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Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
February 2013
In This Issue
February Membership Meeting
President's Monthly Note
Featured Board Member Of The Month
Annual Events
Membership Renewal for 2013
Quick Links
Issue: # 2February 2013

Happy middle of winter. Ugh. Better than that, Happy Valentine's Day! The work you do each day is truly a valentine to your clients and their families, and to the aging services industry. Thank you for sharing your heart with seniors.



Thursday, February 28, 2013
2:30 pm Business Meeting & Group Introductions
2:45 pm Networking
3:00 pm Presentation/Questions
4:00 pm Adjourn

TOPIC:  Issues of Alcohol and Aging 
Presenter:  Stephen Crane, The Retreat 
The Retreat
Alcohol & Drug Treatment Program
Wayzata, MN

Calvary Lutheran Church
7520 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

directions and parking info: 

MASWA Meeting Sponsor:

Jeffrey Sherman

Sholom Home Care and Hospice  

3620 Phillips Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55426

Phone:(952) 935-6311
Questions? Contact the MASWA Program Co-Chairs: William Huseonica, Community Liaison Lifesprk, 612-709-9607 or Vicky Willcox, Marketing Director of the Colony at Eden Prairie.


Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.

Annual Membership fee $20.00    Guest fee $5.00


Beth Nemec

We had a fantastic kickoff to 2013 at our January membership meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended and welcome to our new members! We had 62 people in attendance, 12 of them for the first time! According to the evaluations we received from the meeting, we will follow our new format for the February meeting (business meeting and group introductions from 2:30-2:45, networking from 2:45-3:00pm, speaker 3:00-4:00).


We have also tweaked a few things in response to your feedback. Please keep those comments and suggestions coming!


During our February board meeting, we set some new goals for membership for 2013. At the membership meeting on the 28th, we're looking forward to sharing some of the exciting ways you can assist us to achieve MASWA growth and spread the word about our awesome organization.  


Founded in 1973, MASWA has been an organically grown organization, supported and run by volunteers who are committed to working hard to achieve our mission each and every month. It is my goal to continue to find ways to impact this mission and strengthen our organization. 


MASWA Mission: To develop a multidisciplinary community of professionals working in the field of aging who are educated, supported and interconnected so they may improve services and advocate for older adults.


Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas.




Beth Nemec
FEATURED BOARD MEMBER - Stacy Monson, Communications

Stacy grew up in Golden Valley, just a mile from

where her husband grew up. With two older siblings, one younger, and a single mom putting herself through six years of college, life was never dull. Especially with her maternal grandmother living with them.


With all that chaos, Stacy spent lots of time in her room writing stories and dreaming of being a writer like Grace Livingston Hill or Catherine Marshall. She went to Augsburg College to major in English but changed to Social Work (which was what her mother was going to school for).


Stacy and her physical education husband of 30 years, Mike, have two adult kids (both elementary teachers) and a son-in-law. Her mother died in June 2011 after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer's, followed by her mother-in-law to the same disease in October 2012.


"Dealing with a family member's Alzheimer's is one of the most grueling things a person can go through," Stacy said. "My mom's journey was completely different from my mother-in-law's but both were equally heart-breaking."


Stacy has found being part of MASWA (a member for several years and on the board this past year) to be a great way to meet others with a heart for seniors, as well as give back by writing the monthly newsletter and keeping the membership informed of events and pertinent information.


"MASWA is a fabulous organization with committed, caring professionals whose focus is making the latter years of life some of the best for their clients. It's an amazing group," she said.


In the past handful of years, Stacy has revived her passion for writing. Her articles have appeared in national and local publications covering topics such as healthy aging, communication, obesity and family dynamics. She has two fiction books completed, and two in the development stage.


As her kids were growing up, the family enjoyed numerous road trips to both coasts. Lake Tahoe is the all-time family favorite. They've ridden horses, hiked, rafted the river, boated, and watched fireworks over the lake.


"I actually talked them into parasailing," Stacy said, then added, "but I was the one who ended up the most terrified. I figured if I was going to die up there, it couldn't be in a more beautiful spot!"


Mark your calendars!  
MASWA Spring Luncheon
Tuesday, May 21st
Metropolitan Ballroom

Details coming soon!  

Welcome to our new Membership board member: 
Cheri Nispel

All NEW and RENEWING Members will be eligible for prize drawings! Come and check out one of the largest networking/educational groups serving seniors. ALL are welcome!

Bring a friend, share the benefits of being part of MASWA. Print the membership form below and bring it to the February meeting.





Guests SAVE $5.00 - Bring a friend for FREE to the next MASWA meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at
2:30 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley.       
Offer Expires: 2/28/2013