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Gilda's Club Twin Cities e-Newsletter November 2009
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Gilda's Club Twin Cities
Names Michelle Silverman Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Gilda's Club Twin Cities (GCTC) announced last week that it has named Michelle Silverman executive director. "Gilda's Club Twin Cities will be the only cancer support organization to offer a dedicated facility for all people to go to every week of the year, when touched by cancer," said Jenni Lilledahl, president of the GCTC board of directors. "We are excited that Michelle will be leading our organization, reaching out to the community and managing our fundraising initiatives."

"I have developed a strong belief in the power of Gilda's Club and itsMichelle Silvermanvaluable outcome for the whole family, the whole length of a cancer journey," said Michelle Silverman. "It is an honor and a privilege, to be a part of this vibrant community that is so passionate and committed to helping people thrive while living with cancer. My role as executive director is to carry this torch every day and assist the board and the dedicated group of volunteers and supporters reach our goal to open the doors of the Gilda's Club Twin Cities. I know together we will make this happen."

Prior to joining Gilda's Club, Silverman served nine years as Executive Director for Free Arts Minnesota. A project initiated by Junior League and now an independent non-profit venture, Free Arts Minnesota serves abused, neglected, homeless and at risk children by partnering with other community service nonprofits, corporate and cultural enterprises, and a working group of nearly 800 volunteers.

Silverman has 25-plus years in management in both the non-profit and for profit sectors. Michelle has an MA in Human Development from St. Mary's University, BA degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and is a graduate of the Institute of Executive Director Development at the University of St. Thomas. Michelle was named one of the top 25 women to watch by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in their "Women in Business" July 2007 issue.

Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Michelle Silverman, at our next All Hands meeting on November 16, 2009. This meeting is open to anyone who has volunteered for Gilda's Club Twin Cities or anyone interested in learning more. You will find meeting details below.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and wish to contact Michelle Silverman, she can be reached at:

Gilda's Club Twin Cities
All Hands Meeting

This meeting is open to anyone who has volunteered for Gilda's Club Twin Cities or anyone interested in learning more.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Social time from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Meeting from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

  • Social time and snacks - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • GCTC Update from the Board of Directors
  • Meet GCTC's new Executive Director, Michelle Silverman
  • Report from the National Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Presentation from the Ambassador Committee--Sharing Your Story
  • Announcements re: and Year End Appeal

United Properties

(Near 494 and France Ave. Building Signage:
Northland Executive Office Center)
3500 West American Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55431
Second Floor Learning Center (follow signs)

RSVP by November 13 at

Thanks to the GCTC Volunteers for providing meeting refreshments


News From The Wellness Community
and Gilda's Club

GCWW & TWC joint logoThe Wellness Community and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Cancer Information Service Research Consortium (CISRC), invite you to participate in three new studies for breast and prostate cancer patients. These studies can help you learn more about your treatment options and make informed choices about your cancer treatment, as well as help breast cancer patients prepare for life after cancer treatment. We invite you to click on this link to find out more about these studies.

Volunteer Spotlight
"in My Own Words"

My name is Carol Clemens and I have often been asked how I became involved with Gilda's Club and the answer is pretty simple; if there had been a Gilda's Club in the Twin Cities when I was diagnosed with cancer my life would have been quite different. I would have had social and emotional support plus some guidance from other members with the myriad pieces of information I had to study, evaluate and make decisions on. My husband would have been very grateful to have a resource he could turn to as well.


This is my story. I heard the news, on my cell-phone, about my cancer Carol Cdiagnosis sitting in the front seat of my parked car. From that point on it was an uphill battle, don't get me wrong my husband and family gave me loving support but they didn't have any answers either. I was alone. As I entered the world of "cancer treatment" I felt rushed into making decisions that I had no knowledge about, and scared of the nasty things they routinely imposed upon my body and about how all of this was affecting me mentally.


Then I had dinner with two friends who are cancer survivors who told me cancer is a disease where only you decide what is to be done. They told me, "all of the health-care professionals involved present you with options every step of the way and only you make the final choices. So slow down and listen to what they have to say, ask questions and take all of the time you need to make informed decisions." That empowered me, that was a turning point, and there was no looking back, I was in charge. I am a three-year cancer survivor.


The back-story is the best part. One of those friends I spoke about is a very dedicated GCTC volunteer who recruited me to work with her on marketing projects for GCTC. She is now a member of the board and I am the volunteer editor of the GildaGram. The medical professionals who took care of me through the course of my treatment were skilled, caring and considerate, but that wasn't enough, that's why we need a Gilda's Club in the Twin Cities.


If you have a story to share contact me at:


You Can Make a Difference
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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:


Save the Date:
Monday, July 26, 2010
Minneapolis Golf Club
Third Annual Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit

Personalize Your
United Way Pledge

Direct your United Way pledge
to a cause that is important to you by selecting Gilda's Club Twin Cities as your designee

It's simple -- on your employer form you enter

MN/Minneapolis/Gilda's Club and our zip code 55416.

Your contributions will bring us closer to our goal of opening our doors and providing needed services and support.

You Can Become a
Gilda's Club Twin Cities
Certified Volunteer

The first step to becoming a
GCTC certified volunteer is
to click on this link and fill out the volunteer form if you haven't done so already. Next, attend a one-hour orientation session.
The orientation will cover the Gilda's Club mission, vision, history and the member's program; you will also find out how the GCTC program is different from other Twin Cities cancer organizations.The session will conclude with a discussion about current and future volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to you.

RSVP two days prior to the session of your choice at:

The 2009 Volunteer Orientation schedule

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, Dec.10, 2009
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Orientation is held at the GCTC Administrative Offices
3400 W. 66th Street
Suite 320
Edina, MN 55435 


Quick Links
Welcome New Volunteer
 David Kemmerling


Well Within is a Wellness Resource Center created to assist and encourage people in the midst of a health challenge who are seeking wellness and balance within their lives. A variety of workshops, support groups and other integrative healing experiences are offered that support the body's innate ability to heal, at low or no cost.


Well Within Integrative Healing Cancer Support Group for Women

Cost:  Free

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each  month: 2:00-3:30 p.m.                   

Support Group, facilitated by Jane Klein, RN and Mary Treacy O'Keefe


Mind/ Body Practices and some time for sharing, facilitated by Cami Smalley, MA. 

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Well Within

1784 LaCrosse Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55119


For more information click on:


Youth Grief Services

A Community Outreach

Program of

Fairview Ridges Hospital

Youth Grief Services offers a range of support and education services for grieving children and for the adults who care for them. Children and teens benefit from being with kids their own age who have also experienced the death of a loved one. They share the common experience of loss as well as the changes they have had to face after a loved one dies.

As a community service of Fairview Health Services, all their services are offered free of charge.


Fall Grief Group

Meets on the following Thursdays:

Nov. 5, 19

Dec. 3, 17

Call to register at: 952-892-2111

Fairview Ridges Hospital

201 East Nicollet Blvd

Burnsville MN 55337

for more information click here


Kundalini Yoga Class

An open invitation from Erika Peterson, GCTC volunteer
Anyone living with cancer, including families and friends, can attend a weekly, restorative Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class, every Sunday. This is your opportunity to take part in a class that will eventually become part of the calendar of activities at Gilda's Club Twin Cities.


5:00-6:00 p.m.

New Location
The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, 2833 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis MN, 612-940-6510.