TMC Administration Notes - June/July 2009

Letter from the Chair

Hello, and warm early summer greetings to all members and friends of Twin Cities Men’s Center! This is an exciting time of year, with nature’s annual cycle of renewal and growth reminding us of opportunities and challenges in our own lives. And there is added excitement this year at TCMC as the Board of Directors works to expand both awareness of TCMC, and the breadth and depth of the services we offer. If there is a unifying theme to these changes, it is that we as men, whether young, old, gay, straight, fathers or not, have more in common with one another than we do differentiating us.

First, you probably noticed the new masthead in this edition of Men Talk, incorporating the new TCMC logo. This logo updates TCMC’s image and symbolizes the personal growth many of us are working to achieve. Second, we have created the position of an Executive Director who reports to the Board. This position is being filled more than capably by past Board Chair Bobby Schauerhamer. Bobby will focus on forging alliances with foundations, corporations, and non-profits to support and expand TCMC’s services. Lastly, TCMC is widening its community outreach, starting with an enhanced presence at this year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival. In addition to a float in the Pride Parade, we will have a booth in Loring Park featuring information on our services, photos of these services in action, a charity raffle with great prizes, and more.

While the Board is working hard to improve TCMC, we can’t do it without you -- and frankly, there would be no point. This is your center, so consider joining TCMC using the All-Purpose Form at the back of this newsletter. Visit a support group and find out how good it feels to talk through issues in the company of supportive and sympathetic listeners. Or, if we don’t yet offer something you’d like to see, fill out our new feedback form and let us know about it.

We can struggle alone to be better people, better citizens, better men, or we can learn from one other. That’s why Twin Cities Men’s Center exists.

Joe Szurszewski
Board Vice-Chair

Library Corner

–– Ray Clare, Librarian

We are pleased to offer our members a unique and extensive collection of quality reading on men’s topics.

As a Men's Center member, you are eligible to check out books from our library. The next issue of Men's talk will list the recently donated books – watch for it!

And while you are enjoying our many book resources, consider a browsing our large and growing selection of periodicals.

  • Men’s Health
  • Lavender
  • Transitions
  • Men’s Journal
  • Voice Male
  • Fathering Today

Several books have been donated recently by friends of The Men's Center. Come in, browse, and check out books that interest you. A copy of Bob Anderson's book, Out of Denial, Piecing Together a Fractured Life is available for check-out in the office.

Book Returns Needed:
Some of these books have become so important in our members’ lives that they seem to have been out since I had hair. While we have no specific time limit, please consider if you are still using any Men’s Center books you now have, and return them to availability.

Family Law Clinic

Every 1st Wednesday of the month, the Men’s Center is proud to present the Family Law Clinic. Targeted to the needs of men or women going through or anticipating divorce or dealing with other family law issues, this Clinic will give you an opportunity to discuss your own questions on such topics as:

• Divorce
• Separation
• Paternity
• Property Division
• Custody
• Spousal Maintenance
• Child Support
• Financial Settlements
• Co-habitation
• Your personal issue

Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of those who attend. A nominal fee of $5 is charged for the public. Members of the Men’s Center receive a courtesy discount.

Where: The Men’s Center, 3249 Hennepin Ave S #55, Minneapolis MN 55408
When: Every 1st Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Just come! No advance registration required!