Issue: 1 January 2020
Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association Newsletter
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We hope that the new year is off to a great start and look forward to seeing you at the first membership meeting of 2020 on January 23rd .  Remember there will be no charge for visitors attending the January meeting and all are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a friend or colleague to MASWA.  All members who bring a guest will be included in a drawing for a $25 Visa Gift Card!  There will also be an opportunity to win a second gift card for all attendees who take a minute to answer a couple questions.

Keep your eyes open in the coming months for more details about the Annual Meeting set for May 14th.  Save the date!
MeetingMembership Meeting Details

Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association  Monthly Membership Meeting

Thursday, January 23rd
2:30 pm - Sign In/Networking
2:40 pm - Introduction/Announcements
3:00 pm - Program
4:00 pm - Adjourn

Identifying And Preventing Abuse Later In Life

Presented by:

Sean Burke

Sean Burke is the Public Policy Director at the Minnesota Elder Justice Center. Sean has extensive experience and understanding of the complexity of issues facing older adults including abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Before coming to the MEJC, Sean served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the Senior Law Project at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and as an attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center. He holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota. When he is not working as an advocate for older and vulnerable adults, Sean attempts to keep up with his twin toddlers.


  • Attendees will understand the key elder justice issues that were discussed and debated during the 2019 legislaitve session
  • understand changes that have been and are being made to Minnesota's long term care system - specifically a new licenisng structure for assisted living facilities
  • understand elder justice issues likely to be discussed and debated during the 2020 legislative system

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

Directions and parking info:
Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.
PresidentPresident's Note
No one knows better than you, that life brings changes. Judy Decker spoke of change in her last message to us as our outgoing MASWA President. We all wish Judy well and look forward to continuing to grow our work of providing education and support for all those with the passion to serve our seniors. Yes, I have accepted the baton and also look forward to learning how we together can help each other learn more, do more and accomplish more.

Happy New Year! The MASWA Board had its monthly meeting last week where exuberant discussion was abounding. This year, 2020, will be a year to "Watch MASWA!" We are going to be bringing you valuable educational opportunities along with trying to deliver what you need to help you in your senior serving roles. To that end, upon your arrival at our next membership meeting January 23, you will have an opportunity to participate in a rewarding fact-finding mission. Grab a ballot at the membership table, indicate what you'd like to see this year and drop it in the ballot box. You may win a valuable gift card at the end of the meeting!  
Perhaps this poem might shed a good light on us all and help us get off to a great start in this New Year...

"Be someone who listens, and you will be heard.
 Be someone who cares, and you will be loved.
 Be someone who gives, and you will be blessed.
 Be someone who comforts, and you will know peace.
 Be someone who lives with joy, with purpose, as your own light brightly   shines.
 Be, in every moment, the special,
 Someone you are truly meant to be." ~  Eden Kelly

Georgene Connelly



316 Brookview Parkway S
Golden Valley, MN 55426
Minneapolis Area Seniors Workers Association
P.O. Box 26630
Minneapolis, MN 55426