Read about our 13th Month results and all the creative chapter fundraisers;  tell us why your Chapter Leaders are special; and help enhance the health and education of rural Bolivian women.
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2016 Breaks All Records!

In this month’s blog, Dining for Women President Beth Ellen Holimon shares the exciting results of our 2016 13th Month Annual Appeal.
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DFW Chapters Use Creativity to Support Annual Appeal

DFW members are a creative and committed bunch! Thank you to the many chapters that held fundraisers in 2016 – together, you raised a record-breaking $46,000 for our 13th Month Annual Appeal. For everything you do throughout the year, we are grateful!

Click here for chapter fundraising highlights from 2016.

Join Our 8,000 Ambassadors Campaign and Help Us Grow!

We know that DFW members, like you, are passionate and committed to helping women and girls, and we all love DFW! This makes you the perfect ambassadors to spread the word about DFW and help us expand the number of chapters. We will kick off our growth strategy this year by harnessing the collective power of our 8,000 member ambassadors across the U.S.

Our “8,000 Ambassadors Campaign” will kick off on March 8 – International Women’s Day. We are asking chapters to hold their meetings on March 8 so that we can have the biggest chapter meeting ever! In addition, we will have a live webcast that evening with special guests and announcements. Details, including how to participate in this webcast, will be shared soon with your Chapter Leader. Throughout March, we are asking you to brainstorm and plan with their chapter about how to help DFW grow. A toolkit, with printed materials and tips and suggestions, will be mailed to every chapter by the end of February.
For additional info or questions, please email

Celebrate Your Chapter Leaders in April

This April, DFW will introduce its first Chapter Leader Appreciation Month, a new annual event, and we invite you all to participate! We encourage you and your fellow chapter members to do something special to show your leaders how much you love and value their commitment to you and to the women and girls we support. Let's get busy planning our April meetings with all the love and appreciation we can muster! In the meantime, we would love for you to tell us why your Chapter Leaders are special. Include a photo and email We will publish your tributes in The Dish over the coming months. To get you started, here’s one from Linda Dougall, proud member of the CA, Oakland-2 chapter.
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Show Your Love & Gratitude to Marsha

Marsha WallaceDon’t forget to send your cards, letters, notes or photos for Co-Founder Marsha Wallace as she transitions to her next life chapter. Please send to:
Dining for Women
P.O. Box 25633
Greenville, SC 29616

Our Dining for Women Baby is Here!

We are thrilled to share that DFW staff member Amy West Moore had her baby on Jan 21. Campbell James Moore was born in Greenville, SC, weighing 7 lbs, 6 oz and 20 ½ inches long. First-time mom and baby are doing great! Amy will be on maternity leave until early April.

Our Featured Grantee for February:
Etta Projects

Etta Projects
DFW’s grant of $39,825 will be used to train villagers in rural Bolivia – 95 percent of whom will be women – to become health promoters. This project will enhance health and education, offer leadership roles for women, alter stereotypes for rural Bolivian women and girls, and help reduce domestic violence.
Our conversation with Etta Projects' Founder and Director of Programming Pennye Nixon and Executive Director Debbie Ranniger is here.

3 Things You Need to Know about our Featured Grantee

Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, with 43 percent of the country’s 10 million people living in poverty. The country ranks first in Latin America for violence against women and second for sexual violence.
The Etta Projects training model promotes behavior change, self-esteem building and leadership skills among participants. The Health Promoters learn about their rights, current Bolivian policy and steps they can take to provide support for issues related to violence in the family and community.
The project will take place in 11 villages in the Saavedra region. Direct beneficiaries: 50. Indirect beneficiaries: 5,361.

Our Sustained Grantee for February:

Through education and mentorship, Starfish (formerly called Starfish One by One) empowers indigenous, adolescent Guatemalan girls to become leaders in their communities. DFW’s sustained grant of $20,000 per year from 2016 to 2018 supports the first all-girl middle school in Guatemala.
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The Proven Platter- Bolivian Turnovers (Salteñas)
By Linda McElroy, DFW Recipe Curator and Chapter Leader of WA, Seattle-1

Try this turnover – it’s great to make ahead and freeze – for an authentic taste of Bolivian cuisine.


Our Gratitude to Outgoing Regional Leader Leslye Heilig

Leslye Heilig We extend our thanks to retiring Northeast Regional Co-Leader Leslye Heilig for her tireless efforts on behalf of DFW. She is retiring effective Jan. 31 and will take a well-deserved break before stepping back into service as a DFW mentor later this year.

Leslye’s Co-Leader, Ruth Bates, continues as Northeast Regional Leader and a new Co-Leader is being recruited.

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Welcome New Regional Leaders in Central and Northwest Regions
New Regional Leaders

We are thrilled to welcome two new Regional Leaders: Leslie Galup is joining Corinne Blakemore as Central Region Co-Leader, and Kathi Jaworski is joining Karen McCune as Northwest Region Co-Leader. Both of these ladies bring dedication, experience and exceptional skills to their positions. We are grateful for their commitment to helping women and girls around the world.

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“Lasting Impressions” Chapter Turns 10

0217 MO, St LouisThe MO, St. Louis-1 Chapter, known as Lasting Impressions, lives up to its nickname. The group, led by its founder, Cathy Edmond, celebrates 10 years together in February. Cathy formed the chapter after reading about DFW in Women’s Day magazine.
“I was at a point in my life when I wanted to reach out to a greater good, and this struck me as such a worthy way to do it,” she said. “I loved the idea that it focused on women and children from a grassroots level. As an educator, I also loved that its focus was educating, both the recipients and the donors. I did not have a lot of money to give, but the idea of collective giving made so much sense. I talked about it with my co-workers who are also educators, and after many months of discussion, we scheduled a planning meeting and went on from there.”
The group now holds its monthly meetings early in the evenings. “We now meet at a local restaurant,” Cathy said. “We found it easier to do it that way. We chose that time of day because we could meet after work, we call it ‘appedinner.’”
Members talk, share a meal and then do a brief presentation on that month’s featured grantee. They take turns giving the monthly presentation. Cathy said the key to the group’s longevity has been consistent meetings and a small, dedicated group of women. Delegating tasks also helps. One member sends a reminder email, another handles the presentation, and Cathy takes care of submitting the group’s donations.
“Make it your own,” she said. “Do what works for your group. It doesn’t have to be a certain way. Do what makes your group click. As long as you have the education piece in it and the collective giving, you are making a difference!”

Dining for Women Virtual Book Club

Book ClubYou may have read in the last issue of The Dish that we are embarking on a “year of education” to look at best practices in grant making, effective programming, and the most pressing issues facing women and girls. The Grants and Partnerships Oversight Committee, along with a parallel Member Discussion Forum will be reading books, articles, UN reports and more.
We hope you will follow along and join our virtual DFW Book Group on Goodreads.
To Join:
  1. Click here: DFW Book Group
  2. Follow instructions to join Goodreads.
There are many Dining for Women members already on Goodreads and we look forward to developing our community through learning.

DFW Chair Presents TEDx Talk

TEDx GreenvilleDFW’s Board Chair Susan Stall discussed gender equality at a TEDx event in Greenville, SC this fall. Here is the link to her talk: “Sex and World Peace: Why We Need to Care about Gender Equality.”



Congratulations to the PA, Philadelphia-6 chapter on five years with DFW. The chapter, led by Deborah Wyse and Lynn Doerr, celebrated in January.
Congratulations to members of the IL, Springfield-5 chapter, led by Denise Church and Karen Munoz. The group recently celebrated its first anniversary.

New Chapters Activated

CA, Fullerton - 1
led by Elizabeth Boretz
NC, Charlotte – 6
led by Martha Daniel
SOH, Columbus – 3
led by Kelli Sproles
The CA, Merced-1 chapter celebrated its fifth anniversary in December. Thank you to Co-Leaders Jane Guerra and Karen Arnold, and to all your members!
The SC, Charleston-3 chapter gathered in January for a variety of delicious dishes from Cambodia, followed by the video of our new friends in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The chapter, led by Donna Reyburn and Carla Young, has been meeting for eight years.

Submitting Chapter Milestones, Special Events and Photos

We love receiving photos of your chapter milestones, meetings or special events and sharing those inspiring updates with other members. Please remember to send your photos using our new Chapter Photos Submission Form so we have all the information we need for publishing in our newsletter.

Chapter Anniversaries

1 Year
CA, Santa Barbara - 6
led by Sally Sheridan & Kathryn Norris
CT, Easton - 1
led by Melissa Pearlstone & Martha Borrero
NC, Belmont - 1
led by Anastasia Kellogg & Krystyna Sarrazin
OH, Columbus - 2
led by Patsy Deerhake
SC, Clemson - 1
led by Courtney Sipes & Annah Amani
VT, Shelburne - 1
led by Jodi Breckenridge & Sally Wadhams
2 Years
CA, San Ramon - 1
led by Stephanie LaCount
CA, Simi Valley - 1
led by Colleen Kill
MA, Paxton - 1
led by Karin Ciance
OK, Tulsa - 3
led by Mallory Smith & Begona Toca
OR, Bend - 2
led by Karyn Anderson
OR, Portland - 14
led by Judith McGavin & Karen Goodyer
3 Years
CA, Santa Barbara - 4
led by Marcy Luikart & Lynda Rae
NM, Santa Fe - 1
led by Amanda Burkybile Wiltenburg
NV, Reno - 1
led by Laci Crow
OH, Toledo - 6
led by Shelley Kotz
WA, Pullman - 1
led by Libby Walker
4 Years
IL, Chicago - 5
led by MaLeah Peterson
KY, Lexington - 2
led by Anita Courtney & Delia Rose Gibbs
MI, Port Huron - 1
led by Doreen MacDonald
4 Years Cont.
MI, Troy - 1
led by Mary Masson & Gail Cowger
SC, Charleston - 6
led by Catherine Rogers & Susan Dunn
5 Years
CA, Agoura - 2
led by Julie Kassan
CA, Monte Sereno - 1
led by Mona Roussey
MA, Great Barrington - 1
led by Leslye Heilig & Barbara Watkins
MN, Minneapolis - 2
led by Lauren McCarthy
MN, Saint Paul - 1
led by Debra Manderfeld & Margaret Tabar
MN, Saint Paul - 2
led by Mary Amdahl
6 Years
CA, Saratoga - 1
led by Nomita Shahani
IN, South Bend - 1
led by Corinne Blakemore
MA, Amherst - 1
led by Devorah Jacobson & Margaret Mastrangelo
OR, Portland - 6
led by Lisa Maas & Lynn McClenahan
WA, Seattle - 2
led by Alissa Johnson & Anne Henry
WI, Milwaukee - 4
led by Frances Findley
7 Years
CA, San Anselmo - 1
led by Cynthia Sawtell
FL, Venice - 1
led by Deirdre Christman & Linda Underwood
OH, Cincinnati - 4
led by Rachel Kemper
10 Years
MO, Saint Louis - 1
led by Cathy Edmond
11 Years
OH, Massillon - 1
led by Dawn Hansard

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