WINONA, Minn. Some 750 young women from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada gathered at Winona State University here the first week of August for a week of spiritual, personal and physical enrichment. Attending the event, the theme of which was "Walking in The Light of Love," were Elder Thomas A. Holt, an Area Authority Seventy, and Carol B. Thomas, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency.
After spending the morning attending spiritual seminars and fun activities, the young women volunteered around the community. Many of them worked at "Grace Place," a three-story Victorian home that serves as a shelter for young women at risk. Their hard work, which included weeding, stripping paint, painting trim, washing windows and cleaning out the basement, earned them a place on the front page of the Winona Daily News. The article quoted Angie Bohringer, the shelter's executive director, as saying, "What 60 hands can do in five hours would take us two years."
The shelter was in desperate need of volunteers because they had earned a grant to paint the old home but the work had to be completed by the end of this year or the grant would be forfeited.
Other highlights of the event included "Adversity Night" and a seminar on women from the scriptures.