Learn about our July featured program, Muditar, and our new Google Hangout schedule. Also, Beth Ellen considers a DFW without our volunteers, and we release another “My DFW Story” video by our Heartland Regional Leader.
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Dear DFW Member-Volunteers,

After coming off two three-day weekends with Dining for Women volunteers, I am more grateful than ever for what you do, how you think, and the impact you have on Dining for Women.  DFW is extremely reliant on volunteers and the thought of all our volunteers going on vacation for a month at the same time is frightening.  Fortunately, because I like to think positively, this will never, ever, ever happen.   Then a tiny voice in the middle of the night says, “Beth Ellen, wake up.  What IF DFW volunteers did NOT show up for a month? What would happen?”

Read Beth Ellen's full blog post
Featured Program for July


Muditar helps poor, underserved Pa-O tribal villages in Southern Shan State, Myanmar become self-sufficient, thriving communities using a collaborative model for sustainable development. This project will improve the maternal health practices of all reproductive age women in 12 Pa-O ethnic tribal villages.

The DFW grant will provide funding for Muditar to train and supervise 60 women (five per village) as Village Health Educators to facilitate a series of three safe motherhood workshops for 1,277 women to increase their knowledge and practice of healthy reproductive behavior. Curriculum topics will include family planning, prenatal and postnatal care and safe delivery options, along with better infant care such as good nutrition, breastfeeding, immunizations and monthly growth monitoring.

— More about the program
See On-Demand Events for Google Hangout schedule.


3 things you need to know
(about Muditar)

Muditar Foundation, located in Myanmar (Burma), was established in 2006 by Zaw Tint Hlaing along with Mike and Tricia Karpfen, founders of Shanta Foundation, to provide support for impoverished Pa-O tribal villages in the Southern Shan State.

Muditar’s partnership villages are chosen from villages with minority ethnic tribes that are not served by any other aid organizations and whose average annual family income is below $500

Myanmar is one of the poorest nations in the world, suffering from decades of stagnation, mismanagement and isolation. More than 32 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and more than 22 percent of children younger than age 5 are underweight.


My DFW Story

At a recent retreat, several of our volunteer Regional Leaders shared their personal stories of how DFW has impacted their lives.  We will be publishing these stories in the coming newsletters.  This month, watch Barb Harris’ story. Barb is Regional Leader for the Heartland and Chapter Leader for the La Grange Park-1 chapter in Illinois.
Our thanks to for providing the video for our “My DFW Story” series.

In Memoriam

When Ellen Reeves, Co-Leader of the CA, Saratoga-1 chapter, passed away suddenly late last year, her family decided to honor her long-time passion and commitment to DFW with a $1,000 donation in her memory.   On a recent trip to California, Beth Ellen and Marsha paid a special visit to Ellen’s family: from left, Virginia Talieh, Saritoga-1 Chapter Leader, Beth Ellen, Ellen’s sister, Nancy Degnan, Ellen’s son Matthew, friend Bob Blanchard, West Regional Leader Patty Karabatsos and Marsha Wallace.

Who Do You Know?  DFW is Ready for Corporate Sponsorships

Dining for Women is now ready to pursue corporate sponsorship in a big way and we need your help!  We now have available monthly to year-long sponsorship opportunities ranging from $2,500 to $60,000. We are looking for introductions to decision-makers in corporations that support our mission.
In order to ensure that we don’t have numerous members asking the same corporations, we are centralizing the process.  Here is a form to complete so that we can work with you and your contact individually to pursue sponsorship.
Thank you so much for thinking of Dining for Women!

New! Returned Checks Policy

 As with any organization, returned checks are costly for DFW, both in terms of staff time to reverse the funds in our systems and to try to collect the funds from the donor, but also due to additional bank charges that we incur for returned checks. In order to minimize our costs, we will be implementing a new returned checks policy, effective July 1st, which will be administered by a check collection service through our bank.  After this date, if your check is returned to us for any reason, the bank will electronically debit your account for the amount of the check PLUS a $30 processing fee.

Summer Interns at DFW

DFW will have a few extra people around home office this summer. Three interns are working with our Program Director, Veena Khandke, on various projects.  From left is Maya Ward, a rising sophomore at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC; Megan Priester, Chapter Leader for the Hendersonville-1 chapter; and Maya Dodhia, a rising freshman at Furman University in Greenville.

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Board of Directors

Barb Collins
Co-founder/board chair
Susan Stall
Barbara Wagner
Anne Capestrain
Susan Garrity
Colleen Murphy
Marsha Wallace, co-founder
Sandy Ward
In response to members who want to watch the Google Hangouts earlier in the month, we are adjusting our schedule. Effective July 1st, Hangouts will be available for on demand viewing by the first of the month in which the program is featured. Since we found that most members watch the Hangout on demand, we will no longer publish the dates and times for the live Hangout.  Simply go to the program page on our website, starting the first of the month, to play the recorded Hangout.  This will allow more chapters and members to watch these interesting conversations with our program representatives at their convenience.

On-Demand Events

View our conversation with Karen Yelik, CEO of Indego Africa, and learn more about how its Leadership Academy will identify and develop young artisans into agents for change and community leaders.  Watch it on-demand and remember, it is not too late to donate to Indego Africa and help the women artisans in Rwanda.
Our Google Hangout with Muditar representative Tricia Karpfen will be available for on-demand viewing on the DFW website starting July 1st. Simply go to the Muditar program page to access the recording.

Milestones and more

Asheville (NC)

Happy fourth anniversary to the Asheville-1 chapter, led by Sue Fernbach. They celebrated in the beautiful backyard at the home of Ilene and Tino Procida. In honor of our May featured program, Ripple Africa, Tino constructed a Changu Changu Moto cook stove for the event.

Weaverville (NC)

Congratulations to all the members of the Weaverville-1 chapter on their first anniversary. The chapter is led by Sheila Dunn. The group enjoyed Rwandan food, in honor of Indego Africa, our June featured program, and a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Cause Marketing

Remember to check out the cause marketing program of our website and learn more about our partners who are donating a percentage of their sales back to DFW.
  • Child’s Cup Full
  • The Women’s Peace Collection
  • DFW Chapter Leader Betsy Teutsch, the author of 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women
There is also information on our cause marketing guidelines and how to submit a proposal. Our Cause Marketing Committee reviews proposals on a quarterly basis, with July 30th being the next submission deadline.

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