In this edition: We introduce two new programs: Cause marketing and customized content. Marsha is named a Sister on the Planet Ambassador by Oxfam America, and our programs say "Thanks".
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April Featured Program

MamaBaby Haiti, Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Haiti has the highest rate of infant and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere, and the highest rate of cervical cancer in the world. Contributing to these daunting statistics are the fact that the majority of women in Haiti have little education about their reproductive health and very limited access to health services or basic cancer screenings. 

Into this situation comes MamaBaby Haiti with its Well Women in Northern Haiti program. Our grant will increase screenings for cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections, educate women about their health needs and options, and increase treatment in the area.

The organization has strong partnerships with other medical services in the region and, working together, we feel the organization is offering both practical and innovative solutions.

— About the program
Hangout with MamaBaby Haiti on April 3 at 2 p.m. ET - Register to get updates and live link via email
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Marsha leads DFW contingent to Oxfam IWD event

In her first official act as a Sister on the Planet Ambassador, Co-Founder Marsha Wallace (front and center) led a group of six DFW leaders to Boston for Oxfam America's International Women's Day event. Marsha joins 300 other influential women leaders around the country, who are lending their skills and advocacy to improve outcomes for women around the world and fight gender inequality. To learn more about Sisters on the Planet, read our blog post. 
Dining for Women is launching a new cause marketing program and hopes to build relationships with companies and providers who align with our mission and offer products or services that would be of interest to our members and the public-at-large. Our existing marketplace page will be focused now on featuring organizations and individuals that meet and agree to our cause marketing guidelines.

We are very excited that our first partnership is with Betsy Teusch, an author and chapter leader in Philadelphia, PA. Betsy's new book 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women, is a comprehensive resource guide outlining over 100 initiatives that empower women all over the globe. Books will be signed by the author and will come with a bookmark listing all of the DFW programs highlighted, as well as labels so you can create a DFW edition. The bookmark and labels were created by Karen Ritter, leader of Quakertown-1 in Pennsylvania.  Multiple books can be shipped together by special arrangement. Dining for Women will receive 30 percent from book sales that come through a special link on our Cause Marketing page. Future agreements will be reviewed and approved by a marketing committee. Learn more about Cause Marketing in this blog post.

Get customized emails about topics you care about

We are pleased to announce that we can now offer all our subscribers the ability to select your special interests and receive emails as soon as we have content on our website that matches your requests. We have 11 interest areas that we have set up for customized emails. The emails will go out every week, but only if there is new content on our website to tell you about. You will not get old news or posts you've already seen. Read more on our blog
NO, THANK YOU Two little words can mean a lot. Just for fun, we took a look back through our hangouts and online presentations in 2014 and found a lot of moments worth noting -- thank yous to DFW, recognition of our members' commitment and support and some calls to action from our programs. We mashed it up in this brief video. 
SPREADING THE WORD: International Women's Day 2015 brought a lot of issues to the forefront. All month, news and information has been coming out that helps focus our attention firmly on the right of gender equality. We're keeping tabs on a lot of that information in a Flipboard magazine called "Make It Happen". We'll keep adding to it through the year, so you'll have a resource to go to for information when you need it.
Best Practices
TAKING MOBILE PAYMENTS: We have had a lot of questions lately about the ability for chapters to use some of the new mobile technologies, like Square, to take mobile payments. The short answer is that we do not support this. But for more explanation, we have an FAQ.

Please take a moment to review it.
Here's a look at recent events in DFW chapters around the country. Check out the photo gallery and Share yours.
Top, the Program Selection Committee was in Greenville for a meeting to review sustained program grants. Watch for news about this. Bottom left, several chapters had DFW fundraisers for International Women's Day but none quite as creative as Thousand Oaks, CA's Mad Hatter Tea Party. It raised nearly $1000. And we have some chapter anniversaries to remember as well as a new chapter to welcome. This is the Northeast Region's first college chapter. It's located at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. They, too, showed their creative side. Check out the name tags. See more photos online
ON-DEMAND/Grandmother Project: View our conversation with Judi Aubel, executive director of Grandmother Project.  She joined us to talk about how the organization is recasting the role of grandmothers so they can step up and be agents of change and leaders in village society.
The Last Word
BANNER CHAPTER:  The Chicago-5 (IL) chapter celebrated its 2nd anniversary in February. There were some new members in attendance including three college students from DePaul University. It's exciting to see Dining for Women reaching young people. DePaul student MaLeah Peterson wrote a blog post about her experience. Share this. And thank you Chapter Leader Liz Tracy for sharing.  
Communication Services provided by Laura Haight, president of Portfolio. We welcome all suggestions, comments and proposed content. Please submit using our communication form (you can attach photos and documents there as well). 
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