Zonta Zephyr

Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
December 2003 Newsletter
Volume III, Issue 12

In This Issue:
Ponderings from the Prez
Member Information
Kudos Kolumn
Information: Links
Dates to Remember


from Pamela Sufak

Hello Zontians,

The holiday party will find me in St. Louis. But I will be thinking about you all and know you will have your usual high time fighting over hand crocheted scarves and special cookbooks.

You will remember to bring gifts for the women at Full Circle Alternatives and someone will deliver them in all our names. Good On You!

I know we are all keeping Mary Louis Clay in our hearts for her recovery. My most sincere wishes go to her as to all of you, for a sane, peaceful, and loving holiday and a healthy, joyous and prosperous New Year

Holiday Hugs to All,

Silver Key is also requesting our help to distribute their cookbooks to outlets that may put them on sale, and asking as well for us to offer them to our membership for purchase at $12.00 each. Please decide individually and anyone wishing to purchase one from them can contact then directly

Quotation of the Month
"The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing."
- Nancy Aster

Member Information

Visit the 57th Zonta International Convention web site!
They have information about New York and the Convention hotel.

Mark your calendars!
Highway Cleanup - January 10, 2004
More information available later.

Four-minute Speech for the Mayor's International Forum

by Ellen Slavitz

Mayor Rivera and members of the City Council:

My name is Ellen Slavitz, I'm honored to be here today representing the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area. Actually, I first heard about Zonta at this same forum last year. I joined soon after, and, well, here I am.

So, let me tell you a little about this wonderful group.

Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of professional women. Our mission is to IMPROVE THE STATUS OF WOMEN -- legal, political, economic, educational, and professional. Zonta is a Sioux Indian word meaning "Honest and Trustworthy." We're open to all professional women, regardless of other affiliations.

Headquartered in Chicago, Zonta started in 1919 in Buffalo, New York. Currently there are more than 33 thousand members in over 12 hundred clubs in 69 countries. So we are, truly, an international organization.

But Zonta is unique in that each local club participates in both international and local projects.

Together with our sister clubs, Pikes Peak Zonta financially supports programs that help some of the most deprived and disadvantaged women in the world.

I'll give you just one example. This year Zonta International is helping women in Afghanistan through major contributions to a Women's Learning Center and Health Clinic, sponsored by the Afghan Institute of Learning. This program empowers women by making education and health care more available to them. It also provides training in human rights, leadership, and professional skills

Recently, Zonta has also supported programs that address domestic violence of women and children in India and trafficking of women in Bosnia-Herzegovina, among others.

But, as I mentioned, Zonta "thinks globally and acts locally" as the saying goes. Each Zonta club contributes money and time to organizations that help women in our own communities.

The Pikes Peak Area Zonta Club supports two such entities:

Zonta members also contribute woman-hours to such places as the Marian House Soup Kitchen and Rebuilding Together (which does home maintenance projects for folks it the community with limited resources). We've even adopted our own stretch of highway!

In addition to the projects we support, Zonta educates its diverse membership, through monthly meetings, about issues relevant to women. For example, last month we welcomed a Kurdish woman who lives here in Colorado Springs. She spoke first-hand about what Kurds experienced under the Taliban.

And, believe it or not, we also have some fun!

So, when our club holds its annual fashion show in the spring, or sells fresh nuts in the fall, we have no problem coaxing our friends and families to shell out a few bucks, because they know the money is going to improve the daily existence of some of our neediest sisters.

The theme of today's forum is "How do international links contribute to the quality of life in Colorado Springs."

To answer that question, I would say that Zonta members gain a sense that we can DO something, that we can act, that we can have an impact. Our members feel empowered to change the world, and that is a good thing for our community!

UN/International Committee

Janet Fuehrer, Chair

Zonta Issues and Programs

Education, Leadership and Youth Development Preventing Violence Against Women International Service

Let's take a closer look at International Service this month. Women worldwide continue to face discrimination on a broad scale. Many women lack opportunities to live healthy lives, free of legal, social, economic and political discrimination. The following stats tell the story:

Zonta International's dedication to creating opportunities for women globally dates back to 1923, to the relief efforts provided to thousands of orphan children and women in Smyrna, Turkey. In 1956, Zontians reached beyond the limits of their communities to assist Hungarian refugees. And since 1962, the International Service Fund has supported training, education, sanitation, agricultural and health, and micro-credit assistance to women in more than 20 countries, primarily through the agencies of the United Nations.

More than US$6 million has been provided to projects benefiting over 2 million women in more than 25 countries.

Each of you helps to meet/support these goals by working on fundraisers at the local level!

Note: This information brought to you courtesy of the informational and revised Zonta International website. Check out this great site at www.zonta.org.

Mighty Muse Workshops Report

by Ava, Nov. 17, 2003

The Nov. 1 workshop for Community Alternatives was an outstanding success. On the evaluations the women gave us all "5's" on every single evaluation question, except that one gave us a 4 on one question. Tremendous appreciation for the elegant journals given by Zonta members, the elegance of the candle and the peacock feather rituals, and the gourmet, elegantly-served food. They gave us intense and continuous participation, some GOOD writing, and entreaties to return so that they can continue, and bring other women with them. We do have a return date.

We are presenting a workshop for Full Circle on Nov. 30th, and 3 for Intercept (WRA) on Jan. 24, Jan. 30 and Feb. 7. We expect about 12 participants in each, totaling 48 women and girls, plus the repeaters when we return to Community Alternatives.

The Nov. 1 workshop cost almost exactly $100 for 9 participants.
$23. In flowers, candles, peacock feathers and other props
$70. for an excellent luncheon of croissant sandwiches and tiramisu.
We brought the good china and silverware from our homes.
$ 7. For copying, notepads and pens.

For 12 participants the cost will be about $125.

On Nov. 1 we had enough gift-journals that Zonta members had donated. In the future, after we run out of those, journals will be an added expense of about $8 or $10 per person. The average size of group is 11-14, when we have 8 or 9 participants and 2 or 3 instructors and the group's sponsor-counselor.

We can, of course, present a cheaper workshop if we skip some of the props and serve "ordinary" food. Yet with certain groups of women we think it is important to honor and celebrate them in "un-institutional" ways, since they respond with such delighted surprise and new confidence. The elegance and respect convince them that this really isn't just another "class." The women at Community Alternatives sent me thank you notes, and one wrote, "Thank you so much for all the emotional impact that you thrust into my heart and soul. You were truly a blessing for me. Thanks for making the spark come back to my life - I will continue to write." Karen Dannewitz, their director, wrote, "Thank you for your sparkle and enthusiasmyour time and caring," and I think the "caring" part had much to do with the elegant touches.

If Zonta approves some grant money to these workshops, Mighty Muse will give Zonta the receipts to account for what we spent. For the moment we estimate a cost of $100 to $125 per workshop until we run out of journals, and then about $180.

Respectfully submitted,
Ava Heinrichsdorff

Service Committee Report:

December Service Project

I had a great phone visit with Deb Hallisy of Full Circle Alternatives. She's thrilled that we chose her program for our holiday opportunity. All twelve women in the house should get a stocking filled with small gifts such as: $10 phone cards, bus passes and $10 gift cards to King Soopers and/or WalMart because they are very close. Deb said many will use the WalMart cards to buy gifts for their children. Other practical yet personal items such as socks, gloves, stocking caps, lotions and lip moisturizers would be appreciated. Kitchen things like potholders, towels, wooden spoons, etc. are also fine. I'll deliver our donations, and Deb will fill the stockings on December 16, after our party on Dec. 15. She'll make them as balanced as possible, with some ladies getting more because they need more.

Thanks in advance for your generosity. Bring a stocking filled with goodies to our holiday bash. Let's be sure these ladies have a happy holiday season!

Kris, Status of Women and Service Committee Chair

New Scrapbook page - District 12 Conference 2002

Kudos Kolumn

KUDOS to Ellen Slavitz,- from Betty Edwards, Kris Wells and Eva Matedi for her wonderful presentation about Zonta at the Mayor's International Forum.

KUDOS to Kris Wells- for selling over $900 of nuts! WOW!!!

KUDOS to Eva Mattedi- for always remembering her Zonta friends. It is always a nice surprise to hear from her and receive her thoughtful messages. - from Janet Fuehrer

KUDOS to Betty Edwards
I don't know if you feel the same electric energy from our Zonta group as I do, but I do want to thank Betty again, another Kudo, for her work with the NewZ's Helping them get started in the right direction is making a noticeable difference. - from Pamela Sufak

Here you have the opportunity to thank and/or praise your fellow Zontians for something above and beyond. Send all contributions to the newsletter editor - nulty@csdco.com.

Featured Link of the Month
About.com: What you need to know about women's issues

Dates to Remember . . .

December 156:30 pm Holiday Party - Phylis Zell's home - bring hor d'oeuvre, gift exchange and drinks
December 15 NO General Meeting
January 195:30 pm Board Meeting - Gold Hills Substation
January 19 6:00 pm General Meeting
July 3-82004 International Convention - New York City
All General Meetings, unless otherwise notified, are at:
Gold Hills Substation
705 S. Nevada
6:00 - Social time, 6:15 - Meeting
Refreshment Schedule for Upcoming Meetings
January Rita Jones Betty Hudson
February Phyllis Zell Kris Wells
March Teri Hermans Renee Troppe
April Kate Brewster Sharon Roggy
May Installation Dinner
June Earlene Herman Liz Groothof-Croddy
July Ellen Slavitz Ava Heinrichsdorff

Thank you ladies!

Please send comments and suggested information for the newsletter to nulty@csdco.com.

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