December 2005 Newsletter
Volume V, Issue 12
from Teri H.
What an exciting time for our Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Region! We
are about to move our club to the "NEXT LEVEL" in our community!
THE GLASS SLIPPER BALL is on the horizon for 2006. The contract is signed!
With the talent and experience of Kate B. as our chairperson, and the
assistance of Debra Dion Krishke and Team Effort Events...we are on our way
We all have special talents and abilities and Kate and the Board are
looking to each of us to make this event successful and fun.
- provide much needed exposure to the Zonta mission of raising
the status of women for our club
- raising money to support our mission
- enhancing our membership
- having fun working together for a common cause
Christmas is a time of gift giving. Please support our Zonta Club
Mission with the gift of your time, presence and talents in coming year.
On behalf of your Zonta Board, may all of you enjoy a Special Holiday
Season. Hope to see you at our Christmas Party Sunday, 12/18/05. Thanks
to Laura S. for generously opening her home for our party.
Dates to remember
- December 5 - ALL Nut Money due to Pat K.
- December 18 - 4pm - Christmas Party at Laura's House
- January 9 - Board Meeting at Montague's
- January 16 - Regular Meeting at Police Station
Glass Slipper Ball 2006
Support your club projects!
From our PEP Z Group
PEP stands for Personal
Emergency Protection. Four club Zontians are working on a publication for
us to use
as our own first responders to an emergency situation. The most anticipated
event here would probably be a big snow storm or a tornado.
This month's question is:
Do you have
safe deposit box for storing important documents?
Zontians and Friends of Zonta
7 - Janet Fuehrer
Zonta International invites all Zonta Clubs, Zontians and friends of Zonta
to join this global campaign against gender
violence. Campaign participants have been instrumental in bringing issues
of violence against women to the forefront
of local, national, regional and global arenas since the first campaign
originated in 1991. The following is a
sampling of the information on this campaign that can be found at the Zonta
International site: www.zonta.org.
16 days of activism against gender violence
November 25 - December 10, 2005
Ten Facts About Violence Against Women
In October 2002, the World Health Organization released The World Report on
Violence and Health, the first
comprehensive report addressing violence as a global health problem. The
report relied on hundreds of studies
conducted in all regions of the world. This information was synthesized by
160 experts and then reviewed for
accuracy and cultural relevancy by experts in the field of violence issues.
The following is information from that report*:
* In addition to the above information, the report includes information on
various forms of violence against women, such as
trafficking, honor killings and female genital mutilation. Factors that
contribute to violence and prevention methods are
also addressed in this report.
- Studies from 48 countries report that between 10-69% of women have
been physically assaulted by an intimate
partner at some point in their lives.
- Psychological violence often also occurs in cases of physical
- Studies from Japan, New Zealand and the United States show that
physical violence is accompanied by sexual
abuse in 1/3 to 1/2 of all violent relationships.
- Studies conducted in Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the
US found that 40-70% of female murder
victims were killed by a current or past intimate partner.
- Leaving a violent relationship can often be difficult for the victim.
A study in Nicaragua found that the median time
a woman spent in a violent relationship was six years. In Australia, Canada
and the US, a significant percentage of
partner homicides occur when a woman tries to leave the relationship.
- Nearly one in four women will experience sexual violence by an
intimate partner at some point in their lives.
- Available data from sub-Saharan Africa states that up to a third of
adolescent girls in the region report their first
sexual experience as being forced.
- A study commissioned by the US Justice Department found that 14.8% of
US women over the age of 17 reported
being raped in their lifetime with an additional 2.8% having experienced
- Studies conducted in several developing countries found that many
women believe physical violence at the hands
of their partner is justified in certain circumstances. In Egypt, over 80%
of rural women said a husband had the right
to beat his wife for offenses such as refusing him sex, neglecting her
children or home, being disobedient or talking
back to her husband.
- There is a correlation between how a community responds to violence
and overall levels of violence in that
community. A comparative study of 16 societies found that the societies
with the lowest levels of partner violence
provided support services to abused women and enforced sanctions against
- November 25 International Day Against Violence Against Women was
declared in July 1981 in Bogota, Colombia to
commemorate the violent assassination of the Mirabal sisters.
- December 1 World AIDS Day marks the beginning of an annual campaign to
encourage public support for and
development of programs to prevent the spread of infection and promote
awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.
- December 10 International Human Rights Day marks the celebration of the
1948 adoption of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights.
Please bring coats, mittens and scarves for the seniors of our African
December 18th 4pm
Ways for Pikes Peak Area Zonta members to help refugees in Colorado
Contact Vanda Franowicz at 719-314-0223 or
Food stamps are only for food. Women and their families need paper
such as diapers, toilet paper, tissues, etc. All kinds of cleaning
products are in great need. PLEASE BRING THESE ITEMS TO OUR MONTHLY
1 on 1
Women and children need help practicing English and/or doing homework.
Some need to go shopping. If you have 2 hours to give once a week, please
call Vanda to be matched up
Beginning Wednesdays, Oct. 5, senior aged refugees will be attending
classes at Ruth Holly Library from 10-noon. If you can meet with 1 or 2
of them from noon to 2 pm, they can use your help reviewing the lessons.
Sort Donated Items
One person to work with a member of their staff is needed to help sort
out clothes and other donations at their storage area at Platte and
Wooten, east of Academy. Time to be determined.
Do you know of an organization that does winter coat drives? Lutheran
Family Services hopes to be connected to gather coats for their clients.
If you belong to a religious or work organization that would be
interested in assisting with the resettlement of new refugees, Vanda
would be glad to come speak to their program and hopes to find 6-10
Contact Vanda Franowicz at 719-314-0223 or
Dates to Remember . . .
Nut money due to Pat K. or Helen S. |
December 18 - 4:00pm||
Holiday Party at Laura S.'s home
January 9 - 5:30pm||
First Annual Glass Slipper Ball!|
June 24-29, 2006||
ZI Convention, Melbourne, Australia|
All General Meetings, unless otherwise notified, are at:
Gold Hills Substation
705 S. Nevada
5:30 pm for social and food
Refreshment Schedule for Upcoming Meetings
Holiday Pot Luck || Laura S.'s Home|
Rita J. & Kathy F.||
Pat K. & Betty H. ||
Pat R. & Laura S. ||
Betty E. & Liz G.-C. ||
Installation Dinner ||
Thank you ladies!
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