Friday, August 14, 2009

Thank you!

Today is my last day with the Minnesota Elder Economic Security Initiative. I am leaving the project to begin my Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with MinnEESI, the Minnesota Women's Consortium and Wider Opportunities for Women. I believe that the Initiative will introduce the future of elder economic security and am honored to be part of its beginning.

Thank you to the Minnesota Women's Consortium and Wider Opportunities for Women for your support, enthusiasm and pioneering. A special thanks to our endorsers, who believed in us from the start.

I am leaving MinnEESI in the very capable hands of Belle Khuu. Belle starts September 8, and you will hear from her right away on this blog and in our MinnEESI update.

Thank you and best of luck in carrying on this important project,
Marie Nelson

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

101-year old lawyer named Outstanding Oldest Worker

From the ABA Journal:

A 101-year-old Dallas-area lawyer is in his law office at 6:30 every morning, working a full day in his real estate and probate practice.

Lawyer Jack Borden’s dedication to hard work has earned him a new honor: outstanding oldest worker for 2009, awarded by the group Experience Works, the Dallas Morning News reports.

“At 101 years old, Jack Borden often gets asked two questions,” the story begins. “What's the secret to a long life? and When are you going to give up chewing tobacco?

“He dismisses the first (‘Not dying’) and simply ignores the second.”

Borden has been the district attorney of Parker County; the mayor of Weatherford, Texas; and an FBI agent. Today he practices law, co-hosts a radio program on Parker County history and serves as a church greeter.

"People ask me why I'm still working," he told the Morning News. "When I was 5 years old, my dad handed me a hoe and said the corn needs weeding. And that's how I got started."

"If I quit, I'll die,” he told the newspaper. “I know people who retire and two years later, they're gone."

By Marie Nelson

Monday, August 3, 2009

Staff changes at MinnEESI

Marie Nelson, MinnEESI's Project Coordinator, is leaving MinnEESI on August 14. Marie has been with MinnEESI since September 2008, and is leaving to begin her Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

Help us welcome Belle Khuu! Below is a message from Belle:

"Hi, my name is Belle Khuu and I completed my undergraduate studies in 2007 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and philosophy. I currently work as a research coordinator for the Schizophrenia Program at the University of Minnesota. My role with the program includes coordinating between clinical services and patient care, serving as the Behavioral Therapist for the metabolic studies, and administering neurocognitive assessments for the cognition trials.

Starting this fall, I am working toward a Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. I will be interning at the Minnesota's Women Consortium as part of my internship. I am ecstatic to intern for the MN's Women Consortium because of my deep interest in gender issues and advancing women's rights. Studying sociology as an undergrad has enabled me to understand the interaction between the various "ism" in society and fuels me toward making social change. I am looking forward to working and contributing toward advancing women's rights. Feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas that you'd like to share. I'd love to hear from you!"

Belle can be contacted at / 651-228-0338. Belle will start September 8, and Minnesota Women's Consortium Executive Director, Bonnie Watkins, will coordinate MinnEESI until Belle begins. Thanks for your patience during this transition.

By Marie Nelson

Job Opportunity

Elderberry Institute, a nonprofit statewide resource center for Living At Home/ Block Nurse Programs, seeks an Executive Director. Requires a minimum 5 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. Application deadline is August 31. Full job description, where to send resume and cover letter, and more information at

By Marie Nelson