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APRIL 13, 2017
President’s Letter
Ellen Wiss

Springtime Greetings!

Do April showers bring May flowers?

You’re coming to Member Forum, correct? Wednesday 4/19 at 11 a.m. Don't be left out--register now!

You voted in the Delores Barr Weaver 4Sight electronic vote sent to you? If not, vote now!

And, you renewed and invited friends to join WGA?

Yes, these are the showers that produce the flowers!

The accolades for your investment in our community through our collective model keep coming…as WGA has been named Philanthropic Organization of the Year recipient for the Ripple Effect: Northeast Florida Mental Health Awards, presented by Mental Health America (MHA) of Northeast Florida! Read about WGA’s grant to MHA in our Grants Spotlight below. Congratulations!!

Thank YOU for all you did to turn that wheel for mental health. And, thank you for turning those and more assets toward our new focus area of poverty by spreading the word about WGA!

All renewal and new member contributions received by 4/30/17 will go directly to fund the wonderful grant proposals we have already received. Just by renewing and bringing in friends, we can move the needle on poverty in 2017!

So grateful that YOU are making a BIG WGA SPLASH for our 15th Anniversary Year!

Ellen Wiss, President
(720) 256-6143
Spotlight on Grants: Mental Health America

The JCCI Mental Health Inquiry identified training and professional development as a key to improving mental health services in Duval County. To help in this area, in 2015, WGA awarded Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, Inc., (“MHA”) a two-year grant for $84,000 to create a Women and Girls Training Institute for Mental Health Professionals.

Q: What is special about this grant?

Rather than providing direct services to clients, the grant focuses on strategic and systemic reform. Its goal is to provide a gender-specific training curriculum for professionals. In addition, MHA will design a new section of their website for women and girls.

Q: What training has been provided by MHA?

In 2016, 174 professionals participating in training workshops, which included:

  • “Why Grief and Loss Can Make You Heartsick,” a day-long workshop that presented the neuroscience of grief and loss and the research that describes the health implications of chronic isolation.
  • “Stop the Pain of Social Exclusion,” a two-day interactive workshop that explored social exclusion, marginalization and micro-aggressions through the lens of Relational-Cultural Theory.
  • “When Love Goes Wrong,” a segment held during the “See the Girl Summit” hosted by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center.

Training workshops planned for 2017 will include these topics:

  • Postpartum Depression
  • Women in the Military
  • Developmental Delays, Intellectual Functioning and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Girls

Learning from 2016, the 2017 trainings will:

  • Incorporate pre-and post-tests in all trainings to evaluate training effectiveness
  • Be limited to one day
  • Be recorded to increase capacity
  • Target audience will be between 100 – 150 participants
Participants at a recent MHA training workshop funded by WGA
Q: How has the website changed since receiving the grant from WGA?

The new section of MHA’s website directed to women and girls can be found at The website includes:

  • Six screening tools for mental health related issues that affect women and girls
  • Updated news and research focused on women and girls including one article that was published about local issues affecting women veterans
  • Training materials including speaker information, PowerPoints and upcoming trainings
  • Local resources including links to local providers and a forum for people to email specific questions to MHA staff along with FAQ’s

Recognizing the commitment WGA has demonstrated for the past 5 years to improving the mental health of women and girls in Northeast Florida, MHA selected WGA as its 2017 Philanthropic Organization of the Year. WGA will receive this award at the Ripple Effect, Northeast Florida’s Mental Health Awareness Awards & Banquet on May 9th at 6:30 pm at WJCT Studios.

A Special Thank You
Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped make the WCGN conference such a roaring success last month! Looking forward to pulling together a delegation for the Fall 2018 conference in Philadelphia!
Delores Barr Weaver 4Sight -- Vote Now!
The Steering Committee has approved a proposal to provide for the future of the Delores Barr Weaver Fellows Program’s successful effort to attract young women 40 and under to WGA. The heart of the DBW 4Sight plan is to offer an introductory one-year half-price membership to new members age 40 and under (limited to one such discount per person).

Because the DBW 4Sight program involves a change in the membership contribution, it requires a vote of the entire membership. Two-thirds of the membership must approve the proposal for passage, so please participate! Click here to vote
Upcoming Events
  • Member Forum Luncheon April 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. UNF Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive. REGISTER by midnight Sunday, April 16.
  • Downtown Connectors Join us for cocktails and conversation on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at River Club (35th floor of the Bank of America building) 1 Independent Dr Jacksonville, FL 32202. Please RSVP to Martha Barrett -
  • Strictly Social May 4, 6-8 p.m. at the Home of Tracey Westbrook. Spouses and guests welcome. Early registration ends April 19. REGISTER
  • New Member Coffee May 10, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, hosted by Allison Newberry-Dennis in Neptune Beach. REGISTER (location will be sent to you)
  • Influence: How do you get it? Keep it? Use it? May 18, 11:30 – 1 p.m. A panel conversation hosted by Audrey Moran, WJCT, 100 Festival Park Ave., Studio A. Bring your own lunch or order a box lunch for $15 when you REGISTER.
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New Members

Welcome to these new members of WGA…

  • Emily Cofer
  • Cammie Disston
  • Patricia Dodson
  • Lory Doolittle
  • Lorraine Dorsa
  • Gina Fish
  • Leah MacClellan
  • Barbara Moulding
  • Melanie Patz
  • Janet Reagor
  • Judy Schmonsees
  • Cindy Stover

And to these women who referred new members recently:

  • Kris Barnes
  • Pam Field
  • Paula Liang
  • Karen Mayfield
  • Jane Preston
  • Pam Sorenson
  • Izzy Spence
  • Courtney Weatherby-Hunter
  • Ellen Wiss

2017 Membership Deadline – April 30

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