Thirteen volunteers gathered in San Jose, CA on May 9 to assemble, stamp and ship 500 DVD mailers to DFW chapter leaders. This is the first multi-video DVDs produced by DFW, and the new process will improve the quality of the DVDs, ensure on-time delivery for meetings, and reduce the waste and cost of monthly DVDs. Chapter Leaders are receiving their 4-month DVDs now, good through September!
Work was completed in 90 minutes followed by a leisurely happy hour.
Join the Passport for Purpose Marketplace in Charlotte April 21 to purchase hand-crafted jewelry/accessories from ten global fair trade and socially conscious organizations. Ticket sales benefit Carolina-based Mothering Across Continents, Seeds of Hope and Dining for Women. To find out more go to: http://www.passportforpurpose.org/
The DFW Boise, Idaho chapter set a goal this month to hold an outreach event and weave in from ten to 30 people in the community. Instead, when they opened the doors the night of the meeting, women began pouring in. By 6:00 p.m., people were lined up into the parking lot! It turned out that 75 new people were drawn to the meeting. "We quickly set up more tables and chairs... We squeezed everyone in and, thank goodness, our 18 chapter members attending brought ample food so all were well fed and happy," says chapter member Betsy Dunklin.
Portland-Vancouver Chapters Gather for Music, Conviviality and Fundraising for the 13th Month Campaign
Wine, women and song. It’s hard to beat that combination! On Sunday, January 23, more than 70 members of Portland-Vancouver area Dining for Women Chapters and their guests came together for a lovely late afternoon soiree with sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, libations and the delightful musical duo of Cynthia Hoff, a DFW member, guitarist and singer, and Megan Moran, a talented violinist with the gift of improvisation. The event was held in the very comfortable coffee house in Portland’s historic Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church.
Dining for Women Visits Nepal to Witness DFW Support for Lifesaving Pregnancy and Childbirth Programs
The holidays are the times to blaze brightly, inside and out!
Want a novel way to make your holiday gathering sparkle with a feel-good theme? Dining for Women’s 6,000 members invite you to join them this month and host a "Potluck with Purpose" – a holiday gathering sure to warm your guests’ hearts as they support and shine a dazzlingly bright light on women and girls living in extreme poverty.
When you host a holiday Dining for Women "Potluck with Purpose", you will join Dining for Women (www.diningforwomen.org) members already potlucking for good all across the United States this holiday season.
Hyatt Regency Chicago is teaming with Dining for Women, to raise awareness and support for women and girls’ causes in the developing world, beginning with an Oct. 28 pumpkin-carving contest.
Many of us are here in San Jose hearing amazing stories, meeting amazing people, and getting more and more inspired to continue the work of Dining for Women:
to empower women and girls living in extreme poverty by funding programs that foster good health, education, and economic self‐sufficiency and to cultivate educational giving circles that inspire individuals to make a positive difference through the power of collective giving.
The following book review was written and provided by Elizabeth Howard.
Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their peacebuilding efforts in Liberia and Yemen. The celebration of these remarkable women will shed light on the transformative power of women in the processes of peace and democracy.
The following guest post is from Holly Mosher, a documentary filmmaker.
Elizabeth Howard, Dining for Women Board member, attended the launch of Women, War & Peace at the Ford Foundation in New York last evening. The documentary, created by Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker will air as a five-part series on PBS channels beginning on October 11. The screening was of the last episode of the five part series, entitled “War Redefined.”
Somalia is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Famine is rampant. Millions of people in that country, located in the horn of Africa, are on the brink of starvation. The UN estimates 29,000 children under the age of five have died in southern Somalia and 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across the country. Thousands have fled to Kenya and Ethiopia for help. There are heroes in Somalia who are working tirelessly in perilous situations to ease the suffering there.One such hero is Hawa Abdi, a Somali obstetrician and gynecologist who in 1983 established a one-room clinic near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.