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Treasurer’s Report Q1 2022

Thank you to all of the units that have sent in pledges!  I have assumed treasurer responsibilities from Debbie Ow.  The new address for sending in remittances is:

          ECRD UMW, c/o Carolyn Bircher
          1663 Martin Ave.
          Sunnyvale, CA  94087

Here is a summary of 2021 finances.  The Pledge account is for contributions from the local units for missions, which are passed on to the conference (and then to National) UMW.  The Administrative account is for the El Camino Real District UMW events and operations.


  Pledges received  (Oct-Dec) $11,252.56
  4th qtr. remissions to conference UMW $11,252.56
  Interest received   $         0.09
  Dec. 31, 2021 balance $       63.47


2021 Deposits $     324.91
2021 Event expenses $     984.47
2021 Communication expenses   $       94.45
2021 Admin. Expenses $  1,036.14
Dec. 31, 2021 balance $  3,682.28

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Spotlight on Local UMWs

In this Mission Link issue, we wanted to start something a bit different.  If there are events you would like to share in the Mission Link Newsletter about your local UMW unit, then please forward them to  We can include a brief paragraph in this section.

In addition, we would like to highlight a project from a local UMW in the hopes that it may be inspiring to other units.

Featured Project:  Dress a Girl – Willow Glen UMW

Dress Girl Display at the Santa Clara County Fair, 2013

In a recent email from Willow Glen UMW, there was brief note about an upcoming project called “Dress A Girl”.  The idea came from Mindy George and Michelle Partsch, who had seen a display at the Santa Clara County fair in 2013!  Since many of the Willow Glen UMW like to sew, this seemed like a natural fit for a project.

For more information about the organization, please visit the web site: Dress A Girl Around the World .

This organization has delivered dresses to over 81 countries since October of 2009.  Initially, it started as a small project to deliver dresses to girls in Uganda.  They have expanded their project to include sex trafficking awareness.

The dresses are hand-carried and delivered to the international locations.  This ensures that the dresses get to their intended destinations (and are not intercepted for nefarious purposes), and provides a personal connection with the girls who receive the dresses.

In addition to international destinations, dresses are also given to centers for abuse, homeless shelters,  Indian reservations in South Dakota and Tucson Arizona areas, and some Appalachian regions.

— Willow Glen UMW

Just Water – Conference Social Action Event

Just Water – Quenching Our Thirst Today, Tomorrow, …

The CA-NV Conference UMW’s Social Action Team is happy to announce that their inaugural social action event on water will be held (virtually) beginning on Friday evening, March 18th at 7:00 pm and continuing on Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 am.

Climate Change is happening – and in the arid west, the disruption will be witnessed in and around water – droughts, floods, unreliable or tainted water supply, ecosystem harm.

Our inaugural event will be focused on drinking water, primarily in CA.  Did you know there are about one million Californians that do not have access to safe, clean drinking water from their tap?  Drinking water – we cannot live without it.  Do you know where your drinking water comes from?

We hope you will join us for this event and bring a friend along.  The event is open to everyone – that includes people of all gender identities, races, religions, ages, … – everyone.

The official flyer for this event, including speaker biographies and registration information, may be found by clicking hereNote that registration for the Friday and Saturday sessions are two separate registrations.

  • To register for the Friday evening program, click here.
  • To register for the Saturday morning program, click here.

— Connie Hunter

From Your ECRD President, Debbie Ow

Here I am on Valentine’s day, 2022, having just received another radiation treatment as I am writing this post.  For me, this year’s UMW theme, “Healing and Joy on our Journey to God”, is particularly poignant.  I am so grateful to be finished with the chemo and surgery, having received the best possible outcome as no cancer was found in the last breast MRI.  The radiation treatments so far are a ”piece of cake” in comparison and are meant to eliminate any cancer that somehow escaped the notice of the MRI.

I also give thanks for my superb district team members.  Our Connect and Learn event was even more successful than we anticipated.  Because it was online, we had quite a few attendees from other districts, who might otherwise have been unable to attend!  Many thanks to Carolyn Bircher for her creativity and dedication in pulling the event together.  Marlene Ward’s presentation was thought -provoking and encouraging.  If you missed it, you may download a copy of the slide presentation from this link.

As we prepare for our El Camino Real District Spiritual Retreat,  I am especially looking forward to learning about healing and how God can work in our lives to better our spiritual and physical wellbeing.  Our speaker will be Beth Carter, a Board Certified Health Coach.  This will be a new concept for me but one from which I can certainly benefit.  Special thanks to Sandra Nesheim for heading up this event.

As I close this note, I want to especially express my gratitude to all of you who continue to support UMW through these unprecedented and challenging times.  You are what makes UMW such a great organization that accomplishes a great deal of good in our world.

Blessings on you as we enter into the holy season of Lent and Easter.  May God’s goodness and love fill your life with joy!