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The Chapter Meeting Menu | January 2017

Our newly-launched chapter in Sherman Oaks, CA.  Led by Andrea Michaels and Ruth Moyte, the chapter had its first meeting in October.

Happy Holidays to You!

During this season of giving, we extend our heartfelt thanks to YOU, our volunteer leaders, for giving so much of your time, talents and resources to Dining for Women throughout the year. You are truly the heart and soul of our organization. Without you, we could not do our important work for women and girls around the world.
2016 has been a year of forward movement for DFW, and we are so grateful that you have been with us. Thanks to donations from generous members like you, we were able to initiate our first Impact Partnership which provided $100,000 in funding for the Peace Corps' Let Girls Learn Program. In addition, with great thought, we modified our funding model to ensure the long-term sustainability of this organization that we all cherish.
And the momentum will continue into 2017. The board and staff have worked together to lay a framework for planned, strategic growth so that DFW can fund more initiatives working for gender equality around the world. We are also excited that, with a growing number of chapters, we will be continuing to expand the number of global citizens here in the United States.
We wish you and your family much joy this holiday season and look forward to our continued partnership in 2017.

Beth Ellen Holimon                              Susan Stall
                                             Board Chair

Home Office Holiday Schedule

DFW's home office will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 26 - 30 so our staff can enjoy time with their families and a much-needed break! We will reopen on Monday, Jan. 2. If you have a question or issue that requires immediate attention, please call the office at 864-335-8401 and leave a voice mail. These messages will be checked on a daily basis during the holiday break.
Due to our holiday schedule, the January issue of The Dish will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Annual Appeal Heads into Final Stretch

Thank you for all your support of our 13th Month Annual Appeal. We know that this annual fundraising appeal adds to your workload as a chapter leader at a time of year that is already busy. Members sometimes ask why we hold this campaign at year-end. There is a simple answer – this is the time of year when many people do their charitable giving. Did you know that nearly one-third of all U.S. donations happen in December, and 12% of annual giving occurs on the last three days of the year?  DFW is no exception – we receive about one-third of our income in December.
That is why this final stretch is so important. Thanks to your efforts, we have raised nearly $250,000 toward our $360,000 goal as of Dec. 14. There is still time to encourage your chapter members to make their ONE SPECIAL GIFT in support of DFW’s mission.
All donations must be received by the home office in Greenville, SC or postmarked by Dec. 31 in order to receive 2016 tax credit and be counted toward our 2016 annual appeal. This includes the proceeds from any chapter fundraisers held this year.
If you have any questions, please contact your Regional Leader or the DFW home office at, or call 864-335-8401.

Giving Tuesday Participation Challenge

Thank you to everyone who joined this year’s Giving Tuesday Participation Challenge. As of Dec. 14, we have received 596 donations as part of the challenge, which is already more than last year’s challenge … and not all of the donations have come in yet! We will continue to update this total on our website daily until all checks postmarked by Dec. 8 come in. Final results will be reported in the January issue of The Dish.

Our Featured Grantee: Mith Samlanh

Mith Samlanh, meaning “good friends” in Khmer (the official language of Cambodia), works to protect the fundamental rights of urban marginalized children and help them become productive, functional citizens. DFW’s featured grant of $50,000 will support the Transitional Shelter for Marginalized Girls in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project provides a safe living space, education and vocational training to girls who were living on the street or in slum communities, while case managers work to reintegrate them into a family environment.
Our Conversation with Mith Samlanh will be posted here by January 1st.

Sustained Funding Grantee – Anchal Project

Anchal merges design, business, and education to empower marginalized and exploited women living in India. DFW’s sustained funding grant of $20,000 per year from 2016 to 2018 supports the Designing Colorful Change project, which will expand employment opportunities in textiles and design for commercial sex workers in India through a natural dye initiative. This project will provide 35 new women trainees and 100 current artisans with natural dye education and training workshops.

The Proven Platter – Cambodian Grilled Pork with Pickled Vegetables

By Linda McElroy, DFW Recipe Curator and Chapter Leader of WA, Seattle-1

Hello Diners! This month we’ll be paying a visit to Cambodia and cooking up some breakfast. Breakfast for dinner, you ask? What is Linda thinking? Well, I’m thinking that Bai Sach Chrouk (grilled pork served with pickled vegetables and rice) sounds like a mighty fine dinner to me. Although, in Cambodia, this is a very popular breakfast, served up on the streets of the capital, and it’s hard to find this dish past 9 o’clock in the morning.



Icebreakers Icebreakers
It’s January -- the time for New Year’s resolutions – so why break with tradition? Ask each of your members to share their New Year’s resolution. For a slightly different twist, ask each person to share a resolution that pertains to your DFW chapter. Perhaps it is to attend more chapter meetings, or to host a dinner or present the featured grantee? Maybe it is to sign up for a monthly recurring donation, or organize a chapter fundraiser? It might be fun to record all these chapter resolutions and then bring them out mid-way through the year to see how you are doing!
Discussion Questions for Discussion
  1. What role does gender equality play in the rehabilitation of street children?
  2. How important is the relationship maintained by case managers and the children?
  3. How does migration affect the lives and future prospects of street children?
Other Ideas Chapter Leader Tips & Reminders

Plan Ahead for 2017:

  • Remind your members about the grantees we will support in the first half of the year by making copies of our one-page grantee flyer.
  • Share the workload by asking members to sign up for hosting a meeting or presenting the featured grantee. Print off this sign-up sheet and pass it around at your January meeting.
  • The start of a new year is a great time to encourage your members to sign up for monthly recurring donations. Have copies of our Monthly Giving by Automatic Withdrawal form available at every meeting. Members can make a monthly recurring donation by credit card or bank draft, although we strongly recommend bank drafts for recurring gifts. In this blog, Leslie Mason, our Accounting Specialist, explains why. 
  • Did you know that representatives of DFW’s featured grantees may be available to participate in your chapter meeting in person or by Skype?  Check out the grantee speaker list that will be posted on the Quick Links page of our website on a quarterly basis. Be sure to plan ahead to ensure the speaker’s availability. Here’s a great testimonial from our NC, Burlington-1 Chapter Leader Barbara Clawson:
“What a special experience the Twin Lakes chapter of DFW in Burlington, NC had in September when they shared a Skype call with Brisa de Angulo. She is the founder and director of A Breeze of Hope, the DFW September project in Bolivia. They were deeply moved by her personal story that led her to help other girls with similar experiences of sexual abuse. The opportunity to actually “meet” her and to ask questions was so special and really made her work “come alive” for them. Thank you, DFW, for making the Skype call possible and for such inspirational programs.”
Three chapters in Knoxville and Loudon, TN held their first joint meeting in early December. A great time was had by all, and members were thrilled to have Co-Founder Marsha Wallace and Southeast Regional Co-Leaders Helen Borland and Terri Abraham in attendance.  Do you have other DFW chapters in your area?  Why not plan a joint gathering in 2017 and get to know your neighbors?  If you would like to reach out to other chapters in your area, contact your Regional Leader.

13th Month Final Reminders:

  • Keep your chapter’s 13th Month donations separate from the regular monthly chapter donations.
  • Ask your members to write 13th Month on the memo line of their checks.
  • Be sure to write member ID numbers on the memo line of all checks.
  • Send all 13th Month donations directly to the DFW home office in Greenville, NOT the Charlotte lockbox. Please use the 13th Month donation transmittal forms and envelopes that were mailed to each chapter. (See below for a link to the form.)
  • All donations, including proceeds from chapter fundraisers, must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31. 
  •  Here are links to forms that you may need:

Sharing Best Practices — We Love ReceivingYour Photos

We love receiving photos of your chapter milestones, meetings or special events! We try to publish all your photos in the order that we receive them. Typically, our cut-off is the 1st of the month preceding the issue. (e.g. the cut-off for the February issue of The Dish will be Jan. 1.) But don’t worry … if your photo doesn’t make it into one issue, watch for it in the next.
To ensure we have accurate and complete information about your chapter milestone, we have created a simple form for you to send in with your photos.  The link to this form will be published in The Chapter Meeting Menu and The Dish on a regular basis and on the Quick Links page under Chapter Leader Resources on our website.
Chapter Milestones Form

Quick Links

Our WI, Fontana-1 chapter enjoys a pre-holiday dinner. The chapter is led by Cherie Ackman.
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