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GET INVOLVED  |  EVENTS  |  GIVE October 2022
Hello WGA Members and Friends,
As our Annual Meeting approaches and another WGA year is "in the books", it is both a time to reflect on our collaborative achievements and a time to Focus Forward (our Annual Meeting theme) on the important work ahead. Together, we have moved the needle for women and girls, strengthened our understanding of strategic philanthropy, and positioned ourselves for success in our next decade. More specifically, we have:
  • Listened to you, our valued members and incorporated many of your Member Survey suggestions in our work.
  • Strengthened our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to achieve better outcomes for women and girls in multiple ways.
  • Built our internal capacity for strong growth over the next decade.
  • Continued to build close relationships with our grantees through convenings and conversations to better invest in our joint mission.
Please attend our inspiring Annual Meeting on October 20 at 11:00 AM at UNF to learn more.

On a personal note, I would be remiss if I didn't share with you just how much this experience has meant to me. It is extremely moving, and gratifying, to work with colleagues who have such passion for the well-being of others. It has been an honor, and a sheer joy, to work with all of you in this work that is truly honorable in itself. My heart swells because I truly believe we are positioned well for the future - our best days are yet to come. I am so proud to be a WGA member. I thank all of you for everything because without you none of this happens.

With gratitude and warmest wishes,

THURSDAY, OCT 20 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

You won't want to miss WGA's Annual Meeting Fall Luncheon! We are planning an inspiring, interactive and engaging event. As we Focus Forward, we will learn more about our future grant plans and hear early results from our operational assessment. We will thank our outgoing leadership team and welcome our new members. As always, you will have opportunities to learn about how you can volunteer; and we will enjoy connecting with one another. We will have a photo booth with props to capture the fun with you and your friends. See you there!
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National Hispanic Heritage Month
As WGA recognized Hispanic Heritage Month, we're glad to share a story from one of our grantees, Barnabas. Learn how your grant dollars are helping non-English speaking women learn English and find employment.
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Thank You, WGA Leaders!
It is with both sadness and a joyful heart that we thank our outgoing leaders who have gone above and beyond and served WGA exceptionally well. We will dearly miss their leadership, but they have earned their rest as they have completed their terms. These extraordinary women have worked hard with energy, passion and commitment on behalf of our 440+ members for many years. We would like to offer our deepest gratitude for all you've done for WGA!
Kacie Smyth, WGA Director, Promoted!
We congratulate Kacie Smyth, current WGA Director, on her promotion to The Community Foundation's Director of Donor Services. Kacie has served as WGA Director for the past year and a half. As many of you know, Kacie quickly became acclimated to the work of WGA, developed close relationships with our members, and became an invaluable asset to our work in a short period of time. We will dearly miss her kind, professional, leadership.

The Community Foundation along with incoming President, Sheila Collier, are currently interviewing for the new WGA Director who will report to Wanda Willis, VP of Civic Engagement at TCF. Kacie will continue to serve as WGA Director until a new Director is hired. We thank Kacie and congratulate her on her well-earned promotion.
Want to Get Involved? The Grants Decision Team Needs You!

Wonder how WGA allocates grant $$? Join Decision Team to find out. Build new friendships. Discover how local non-profits apply creative solutions to improve the lives of women and girls in our community. Training provided for both Virtual Reader Team (read electronically and provide feedback) and Core Team (read applications, lively, in-person discussions). Time commitment varies. Busy time Jan - May.

Explore how you fit into the WGA mission by contacting Stacy Derr or Kelly Novak at NOW for more information.
Upcoming WGA Events
Annual Meeting - Focus Forward
Annual Meeting
OCT 20 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Luncheon Cost: $55 through Oct 19th;
$60 on October 20th.
Education Event: Breaking Down Barriers to Advocacy
Breaking Down Barriers to Advocacy

NOV 2 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
1 Independent Dr. #3500, Jacksonville, FL 32202


WGA Connectors
Ponte Vedra Connector
OCT 27 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
220 Plantation Circle, Ponte Vedra Bch, FL 32082

WGA Connectors
Nassau Connector
NOV 3 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM
24050 N. Hampton Club Way, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

A Special Note of Gratitude
We would like to thank three additional WGA members that have volunteered for many years (and continue to do so) on the Communications Team, producing the E-News every month, posting on social media, and making regular website updates. These outstanding women do this work year after year with little to no recognition. We deeply thank:
  • Linda Hull: E-News
  • TriciaRae Stancato: Social Media
  • Kate Ligare: Website
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