Gilda's Club Twin Cities
Names Michelle Silverman Executive Director
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 itsvaluable 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
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
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
|Gilda's Club Twin Cities
All Hands Meeting
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.
time and snacks - 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Update from the Board of Directors
GCTC's new Executive Director, Michelle Silverman
from the National Conference in Washington D.C.
from the Ambassador Committee--Sharing Your Story
re: GiveMN.org and Year End Appeal
(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 info@GildasClubTwinCities.org
Thanks to the GCTC Volunteers for providing meeting refreshments
News From The Wellness Community
and Gilda's Club
The 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.
"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
diagnosis 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
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: Carol.Clemens@GildasClubTwinCities.org
You Can Make a Difference|
|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: http://www.gildasclubtwincities.org/volunteer.php.
Save the Date:
Monday, July 26, 2010
Minneapolis Golf Club
Third Annual Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit
United Way Pledge
United Way pledge
to a cause that is important to you by selecting Gilda's Club Twin Cities as
It's simple -- on your employer form you enter
MN/Minneapolis/Gilda's Club and our zip code 55416.
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
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
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
Edina, MN 55435
|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
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.
1784 LaCrosse Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55119
For more information click on:
A Community Outreach
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.
Meets on the following Thursdays:
Nov. 5, 19
Dec. 3, 17
register at: 952-892-2111
Fairview Ridges Hospital
201 East Nicollet Blvd
Burnsville MN 55337
for more information click here
Kundalini Yoga Class
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.
The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing,
2833 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis MN, 612-940-6510.