What Does It Take To Run a MWC Chapter?
Few endeavors do more to shape a widows aspirations than encouraging them to realize their full potential with personal mentoring. In return, few endeavors reap more profound rewards —because mentoring works. Your wisdom is a blessing to be shared. At MWC, our selection of chapter leaders is an intuitive and important benchmark for our organization as a whole. Our leaders are the foundational pillars of this organization. Everyone unique in their own way, all are held to high standards because our widowed ladies deserve to have an advocate on their side. We are not support groups, we are mentoring groups. Our time spent together is reciprocal. This enables us all to move forward with like minded others a few steps ahead of us and when ready, to reach back to others. The bridge between loss, transition and the real world.
Chapter Leader Qualifications/Responsibilities:
- Attributes: Accountable, Responsible, Grateful, Sense of Humor, Grit, Patient, Committed, Compassion, Friendly, Nonjudgmental, Open Hearted, Kind, Caring, Emotionally Stable and Joyful. (This is not your first rodeo!)
- Term: Minimum 1 full year commitment.
- Supplies Needed: Phone, Computer/ Access to the Internet, Office Supplies, Time, Discretionary Income for odds and ins.
- Required: One monthly gathering for 3-4hrs of social time, spare time to prepare, email or phone members with information and to share some encouraging inspiration.
- Co-Leader: Every chapter leader must select a co-chapter leader of their choice to collaborate with them before the launch. We always start with two in our Chapter Teams, sometimes three.
- Fundraising/ Community Event to Promote MWC locally: One per calendar year. Examples: Bake Sales, Raffle, 5/10K, Clean Out Your Closet Rummage Sales, Silent or Internet Auctions, Fashion Shows. Rally local resources to benefit your chapter.
- Years widowed: ChapterLeader/Minimum 2 years, Co-Leader Minimum 1 year.
- Annual Leaders Conference: We have an MWC Annual Leaders Conference and Retreat during the summer. One team member must attend per chapter. This is an informative, educational, mentoring and leadership symposium for our leadership teams as well as bonding and connecting with other great leaders at MWC. In 2014. seven leaders attended and in 2015, 14 leaders attending, both in Sedona, AZ . In 2016, 23 leaders and our BOD attended, we met in Seattle, WA. In August 2017, our leaders met in Orlando Florida for our annual leadership conference as well as hosting our First Annual Widows Empowerment Weekend with over 100+ widows, leaders and a fabulous lineup of speakers in attendance.
Licensed Chapter Request Form:
WE CURRENTLY HAVE A WAITING LIST FOR NEW CHAPTER REQUESTS! WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ADD YOU TO OUR LIST. If there is enough interest in y our area, we will contact you to move forward in the interview process. Please be patient, as there is a huge need and we do not yet have the resources to keep up with the need… which is why we also have our virtual communities on Facebook. PLEASE NOTE: We are not equipped to launch chapters outside of the U.S. at this time.
Step 1– Read our ‘Become a Chapter’ Page. Submit your licensed Chapter Request form if this sounds like YOU!
Step 2- We will set up the initial interview after receiving your initial email if we are in a season of interviewing (None in summer). Interviews occur the last week of each month, but can change depending on the amount of requests received.
Step 3- Your first phone interview will take place 30 min/ 1hr. by an MWC Team Member.
Step 4- MWC Founder Carolyn Moor will interview you personally in this step of our interview process.
Step 5- After your interview, you will be notified personally by MWC Founder Carolyn Moor after meeting with the MWC Board of Directors for a vote. A ‘Yes’ or ‘Not Now’ wait status will be determined.
We believe that if you have a heart for widows, you will become a Chapter Leader, but it’s up to us to determine if you are ready for this commitment.
~ It’s very important to us that your interest originates from a genuine and heartfelt intention. We strive to create an environment of belonging, integrity and connectedness, therefore, enabling trusted, long-term friendships which blossom naturally.
Currently, there are nearly 14 million widows in the USA, 258 million widows globally and about 585 million children who are directly effected. Widows from across the globe have been historically undervalued, stigmatized, isolated and deemed voiceless socially, economically, emotionally, and spiritually. Modern Widows Club is committed to become advocates to give widows a voice, enable and empower them to move forward and to make a positive difference in society.