TMC Administration Notes - June/July 2014

Letter from the Chair

It's an exciting time at the Twin Cities Men's Center. Board meetings have a new energy and sense of purpose, and we are finding more men who wish to donate their time and talents to helping our mission. I'd like to use this column to tell you about some of the projects we have going, and about the board members and volunteers who are making these initiatives happen.

Several board members, including Ken Knoll, Tom Weaver, Jim Heaney, and Harry Greenberg have been presenting a PowerPoint presentation about TCMC's offerings to treatment programs and halfway houses in the area. This is a form of outreach to populations of men who could benefit from our services. The usual response we get after a first-time presentation to an organization is, "Where have you guys been? Our clients could really use your services!" Which only reinforces the idea that for many men, TCMC has the best kept secret in the Twin Cities for the last 37 years.

The man with the steady hand on the financial rudder is Treasurer Rick Charlson. Rick delivers his monthly financial report with calm confidence and a sense of humor (ask him to tell you about TCMC's "high interest" savings account some time.)

TCMC continues it's outreach program to Minnesota's correctional facilities. Many men, including Jim Heaney, Office Manager Randy Genrich, Dick Madigan, Tom Weaver, and others, have volunteered to participate in Transitions Fairs, in which incarcerated men who are nearing release can gather information about resources that will help them make the transition to post-incarceration life. And Bobby Schauerhamer and Tommy Jones have celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Healthy Sexual Boundaries support group by writing a book titled "Choosing Healthy Sexual Boundaries: The Handbook". The book is available at Amazon and other online retailers and makes the good work that Tommy and Bobby have done over the last decade available to a whole new audience.

New board member Damon Starks organized a board retreat in which each board member was asked to talk about issues they thought needed attention. This has resulted in a new standing board meeting agenda item that covers a "policy of the month", and we will follow this up with another retreat in September, when we track the progress made toward achieving our goals.

Anger Management Coordinator John Hesch continues to shepherd men through our Anger Management classes, helping men deal with a common difficulty and helping to ensure TCMC's financial stability at the same time.
Office Manager Randy Genrich is approaching 3 decades of service to TCMC. As the face of TCMC, Randy has welcomed many men to TCMC, on the phone and in person. His friendly and compassionate nature reassures men that they are in the right place to get the help they seek.

Finally, Bill Dobbs continues his quiet hard work in maintaining TCMC's website, and in putting out Men Talk, without fail, every other month. Bill tolerates tardy submissions from contributors and last second changes to the calendar with good humor and makes sure our primary communication tool gets out. Without Bill and Scott Benson, who tirelessly maintains our databases, you wouldn't be reading this now.

A lot of activity and a lot of good work, to be sure. And all of it aimed at helping men to help themselves and improve their lives. Does any of this sound like something you'd be interested in helping with? We are always looking for volunteers to further our mission. If you see an opportunity to help us, please contact the office or a board member and tell us how you'd like to help.

Joe Szurszewski
Board Chair


Library Corner

–– Jim Heaney, Librarian

We have a unique and extensive collection of books on men's and general topics which can be checked out by members of the Men's Center. Our periodicals include:

  • Fathering Today
  • Men's Health
  • Men's Journal
  • Lavender
  • Transitions
  • Voice Male.

Books of The Month:
The TCMC Library is very pleased and proud to have a new book authored by two members of the Men's Center. Choosing Healthy Sexual Boundaries: THE HANDBOOK, bby Tommy Jones and Bobby Schauerhamer, 2014. Bobby & Tommy originally formed, and have facilitated our Healthy Sexual Boundaries support group for the past ten years. It is now our most attended support group. Tommy and Bobby's hope is that this Handbook will share the cumulative experience and wisdom of their support group to a wider audience.

This book is not a workbook which will walk you through a strictly regimented series of exercises, nor will it tell you what you must or must not do to be healthy or cured. The handbook is to provide suggestions, choices, and options for establishing healthier boundaries and support for you while you are on the path of discovery and change. Tommy and Bobby believe that the power to change comes from within us. This book will provide tools which will help you construct and/or repair your sexual boundaries.

The Men's Center Staff and Key Volunteers

Office Manager -- Randy Genrich
Office Assistant Mgr-- Bryon Wistrom
Anger Mgmt Director-- John Hesch
Office Volunteers -- Rick Charlson, Jim Heaney, Dick Madigan, Steve Magner
Librarian -- Jim Heaney
Donation Pick-up Volunteers --
See chart in kitchen area

Board Chair -- Joe Szurszewski
Board Vice Chair -- Tom Weaver
Board Secretary -- Norm Petrik
Board Treasurer -- Rick Charlson
Board Member -- Jim Heaney
Board Member -- Ken Knoll
Board Member -- Andy Mickel
Board Member -- Damon Starks
Alternate -- Harry Greenberg
Alternate -- Dan Gorbunow
Alternate -- Malik Holt
Alternate -- Dave Webb

MenTalk Editor -- Bill Dobbs
MenTalk Production -- Bill Dobbs
MenTalk Here/There -- Andy Mickel
MenTalk Advertising -- Bill Dobbs
MenTalk Mailing Coord -- Scott Benson
MenTalk Labels/Database -- Scott Benson

Program Committee, Chair -- Norm Petrick
Wednesday Present Coord --Randy Genrich

Wednesday Present Publicity -- Rick Charlson

Finance Committee, Chair -- Rick Charlson
Finance Committee Chair -- Rick Charlson
Fin Comm Grant Writer -- Malik Holt-Shabazz
Fin Comm Memberships -- Andy Mickel

Outreach Committee, Chair -- Rick Charlson
Pride Festival Coord -- Ken Knoll
Media Publicity Coord -- Rick Charlson
Outreach Booth at Shows -- Randy Genrich, Andy Mickel, Malik Holt-Shabazz
Librarian -- Jim Heaney
Web Site/Technology -- Bill Dobbs, Andy Mickel, Ken Knoll, Joe Szurszewski
E-mail Responders -- Scott Benson, Rick Charlson, Bill Dobbs, John Hesch, Andy Mickel, Joe Szurszewski

Anger Mgmt Director -- John Hesch
Anger Mgmt Grant Writer -- Bob Anderson
Anger Mgmt Publicity -- John Hesch
Anger Mgmt Steer Commit -- Bob Lundberg, John Hersch, David Giancristforo
Anger Mgmt Facilitators -- Tom M, Michael K, Jim K, John H, Art H, Bryce K, Pat G, Dean G, David E, Hoske R, Cory C, Michael I, John C, Lee C, Norm P, Bob L, Bob A, Harry G, Howard B, Tom F

Support Group Coord -- Norm Petrik
Support Group Database -- Dave Webb
General Men's Issues -- Randy G, Jerry O
Addiction Busters -- Tommy J
Gay Issues -- Pat K, Bruce K, Ranslow Z
Transitions --Scott, Richard S.
Divorce/Uncouplng -- John M, Greg D, Gerry W
Sexual Trauma & Abuse Survivors -- Jerry B, Kathleen M
Bi-Men & Gay Issues -- Leo P, David W, Damon S.
Healthy Sexual Boundaries -- Bobby S, Tom J
Healthy Sexual Boundaries East -- Bobby S
Retirement -- Norm P

Call our Office Manager at 612-822-5892 and ask how you can help.
We have been a vital part of the Twin Cities community for decades,
and almost all of our services have been provided by volunteers like you.