beyond, with goals centered around "People, Place and Program." _________________________________________________________________________

The plan for 2009 and beyond

In the next 6 to 12 months, GCTC will seek and expand the following:

Seek and hire Executive Director, Program Director, Grant Writer, Office Administration.
 Board of Directors: Expand to 11 - 15 members, and continue to seek strong leadership for key roles.
Committees: Attract additional passionate volunteers to serve on the following committees: Capital Campaign, Development (events, grants), Program, Nominating, Marketing Communications, Clubhouse, Governance, Volunteers,  MRC/Cancer Community Outreach, Ambassador Program, Advisors/Professional Partners.

In the coming months and years, GCTC will strive to enact the following 3-phase strategy around securing a clubhouse location(s):

Phase 1: Current/no space - while we are actively seeking our first clubhouse space, GCTC will also focus its outreach efforts on providing added value to the cancer community and creating collaborative relationships with other cancer related organizations.
Phase 2: In 2010, GCTC hopes to secure and move in to a donated or rented lease Space (approximately 4,000 square feet).
Phase 3:
Post 2010, as GCTC grows in membership and outreach, GCTC will entertain the possibility of securing a second small space, or a larger single space as needed. See more comments about space in Eva Stevens' comments below.

Pre-Space Program: Before the clubhouse is open, GCTC will focus on building collaborative partnerships with existing cancer organizations and assisting these organizations where they identify current needs in the community. GCTC will also continue to participate in Gilda's Club Worldwide program training to ensure our staff and volunteers are prepared for members the day the doors are open.

Post-Space Program:
Once the clubhouse is open, GCTC will be fully trained and chartered to offer the complete Gilda's Club Program as delineated by Gilda's Club Worldwide.

Of course, this entire strategic plan is sustainable only if the necessary funds are raised. With thoughtful consideration, GCTC has established the following funding goals to achieve the People-Place-Program objectives over the next 6 - 12 months:
$250K raised by the end of 2009. . .and an additional $425K raised by
mid-2010, for a total of $675K to be raised in the next year. Read on to see how you can help us get there --  every nickel, dollar, check, donated item and volunteer hour helps!


Eva Stevens, Vice Chair and Clubhouse Committee: discussed our progress and clubhouse considerations in a challenging economy. She said the economy is not giving non-profits any breaks so the mantra must be to "diligently work the clubhouse plan and think differently." Gilda's Club World Wide has given affiliates more flexibility in terms of minimum size requirements for an opening clubhouse.This means we can now consider options such as donated, rented, or leased space to get our doors open and the program in place. We know change will continue to be a factor in this economy, we will work our plan differently but we will not stop working the plan.

Ambassador Program
Kathi Pitra, Volunteer and Committee Chair: said the Ambassadors are GCTC's official and certified speakers. The committee trains the speakers and develops the public speaking presentation materials that adhere to GCTC branding standards and incorporates key messages to each target audience.The goals this year are to recruit and certify a minimum of four GCTC Ambassadors by the end of August, and plan and train for sixteen GCTC Ambassador speaking engagements to be conducted from September 1, to December 31, 2009. The plan is to staff 100% of GCTC fundraising and outreach events with certified GCTC Ambassadors, including board members. Kathi is actively seeking individuals who are interested in speaking engagements, please contact her at:

Third Party Events
Pauline Kleinke, Volunteer and Committee Chair: reviewed how third party events are an integral fundraising element for GCTC. Simply stated, businesses, organizations, and Individuals host their own fundraising events and GCTC receives proceeds. The host assumes the responsibility for the event requiring limited support and guidance by GCTC. Host companies and individuals generate income and help build awareness for GCTC in the community. Click here to find out how you can participate

Carrie Puterbaugh, Volunteer Development: The board paid special recognition to Dolly Lowery, one of the original founders of GCTC and previous board chair, by naming her a Lifetime Director. Dolly, thank you for your continuing support. The Golden Gilda, our all-star award, was presented to Jennifer Sunshine for her tireless dedication and unbounded energy for every GCTC project she has been involved with. She has stepped up to the plate and volunteered and attended every function and taken on major responsibilities in our third party and major fundraising events. Carol Clemens received her Golden Gilda in recognition of the countless hours spent in development of marketing materials, GildaGram's, and as the new lead volunteer for the Gilda e-Gram.

Race for the Cure, Mother's Day May 10th

Good weather, Great turn-out




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:


 Registration Now Open  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, lunch buffet
1:00    Shotgun start
 5:30   Cocktails, 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


Quick Links
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.
Click here to check out
the details and volunteer

New Board Member

Jerry Hammann
Director-at-Large: Jerry has been active in the GCTC organization for several years in a variety of consulting capacities. When asked why he accepted the invitation to serve on the board he said, "my mom passed away from cancer, and with that experience you know how powerful the need is for the Gilda's Club program. I'd like to see GCTC succeed and I want to be a part of it."
Jerry is an Affiliate at Rock Ledge Resources you can reach him at:

Meetings and events
Woman's Club of Minneapolis: Dr. Christopher Moertel, Co-Chair of the GCTC Medical Resource Council and Jenni Lilledahl, Board Chair will be participating in the Woman's Club of Minneapolis luncheon speaker series in July.

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: to register for the meeting, contact Elizabeth Moe at
 (651) 201-3608 or

2009 Twin Cities Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk: Join the Gilda's Girls team on
August 21 - 23 for the 3- Day walk. Visit: 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: or


New Time for Yoga
Cancer 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 collaborate with GCTC to sponsor this Kundalini Yoga class for anyone living with cancer and their family members or friends.