The Only Constant is Change…

Libby Utter September 18, 2019

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.”

And here we are, midway through September where a season of change is upon us; kids are back to school, the leaves are taking on autumn hues and our schedules seem somehow less leisurely than they did just a month ago when the daylight stretched on into evening. Many people fear (or even loathe) change, but this month, I challenge you to reframe your thoughts on change.

Change is healthy and necessary for development. Best-selling author Jack Canfield defines change as “an opportunity for you to experience something new and to grow and evolve as a person.”

At Gilda’s Club, change is also constant. Each week we welcome new members who are seeking the social and emotional support that we provide. They come to us because their lives have changed as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Members find that they, too, change as a result of their time at Gilda’s Club – through our five-part program of support, members grow, learn and form new friendships. Many of our “graduated” members continue to stay close to the friends they made at the Clubhouse.

Change, inherently, doesn’t connote good or bad – just different from before. As with any organization, staff change is also a constant. Many of you already know that our Volunteer and Program Coordinator, Maddy Rydeen, will be leaving us at the end of the month as she is making an exciting move to Chicago. We will miss her incredible talents and kindness, but know she will thrive in the Windy City. We are actively recruiting a new Volunteer and Communications Coordinator to continue growing our vibrant volunteer program.

Our program offerings change quarterly, as we strive to offer the most comprehensive social and emotional support possible. Looking ahead, I challenge you to embrace change and try something new from our 4th quarter offerings. If you haven’t been to one of our topical education sessions, please check one out. For those of you who have thought about joining an exercise or mind-body class, now is the time! Broaden your community at one of our social events. Visit our new website to view the calendar and sign up for some new classes. See, change can be fun!

As we all experience change this fall, I encourage you to embrace the change and try something new! One thing that won’t change is Gilda’s Club’s commitment to you – our members – to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Kind regards,


Executive Director | Gilda’s Club Twin Cities
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P.S. – Did you hear about our October Shop for Gilda’s! fundraiser, with opportunities to help raise money for Gilda’s Club as part of your normal shopping? Learn more here!

Published as part of the September 2019 GildaGram Newsletter. Read more here:

September 2019
GildaGram Newsletter
Clubhouse News by Libby Utter - September 2019
Clubhouse News – September 2019
Program News by Ali DeCamillis - September 2019
Program News –
September 2019
2019 Oct – Nov – Dec
Program Calendar
Shop for Gilda's October Fundraiser
Shop for Gilda’s
October Fundraiser
Family Fall Festival
October 12, 2019
Memorials, Tributes, and Program Sponsors
Annual Member Feedback Survey