Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
Ponderings from the Prez
Dates to Remember
Happy Holidays to my favorite Zontians,
A site worth visiting is www.wendy.com/women/quotations.html
Here are hundreds of quotations by notable women. There are the profound - from Margaret Thatcher: "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people who you are, you aren't." And an insightful quote from Ruth Gordon: "The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance." And a very honest one by Jane Austen: "I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them."
And always remember: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" by Anita Esway.
Well, my breath is taken away every time I think about all the wonderful things you do to advance the status of women worldwide. Our annual nut sale provides funds to give to others, and the nuts are nearly gone! Pat says there are only 18 pounds of walnuts yet to sell. Please call her at 596-3778 and "get them out of my house," and that's a direct quote from Pat who says those last few pounds are pure profit for us.
In December we forgo the traditional general meeting and gather for a holiday celebration. This year we'll meet at the home of Kate and Bob Brewster on Monday, December 16 at 6 pm. Call Kate at 630-8801 for directions. Please bring an appetizer to share, your own beverages (wine, beer or soft drinks) and a small gift exchange ($5-10 value) for everyone in your group. This is the only time of the year when we invite the male Zontians, or Zontos as they are fondly called, so please bring your spouse, significant other, or a potential Zontian. After we eat, we'll induct Ava Heinrichsdorff as a member and then trade gifts in an orderly, appropriate fashion - although many times this can get out of control! We'll finish about 8:30 pm, the same time our meetings usually end. It's a lot of fun, so mark your calendars now.
But most important of all, think about others who may not be as fortunate as we, and bring something for the Full Circle program. At the November meeting, Debbie said they are in great need of food and especially phone cards, as the women must check in at their residence several times a day. Also gift cards like WalMart are wonderful because many of the mothers would like to shop for their children. Don't forget something personal and feminine like bath gel, lotions, costume jewelry, etc. Our group is very generous, and I know you'll provide lovely gifts for many women. I appreciate your efforts to support our service projects.
So, in addition to the gift exchange, beverages and appetizer, bring a gift or two for the struggling women at Full Circle. See you at Kate's.
I wish a very happy and healthy holiday season for you and those you love.
"You're in charge but don't touch the controls."
-Shannon Lucid, record setting American astronaut, recounting what the two Russian cosmonauts tell her each time they leave the Mir space station for a spacewalk, 1996.
"Subject: Important update about the woman in Nigeria to be stoned - discussed at district meeting
REMEMBER DISTRICT 12 CONFERENCE DISCUSSION RE: THIS WOMAN?? READ ON AND GO TO WEB SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A FORM LETTER TO SEND IF YOU ARE MOVED TO DO SO....THIS WAS FORWARDED TO ME AND I THOUGHT I SHOULD FORWARD THIS ON TO YOU ALL.
Please take a moment to read this:
Last Friday, the Oprah show covered a story of a Nigerian woman, Amina Lawal, who has been sentenced to death by stoning because she had a baby out of wedlock. She has tried to appeal the decision but has been unsuccessful, thus far. The head of Nigeria disagrees with these stonings but has so far done nothing--partly because of the fear of not being re-elected. I should also note that the father of the baby denied fathering the child and hence has escaped any form of punishment
Amina Lawal's stoning will occur as soon as she is finished nursing her child. She will be buried up to her neck in dirt and townsmen will throw stones at her head until they kill her--which has been known to take hours.
I send out a plea to all the women receiving this e-mail and to all the men raised by women to join me and many others to help prevent this horrific and inhumane event from occurring.
All you have to do is visit the Oprah web site: http://www.oprah.com/joint/oprah/aminahtml.jhtml
You will see a pre-written letter addressed to the Nigerian Ambassador.
Just fill out your information on the bottom of the page and send it. It's as simple as that. You can even go one step further and forward this e-mail to your friends so they can be part of the mission to save Amina Lawal. It's your chance to save one woman's life. We can claim ignorance when doing nothing to stop vicious atrocities that we know nothing about from occurring but there is no justification if we standby and allow for these events to take place when we are fully aware of them.
Please also pass this along."
Holiday Party Collection - Full Circle AlternativesItems Needed:
Food for pantry (canned and dried goods)
Clothes for ladies (coats, working clothes, shoes)
Phone cards (Ladies must check in every 2 hours when out of home)
Gift cards for holiday shopping
Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
|December 16||No Board Meeting|
|December 16||6:00 pm Holiday Party - Kate Brewster's Home|
|September 26-27||2003 District Conference - Billings, MT|
|July 3-8||2004 International Convention - New York City|
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