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Chapter Meeting Menu | August 2015

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The Chapter Meeting Menu | August 2015
The Chapter Meeting Menu
Communicating with our Chapter Leaders — Making it All About YOU!
Starting this month, we are making some improvements to our monthly communications in order to provide you with more information and resources you need as a Chapter Leader.

The Dish will continue to be DFW's monthly newsletter with information of interest to all members. The Chapter Leader newsletter and the Chapter Leader Talking Points are being replaced by a monthly email called The Chapter Meeting Menu with information that is targeted specifically to Chapter Leaders. This will also eliminate duplication of information in our newsletters and program educational materials.

Each month, The Chapter Meeting Menu will include tips and best practices to help make your meetings and your chapter a success, but we need your input. Here's your chance to boast about your chapter and its successes. What do you do at your meetings that keeps members coming back month after month? How do you share the workload of running your chapter? How do you bring the featured program to life at your meetings?

We are asking you to send your chapter stories to media@diningforwomen.org, and please include any photos! We'd also love to hear your feedback on our new Chapter Leader communications so we can continually improve for your benefit.
 
FEATURED PROGRAM
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August Featured Program:
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, ages 13 to 24, to be leaders and agents of positive change in their families, villages and natural environment.
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Program Fact Sheet | Recipes, Customs & Cuisine | Powerpoint Presentation | Program Video
Google Hangout: Posted here August 1st
 
The Proven Platter
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The Proven Platter | Guatemalan Beet and Cabbage Tostada
By Linda McElroy, DFW Recipe Curator and Chapter Leader of WA, Seattle-1
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?
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Meeting Ideas & Suggestions
Icebreakers
icebreaker Many of our chapters use "icebreakers" to engage members at their meetings. Icebreakers are a great way to help your members relax and get to know each other, and to build a sense of community. There are lots of ideas and resources online, but we're going to make it easy for you. Each month, we will suggest an icebreaker for your upcoming meeting. It may relate to the month's featured program or it may just be fun. For August, try asking each person to:
  • Share their best or worst summer vacation story.
  • Name the food you would miss the most if you could only eat what you grew for yourself.
Questions for Discussion
  • What is the importance of teaching sustainable agriculture to girls in Guatemala?
  • Why will keeping girls in school reduce the likelihood that they will have children sooner and have more of them, contributing to higher birth rates?
  • How will changing agricultural methods in Guatemala help farmers around the world?
Other Meeting Ideas
Community Cloud Forest Conservation has provided a list of representatives willing to participate in chapter meetings, either in person or by Skype. Contact your Regional Leader for this contact list – there may be someone in your area!
 
Sharing Best Practices
Sharing Best Practices
Over the years, we have found that chapters are often more successful and sustainable if they have Co-Leaders … so much so that we now believe Co-Leaders are a best practice for ALL chapters.

Co-Leaders provide many benefits. Everyone has busy schedules, and it can be easy to get burnt out when you are the only one leading the chapter month after month. Co-Leaders can share the responsibilities and workload, thus making the job easier to manage and more enjoyable.

In addition, having a partner with different skills may complement your own and provide a different perspective. Each of you can bring your own unique talents to the mix. There is also the sense of camaraderie and friendship you get from working closely with someone who shares your passion and commitment to DFW.

If you currently do not have a Co-Leader, please talk to your Mentor or Regional Leader about recruiting one. It's good for you and it's good for your chapter!
TOP BANNER PHOTO: Welcome and congratulations to the Evanston, Illinois chapter! The group is led by Jennifer O'Neil and had its first meeting in June with 22 people in attendance.
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