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November 22, 2016  

Happy Thanksgiving
~Kathy Connors FSIM Board Member

thanksgivingI have been on the FSIM Board for over 4 years as secretary and now as Newsletter coordinator.
I can't think of a more dynamic organization to work for. As Carole Hyder told us in our Feng Shui Certification course, "Everything is Energy". I repeat that phrase often when doing Feng Shui consultations, Healing Touch, and recently with dowsing to change the energy in homes. FSIM tunes in to opportunities to expand our knowledge of Feng Shui and related holistic energy modalities that enhance the energy in our homes, lives, and ourselves. I love the positive energy that exists and surrounds us during our Board meetings. Not to mention the broad scope of networking and potential speakers that FSIM brings forth, but also those gifts of energy and relationships that exists in our Membership. I am grateful for these connections and the positive energy that the Feng Shui Institute of the Midwest offers as an organization. Lastly, the FSIM Board thanks you for your loyal membership, active participation in our events, and enthusiasm for great energy! 
Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

FSIM's Annual Membership Renewal is active. We do hope you will join us. The FSIM Board is excited for 2017 and looks forward to our members renewing and bringing in some new faces as well! We hope you can take advantage of early Membership Renewal or First Time Activation if you are a new member.

Please take this opportunity to renew early. There is no increase in fees this year, but there is an $18 service fee after December 16th for renewing Practitioners and Friends. This $18 service fee is waived for First Time Practitioner Members and Students. Don't forget about the 6 CEU's needed for Membership Renewal. 

Please join us in 2017! We on the FSIM Board continue to strive to serve our Members, bring new educational offerings, and events that allow us to share our Feng Shui passion, friendships and networking. 

FSIM is gearing up for our 2017 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is on January 10, 2017. Please save the Date! Registration for the Annual meeting will occur in December. Enjoy a new article below by our featured Annual Meeting speaker, Linda Mealey-Lohman.

Annual Membership Renewal

It's Time for Membership Renewal!
There are so many wonderful benefits for FSIM members: 
  • Quarterly meetings provide professional growth for Practitioners and ongoing educational opportunities for Friends and Students. 
  • Free admission to Quarterly Meetings and reduced fee for the Annual Meeting
  • Special "Members Only" meeting and social events
  • Practitioners gain visibility through the Practitioner Directory
  • Friends & Practitioners may advertise their related business and/or service in FSIM newsletters
  • Networking, fellowship and support through FSIM meetings, events, service projects, newsletter and special Facebook page designed for members only
Early Renewal Pricing now through December 16th:
No dues increase this year!
$126 Practitioner
$108 Friend
$54 Student

After December 16th (On December 17th) add $18 Service Fee:
$144 Practitioner
$126 Friend
$54 Student (service fee waived for students)
$126 First Time Practitioner Fee (service fee waived for First Time Practioner Membership)

Renew now & invite friends & fellow practitioners & classmates to join you!

Linda Mealey-Lohmann
Linda Mealey-Lohman
2017 Annual Meeting Speaker

FSIM is excited for our Annual Meeting and The Year of the Rooster. Our speaker this year is
Linda Mealey-Lohman. 

Title of Presentation: "Celebrating 2017 - The Year of the Fire Rooster"
Date: January 10, 2017

Description: "An interactive presentation about the characteristics of this year's Fire Rooster and the Chinese Animal Zodiac, Chinese New Year Traditions (Rituals, Food, and Song). You'll even learn some useful Chinese phrases!"

Linda Mealey-Lohmann is Co-Founder and President of the Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society and Vice President of US-China Peoples Friendship Association-MN. She is a former employment law lawyer, who now works as a mediator and arbitrator (Mealey-Lohmann Mediation & Dispute Resolution), helping parties resolve commercial and employment law disputes. She is an avid gardener and has a deep interest in China and China Gardens. She has taught Chinese language and culture to all ages, from preschool to college to senior citizens. She holds an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies, a Master's Degree in Chinese Language and Literature, and speaks Mandarin Chinese. She has traveled to China 22 times over more than thirty years and lived / studied in Taiwan for six months and lived in Tianjin, China, for two summers as Assistant Director of the U of M Chinese language program at Nankai University. Her last trip was to Changsha (St. Paul's sister-city) with St. Paul Mayor Coleman's delegation, where a sister-park agreement was signed with St. Paul Phalen Regional Park and Changsha Wetlands Park.  She manages the day-to-day operations of the China Garden Society's current project to build the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Regional Park. This is a collaboration with the City of St. Paul, St. Paul Parks & Rec, Changsha's Yanghu Wetlands Park, and the Changsha People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The goal is to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of China and Minnesota.

Look for 2017 Annual Meeting registration info in the December Newsletter.

Winter scene Chinese Garden
China Friendship Garden
By Linda Mealey-Lohmann

A China Friendship Garden is coming to St. Paul's Phalen Regional Park

Imagine walking through a moon gate that leads you under an arbor covered with fragrant blossoms on a warm summer day.  To your right, you see people practicing Tai Chi under the weeping willows along a stream with an arched Chinese bridge..... ahead you see people sitting in a pavilion with upswept eaves overlooking a lake with the scent of peonies drifting in the air.  This experience will soon become a reality at St. Paul's Phalen Regional Park, the sight of the future St. Paul - Changsha Sister City China Friendship Garden.

The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society has initiated this five-year international public art installation at Phalen Regional Park in St. Paul.  The St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden is a sister-city project with Changsha, Hunan Province (a relationship established by former Mayor George Latimer in 1988) and will be built in three phases with a budget of $7 million (see photo).  This China Garden will be unique because it will be the only Changsha-style China Garden in the U.S., and because it will recognize the significant historical connection between St. Paul's large Hmong community and their ancestral roots in China.

Phase 1 (budget of $350,000) will begin with a groundbreaking in the spring of 2017 and will include the installation of a full-size replica of Changsha's famous Xiang Jiang Pavilion (see photo), with walking paths and landscaping.  It will also include an artistic sculpture symbolizing the 5,000 year-old ancestral connection between the Minnesota Hmong and the Chinese Hmong (Miao Zu) and their historic Emperor Chi You in China.   Subsequent phases will include a Hmong Cultural Plaza for cultural performances and for educating visitors about Hmong culture and history, a lakeside classroom pavilion with covered walkway for teaching culture and language, a courtyard for Tai Chi and yoga, a Chinese arched bridge and rock garden, and other elements.  

Plan to visit Phalen Regional Park now to see the beautiful nine-foot "Meditation" sculpture created by Changsha Master Lei Yixin in 2006.  Master Lei is an internationally-famous sculptor and subsequently created the 30-foot Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial "Stone of Hope" Memorial, installed in Washington, D.C. in 2011.

The China Garden Society (a dedicated all-volunteer board) is collaborating with the City of St. Paul, the St. Paul Parks & Recreation Department, St. Paul's District 5 Planning Council, Changsha People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Changsha Yanghu Wetlands Park (sister park to Phalen Park).  Carole Hyder, an internationally-recognized consultant, author and trainer in the field of Feng Shui, is a board member of the China Garden Society and is working to ensure the China Garden follows Feng Shui principles.

Become a Donor.  Your tax-deductible donations for Phase 1 are urgently needed so we can meet our goal of $350,000 in the next few months.  Become a Volunteer.  If you have skills in the area of gardening, fundraising, marketing, graphic design, architecture, or photography, or are interested in China, or Chinese culture, art, or architecture, email us!  

Join "Friends of St. Paul-Changsha Friendship Garden at Phalen Park" on Facebook.  For more information, visit our website at www.mnchinagarden.org or call Linda at 612-791-2218.

FSIM Board Event Coordinator Position Opening
Board positions terms with FSIM are 2 years. The term of our Event Coordinator, Carolyn Vinup, has passed and thus we have this position opening to fill. To support a smooth transition for everyone involved it will be best to get YOU on the board before the year's end so that you can be oriented to the role before the Annual Meeting, our biggest event of the year. Carolyn is leaving us in great shape with the January Annual Meeting mostly set and much of the 2017 work done ahead!  

This role is best for someone with good organization and detail skills as well as creativity and that sense of fun and adventure that keeps our events lively and spirit filled. We have several newer members on the board and we all are loving their fresh perspectives! Please email Debbie Miller or Elaine Anderson by November 3 if you think you are interested, or if you know someone you think would be great at it! 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at FSIM!



January 10, 2017 Annual Meeting 
April 11, 2017 FSIM Member Meeting
July 11, 2017 FSIM Member Meeting
October 10, 2017 FSIM Member Meeting/Field Trip

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