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Listen to a great podcast with DFW Co-Founders; cook Bolivian meat and potatoes; and get ready for our 13th Month Annual Appeal.
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The Chapter Meeting Menu | September 2016

Our CA, Thousand Oaks-1 chapter enthusiastically displays the table runner presented for its 5th anniversary. Chapter Leaders are Marilyn Murphy and Ellen Gruetzmacher. From left, Maurci Martin, Nicki Coble, Anne Monahan, Ellen Gruetzmacher, Marilyn Murphy, Virginia Martin, Pauline Pancake, and Shelia Rosenthal.

Our Featured Grantee: A Breeze of Hope Foundation

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The mission of A Breeze of Hope is to restore the lives of those who have suffered childhood sexual violence by providing them free, holistic support; to eradicate sexual violence through transdisciplinary prevention strategies; and to promote healthy, comprehensive childhood development. Its service area is the Department Cochabamba in Bolivia.
 
DFW’s featured grant of $50,000 will help fund the implementation of the Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza (CUBE) project, which will create a new interdisciplinary team at A Breeze of Hope’s center. CUBE will provide 70 girl victims of sexual violence with a safe and comfortable environment in which they can rebuild their lives and dreams and develop the skills they need to live successful, economically independent lives.
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Our Conversation with A Breeze of Hope Foundation will be
posted here by September 1st.

Sustained Funding Grantee – One Heart World-Wide

One Heart World-Wide's mission is to decrease maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in remote rural areas of the world. DFW’s sustained grant of $60,000 ($20,000 per year from 2015 to 2017) provides training for Community Health Workers to increase access to safe births in two remote rural areas of Nepal. The grant will fund stipends for the 600 female Community Health Volunteers who are trained to be the first responders for maternal and child health. This includes both the original training and a refresher training the following year.
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The Proven Platter – Bolivian Meat and Potatoes

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

Hello Diners! This month we get to travel somewhere new, Cochabamba, Bolivia. And we are making one of Bolivia’s most beloved dishes, “Pique Macho.” Bolivians consider Pique Macho the world’s greatest expression of meat and potatoes! 

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SEE ALL RECIPES FROM BOLIVIA

MEETING IDEAS & SUGGESTIONS
Icebreakers Icebreakers
DFW’s member education is as important as the grants we make every month. Since our inception in 2003, we have educated more than 28,000 people about the challenges facing women and girls around the world.
 
Through our member education and engagement, we are mobilizing people in the U.S. to become global citizens. What does it mean to you to be a global citizen?  Why do you think it is important to create global citizens?
Discussion Questions for Discussion
  1. How do you think empowering victims of sexual assault can change the cultural bias against women?
  2. How are legal advocacy efforts empowering Bolivian women?
  3. What role does education have in stopping the cycle of domestic violence in Bolivia?
Other Ideas Chapter Leader Tips & Reminders
Listen And Be Inspired! — DFW Co-Founders Marsha Wallace and Barb Collins recently recorded a half-hour interview for an audio podcast called “Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women”. Marsha and Barb did an impressive job talking about DFW’s start, its development over the years, and why our mission is so important! Take the time to listen – you will be inspired about DFW all over again!  And please share this podcast --- by email, Facebook, Twitter, or word-of-mouth.  Help us spread the word about this amazing organization and its founders!
 
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Evite and Pledgling — If you use Evite, please note that DFW does NOT use Pledgling. Evite is an online invitation service that many of our chapters use to notify members of upcoming meetings. DFW home office has researched this Pledgling option and asks that our chapters do NOT use this service. A key issue is that donations would come to DFW in a lump sum with no record of the individual donors. Therefore, we would be unable to issue tax receipts for these donations to our members. This would cause a lot of confusion for our members and complicate our donations processing systems. In addition, there are processing fees associated with each donation made through Pledgling. The best alternative is to include, in your invitations, a direct link to DFW's own online donations page.
 
Day of the GirlInternational Day of the Girl Child — The 5th annual International Day of the Girl Child will be Tuesday, October 11th. Please let us know if your chapter plans to participate in any local events or activities for International Day of the Girl Child.  Email media@diningforwomen.org.  
 
Important Links
Volunteer Opportunities — Positions are still open for the Diversity and Summit Committees. Deadline to apply for the Diversity Committee is September 15th.
 
2015 Financial Reports — All of DFW’s 2015 financial reports, including our IRS Form 990, audit, and Annual Report are now available online.
 
Member Profile Survey
 
Quarterly DVDs — If your chapter watches the grantee videos online and would like to opt out of receiving our quarterly DVDs, please send an email to info@diningforwomen.org.  Be sure to include your name and that of your chapter.  Thanks for helping DFW save resources!

Sharing Best Practices
Annual Appeal is Coming Soon!

 
It’s almost time for our 13th Month Annual Appeal, and many chapters are already getting geared up and pumped up!  There are many ways that you can bring your chapter members together to support DFW while having some fun along the way.
 
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Starting in September, there will be ongoing communications with all members about the 13th Month goals and activities. Also, be sure to watch for a special packet that will be mailed to Chapter Leaders with instructions for sending in your chapter’s 13th Month donations. Although all DFW donations now go into one pot, we still want to track our different revenue sources for planning and budgeting purposes.
 
If you have any questions about these fundraising ideas or our annual appeal, please contact your Regional Leader or the DFW home office at info@diningforwomen.org, 864-335-8401.
The WA, Vancouver-1 chapter loves its 5th anniversary table runner!  Congratulations and thank you to Chapter Leader Katlin Smith and all her members!
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