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CARE Reflections ~ 2013
by Julie Watson, International VP Charity
World Wings International, Inc.
I always look forward to going to Washington DC for the CARE and International Women’s Day Conference; however, this year held some additional excitement for me.
First, I had the opportunity to meet our new Care Liaison, Andie Bobb, Director of Development, Southeast Region. Andie is everything I knew she would be, dynamic, enthusiastic, and she loves World Wingers. Andie is working hard to re-connect and strengthen the bond between World Wings and CARE.
Next, thanks to Andie and her tireless work, Norma Simon and I attended a special reception for CARE partners, sponsors & supporters hosted by his Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France at the Maison Française. Following the reception attendees preceded to the Embassy Theater for the viewing of a new documentary film entitled, Girl Rising.
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. For more information on this exceptional and heartwarming film, I recommend that everyone take the opportunity to explore this film in detail at girlrising.com.
Last, but not the least, World Wingers can be proud of our attendance at the CARE Conference, boosting fourteen attendees. Three of our attendees were first timers and are now “hooked” on the wonderful programs CARE delivers around the world to fight global poverty through empowerment and education. The Conference is yet another way for us to connect with our fellow World Wingers by sharing our common goal of prosperity for all humankind, and strengthening our own deep and lasting friendship for each other.
The Conference this year focused on providing incredible skill building sessions giving us resources and knowledge to become effective advocates. Experts from many fields presented sessions that furnished us insights and perspectives on today’s most pressing issues, with additional tools and vital information that prepared us for our trip to Capitol Hill.
Although my feet hurt after a long day of walking around Capitol Hill, but my heart was full of pride and joy knowing that I had accomplished my mission of advocating for CARE’s position on “Gender Based Violence” and continued support for Foreign Aid to developing countries. My feet forgave me knowing it was well worth the effort.
CARE Action Network Newsletter Featuring WWI Member Christina Goldstein from Miami Beach, FL!
January & February CAN Update
We're kicking off the New Year with a new format and delivery system for our newsletter – we hope you like it! In this issue, check out the latest update on this year's CARE International Women's Day Conference and Celebration and learn what CARE advocates have been doing across the country to help combat global poverty.
|Have you registered for the 2013 CARE National Conference & International Women's Day Celebration yet? It's not too late! Join us to honor the advances girls and women have made - and ask Congress to help build on these successes. Visit www.careconference.org to register and learn more. |
|Exciting Conference Update! |
We just confirmed world-class journalist Dana Bash, CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent as our featured speakers! Other speakers include former Senate Majority Leader and CARE Leadership Council member Senator Bill Frist (TN), Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, as well as retired Congresswoman and CARE Leadership Council member Representative Lynn Woolsey (CA).
|Making a Difference at Home|
|CAN Advocates mobilize quickly to protect foreign assistance and support international family planning|
As the 112th Congress came to a close and lawmakers debated budget cuts, CAN advocates mobilized quickly and sent nearly 16,000 emails to their policymakers, urging their members of Congress to protect the foreign assistance budget. CARE advocates also successfully encouraged 17 members of Congress to sign a letter asking President Obama to support increased funding for domestic and international family planning. Finally, CAN advocates successfully helped defeat Senator Rand Paul’s (KY) Amendment to Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief, which would have cut $9 billion in foreign assistance funding.
|Welcome new Chair Christina Goldstein from Miami Beach, FL!|
As a member of World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants, I traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia in early 2005 with a CARE projects learning tour. It was amazing. The global CARE staff and their accomplishments were remarkable. That May, with 13 other World Wingers, I participated in my first CARE Conference and Capitol Hill Day, in Washington DC. As citizens we lobbied Congress on poverty-fighting legislative issues. I count these two 2005 trips as lifetime experience highlights. I have attended every CARE Conference since.
Give a Gift this Holiday Season
If you are inclined to make a holiday gift to your favorite charity, please know that CARE is again offering an opportunity to double your holiday gift to end poverty. This opportunity is available now and goes on until December 31, 2012.
We World Wingers are dedicated CARE partners and really like our money to do double duty. Consider making your gift through our organization by sending a check, payable to World Wings International, to:
Sally Andersen, International Treasurer
89 Southwind Circle
Richmond, CA 94804. Make out the check to WWI and mark on the the memo line CARE Year-end Match.
Prior to the December 31st deadline, Sally Andersen will send a check to cover all received donations to CARE. This check will be a World Wings check so it will enhance our organization's yearly donation to CARE.
If you prefer to donate to CARE directly and in honor of World Wings International, go to http://www.care.org/yearend and follow the directions. Either way, you will make a positive impact on the lives of many people in the developing world. Either way, your gift is tax deductible.
We thank you for considering this opportunity and send our best holiday wishes.
With warm regards,
Jane Euler, President
Julie Watson-Helms, VP Charity
Helene Gayle's Message to World Wings International Members:
New video information about CARE’s Immediate Disaster Response:
When disaster strikes, CARE is there; some little known facts about CARE's emergency relief work.
In emergencies, CARE is among the first to arrive and the last to leave, not only providing relief, but helping communities rebuild to prevent future crises. Watch the video about our emergency relief work: http://bit.ly/ScZevK.
CARE Conference 2012 — Reflections
by Julie Watson-Helms, Vice President, Charity
Dr. Helene D. Gayle (right), President and CEO of CARE USA chats with World Wings Attendees at the reception
Going to Washington D.C., our nation’s capital is always an exciting experience, but going to visit our representatives on Capitol Hill is exhilarating. The 2012 CARE Conference was my third trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for the end of global poverty by empowering women, and by no means less invigorating than my first.
The first night of the Conference started with the viewing of the PBS production, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. The film tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee and other Liberian women who organized a movement that ended a bloody conflict, and brought down a dictator Charles Taylor, ultimately bringing peace to their country. The film exemplified the power of women when they bond together and how grassroots activism can alter the history of a nation. I recommend this film be seen by all our World Wings members, and can be viewed on the PBS website.
The next morning breakfast was served at 7:30 a.m. with a panel discussions on the CARE “talking points”. “Talking points”, are what the trip to Congress is all about...they are the critical issues that affect women and girls globally, and CARE mission worldwide. This year’s main issue was asking Congress not to cut the U.S. Foreign Aid Budget. Most American’s believe that the U.S. spends 10% - 20% of our budget overseas, yet the reality... it is only about 1.5%.
According to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, humanitarian aid is a "down payment on American leadership in a changing world" as well as an issue of economic prosperity and national security.
More than 150 CARE supporters climbed onto buses and ventured off to Capitol Hill to educate the most influential members of Congress, making this year's conference a strategic and effective event. We met with 153 Congressional offices and our collective voices resonated on Capitol Hill!
After a busy and productive day on the “Hill”, the World Wingers attended a reception at the Indonesian Embassy. CARE's President and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle addressed the participants in a thoughtful and motivational speech saying, "You help us amplify our voices in the field," and praised supporters and mentioned World Wings International by name, for their enthusiastic and continual support of CARE. She ended by requesting and reminding us all to "Remember not to remain silent. Remember to use your voices – sometimes that's all we have."
WORLD WINGS SPRING BOARD MEETING - ATLANTA, APRIL 15-16, 2011
Board members met with Shannon Darke, the WWI liaison, at CARE headquarters in Atlanta on April 15th. Members of the Atlanta chapter joined the Board as an update of CARE's plans for the future were discussed. At the meeting Siri Jacobsen, V.P. Charity, presented Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE President/CEO with a check.
The Atlanta chapter invited the Board members to a delightful Brazilian bar-b-que party after the meetings were adjourned.
CARE & THE WORLD WINGS CONNECTION
Since its founding in 1959, World Wings chapters have raised more than $3 million for local charities and for CARE.
Following a long Pan Am tradition of global humanitarian assistance, World Wings selected CARE as its international charity in 1994. No one could predict just how active this partnership was to be become! CARE is the organization's principal charity to which all chapters contribute. World Wings is solidly committed to global education and gender equity and was one of the first organizations to underwrite the CARE Fund for Global Education.
Individual chapters of World Wings International support their own local charities that include hospitals, shelters, day care centers, museums, schools, medical research, hospices, children's homes and soup kitchens.
World Wingers raise money for good causes with an array of events from parties, sports competitions, garage sales, special events, fashion shows, auctions and sales of airline memorabilia, DVDs, calendars, clothing, cookbooks, and more. An important fundraiser is the Uniforms for Charity project where World Wings' extensive uniform collection is available for special events.
The major source of fundraising is the annual international charity drawing, with exciting luxury prizes donated by members, airlines, hotels, resorts, artists and retailers. Chapters receive a percentage of their members' ticket sales for their recognized local charities. The remainder goes to CARE.
World Wingers offer more than funding to these charities - members can be found hosting a party for disadvantaged kids, renovating a shelter, helping out in a soup kitchen, or collecting clothing for women re-entering the work force.
World Wings continues a proud history of commitment to the world that Pan Am flight attendants were so privileged to see. During the "Golden Age of Flying" Pan Am's women and men were working in refugee camps in Asia, orphanages in Latin America and schools in India. Today, that commitment is even stronger. World Wingers still work together in a common cause, buoyed by the bonds of friendship forged years ago.