In this issue: Women and world peace; DFW staff changes; delicious cabbage tostadas; female farming, and our featured program

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The Dish
Volume 3, Issue 8 | August 2015
Executive Director's blog on Women & World Peace »
Blog: How do we hold our programs accountable? »
The Female Face of Farming »
The Proven Platter »
My DFW story: Alissa Johnson »
Milestones »
2014 Annual Report »
Cause Marketing »
DFW staff changes »
Chapter Anniversaries »
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Community Cloud Forest Conservation
This month, your Dining for Women donations will support the Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC) in Guatemala. Dining for Women's $38,606 grant will empower and equip young Q'eqchi' Maya women and girls to be leaders and agents of positive change in their families, villages and natural environment. Your donations will fund CCFC's Women in Agro-ecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC) program, which benefits girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 25 who desire to continue in secondary school and university. Learn More »
3 Things You Need to Know about our Featured Program
In the 67 remote mountain villages where the WALC program operates, virtually 100 per cent of the population is living in poverty or extreme poverty. The illiteracy rate for women over 35 is about 95 per cent.
WALC's two main components are an intense empowerment and leadership training workshop for 153 young women and a scholarship to help girls and young women stay in school. Top-performing WALC participants will then facilitate workshops for 16,000 women and girls over a two-year period.
The WALC program has proven to be very effective in improving drop-out rates: in 17 village schools, the drop-out rate over two years was 76 percent for women who are not in the WALC program; in 17 demographically similar schools in the same geographic area, the drop-out rate for WALC students was 5 percent.
Proven Platter
The Proven Platter
Guatemalan Beet and Cabbage Tostada
Recipe and photo credit: Linda McElroy
This month we travel to Guatemala. Oh how I love the food of Central America! While Guatemala does not seem to have a national dish, tamales are very popular; but I hesitate to share a recipe with you because they're pretty labor intensive. Instead, how about something simple, refreshing and different, like a Cabbage and Beet Tostada? View Recipe »
Farming Infographic
The Female Face of Farming
Throughout much of the world, women play a critical role in agriculture. As a result, investment in their training and education can impact their families, villages and countries, as well as play a part in promoting sustainability for the future.

Learn more about why closing the gender gap in agriculture is important. This infographic from Farming First presents the story of women in agriculture and the female face of farming.
Director's Blog
Gender Equality and World Peace
By Beth Ellen Holimon | DFW Executive Director
Recently, DFW co-founders Marsha Wallace and Barb Collins and I had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC with Ambassador (Ret.) Steve Steiner. Ambassador Steiner is a fabulous supporter of DFW, along with...Continue Reading »
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How do we hold our programs accountable?
What happens after a program receives funds? How do we know how the program is using our funds and whether it is doing the work as promised? We have three different kinds of reports...Continue Reading »
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Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2014 was a banner year for Dining for Women and we want you to read all about it! Check it out: View the Report »
My DFW Story
My DFW story
Alissa Johnson, our Co-Leader for the Northwest Region and Co-Leader of the WA, Seattle-2 chapter, shares what makes her involvement with DFW so important and meaningful. Watch Now »
Staff News
Wendy Frattolin has been named Communications and Membership Director. Since August 2014, Wendy has served as DFW's Member and Volunteer Director and is now assuming overall responsibility for internal and external communications strategies. A key focus of Wendy's role will be marketing DFW in order to grow our membership base. Wendy has more than 20 years of experience in communications in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Justine Allen has been named Membership Coordinator. Justine has been with DFW as Administrative and Data Associate since May 2014. In this role, she has provided exemplary service to our members and is now expanding her responsibilities in this area. Justine has extensive experience in non-profit special events planning and volunteer management.
Staff changes are also under way in administration as we fill vacancies and restructure duties in our accounting and database areas in order to provide improved services to our members and donors. Watch for more staff updates in the near future. In the meantime, questions about donations can be directed to or by calling the home office at 864-335-8401.
Congratulations to the Atlanta-1 chapter which recently celebrated its 7th anniversary. Kira Walker and Sarah Durry are the current Co-Leaders. Also attending the meeting were Melanie Moore, the chapter's founder and first Chapter Leader, and Marsha Wallace, DFW Co-Founder.
For the second year in a row, the Bountiful, Utah chapter, led by Becky Kerr, held a yard sale to support DFW. Despite temperatures reaching 100 degrees, chapter members were successful in raising $578 and may have recruited a few new chapter members as well! Plus, unsold items were donated to a local homeless shelter. Way to go Bountiful, Utah!
Welcome and congratulations to the new Evanston, Illinois chapter! The group is led by Jennifer O'Neil and had its first meeting in June with 22 people in attendance.
Please send photos of your chapter milestones, meetings or special events to:
Thanks to the efforts of several Colorado Chapter Leaders, DFW had a table at the Women Powering Change Expo in Denver on July 9th. More than 100 organizations participated, spotlighting women's voices and actions for a better world. Shown are, from left, Diana Barney, Louisville-1 chapter; Linda Mahan, Fort Collins-4 chapter; Sharon Padilla and Betty Purkey-Huck, Sedalia-1 chapter.
DFW Board members Susan Stall and Sandy Ward, as well as Executive Director Beth Ellen Holimon recently attended the annual meeting of the Segal Family Foundation, which partners with outstanding organizations improving the well-being of communities in Sub Saharan Africa. Many of our programs are also Segal partners. The event provided the opportunity to meet with past grantees, including representatives of our February featured program, Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE).
In June, Marsha and Beth Ellen spent a very busy week in California visiting chapters and individual DFW members throughout the San Jose and Santa Barbara areas. Thanks to everyone for their wonderful hospitality! Shown at the Portola Valley chapter meeting are Jennifer Hammer, Beth Ellen, Marsha, Cynthia Campbell and Ginger Creevy.
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.
Chapter Anniversaries This Month
1 Year
CT, Brookfield-2
led by Leslie Sands
MA, Holbrook-1
led by Kathy Williams
MI, Macomb-1
led by Brooke Allen
NC, Greensboro-9
led by Jada Anderson
2 Years
CA, Palm Desert-2
led by Juliet McShannon Bornia
WI, Mequon-1
led by Patty Frommell
3 Years
CA, Shell Beach-1
led by Diane Glaser, Sandra Gore Nielsen & Nayree Sheldon
CO, Telluride-1
led by Shannon Spellman
FL, Sarasota-3
led by Carol Buzilow
VA, Fredericksburg-2
led by Kathy Rivers
4 Years
CA, Diamond Springs-1
led by Patty Wilson
CA, Santa Barbara-1
led by Peggy Welik
SC, Florence-1
led by Nancy Nelson
SC, Greenville-8
led by Bill Stephenson & Crystal and George Maynard
5 Years
AZ, Phoenix-4
led by Norma Hubele & Mary Hake
6 Years
AZ, Phoenix-4
led by Norma Hubele & Mary Hake
7 Years
CA, Agoura-1
led by Julie Kassan & Marilyn Way
8 Years
NC, Greensboro-5
led by Shashi Khanna
9 Years
AZ, Phoenix-1
led by Rita Dickinson
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