Megan Laffen

Megan Laffen

United Way of McLeod County interim executive director

On a clear but cold day in early December 2019, 70 women gathered at the Silver Lake Auditorium to connect and focus on the topic of change. Many of these women came from 20 or fewer miles away, but more than 10 of them traveled for more than an hour and a half to attend the event, some coming from as far as northern Iowa.

Rural Women Conference speakers

Among the speakers at the Rural Women Conference were, from left, Bonnie Mohr, Mary Nelson and Laura Frerichs.

The focus of the event, “Redefining Rural, Connecting Women, Believing We are Stronger Together,” while keeping the theme of “change” in mind and the forefront of the conversation, was brought to light by a lineup of talented and engaging voices, including Hannah Tjoflat, Laura Frerichs, Bonnie Mohr, Mary Nelson and Michelle Doerr. What I continually observed throughout the morning was a group of women who were fully tuned in to the speakers and each other. Many women, including myself, became emotional throughout the day as we listened to the speakers and reflected on the constant changes in our own lives.

Franklin House gifts

Due to the generosity of attendees at the Rural Women Conference, $900 was raised to purchase gifts for Franklin House residents. Pictured here is Phyllis Cripps from McLeod Treatment Programs with the Christmas gifts to be delivered.