Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
Ponderings from the Prez
Fund Raising Project
Dates to Remember
Our fall was beautiful but I'm afraid the lovely warm sunny days are coming to an end. That reminds me of baking pecan pies, and NUT TIME is here again. Be at Pat Kosley's at 5:30 p.m. on Monday November 4. Call her for directions: 596-3778. She's providing supper and then we'll bag nuts until all 1,255 lbs. are packaged. Phyllis Zell told me awhile ago that it's her favorite get-together. Come to see if you agree with her.
I was so proud of our club at the district conference. Kate Brewster was installed as the Area 4 Director; Susie Nulty was praised for her wonderful Web Page; Gail Piper was an outstanding Delegate; Rita Jones spoke at the memorial service and Betty Edwards was thanked for her excellent work as Governor. I had the pleasure of awarding Rita a certificate and yellow rose as our Zontian of the Year. This is what I said:
Rita Jones is our Zontian of the Year. She is the yellow rose of the Pikes Peak Area Club. She is our stem and holds all of us petals together with her historical knowledge of our club. The scrapbooks and even the original charter are in her capable hands. Rita is also a thorn in our collective sides - she's committed to women's issues and the environment and makes sure we never forget. Rita volunteers for every service project. She recycles more than anyone I know - cardboard tubes, greeting card fronts, used pantyhose and the plastic sleeves from the daily paper. Every blooming meeting Rita is there. She's the chair of hospitality and brings a card for the birthday girls and provides paper products for our snacks. She writes the thank you's for the fashion show every year and sells tons of nuts. Since 1994 Rita's been on the board as a guiding force and is our roots. She grows and grows whether we water her or not, and she even smells good. It's with great pride that we award Rita Jones our Zontian of the Year, a member of our club since 1984.
The meeting on Monday, October 21 was really exciting. I gave away six pens and wrote nine notes afterwards. Melinda and Stacey from Cañon City had fun, two guests attended, Jacki and Perry Sammons had dinner with us, and Anabela Crooks and Cullen Weaver are very impressive women. We installed two new members - Earlene and Ellen - and finally inducted Pam Sufak as vice president. I'm so thrilled to have a cohort. We'll team the next general meeting - see you there on Nov. 18. Our governor Mary Benoit will be a special guest, a harpist will entertain us, and we'll hear about our local service projects. Don't miss it!
Happy trick-or-treating! Save me the chocolate!
"In politics if you want anything said, ask a man.
If you want anything done, ask a woman."
- Margaret Thatcher
Friday, October 4
We registered, delegates checked in with the credentials committee, and delegates and presidents attended a meeting to inform us of our duties and the events of the conference.
The 51st District 12 Conference was opened by Governor Mary Benoit. Invocation, Posting of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem followed.
Introductions were made by Governor Mary Benoit. We were welcomed to Cheyenne by Kathy Carlson, President of Zonta Club of Cheyenne, Sherri Geringer, First Lady of Wyoming, and Jack Spiker Mayor of Cheyenne. Proper responses to the welcomes were made.
District 12 2001 Conference Minutes were approved. Introduction of Conference Appointments were reported. Conference Rules were presented. A roll call of delegates was called with delegates from each club reporting the number of paid member as of September 1, 2002. Zonta Club of Pikes Peak had six club members in attendance as follows: Past Governor Betty Edwards, Area Four Director Kate Brewster, Club President Kris Wells, Susie Nulty, Rita Jones, and Gail Piper. The number of miles accumulated by the six members attending the conference was 1980.
Presentation of the Conference Program was made prior to The Zonta Action Plan (ZAP) Training Breakouts. Areas Two and Three met together and Areas One and Four met together. These meetings brought a great deal of constructive thought and information.
A recess was called for members to prepare for the evening's activities.
We traveled by car pool to The Old West Museum for a social hour and tour of the museum. Kate, Kris, Rita, and Susie put on some pioneer garb and had their picture taken in an old time carriage. They looked quite stunning! When our museum tour had ended we enjoyed a Western BBQ and entertainment by the Strolling Strings. This group of young people gave an outstanding program.
We returned to Little America and fellowship with the Governor and Board in Governor Mary Benoit's room.
Saturday, October 5
We started the day with a continental breakfast, registration, and credentials check in.
The business session started with the reading of The Zonta Objects, Report of the Credentials Committee, and Roll Call of Delegates. Each club delegate gave the total amount of Service Dollars, the percent sent to Zonta International, and the total club service hours. Our club has a total of $2,899 Service Dollars, one third is sent to Zonta International ($849) and a total of 230 Service Hours.
The 2002-2004 Budget was presented, District Conferences Voting Issues were presented followed by a morning coffee break.
The coffee break was a fund raiser for breast cancer research. The display was very nice and included a shrink wrapped basket of items helpful to a breast cancer patient. The basket was raffled off with the request that it be donated to an appropriate source in the winner's community.
Special presentations were made. Drawings were held for miscellaneous clubs' raffle items. Our shrink wrapped basket in yellow made and donated by Kris Wells brought the club $149.00.
A Zonta International Foundation Report was given followed by a report on 2002 International Celebration, and an update on CEDAW.
Lariann Smith, winner of The Jane M. Klausman Women In Business Scholarship gave an outstanding talk and thanked Zonta for the award. Lunch included a very good buffet and program. "Until Someone Wakes Up". This program was presented by Larimer Center for Mental Health's Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Program. It was an eye opener to many attendees. This program was presented by several young people that are part of a group of forty or so.
The business session continued with a program by Dolores Saucedo Cardona Ph.D. and Shirley Harris MSN. Their topic was "Creating an 'Ambient" of Welcome. They gave us ideas for helping us bring qualified women of color into Zonta Membership.
We finished the session with a video presentation by Lt. Governor Evelyn Haskell.
The evening included a no host reception, banquet, District 12 Installations, Zontians of the Year Presentations, and entertainment. Las Angelitas Unides presented folk dancing several young people in colorful costumes.
Toward the end of their presentation they chose individuals from the audience to dance with them. Past Governor Betty Edwards whose evening attire was accented with the patriotic red, white, and blue, cut quite a rug with a young dancer in lavender. Mary Benoit gave a special award to Betty for her support and encouragement. The Past Governors then welcomed her to their group with a blown glass road runner. Our Zontian of the Year, Rita Jones, was appropriately honored for her well deserved title.
Following the banquet attendees enjoyed fellowship with Governor Mary Benoit and the Board.
Sunday, October 6, 2002
An early morning memorial service was held by the pond on the golf course.
This service gave each club the opportunity to honor deceased members from the past year. Yellow roses were thrown in the lake in honor of the deceased. Rita Jones remembered from our club a charter member, Audralee Holland. Audralee's hand knitted garments that were donated to our club and used for a fund raiser were mentioned and her picture was shown.
Credentials Check In preceded the closing business session with the governor presiding. The credentials committee gave their final report. It was noted that out of twenty one clubs twenty were represented, along with nine district board members, one past international president, eleven past governors, and forty five members. The total given was 110 unduplicated attendees. The number with guests and unregistered attendees was 134.
The Registration Committee gave their report, we enjoyed a brunch buffet, more raffle drawings were held, area meeting dates and locations were announced, Courtesy Resolutions were read by Past International President, Amy Grubbs, Call to 2003 District 12 Conference in Billings was made by several Billings members, Wyoming Girl Scouts retired the colors, and the conference ended with closing comments and conference adjournment by Governor Mary Benoit.
I was glad to represent the Zonta Club of Pikes Peak at this district conference. It was good to see old friends and make new ones.
I believe that everyone in attendance felt the time was well spent, with many new ideas to consider. I highly recommend that any and all of our club members plan to attend next year. Billings is one hour from Yellowstone and other areas of interest. This is a good opportunity to attend a worthwhile conference and spend some time before or afterward in a beautiful, scenic, part of the United States of America!
Gail J. Piper
Bag Zonta nuts tonight - November 4th at Pat Kosley's home!Northern Nut Growers Association Nut Recipes
Flanigan Farms Nut Recipes
All About Pecans
Includes "Killer Cranberry Sauce" that uses 1/2 Cup of Pecans!
|November 18||5:30 pm Board Meeting - Gold Hills Substation|
|November 18||6:00 pm General Meeting|
|July 3-8||2004 International Convention - New York City|
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