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The Chapter Meeting Menu | March 2017

8000 Ambassadors Campaign

What is our 8,000 Ambassadors Campaign?

As part of our 2020 Vision, we plan to expand the number of DFW chapters. This year, we want to add 96 new chapters across the U.S. The first phase of our chapter growth strategy is to harness the collective power of our members to spread the word about DFW -- that’s 8,000 ambassadors sharing their passion for DFW and helping us to grow!

What is happening on March 8?

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a great day to launch our 8,000 Ambassadors Campaign with the biggest DFW chapter meeting ever. We have invited all our chapters across the country to meet on March 8th in recognition of International Women’s Day and to join DFW’s live webcast. The details are:

When: Live webcast begins at 8:00 pm EST and will last until about 8:20 pm EST.

How: A simple link will be shared in the March issue of The Dish and on the homepage of our website. You will be able to join ahead of time so you are all ready to go!

What:  A nation-wide, joint chapter meting, where we will say the Dinner Affirmation all across the country together, watch the featured grantee video, and hear from a special guest with a connection to our featured grantee. We will also have an exciting announcement that you won't want to miss!

If your chapter is unable to meet on March 8, please encourage your members to join the live webcast at home or on their phone. The webcast will also be recorded for on-demand viewing.

How can my chapter help DFW grow?

We ask you to brainstorm and plan with your chapter members how you can spread the word about DFW. We are mailing each chapter an Ambassador Toolbox with resource materials, including DFW rack cards and brochures, as well as a list of simple suggestions to help us grow. If each chapter member picks three actions from this list, we will meet our goal of 96 new chapters this year! Watch for this toolbox in late February. There will be one package sent to the primary Chapter Leader in each chapter.

Make some news

Many news media outlets will be looking for local stories to cover for International Women’s Day – it’s a great time to let them know about DFW and your local chapter. We have an easy-to-use press release template for you, along with tips for getting media coverage about DFW.

Tell us about your actions and results

We want to hear about the actions your chapter members take to to grow DFW and how they turned out. By sharing our successes, we can learn from each other. Be sure to let our Regional Leader know and email media@diningforwomen.org.

Our Featured Grantee: Caravan to Class

Caravan to Class
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This month’s grantee operates in the Timbuktu region of Mali, a country where the literacy rate for women is only 20.2 percent. DFW’s grant of $42,260 will help former nomadic women develop basic literacy skills so they can improve their livelihoods and those of their families. These women will know the joy and hope that comes with literacy and become strong advocates for educating their own children, thereby breaking the cycle of illiteracy.
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Our conversation with Barry Hoffner,
Founder and Director of Caravan to Class, is here.

Sustained Funding Grantee: Nepal Youth Foundation

Nepal Youth Foundation
DFW’s sustained funding grant to the Nepal Youth Foundation is increasing the employability and helping to end poverty of girls freed from the “Kamlari” system in Western Nepal. Kamlari is the centuries-old custom of selling young girls from impoverished families into bonded servitude. The sustained funding grant of $20,000 per year from 2016 to 2018 provides vocational skills for 90 girls, enabling them to support themselves and their families.
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Beans in Bean Mushroom Sauce

The Proven Platter – Beans in Bean Mushroom Sauce

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

We may not be physically traveling to Mali this month, but we are still able to taste and participate in the local cuisine right here at our own dining tables. Here is a wonderful recipe that is representative of a typical meal that is served in most African countries using local mushrooms and beans.

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MEETING IDEAS & SUGGESTIONS
Icebreakers Icebreakers
As we launch our growth strategy and our 8,000 Ambassadors Campaign, we ask you to brainstorm with your chapter members how you can spread the word about DFW in your local area. How, and where, can you connect with people who have an interest in global/international issues, issues related to women and girls, or in continuing education?
Discussion Questions for Discussion
  1. How do you think this project will promote women entering leadership roles in Timbuktu?
  2. How does the project help to reduce childhood pregnancy, increase health, and reduce poverty?
  3. What impact do you think this project will have on gender inequality in the area?
Other Ideas Chapter Leader Tips & Reminders

Remember to Update Your Chapter Roster

Each month, you receive a report from home office with important information about your chapter. This includes your current chapter roster which we ask you to check and keep up-to-date. It is especially important that we have up-to-date email addresses for all your members, as donation receipts and tax giving statements are ONLY sent out via email.

You will see on your roster that members are grouped by their “status,” with active members listed first.  For DFW reports, we consider an “active” member someone who has donated within the past 12 months. Because some people donate with cash, or through foundations, we hesitate to make someone “inactive” based only on their last donation date. This is why we need your help. Please let us know if any of your members are inactive and we will make your roster more accurate for you.

You may wonder why inactive members are still listed on your chapter roster. Donations from all the people listed on your roster, active and inactive, are credited to your chapter. When we remove a person from your chapter, their donation history goes with them. When members change chapters, their past donations transfer as well.

Here is how to update your roster:
  1. Open your latest monthly report (emailed to you mid-month).
  2. Click on the “Chapter Roster” tab at the bottom.
  3. Select “Enable Edit” (top right side of page).
  4. Highlight the cell you wish to change in yellow.
  5. Type updated information.
  6. Save the report.
  7. Email the updated report to donations@diningforwomen.org.
Are you a Mac user? Since we use Microsoft products at the home office, we are not able to open .numbers files.  Please save these as an .xls or .pdf before emailing to us.  If this is not something you are familiar with, here is a brief video tutorial How to Export a Numbers File as an Excel Spreadsheet.

Please take some time this month to review your chapter roster and let us know of any changes.

 

Year-End Giving Statements

Year-end giving statements have been emailed to all donors who have a valid email address on file with DFW. If you or someone in your chapter did not receive a statement, please check the spam/junk folders first. If you still cannot find it, please email donations@diningforwomen.org, or call the home office at 864-335-8401. We may not have your up-to-date email address.

FYI, the year-end giving statements are emailed through the same distribution process (MailChimp) as our monthly newsletter. If you unsubscribed from our newsletter mailing list at any point, you will not receive your year-end giving statement. Please contact home office to obtain your statement.

Can You Answer 5 Simple Questions?

Please take a few moments to tell us what you think about The Chapter Meeting Menu. There are just five simple questions! Your feedback with help ensure you get the information and resources you need as a Chapter Leader.

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Submitting Chapter Photos

We love receiving photos of your chapter milestones, meetings or special events! Please remember to send your photos with our new Chapter Photos Submission Form so we have all the info we need for publishing in our newsletter.

Quick Links

Goodyear-2 Chapter
The AZ, Goodyear-2 chapter met in February to learn about Etta Projects in Bolivia. For lunch, they enjoyed the peanut soup that was featured in DFW’s newsletter – it was yummy! Chapter Leaders are Jane Richards and Marilyn Holland.
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