TMC Administration Notes - April/May 2016

Letter from the Chair

The year was 1976 and gas was 59 cents a gallon. Music was distributed on large vinyl platters called "LPs" and the most popular music of the time was called "disco", which was something you danced to while wearing a shiny polyester shirt and lots of gold jewelry. The original "Rocky" was the most popular movie of the year and actually going to a theater was the only way to see it. CB radios were all the rage and Apple Computer was founded, both of which hinted at the coming electronics and information revolution that was still decades away. And a small non-profit called the Men's Center opened its doors for the first time in the Twin Cities.

A lot has changed in the 40 years since TCMC's founding. But while fashion, entertainment, and technology have all changed a great deal, I'd like to focus on how the central reasons for TCMC's founding are just as valid today as they were in 1976. The Men's Center was founded at the beginning of the mythopoetic men's movement as a response to the feminist movement. The aim of the men's movement was to liberate men from the societal expectations that prevented them from being "truly masculine". And while in 2016 we don't talk about some of the original tenets of the men's movement, like avoiding "excessive interaction with women", we do still talk a lot about men being the ones to define what it is to be masculine. Central to this is talking about feelings and how strong men don't hide from their feelings, but are free to express and process them. Just as men in 1976 felt that something was wrong with what society expected them to be, men today realize that we can't allow popular culture to dictate how we should be men. Instead, we need to lead by example in showing our sons and other men that caricatures of men as hard drinking, sex-obsessed creatures who never show weakness by expressing feelings other than anger do not form a good blueprint for how to lead your life.

TCMC's official 40th anniversary is this October and we plan to have an official event to commemorate this important date (you will be reading more about this soon). Until then, feel free to celebrate by getting that Saturday Night Fever shirt out of the back of your closet, re-watching "Logan's Run", or trying to remember a time when getting coffee came with exactly two options - regular or decaf. But also reflect on how 40 years later, we at TCMC are still fighting to define masculinities in terms that make sense for men.

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.

The books in the Men’s Center Library are sectioned off into 14 categories.  These categories are: Fathers, Children & Families, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Health & Therapy, Humor, Men’s Movement & Masculinity, Men’s Stories & Poetry, Miscellaneous, Relationships & Friendships, Reference, Relationships & Friendships, Sexuality, Spirituality, Valued Elders, Women. 

The Men's Center is proud to have a signed copy of Timothy Young's recently published To the Palace of Kings. Timothy is very active in the men's movement. This is the book which was referenced in Men Talk.

The Men's Center Staff and Key Volunteers

Office Manager -- Randy Genrich (emeritus), Bill Baldwin (acting)
Office Assistant Mgr-- Bryon Wistrom
Anger Mgmt Director-- John Hesch
Office Volunteers -- Rick Charlson, Jim Heaney, Dick Madigan
Librarian -- Jim Heaney
Bakery Donation Pick-up --
See chart in kitchen area

Board Chair -- Joe Szurszewski
Board Vice Chair -- Tom Weaver
Board Secretary -- Norm Petrik
Board Treasurer -- Rick Charlson
Board Member -- Harry Greenberg
Board Member -- Andy Mickel
Board Member -- Damon Starks
Board Member -- Open
Alternate -- Dan Gorgonow

Alternate -- Malik Holt
Alternate -- Jim Heaney
Alternate -- Jamie Wellik

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

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

Wednesday Present Publicity -- Rick Charlson

Finance Committee, Chair -- Rick Charlson
Finance Committee Chair -- Rick Charlson
Fin Comm Grant Writer -- Damon Starks
Fin Comm Memberships -- Andy Mickel

Outreach Committee, Chair -- Jim Heaney
Pride Festival Coord -- Damon Starks and Tom Weaver
Media Publicity Coord -- Rick Charlson
Outreach Booth at Locations -- Jim Heaney, Malik Holt
Librarian -- Jim Heaney
Web Site/Technology -- Bill Dobbs, Andy Mickel, 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 -- Open
General Men's Issues -- Randy G, Jerry O
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, Tommy J
Healthy Sexual Boundaries East -- Bobby S
Healthy Sexual Boundaries Tues -- Rich P, Bobby S, Tommy J
Mankind Project Open Circle -- Tim K
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.