Presentations - June/July 2014

The Men's Center Board appreciates the volunteer presenters who return from time to time and welcome first timers. Their presentations add a new dimension to our weekly Wednesday night gatherings.

Please take time to read the descriptions and plan to attend if they stimulate your interest. Bring a friend to share the experience and acquaint him/her with the Men's Center. Each presentation is intended to promote personal growth, stimulate your interest in a topic, and to give you an opportunity to interact with other attendees.

We are always looking for new presenters and topics. Please call Randy at The Men's Center, 612-822-5892 with your ideas and names. We appreciate your help.

Presentations are the sole responsibility of the presenter(s). The Men's Center does not endorse, takes no specific position, nor does it hold any opinion on the presentations, or of any information imparted, or of the presenter(s) themselves.

The Men's Center is a RESOURCE for the community, a clearing house for information of all kinds, agreeable or not, to one's beliefs. Listen, participate and make your own decisions.

All groups meet at TMC, 3249 Hennepin Ave. So, Suite 55, unless otherwise noted. These low cost presentations are shown in the Calendar of Events and a more extensive description follows. No pre-registration is needed; entrance fees collected at the door are:

  • Non-Members of TMC $5.
  • Regular Members ($20 level) - $3
  • Patron Members - FREE

    Note: All events are for men only unless otherwise stated.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Rasheen Tillman
When: Wed, June 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

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
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.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, June 11, 7:00-9:00 pm
ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.

This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.

Mindfulness and Healing

Presenter: Noah Semex
When: Wed, June 18, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by anxiety, worries or depressive thoughts.
By learning mindfulness meditation skills and applying them to our daily life, we can feel greater ease in how we experience difficult thoughts and emotions. By allowing ourselves to have our experience just as it is in the moment,  we can heal and find greater compassion and self-acceptance.

Psychotherapist, Noah Simcox, will present about applying mindfulness and self-compassion skills to daily life and will lead some exercises.

Friendship Can Help Rebuild Lives: Volunteering with Amicus

Presenter: Jill Barnes
When: Wed, June 25, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

Far too often, people who are incarcerated return to community with few positive connections or friendships. For over 45 years, Amicus (latin for “friend”) has been matching trained and supported volunteers with people in prison or jail. Learn how these simple friendships can make a huge difference in the lives of both volunteer and participant.   

Jill Barnes is a volunteer with Amicus and can be reached at jill.barnes@voamn.org / 612-877-4254.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Kelley Lorix
When: Wed, July 2, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

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

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.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, July 9, 7:00-9:00 pm

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men’s groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.
This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette’s book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.

Family Law and Divorce  Basics: Custody, Parenting Time, Property, Child Support, Alimony, & Process

Discussion Leader: Dan O’Connell
When: Wed, July 16, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

Attendees will learn basic information about custody,  parenting time and child support  with respect to  divorces and paternity cases. The basics for property awards and debt allocation, as well as spousal maintenance (alimony) in divorce cases will be discussed. The different processes available, such as court, mediation, early neutral evaluation, and collaborative law will also be covered.

Mr. O’Connell is a lawyer, CPA, mediator, arbitrator, and early neutral evaluator for family law matters. He also mediates civil matters and represents lawyers, doctors, and other professionals in ethics and licensing matters. He is the immediate past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, and works at Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP, St. Paul, Minnesota.

No Presentation

Presenter: None
When: Wed, July 23, 7:00-9:00 pm

No presentation scheduled for this date

Recruiter – Twin Cities RISE!

Presenter: Richard McLemore, II
When: Wed, July 30, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

As  recruiter for this agency I will speak to the men/women of your program about our professional job skills company. TCR! is a place where individuals are given the opportunity to gain a valuable education while being assisted through the maze of employment. Finding a job is a full-time job, and at TCR! we believe that every person is “Loveable, Important, Valuable,” thus they deserve a fair shot at gaining substantial employment.

Twin Cities RISE! is an innovative anti-poverty organization launched in 1994 that provides long-term job training designed for those facing the most barriers to employment and long term financial independence. TCR!’s mission is to provide employers with skilled workers – primarily men from communities of color in the Twin cities area – by training under – and unemployed adults for skilled jobs that pay a living wage of at least $20,00 annually.

Family Law Clinic

Discussion Leader: Bob Manson
When: Wed, Aug. 6, 7:00-9:00 pm
Open to Men and Women

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
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.

Mankind Project Open Circle

Presenter: Andy Mickel
When: Wed, Aug. 13, 7:00-9:00 pm

ManKind Project Minnesota began in 1990 and over 800 men are in our community. We have more than 20 on-going men's groups which serve as places where men can develop their Emotional Intelligence, practice Accountability to their Commitments of Service to others, and practice Authenticity in Actions and declarations.

This Open Circle enables participants to witness other men practice clarity of self-expression from their hearts rather than their heads. Join us in our 5-round format and ask questions to learn more and even participate yourself if you choose. Our structure is based on the masculine archetypes of King, Warrior, Magician & Lover in Moore and Gilette's book.

Over 50,000 men have attended ManKind Project experiential weekends for men all over the world to empower men to improve their lives and work together to help other men and families.

ManKind Project Minnesota offers two New Warrior Training Adventure weekends/year.