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Volume 3, Issue 10 | OCTOBER 2015
Anne Capestrain Donates $25,000 »
Co-Founders' Blog »
13th Month Video »
Executive Director's Blog »
Featured Program »
Sustained Program »
The Proven Platter »
Food For Thought »
New Grant Cycle Opens»
New Donations Processor»
Staff News»
#62 Million Girls»
At The Movies»
DFW Travel Program »
Milestones »
Chapter Anniversaries »
Google Hangout

Check out our conversation with Diana Bowie, president of DB Peru, in this month's Google Hangout.
Available here Oct. 1
Day of the Girl
International Day
of the Girl

The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl Child – October 11th – is "The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030".
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13th Month
13th Month Campaign – Making the Vision Real
Every month, we ask you to support our featured and sustained funding programs. Now, it is time to invest in Dining for Women as a program. The way to do that is through our 13th Month Campaign, which runs from October through December.

This annual appeal is our primary method for supporting DFW as an organization, allowing us to conduct rigorous screening and vetting of grant applicants, monitor and evaluate our funded programs, provide excellent educational materials, and support and engage our 430 chapters and 8,500 members.

Recently, we announced our 2020 Vision, which describes our goals to expand DFW's reach and impact so we can help even more women and girls. Your donation to our 13th Month Campaign will help DFW fulfill our bold plans for the future.

Our goal is 100% participation by the end of December. Just one additional donation at the level you usually give to our monthly programs will help us reach our goal!

You can make your 13th Month donation at your chapter meeting, online at DFW's website, or by mailing a check to the DFW home office at P.O. Box 25633, Greenville, SC, 29616. Please write "13th Month" on the memo line of your check.
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13th Month Donation
Anne leads the IL, Springfield-1 chapter and serves on DFW's Board of Directors.
13th Month Kicks Off with a Bang!
Anne Capestrain Donates $25,000
DFW member and Chapter Leader Anne Capestrain has kicked off our 2015 13th Month Campaign with a Founders' Circle gift of $25,000. She knows that NOW is the time to invest in Dining for Women!

"DFW continues to inspire me in the work it is doing to create equality for women and girls in developing countries and end extreme poverty," said Anne. "With the development of DFW's 2020 goals, I have full confidence that DFW's expert and passionate staff and Board will lead DFW to an even broader impact in our investment in women and girls. I hope that you will all join me in supporting the 13th Month Campaign to make DFW's mission and vision possible."

This is the second year that Anne has made a Founders' Circle donation to DFW. A HUGE thank you to Anne for her ongoing and generous support of DFW, both financially and as one of our dedicated volunteer leaders!
Co-Founder's Blog
DFW Co-Founder Marsha Wallace with Ana Teresa, a Girl Pioneer with Starfish One by One, one of DFW's supported programs.
Co-Founders' Blog: Imagine a World that Works for Women
Co-Founder Marsha Wallace discusses the importance of investing in Dining for Women through our 13th Month Campaign.
Imagine every woman and girl worldwide having access to education, healthcare, economic opportunity, legal and political participation in their communities and nations, living lives free from discrimination, oppression, violence and poverty. Imagine hundreds of thousands of Dining for Women members united by a common goal – to ensure equity and opportunity for women and girls living in poverty globally. What an exciting and BOLD vision!
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13th Month video
13th Month Video – Available Online or for Download
This year, we have a high-quality, professional video for our 13th Month Campaign, and it's all thanks to two dedicated DFW volunteers: Helen Borland (Co-Leader of our Southeast Region) and her husband, Jay Kiskel ( Helen and Jay volunteered many hours preparing this video, including a two-day photo shoot at DFW's home office. They did an awesome job and we cannot thank them enough!

Thank you, also, to DFW members Cristina Ramey, of the GA, Atlanta-1 chapter, and Marcia Kreycik of the GA, Sandy Springs-2 chapter, for participating in the video.

We encourage all chapters to show this six minute video at their meetings throughout the 13th Month Campaign. The video can be accessed on the homepage of DFW's website, or through this direct link.

In case your meeting location does not have Internet access, you can download the video onto your computer ahead of time. Paste the following URL into any browser and hit "enter". You will be re-directed to another page where you should select MP4 720p. The video will download into your default download folder.
Director's Blog
New Sustainable Development Goals Will Guide DFW Decisions
By Beth Ellen Holimon | DFW Executive Director
On September 25th, the United Nations made a historic and bold move by adopting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These new SDGs follow and expand on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were set in 2001 and are due to expire at the end of this year. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Continue Reading »
SDGs Fact Sheet
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DB Peru's mission is partnering with local communities to provide access to healthcare knowledge and delivery, and improving living conditions for the people of Peru. The organization works in the Peruvian Amazon jungle – an area sometimes known as "the forgotten place" – with remote indigenous communities who have limited access to health care.

Peru has some of the highest incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer in the world. DFW's grant will provide resources to deliver an innovative cervical cancer screen-and-treat program – the first of its kind to provide rapid, local diagnosis and prevention in the region. Learn More »
3 Things You Need to Know about our Featured Program
Access to healthcare is one of the major problems for people living in the Amazon River basin. Some villages have no boats with motors, which may mean a clinic is eight to 16 hours away, with someone paddling a canoe in rivers that are fast and treacherous.
Without adequate screening or diagnosis, remote Amazonian women are dying from cervical cancer too young, placing enormous burdens on their families, communities, and the healthcare system.
DB Peru has run more than 200 outreach health clinics in 25 villages over the past 14 years. All of their work is done by expert medical volunteers from around the world.
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October Sustained Funding Program
Our sustained funding program for October is the Fistula Foundation, which aims to end the suffering caused by childbirth injury and obstetric fistula. It will receive a grant of $20,000 per year over a three-year period (October 2015-2017), which will provide previously unavailable access to life-changing fistula repair surgeries for 135 women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, and South Sudan. This surgery helps end the shame and isolation that women suffer from obstetric fistula, and allows them to live more integrated and productive lives.

The Fistula Foundation was a DFW featured program grantee in February 2008 and September 2011. In its 2012 final report, the Fistula Foundation provided this message to DFW members and donors:

"Fistula Foundation is deeply grateful for the compassion and generosity of Dining for Women members across the country. Your gift helped 66 women receive treatment for their obstetric fistulae that will forever impact their lives. These women now have the priceless gift of health and a second chance at life, all because you chose to "dine in" on their behalf. No woman should suffer a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for helping to heal women with obstetric fistula."

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Proven Platter
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The Proven Platter
Spicy Potato Terrine
(Causa Rellena)
Recipe and photo credit: Linda McElroy
We get to explore a new cuisine this month: Peruvian food! My sister-in-law, Maria Chisholm, grew up in Lima, Peru, and she was only too happy to share with me her food memories and the things she still likes to cook. I'm really excited to share them with you.
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Food For Thought
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Food For Thought
DFW grantees make an impact now for a sustainable future
By Chris Worthy
Mere development without an eye to the future is not only insufficient, it can be detrimental to people, nations and the planet. According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, reducing poverty is one of the fundamental prerequisites for achieving sustainable development. Dining for Women grantees are on the front lines of this issue.
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Grant Cycle
New Grant Cycle Opens
October 1st marks the opening of our new grant cycle for programs for the second half of 2016.

Programs that meet our criteria can submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) online via our application page between October 1st and 24th. Information on the grant criteria is available on the website as well.

Many of our best grantees have come from connections with members and chapter leaders, so please pass this information on to organizations you are involved with that may be interested.
Click and Pledge
NEW!! Click & Pledge for Online Donations
Donating online to Dining for Women is now easier than ever with our new Click & Pledge processing system. Members can conveniently make one-time, recurring or in memory/in honor donations all in one place – whether they are on their computer, tablet or mobile phone. Donations can be made to programs or to our 13th Month campaign.

Click & Pledge is a simple, user-friendly, and highly secure system that is designed specifically for non-profits and is widely used throughout our industry.
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Staff News
Amy West Moore
New Staff Member Amy West Moore
We are thrilled that Amy West Moore has joined DFW as Data and Donor Associate. Her primary responsibilities include helping to maintain our member and chapter database records, processing donations, and assisting with donor and stewardship activities.

Amy grew up on the coast of Virginia, then attended Carson-Newman University in east Tennessee and Wake Forest University School of Divinity in North Carolina. Her previous experience includes managing databases for several other non-profit organizations. She lives in the Greenville, SC area with her husband, Stuart.
#62 Million Girls
#62 Million Girls
In recent months, we have had ongoing discussions with various like-minded organizations as we strive to expand our reach and impact on women and girls around the world. One of these organizations is the Peace Corps – specifically, we have met representatives of Let Girls Learn, a government-wide initiative to help the 62 million girls around the world who do not have the chance to go to school.

Through these discussions, we learned that Let Girls Learn is partnering with Girl Rising in a social media campaign to raise awareness of the global girls education crisis. The campaign is called #62MillionGirls and was publicly launched by the First Lady at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on September 26th. If you would like to participate, here is what to do:

1. Tweet or Instagram a photo of yourself to represent each of the 62 million girls not in school.

2. Copy and paste the following captions (fill in the blank with something personal - stand up for others, follow my own path, love music, etc.):

In school I learned to ___________. #62MillionGirls don't have that chance.

In school I learned to ___________. #62MillionGirls don't have that chance.

Share what you learned in school with your photo and #62MillionGirls to join our yearbook at


To learn more and to check out who has already submitted their photo to the yearbook:
At the movies
At the Movies
There are some wonderful films available that align with DFW's mission. Here are a few suggestions to check out:

I am a Girl
Several DFW chapters have hosted successful screenings of this powerful feature length documentary, which shows the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. The film tells the story of six girls from diverse cultures and societies around the world: Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, the United States, and Australia. To learn more about the film, find or host a screening, visit This could be a great way to recognize International Day of the Girl!

Based on a true story, Diffret is about two Ethiopian women who fight back against the practice of telefa, the accepted abduction and rape of teenage girls as long as the man marries the victim. Angelina Jolie is an executive producer on the film, which opens in select theaters on October 23rd. Visit for more information.

He Named Me Malala
This film is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home from school in Pakistan. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally. The film will be released in theaters on October 9th.
The CA, Agoura-1 chapter, led by Julie Kassan and Marilyn Way, celebrated its seventh anniversary in August. The chapter began in 2008 at the suggestion of Rita Dickinson, chapter leader of AZ, Phoenix-1 who lives in Agoura part of the year. The chapter has raised over $25,000 since its inception! Way to go, Agoura chapter!
Our Northeast Region had a DFW booth on Women's Day (September 2nd) at the New York State Fair. Several DFW representatives also attended the Women's Day luncheon with Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York. Shown, from left, are Barbara Quine-Moran, our new mentor for Upstate New York and co-leader of the Rochester-1 chapter; Senator Gillibrand; and Leslye Heilig, co-Leader of our Northeast region.
Our Southeast region held a Chapter Leader retreat in Greenville, SC on September 18 and 19. The event also attracted some leaders from chapters in nearby North Carolina. Our thanks to Regional Leaders Kira Walker and Helen Borland for planning an educational, inspirational and fun event for our volunteer leaders, and to all the Chapter Leaders and members who participated!
Our MN, St Paul-1 chapter, led by Debra Manderfeld and Mary Fleming, had some special guests at their August meeting featuring the Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC). Far right, back row, are Tricia Hall and Mary Peterson, volunteers who recently returned from working in the Guatemala Highlands at CCFC. Tricia and Mary enjoyed the meeting so much that they are now joining the St Paul chapter!
Congratulations and happy 4th anniversary to the DE, Newark-1 chapter which is led by Peggy Smith (who is also Co-Leader for our Mid-Atlantic region) and Judy Christensen!
In late August, Co-Founder Marsha Wallace, Executive Director Beth Ellen Holimon and West Regional Leaders Patty Karabatsos and Linda Dougall visited a number of our Colorado chapters. A bit thank you to Betty Purkey-Huck, Mentor for Colorado, who coordinated the Colorado tour and to all the Chapter Leaders and members who participated in the events.

Top Photo: Joint meeting of our Louisville and Boulder chapters with more than 70 attendees at a great outdoor venue.
Bottom Photo: Ten Thousand Villages event organized by the Fort Collins chapter.
UPDATE: DFW Travel Program
Dining for Women's Travel Program is one of the many valuable programs we provide to our members.  In 2015, we had two trips – one to Burma/Myanmar and one to the Dominican Republic -- which is consistent with previous years. Since that time we have been re-organizing our Travel Program and plan to announce a new Travel Program in 2016. Thank you for your enthusiasm and we look forward to traveling with you again soon!
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Chapter Anniversaries This Month
1 Year
MD, Silver Spring - 2
led by Anne Conlan
OR, Talent – 1
led by Marcia Weatherell & Ethel Ann Ackerman
SC, Indian Land – 2
led by Sharon Barasch
CO, Stapleton – 1
led by Karen Gladstone & Kay Taylor
GA, Marietta – 2
led by Susan Bixler
NY, Lancaster – 1
led by Anne Moore
DE, Wilmington – 3
led by Elaine Butterfoss & Bea Mercatante
VA, Alexandria – 3
led by Nancy Ault & Sherry Schiller
2 Years
TX, Austin – 5
led by Hilda Morris
KY, Lexington - 3
led by Becca Pike
MN, Plymouth – 1
led by Leslee Jaeger
NY, Cazenovia – 1
led by Gretchen Lipp
3 Years
INT, BC, Vancouver – 1
led by Susan Ackland
DE, Newark – 2
led by Kate Regan
SC, Indian Land – 1
led by Jane Harvey
AZ, Chandler - 1
led by Staci Blunt & Kathrine Blomquist
CT, Salisbury - 1
led by Rita Delgado
DE, Wilmington - 1
led by Kate Ryder & Ann Vinnacombe
PA, Philadelphia - 7
led by Adia Garrick
3 Years Continued
KY, Louisville – 3
led by Ann Kleine-Kracht
INT, AB, Calgary – 2
led by Alison Smith
OR, Portland – 10
led by Betty Friedman & Susan Schradle
4 Years
CA, Merced - 1
led by Jane Guerra
NC, Raleigh – 3
led by Gracey Vaughn
INT, Dubai – 1
led by Crispin Crocker
AL, Decatur – 1
led by Christy Lamb & Carolyn Dobson
PA, Philadelphia – 4
led by Ann Mintz & Betsy Teutsch
5 Years
PA, East Berlin – 1
led by Tamar Wallace & Debra Williams
OR, Portland – 4
led by Leslie Mills
TX, Seguin - 1
led by Whitney Bischoff & Marie Jo Billnitzer
VA, Richmond - 3
led by Sally Donald & Robyn Dail
OR, Portland – 3
led by Stephanie Sussman & Karen McCune
6 Years
INT, BC, Rossland - 1
led by Katherine Mahoney
AK, Anchorage - 1
led by Kelly Hurd & Sara Huff
8 Years
NY, Ithaca - 1
led by Karin Suskin
OH, Cincinnati – 2
led by Karen Whitney
VA, Herndon – 1
led by Sheila Hanz
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