A Message from our Co-Presidents

Dear WGSD members,

It is heartbreaking to start the new year with the loss of a member and friend. Cindy Polger will be deeply missed, and we thank you for all of the lovely thoughts, kind words and memories that you have shared. We have included a tribute to Cindy and her community contributions below.

With the new year comes a time of resolutions and planning for the 12 months ahead. It is also a time of reflection - on careers, on friends and relationships, and our priorities. At Women Give San Diego we are also reflecting and planning. In February we will hold a strategic planning session with our leadership team co-chairs to benchmark where we are in relation to the goals we have set for ourselves and to set direction for the year ahead. 

In terms of programming, our first quarter of 2016 is off to a busy start. On January 25th several Women Give San Diego members will be conducting a Career Fair for the United Women of East Africa Girl Scout Troop. On Thursday, February 18th the Community Engagement team has planned a February social/mixer/happy hour for current and prospective members at Panama 66. In addition, on Thursday, February 25th we will be co-hosting with The Women’s Foundation of California a community discussion and reception on gender lens investing in San Diego. And to finish off the quarter, on March 7th the Education team is coordinating a panel event on transitioning veterans and the challenges they face, including an opportunity for our members to learn more about the resources available and how we can make a difference. Back by popular demand we will be launching in this new year additional mentorship programs that allow our members that important time to connect, share and grow in small, intimate groups.
Our hope is that we provide our members with opportunities to make an impact in the community, both financially but also with our time and talent, as well as opportunities to impact each other. We always welcome your feedback and ideas on how we can continue to enhance the membership experience so please do not hesitate to reach out to us, your leadership team co-chairs, and our founders with ideas and feedback, particularly as we head into our February strategic planning meetings.
Looking forward to a wonderful and rewarding 2016.
Sabrina Martucci Johnson and Morgan Justice Black
In Memoriam
WGSD Mourns the Loss of Member and Friend

It is with great sadness that we announce to the Women Give membership that Cindy Polger, member and Co-Chair of the Communications Team, passed away in her home on January 12, 2016, after courageously battling carcinoid, a rare form of cancer, for a little over a year.
Cynthia (“Cindy”) Singer Polger was born June 11, 1957, in Denver, Colorado. Although she lived in California for 30 years, she was always a Colorado girl. She came into this world bound and determined and especially unique, and stayed that way her whole life. She danced to the beat of her own drummer, and was incredibly proud of it. She was stubborn, opinionated and lovely. And anyone who knew her, knew she had spunk.
She was a great mom, and made it her mission to be heavily involved with the kids, their schools and their activities. She was on numerous committees at Birdrock Elementary, Muirlands Middle School and La Jolla High. 
She was a deeply charitable person, including her time with Women Give San Diego. Cindy stepped into the role of Co-Chair of Communications for Women Give in May 2014. She helped create a new strategic foundation for communicating to our membership and invested time and energy into updating our website, getting our monthly newsletter up and running, as well as hosting lovely team brunches in her home.
She was also proud to be involved with Words Alive, Planned Parenthood, The Girl Scouts, and Congregation Beth Israel, among countless other organizations. She would unconditionally support all of her friend’s charities, with a check and a smile. She did not care about material things, but prioritized the most important things: her children, friends, family, and community.
She loved her friends, all of them. Every day, she told someone she loved them.

For more about Cindy and her legacy, please read here.
Upcoming Events
The Community Engagement Team has planned a February social membership event, and cordially invites you to join other WGSD members at Panama 66 for a fun evening filled with great food, cocktails and terrific company.  Prospective members are welcome.

Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 5-7pm  
Location: Panama 66, Balboa Park (near the San Diego Museum of Art)
Address: 1450 El Prado, San Diego 92101
Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lots. Valet parking is available for a small fee in front of The Prado Restaurant. 
Other Details: This is a no-host event but Panama 66 offers a variety of food (including some vegetarian and vegan options) and drinks for purchase.


The Education Team will be meeting Monday, January 25th at 5:30pm at Apollonia Restaurant (8650 Genessee, in the Costa Verde shopping center, directly across from UTC). Please email Marsha Lubick or Susannah Stokes RSVP.

The Advocacy Team's next meeting will be on January 26th at 6:00pm. Please email Sarah Dawe if you are interested in joining and to RSVP.

The Membership Team will be meeting February 11th at 5:30pm. Please email Brittany Russell to RSVP and get the address.

The Community Engagement Team's next meeting will be on February 22nd at 5:30pm. Please email Courtney Brown or Sheona Som if you are interested in joining and to RSVP.

The Community Engagement Team is hosting a career workshop for United Women of East Africa's Girl Scouts troop on January 25, 2016 at 5pm. WGSD members are encouraged to attend and talk about their education and career paths. The Community Engagement Team would like to expose the girls to a variety of career fields including medical, arts, social services, finance, science and legal. Please email Courtney Brown or Sheona Som if you are interested in participating.

The Education Team is planning a wonderful event for all membership, to be held on March 7, 2016, featuring a panel on transitioning veterans, the challenges they face, and how WGSD can best support them.



An article, "Over 50, Female and Jobless Even as Others Return to Work," written in the New York Times, states that "The latest signs of an improving economy were good enough to help persuade the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. But the better job market is not good enough to land Chettie McAfee (pictured above) a job.

At 5 percent, the jobless rate may be close to what economists consider full employment, but that headline figure doesn't capture the challenges still facing millions of Americans who have yet to regain their footing in the workplace."

For more on Chettie McAfee's story and to read the full article, please click HERE.

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