Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
Ponderings from the Prez
Dates to Remember
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
"The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing."
- Nancy Aster
Mark your calendars!
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:
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!
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:
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.
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.
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|December 15||6:30 pm Holiday Party - Phylis Zell's home - bring hor d'oeuvre, gift exchange and drinks|
|December 15||NO General Meeting|
|January 19||5:30 pm Board Meeting - Gold Hills Substation|
|January 19||6:00 pm General Meeting|
|July 3-8||2004 International Convention - New York City|
Thank you ladies!
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