Check out DFW’s 2015 Annual Report, volunteer to help plan our 2017 National Summit, and participate in our new Member Profile Survey.
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VOLUME  4, ISSUE 6 | JUNE 2016

How Did We Do in 2015?

DFW Annual Report Now Available

How many women and girls did we impact? What record did we break last year? Where is our organization heading? You’ll find the answers to all these questions and much more in DFW’s 2015 Annual Report. It’s also an opportunity for us to thank all of those who contributed or supported us in some way in the past year. We’re proud of what we accomplished together in 2015. We hope you are too!

Read our 2015 Annual Report
Print our 2015 Annual Report

A key part of our annual report is the summary of our financial performance from last year. Our Treasurer, Susan Stall, has prepared a blog to help you better understand our 2015 financials.

Read our Treasurer’s blog

Message from Executive Director

Dear Members,

In the past month I have spoken to over 60 chapter leaders and countless chapter members from East to West about the changes to our program funding model.  My number one priority is to talk to all members and chapters who have questions because Dining for Women is dedicated to transparency and being accessible to members.

We are so grateful for the overwhelming support and time you have spent in reading GuideStar’s Overhead Myth, watching this TED Talk, and digging into our communications materials to understand why Dining for Women is choosing to fund the organization as a whole.  Our members do not ask easy questions and are willing to challenge the organization they love, and that is what makes us better every day.

The DFW Board of Directors and staff stand with me when I give you my heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support and commitment to the next era of Dining for Women and its growing impact on women and girls around the world.

With gratitude,
Beth Ellen Holimon
Executive Director

Our Featured Grantee for June:
Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean (CATW-LAC)

CATW-LAC works at the local, regional, national and international levels to promote women's human rights, including the right to live free of violence and sexual exploitation. DFW’s ’s $50,000 grant funds the Red Alert System, which consolidates the search for victims of contemporary forms of slavery, especially trafficking victims and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. It involves a comprehensive victim protection program, including legal advice and representation during the search process and post-rescue, medical and psychological counseling for families and victims, education, vocational training and emergency shelter.

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Our Conversation with Taina Bien Aime, Executive Director of CATW, is available here.

3 Things You Need to Know about our Featured Grantee

The majority of victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are female, economically and racially marginalized, and are most often victims of prior physical and sexual violence. They are especially vulnerable to recruitment due to the absence of real, legitimate economic alternatives and opportunities.
When the victim is rescued through the Red Alert System, CATW-LAC assists with reintegration support, health services, shelter, relocation services, legal and psychological assistance, protection measures and more. In situations where the victim has been murdered, CATW-LAC continues to provide legal and psychological assistance to the family.
In its nine years of operation, the Red Alert System has rescued and/or located 1,314 victims in Mexico and abroad.

National Summit in the Fall of 2017

Volunteers Needed!!

The organizing committee is looking for many volunteers nationwide to make this event a success. Help is needed with sponsorship development, program development, publicity, logistics and more. The date and location of the Summit will be announced in the coming months.  View the committee description list here and consider applying.

Tell Us About Yourself!

As we move towards our 2020 Vision, we are eager to have more members involved at every level of DFW. That is why we are launching our perpetual Member Profile Survey. We encourage you to complete this survey with your skills, background and areas in which you would like to volunteer. We will use this database to match members with DFW’s volunteer needs. This may include committee work, board member searches, special projects or consulting opportunities. The link to the Member Profile survey will be in The Dish every month so that new and seasoned members will always have access to it.

This information will be held in a secure database and will only be used for DFW purposes. Please click on the link below to participate in this survey. We look forward to engaging you in new and fulfilling ways while continuing to move DFW’s mission forward.


The Proven Platter- McElroy Family Favorites

Hola Amigas (y Amigos)!

I didn’t have to think too hard this month to decide which recipes that I wanted to share with you. Although I owned an Italian restaurant in Seattle for 25 years, my entire kitchen staff is from the state of Michoacán, Mexico, and the food of their country is the one that we have made over and over again for restaurant family meals and celebrations. As you may have guessed from the photo accompanying this post, what you are looking at is our end-of-the-shift family meal. These tried-and-true dishes are at the heart and soul of my repertoire. I hereby bring you “McElroy Family Favorites!”

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Our 10-Year Chapter Profile – Springfield, IL

Congratulations to the IL, Springfield-1 chapter on its tenth anniversary. Founding Chapter Leader Anne Capestrain still leads the group, which meets at members’ homes. Anne was inspired to start a DFW chapter after she saw Co-Founder Marsha Wallace on Good Morning America in 2006. She wrote to about 30 friends asking them to come to an interest meeting. The chapter now has about 50 members, with 14 – 24 in attendance each month. Members contribute by hosting or co-hosting, helping at special events or contributing food or drinks. Several members have participated in DFW trips as well, and the group has conducted a variety of fundraisers over the years.

The members begin each meeting by visiting with each other, reviewing any business items or details from The Dish, and then Anne presents the month’s featured grantee. Sometimes, the group hosts a guest speaker. For their chapter’s meal, the hostess supplies the entrée and the guests and co-host supply the remainder of the meal and drinks. They celebrate each year’s anniversary with Anne’s famous coconut cake.

Anne encourages new chapters to start with two co-leaders and to ask people to take turns presenting the program. “Lead with passion and leadership,” she says. “Visit other DFW chapters, if possible, and meet more like-minded women who will inspire you! Take any opportunity to meet DFW national leadership or other DFW members who will definitely inspire you. Take a DFW travel trip, which will seal your loyalty to DFW’s mission.”


The NJ, Tenafly-1 chapter is an enthusiastic group that celebrated its 2nd anniversary in March!  Happy anniversary to Chapter Leaders Judy Manton and Sylvie Meyers and all your members!
Happy anniversary to the PA, Philadelphia-8 chapter, which celebrated its third anniversary in April. Congratulations and thank you to Chapter Leaders Maryanne Schiller and Cheryl Boyd and their members!
The CA, San Jose-2 (Ferguson) chapter celebrated its seventh anniversary in April. Chapter Leader Polly Ferguson estimates that the group has donated $50,750 over the years, including its continuing sponsorship of a student at Shining Hope for Communities, and its two craft fairs that benefit the 13th Month Campaign. Polly made wood-burned spoons as a gift for each member as well as a three-tiered cake, hand-decorated with African, Indian and Latin American themes. Congratulations, San Jose-2!
Congratulations to Chapter Leader Sue Fernbach and all the members of the NC, Asheville-1 chapter which celebrated its fifth anniversary in May! Shown is chapter member Nance Davidson displaying her salad with a Roman numeral V.
The GA, Roswell-1 chapter displayed its beautiful new table runner at a recent meeting. The table runner is a recognition gift for all chapters that are at least five years old.  The Roswell chapter has been meeting since December 2009. Thank you to Chapter Leader Mary Crawley and all her members!
The Northeast region held a Chapter Leader weekend retreat April 30 to May 1 at the home of Co-Regional Leader Leslye Heilig. Executive Director Beth Ellen Holimon and Board Chair and Co-Founder Barb Collins attended, along with 30 Chapter Leaders and Co-Leaders. The event was a wonderful time of exchanging ideas and building camaraderie with peers across the region.
Members of the CA, Santa Barbara-2 chapter and Chapter Leaders Melissa Hansen and Rebecca Metzger welcomed Hands in Outreach board member Yangchen “YC” Lama to their April meeting. YC was a beneficiary of the program when she was a young girl, and she was able to give members an in-depth look at this grantee’s impact.


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New Chapters Activated

CA, San Jose – 9 (reactivated)
led by Hannah Lineberry
NJ, Passaic - 1
led by Sylvie Meyers & Michelle Shinners
CA, Rancho Cordova - 1
led by Ingrid Rosten & Jeanne Bauer
NH, Exeter - 1
led by Alice Bentley

Grantee Reports Posted

Daraja Interim Report

Daraja Final Report

SHE Interim Report

Chapter Anniversaries

1 Year
IL, Evanston - 1
led by Jennifer O'Neil
2 Years
NC, Weaverville - 1
led by Sheila Dunn
OR, Portland - 12
led by Betsy Riddell & Sarah McKenzie
3 Years
FL, Ormond Beach - 1
led by Rachel Samson
ID, Moscow - 1
led by Theresa Beaver
MD, Severna Park - 1
led by Janet Aljunaidi
MI, Grosse Pointe Park - 1
led by Vicki Granger
NY, Auburn - 1
led by Sandra Shutter
PA, Hanover - 1
led by Linda Mckonly
VA, Fairfax - 2
led by Dianne Blais & Sandy Lawrence
4 Years
CO, Fort Collins - 4
led by Linda Mahan & Betty Brown
ID, Hidden Springs - 1
led by Alisa Bondurant
OH, Columbus - 1
led by Karen Kirchhoff
OR, Medford - 1
led by Pamela Murphy & Jeannie Matthews
4 Years Cont.
PA, Quakertown - 1
led by Karen Ritter
TX, Abilene - 1
led by Martha Walke
WA, Seattle - 5
led by Linda McElroy
5 Years
CA, Sacramento - 1
led by Lou Ann Hughes
CA, Thousand Oaks - 1
led by Marilyn Murphy & Ellen Gruetzmacher
IL, Springfield - 3
led by Mary Caroline Mitchell
OH, Toledo - 2
led by Natalie Rilling & Linda Ruetz
6 Years
NC, Chapel Hill - 1
led by Jill Dyer & Laura Brooks
7 Years
ID, Boise - 1
led by Jane Gennrich & Elaine Daly
WI, Milwaukee - 1
led by Ann Elizabeth Laatsch
8 Years
CT, Torrington - 1
led by Deborah Pokrinchak & Alice-Jane Slaiby
9 Years
NJ, Roseland - 1
led by Rhonda Graber & Dianna Linnett
10 Years
OH, Sylvania - 1
led by Mary Toneff
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