E-News: March 2016
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WGA's Newest Research
WGA's commitment to research took a big step forward March 2 with the unveiling of its third major report on the status of women and girls in Northeast Florida.  With nearly 250 attendees at UNF, Member Forum attendees heard Research Chair Sandy Cook and Research Editor Scott McGehee report on more than six months of research.  With an emphasis on evidence-based practices (i.e. approaches that work) and client-centered models, four goals were identified (see box below) that, if addressed, would produce tangible results for women and girls. 
WGA "Voices of Hope" Research Indicates Four "Critical Achievable" Goals for Northeast Florida

Break the Cycle of Female Poverty:
A comprehensive approach encompasses education, job skills, budgeting, health, childcare and more.

2. Educate Girls for Economic Success: Stimulating early interest in science, technology, engineering and math leads to education choices that, in turn, lead to in-demand careers with high pay.

3. Provide Trauma-Informed Addiction Therapy: Successful recovery requires attention to both the substance abuse and to the trauma that is often the underlying cause.

4. Expand Girls' Access to Reproductive Health Care: Preventing unwanted pregnancy and STDs is key to a better future.
To read media coverage of the research, click here Florida Times-Union.  

You already should have received the printed summary in the mail.  We encourage you to take time to read it -- and encourage anyone else who cares about women and girls in Northeast Florida to do so as well. 

In addition, you will find the full report in a special section on the new WGA website.   It’s presented in layers so – with a few clicks -- you can dive as deeply as you wish.
Click Here to View Full Research
Beginning in April, there will be three Member Focus Groups with the Grants Impact Team to get input from members on the research and WGA's next focus area.  Please pick the session that works for your schedule and plan now to attend:

NF Herbert University Center – Tuesday, April 19 (Noon - 1:30 pm Brown Bag), Room 1058-1, 12000 Alumni Drive  32224

Congregation Ahavath Chesed - Wednesday, April 27 (8:30 - 10 am), 8727 San Jose Boulevard  32217

Palms Presbyterian Church - Thursday, April 28 (5:30-7:00 pm), 3410 3rd Street South  32250
Recent Events
THE WGA MEMBER FORUM ON MARCH 2 brought members and guests together to hear findings from WGA's most recent research.  Top left, WGA President Paula Liang gives an encouraging smile before the program begins.  Top right, Community Foundation President Nina Waters talks about the key role of research in philanthropy.  Middle left, Research Editor Scott McGhee and Research Chair Sandy Cook seem pleased with the launch.  Middle right, Jamie Thomas and Jan Hirabayashi enjoy mingling.  Member Forum ended with a wrap up panel of Samantha Alves Orender, Donna Orender, and Suzanne Perritt exploring the benefits of WGA membership from varied perspectives.
RETHREADED COMES TO AMELIA ISLAND!  Over 60 women attended the Nassau Connector group's February meeting to learn about WGA and its grantee Rethreaded.  In addition to hearing from Founder & President, Kristin Keen (left), participants amply patronized Rethreaded's pop-up store -- and many expressed interest in becoming a WGA member.

Click here!
April 13, Wednesday, 6-9 pm
(Registration prices go up Monday, April 4)
WGA's annual Strictly Social gathering ... a night of pure fun with friends
Heavy hors d'oeuvres!  Mingling & a good time!
DEADLINE TO CONTRIBUTE TO NEXT YEAR'S GRANT POOL: You have until Saturday, April 30, 2016 to contribute your $1,500 to next year's Grant Pool.  Click here for the 2016 WGA Membership Commitment form and details for your donation.  With the new website, there are many new ways to pay (online or by phone with a credit card (no fee!), annually, quarterly, monthly, matching gifts, appreciated stock, family trusts, and more.  Questions?  Call Joanne Cohen at (904) 356-4483 or
ADVOCACY UPDATE: The full $3 million request for Open Doors -- a first responder network for child victims of sex trafficking -- is in the full appropriations package now in front of the Governor.  WGA's January trip to Tallahasee to meet with key legislators, as well as our letter to the Governor, led Roy Miller, President of the Children's Campaign to state:
"WGA made a difference and we are so hopeful."
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The Communications Committee is looking for members who do NOT like committee work, but want to be independent contributors to WGA.  We urgently need the following:

WEB CONTENT COORDINATOR: regular updating of our website.  All technical work is done by professionals so what is needed is high attention to detail and an interest in facilitating members' on-line access to information.  Work can be done remotely and on your own schedule
POWERPOINT WHIZ KID: produce WGA's slides for its two annual meetings at UNF.  Time required is only twice a year, before each meeting.  Almost all work is remote and on your own schedule
PRINT WIZARD: someone who would love coordinating our large print projects: calendar/recruiting brochure, annual report, etc.  Both visual and writing skills a plus
PR with neighborhood and secondary publications
PHOTOGRAPHERS for smaller WGA and Connector events (smartphone photos are perfect!)
VIDEOGRAPHERS for casual YouTube or GoPro videos

If interested, contact Communications Co-Chair Melanie Cost at (610) 453-4153 or or Kate Ligare at (904) 491-8067 or
WATCH YOUR MAILBOX: Within the next month you will receive a letter from the 2016 Nominating Committee encouraging self nominations and/or nominations for future WGA leadership roles.  Positions being filled for 2017 and 2018 include two Vice Presidents and Steering Committee Member(s)-At-Large. Contact Chair Julia Taylor at 904-206-1929 or if you have any questions.
Welcome New Members!
Welcome to the following new WGA Members who have joined since January 19, 2016.
  •     Judy Easterly
  •     Karen Fergusson
  •     Bobbie Fost
  •     Elizabeth Gainer
  •     Vicki-Lynn Gloger
  •     Barbara Johnson
  •     Donna Kaufman
  •     Carol Kimmel
  •     Mary Kirk
  •     Marion McCully
  •     Catherine Miller
  •     Sandra Miller
  •     Jane Muir
  •     Charu Raheja
  •     Madeline Scales-Taylor
  •     Linda Simmons
  •     Wanda Willis
  •     Penny Zuber
According to the last member survey, 92% of us join because of friends and acquaintances.
Thanks to the following recruiters of these new members:
  • Brittany Anthony
  • Pat Hayden
  • Linda Hossenlopp
  • Kate Ligare
  • Sabeen Perwiaz
  • Deb Sharkey
  • Julia Taylor
Meet the 2016 DBW Fellows ...part 3
Through the Delores Barr Weaver Fellows Program, Mrs. Weaver and other generous women subsidize emerging philanthropists to develop Northeast Florida's future women leaders today. As full voting Members of WGA, Fellows are paired with mentors to introduce and engage them in all aspects of strategic philanthropy. At the same time, these young women under the age of 40 help shape our organization for the future. To learn more, go to
WGA accepts up to 15 Fellows in each class.  Please welcome five of this year's Fellows (first row, from left to right, followed by second row).
  • Robyn Lawrence, Assistant Budget Officer, City of Jacksonville;  WGA Mentor Melody Shacter
  • Kara Williams, Director of Community Organizing, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center; WGA Mentor Adelaide Thompson / Cherry Gallagher
  • Marie O'Keefe, Financial Planner, Northwestern Mutual; WGA Mentor Susan Rodgers
  • Shamika Baker, Director of Community Outreach, JAX Chamber; WGA Mentor Peggy Schiffers
  • Jill Auld, Founder/CEO, Day of Difference;  WGA Mentor Deb Hardman
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