OUR STORY
The South West District is comprised of 40 active UNITS with 780 members.  We have women of all ages paticipating in mission work within thier own communities and throughout the state. 
 
Our Pledge to Missions for 2018 is $75,000.  Money is raised by the individual Units in many ways through members' pledges, fundraisers such as bazaars, bake sales, game days, specialty teas, dinners, and more.
 
While that is an important goal to reach we also work hard to educate our women in the different areas of United Methodist Women.  For the 2016-2017 year we had 12 Units earn Mission Today Unit Status; One Unit completed the "Created for Happiness" study; One Unit completed the "Latin America: People and Faith" study; Two Units completed  "The Bible and Human Sexuality" and seven Units completed "Climate Justice-A Call to Hope and Action."

With a giving heart we had 15 women participate as "Rainbow Givers" donating money to the Five Channels of Giving for United Methodist Women worldwide!  We also had 13  of our  Units earn the Five Star Unit Award.
 
We also love to read and had 81 women from 15 churches who participated in the United Methodist Women Reading Plan reading 695 books on Education for Mission, Spiritual Growth, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community and Social Action.
 LEADERSHIP TEAM
PRESIDENT:
Mary Van Tol
Cape Coral First

VICE PRESIDENT:
Pamela Freeland
Christ Venice
 
SECRETARY:
Roberta Swords
Cape Coral First
 
TREASURER:
Phyllis Jackman
Wesley Memorial Ft. Myers

EDUCATION & INTERPRETATION:
Patricia McShane
Sebring First

MEMBERSHIP, NURTURE & OUTREACH:
Roberta Swords
Cape Coral First

SECRETARY PROGRAM RESOURCES:
Sandy Segur
Charlotte Harbor Trinity

SPIRITUAL GROWTH:
Sandra Barton
First Bradenton
 

 
SOCIAL ACTION:
Joyce Shelso
First Bradenton

COMMUNICATION:
Ruth Hollandsworth
Sebring St John

COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS:
 
INTERIM CHAIR
CLASS OF 2019:
Gloria Heston
Cape Coral First


CLASS OF 2018:
Diane Killmaier
Sebring Spring Lake


CONFERENCE OFFICERS:

SECRETARY PROGRAM RESOURCES:
Shelley Davidson
Clewiston First

Committee on Nominations Member:
Jannett Sue Hawley, Trinity
Charlotte Harbor


NATIONAL OFFICERS:
Director, National Division
Magdela Edmond







 
OUR PHILOSOPHY
The entire program and organization of United Methodist Women focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:
 
Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
Equipping women & girls to be leaders
Providing transformative educational experiences
Organizing for growth & flexibility
Working for justice through service and advocacy 
Focus on Women, Children & Youth
Women
 
Women have been empowered by leadership education opportunities, mission education, the Reading Program, tools for advocacy and more. These opportunities allow women to act and to empower women in the United States and abroad.
 
United Methodist Women also support programs and projects aimed at improving the special needs of women because of their refugee statuses, their immigration statuses, situations in which they are abused, their high illiteracy rate in some countries, their economic dependence, their educational disparities, and much more.
 
Children
 
A special emphasis of United Methodist Women is children, because women care for children. If children are raised with safety, security, food, shelter, education, and basic human rights, these children will grow to be loving and secure adults. United Methodist Women believe deeply in responding to Jesus' mandate to "care for the least of these."
 
Children often do not have a voice in this world, so United Methodist Women cares for them and advocates on their behalf. United Methodist Women commits to children globally through community centers, educational opportunities for refugee children, homes for street children, advocacy against sexual exploitation and child labor, educational institutions and much more.
 
                                               Youth

United Methodist Women work with youth organizations globally and with programs and projects that support and empower youth. United Methodist Women also enables youth to be in mission by support of the US-2 program, the mission intern program and the Global Justice Volunteers program.

A special emphasis of the organization has been to involve young women in all the ministries and leadership of United Methodist Women. A teen and college/university women consultative group helps direct the program of United Methodist Women to be more inclusive of younger women.
 
 Source:
http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/ourmission