April 2016 Newsletter



Our mission is to promote professionalism and to facilitate the opportunity to provide training, networking and better communication for all Financial Workers and Case Aides in order to deliver human service programs effectively within Minnesota.


From our President

Happy Spring! Spring is the busiest season for the board because conference planning kicks into high gear.  Next month we will be finalizing the menu, entertainment, speaker and bag items.  We will also be working on conference sessions.  We received a lot of feedback from the surveys and are hoping to include as many requested sessions as possible.  If you have any suggestions, please contact your region rep.  We are always open to member’s ideas!

There is still time to nominate someone you think deserves to be recognized as the Financial Worker/Case Aide of the Year.  Nominations can be accepted through our website or you can mail them in.

Be sure to check out our new website.  It is up and running and looks great!  Also follow us on Facebook for
tulipsconference updates. We hope to see you all in October for another awesome conference at Arrowwood!

Tara Vander Steen

 Financial Worker or Case Aide of the Year Award

Blue ribbonWe are looking for that special Financial Worker or Case Aide that goes above and beyond. The one you can always count on.  The cream of the crop!  The best of the best!

It’s time to nominate your favorite Financial Worker/Case Aide for the 2016 FW/CA of the Year Award!  Nominating someone is easy.  Just complete a nomination form which include the person’s name, background, and the reason that you feel this person is deserving of this title.  Remember this person must be a MFWCAA member, and nominations must be postmarked or submitted online by 06/30/16.

scholarship news

The deadline to submit your 2016 Scholarship Applications was on 02/29/16.  We are currently in the process of reviewing them.  We will announce the winners in the July 2016 Newsletter.

Early bird winners!                                               

During our March meeting, we drew eight names for the Early bird prize.  These were members who
se dues were paid by 02/29/16.  Each winner will receive a $25 Target gift card. Congratulations!

birdie Mary Chambers, Itasca County (Region 3)
Jeff Deihl, Itasca County (Region 3)
Jessica Cieniawski, Douglas County (Region 4)
Lauren Grothen, Grant County (Region 4)
Karri Berreau, Swift County (Region 6)
Shawn Kloss, Benton County (Region 7)
Shawn Rosenberger, Stearns  County (Region 7)
Kimberli Malecha, Waseca County (Region 9)

Even if you’re not an ‘Early bird,’ you can still become a member!  Complete a membership form to join. Members, encourage your non-member coworkers to join!


Mark your calendars

October 12 – 14, 2016

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center

in Alexandria, MN

Now is the time to get your thinking caps on and start coming up with basket ideas!  We love seeing the variety of baskets brought to conference every year.  If you want to create a basket, but no one from your agency is going to conference, contact your region representative and they will make arrangements to get your basket to Alexandria.


Being a member of the MFWCAA has many advantagesmembers around table

  • We are recognized by the Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Provide a Quarterly Newsletter
  • Provide staff development and training for Financial Workers and Case Aides
  • Arrange regional meetings focusing on specific programs and problems
  • Assist in caseload studies
  • Help in rewriting program manuals
  • Express our opinions and views at public hearings
  • Are involved in developing curriculum for the Financial Worker programs at the Technical Colleges
  • Are eligible for scholarships
  • Attend Fall conference (great place to network)
  • Have working relationships with MSSA, the MN Fraud Investigators Association, the Health Care Department at DHS, the Technical Colleges and Children, Families and Learning.
  • Help with defining our job descriptions with the Merit System


board meetingWhat do Region Reps/Board Members do?

Region Representatives are primarily responsible for promoting membership in MFWCAA within their region, conducting membership drives, hosting regional meetings throughout the year and providing members with updates on legislation, policy and other critical issues that affect our job.

Board meetings, comprised of Region Reps, Board Members and DHS staff, meet once a month in St Cloud. This provides the opportunity for each Region Rep to update others on training and technical assistance, be notified of policy and procedure changes and to coordinate the conference planning. Voting occurs, minutes are taken and bi-laws are followed.

Region Representatives participate in committees that are devoted to preparing and planning for a statewide conference, which is held every fall. Committees focus on keynote speakers, workshop presenters, vendors, logistics and other planning. The annual conference is a great chance to network and attend sessions and workshops that provide exceptional learning opportunities. Representatives are required to attend and assist with the conference every year.Letter

We have a new mailing address

PO Box 414
Glenwood, MN 56334

For more information

On serving your fellow members of the Minnesota Financial Worker and Case Aide Association as a member of our outstanding board, please contact President Tara Vander Steen at: tara.vandersteen@mfwcaa.org

If you have any articles that you would like to have included in a future newsletter, please contact Katie Nelson at: katie.nelson@co.todd.mn.us

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