Zonta Zephyr

Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
March 2004 Newsletter
Volume IV, Issue 3

In This Issue:
Betty's Bits
Member Information
Kudos Kolumn
Information: Links
Dates to Remember

Betty's Bits

by Betty Edwards

First, here is some member news. Pretty impressive!

Liz Groothof Croddy: "I presented a session on Saturday at CCFLT, the Colorado Congress for Foreign Language Teachers. My session was about using technology in a foreign language classroom."

Kris Wells: "I'm a member of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers as is Liz. I was president in 2000 and there are over 1000 members, teachers of all languages, kindergarten through university level. Last Thursday, February 19th, I presented an all day workshop on my summer stay in Qaxaca in 2003. Then on Friday I presented a one hour session on a new video mystery series for which I wrote the student workbook. On Friday, February 20th, I was awarded the Teacher of the Year honor at the awards luncheon."

Mary Louise Clay: Mary Louise has made it back to the Springs into her house. She returned about a week or so ago and is reported to be doing okay. There is still a soft cast on the foot that was operated on but she is driving so gets around. She has made tremendous recovery strides and we wish her continued success!

Gail Piper: Gail is gaining on her asthma. She says when the weather is unsuitable for her to go out, she stays home. (I love that practical approach.!) Hopefully, it won't be too long before she will feel good enough to join us at a meeting, we miss her.

Legislative Update: Here are some recent actions on current bills before the legislature. "Take Action" means if you have a concern about this issue, please contact your legislative representatives in Denver. Don't know who they are??? Check the handout Kris Wells, Status of Women Chairman, provided at a recent general meeting. It lists websites for information.

1. Easing access to Unemployment Insurance for Domestic Violence Victims made it out of committee and is awaiting a vote on the House Floor. TAKE ACTION NOW!

2. A bill that would re-open the gun-show loophole (passed after the columbine murders) passed out of committee and was then pulled by the sponsor (killing the bill) after he and his colleagues were inundated by calls and letters from constituents in opposition of this measure.

(This information from the Women's Electronic Communications and Action Network. www.womensagenda.org)

Jillann Richardson-Rohrscheib is a member of the Jefferson County Club, and works for Women for Women International. The JCty president, Joanne Bass, keeps me informed on Jillann's activities, which are awesome. Thought I'd share a bit of her last email to Joanne. "I am currently in Jordan until the 04th of March where I will be training our Country Director, Manal, and planning our attack when we arrive in Baghdad. I will be working there for 3 months to start up a large CPA (Central Provisional Authority) program to provide services to socio-economically marginalized women and girls, and fledgling women's NGOs in nine Women's Opportunity Centers (WOCs) in each of the 9 Districts in Baghdad."

Traffic/Trade Update: You will remember that this is one of our three major ZI service project areas. On 2/24/04 the Gazette reported - Mexico hits sex-slave ring. "A gang that forced women into prostitution in Mexico and the United States has been crushed by a series of arrests, Mexican officials said Monday.
Federal agents arrested six people in Mexico and were hunting for at least six others, the federal Interior Department said. The department said the gang seduced or kidnapped girls and women ages 12 to 25, raped them and then forced them to work as prostitutes in the central Mexican cities of Puebla and Tenancingo. Some were later taken to the United States for prostitution."
A small step forward, but look at the issue in relationship to the US! Makes one wonder what else is going on. Guess "not in my backyard" doesn't apply here.

-Betty Edwards

Quotation of the Month
"Women are the real architects of society."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Highway Cleanup! - Mark your calendars with the NEW date!

April 17th - Meet at Pat Kosley's home - 9:00am
Should be finished by noon.

Member Profile - Rosalie Dorland
Former Pikes Peak Area Zontian Returns

Rosalie Dorland has recently returned to Colorado after being away for seven years in Western Massachusetts. She has transferred her membership back to the Pikes Peak Area Zonta Club from the Quaboag Valley Club. She was president of the Quaboag Valley Club from 1998 - 2000 and president of the Pikes Peak Club 1992 to 1994. Rosalie has been a Zontian since 1986 and still believes in Zonta's mission.

Though she grew up in Pueblo, Rosalie has lived in Colorado Springs, Denver, Casper, WY, Fairbanks, AK, and Monson, Massachusetts. She is currently living in Lakewood, but there is promise that her job will be bringing her back home to Colorado Springs in the near future. She is enjoying reuniting with many of her former friends and acquaintances.

Rosalie has had a diverse career path which has included: banking, life and health insurance sales and management, real estate, and now is embarking on a career in corporate housing.

One of the reasons for returning to Colorado is to be with her children; daughter, Bonnie, who is married and living in Lakewood, and son, Michael, who lives with grandson, Anthony in Colorado Springs. She brought with her, seven year old Amelia, her pet beagle (named, of course, after Amelia Earhardt).

Hobbies include her love of working and being with people, animals, golf, music (singing and playing trombone), travel, and adventure.

Most of all, she says she is very happy to be back in Colorado.

Kudos Kolumn

KUDOS to Renee Troppe For getting our February Meeting notice listed in the Colorado Springs Independent! - from Kris Wells

KUDOS to Kris Wells for hosting the Colorado pin-making meeting. And thanks to all participants: Liz, Ellen, Betty H., Betty E., Earlene, Helen, and Susie. And Karen Burt, a friend of Zonta. Over 300 pins were made during 3 hours and will be given out at the Area 4 meeting in Canon City and the New York convention.

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 Links of the Month
March 8, 2004 is International Women's Day!
IWD by the United Nations Department of Public Information
A History of International Women's Day in words and images
by Joyce Stevens, Australia

Dates to Remember . . .

March 8International Women's Day
March 13AAUW program about USAFA Sexual Harassment
11 am Colorado College
March 155:30 pm Board Meeting - Gold Hills Substation
March 15 6:00 pm General Meeting
March 26-27 Area Meeting in Canon City
April 17 Highway Cleanup Project!
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
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!

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