We set our course for 2020, introduce you to PCAF, and serve up a delicious mango salad recipe.

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The Chapter Meeting Menu | September 2015
The Chapter Meeting Menu
Setting Our Course for 2020
A Message from Dining for Women's Board of Directors
Over the past year, our Board has been listening to and reflecting on many points of view from our members, our volunteer leaders, committee members, and our staff. From this, a dream has emerged for the future of our organization, and we want to share it with you.

As DFW members and supporters, we know that you share our passion for improving the lives of women and girls around the world through gender equity and empowerment. No matter how far apart we live, or what our life experiences are, we are all connected in deep and meaningful ways because of our shared vision for what we want DFW to accomplish, and what it brings to each of us in terms of heartfelt connection with each other and the broader world. Continue Reading »

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September Featured Program: Peter C. Alderman Foundation
This month, your Dining for Women donations will support the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF). PCAF was founded in 2003 to honor the life of Peter Alderman, a 25-year-old who was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Peter's family wanted to help those who had survived terrorism but had no access to care.

PCAF's mission is to heal the emotional wounds of survivors of terrorism, torture and mass violence by training indigenous health workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe. DFW's grant will address maternal depression and anxiety in post-conflict northern Uganda.
Program Fact Sheet | Recipes, Customs & Cuisine | Powerpoint Presentation | Program Video
Google Hangout: Posted here September 1st
Sustained Program
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September Sustained Program: One Heart World-Wide
One Heart World-Wide is our sustained funding grantee this month. Its' mission is to decrease maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in remote rural areas of the world.

One Heart World-Wide was DFW's featured program in July 2013 and will receive a sustained funding grant of $20,000 per year over a three-year period (September 2015-2017). Our grant will train community outreach providers to increase access to safe births in two remote rural areas of Nepal.

Although DFW does not provide full educational materials on our sustained funding programs, you can learn more about this grant on our website. Info on the sustained funding program can be found at the bottom of the One Heart World-Wide page.
The Proven Platter
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The Proven Platter | Cucumber Mango Salad
By Linda McElroy, DFW Recipe Curator and Chapter Leader of WA, Seattle-1
We are visiting Uganda this month, and I have a fresh new take on a cucumber and mango salad. Persian traders introduced mangoes to Uganda way back in the 10th century! The spices in this dish are reflective of that cuisine as well. This would be a refreshing side dish to go along with any braised meat dish. I've also updated and tested the previously published East African Braised Chicken.
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Meeting Ideas & Suggestions
Icebreakers Icebreakers
Our AZ, Scottsdale-3 chapter, led by Tammy Frazier, has a lot of fun at their meetings with icebreakers. Here are a couple of ideas they have shared. Try these or come up with your own!
  • What brought you to Dining for Women?
  • What is a hidden talent you have that most of us don't know or would love to know?
  • What is your "guilty pleasure"?
Since our featured program this month has a connection to 9/11, you could ask everyone if they remember what they were doing when they first heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Icebreakers Questions for Discussion
  • How do you think sensitizing communities to perinatal depression will increase treatment?
  • Why do you think it is important to include mental health screening in routine care?
  • How do you think this project will impact future generations in Uganda?
Other Ideas Other Meeting Ideas
  • Print off copies of the "Setting Our Course for 2020" flyer to make available to your members.
  • Invite a local trauma counselor to your meeting to learn more about the effects of trauma on maternal mental health.
  • Our Program Fact Sheet contains the powerful stories of five Ugandan women helped by this month's featured program. Give voices to these women by having five different chapter members read their stories aloud.
Reminder Meeting Reminders
DFW's bank processing facility is not equipped to accept cash from our chapters. If you receive cash donations at your meeting, please be sure to:
  • Write a personal check for the amount of the cash received.
  • Write your member number AND the words "Consolidated Cash" on the memo line of your check.
  • List your check on the Donations Transmittal Form, but mark it as "Consolidated Cash".
  • Write a separate check for your own donation.
Cash donations will be credited to your chapter, but DFW cannot provide donor receipts for cash gifts. If your member would like a tax receipt, please encourage them to write a check or make an online donation.

If you have any questions about cash donations, please contact
Sharing Best Practices
Sharing Best Practices
September is a time when summer vacations end, kids go back to school, and everyone is gearing up for new activities and schedules. It's a great time to promote participation in your DFW chapter!

While some chapters prefer to keep their meetings small, others are looking for ways to increase membership. This past spring, our Northeast Region held a gathering of Chapter Leaders and discussed ideas to recruit new members, including:

  • Encourage members to bring a friend to your next meeting.
  • Reach out to your workplace, neighborhoods, churches, etc.
  • Have a "hook" to encourage attendees. (e.g. for busy moms, DFW provides a great excuse to get out of the house to participate in philanthropy and have some fun!)
  • Tap into your social network. Post something on your Facebook page and encourage your chapter members to "share".
  • Make presentations at local colleges, churches or other forums to raise awareness of DFW.
Final Idea One More Idea...
Put together a DFW "bin" with name tags, copies of DFW forms such as the sign-in sheet, a donation basket, DVD, paper products – everything needed at the meeting – and pass it along from host to host!

Thanks to our Northeast Region Chapter Leaders for their great suggestions! Please forward your chapter stories, successes and best practices to And don't forget that we are always looking for photos!
TOP BANNER PHOTO: Welcome to the SC, Charleston-7 chapter which is led by Susan Gaddy and Jane Taylor. The group had their first meeting in May.
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