Zonta Zephyr


July 2005 Newsletter
Volume V, Issue 7

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


from Renee T.

Is it hot? Or is it just me! Summer is off to an exciting start. In June, Liz brought in such a wonderful speaker from Homeland Security. We found out that there are many roles that women play in this world. Some are very sad. But, that is what Zonta is all about, advancing the status of women worldwide.

Our July speaker will be Odette, whom many of you have already had the pleasure to meet. She will tell the story of growing up female in the Belgium Congo, what changes took place and what their lives are like today.

Just a reminder, try your best to arrive at 5:30 pm for our general meetings and serve yourself refreshments. We want to be sure our speakers will be able to start at 6 p.m. and finish by 6:45 p.m. so our meetings will not run over. We know your time is important and we understand we must have a chance for social time as well.

Keep a lookout for information on our Annual August Ice Cream Social as to the date, place, time and what you should bring.

Our club members have been so kind to purchase items from our general meeting silent actions to raise money for our "Down Under Fund". It is so important for us to be represented in Australia next summer plus, the experience of attending International Convention is unforgettable. The items purchased in NYC are almost gone. Please consider donating something in any price range. You may find something unusual on your travels, You may want to choose something from your business. You may have received a wonderful gift that wasn't to your taste but it might be just what one of us has been looking for! Just bring the item, unwrapped, and the minimum bid price to our meetings and it will be lined it up for silent auction! Thank you.

July Meeting, Monday, July 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Speaker: Odette, Refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

"Women Living in the Congo Today."

Also, find out who was chosen as our Zontian of the Year!


Quotation of the Month
"I have been at war from the beginning. I've never looked back before. I've never had the time and it has always seemed so dangerous. To look back is to relax one's vigil."
- actress Bette Davis

Click here for list of past quotes!

Betty's Bits

by Betty E.

First, a few updates from the Women's Lobby concerning legislative actions during 2005.

Congratulations to Leee O.! She has been selected for a GS-13 job and will be working on material development for space systems at ARSTRAT. As usual, I'm not sure just what all those acronyms mean but she can be sure that we all will ask her!! In any event, what I do know is that it is an honor to be a GS-13 and we wish Leee great success.

The weekend of June 24 - 26 in Denver was fantastic. The seminar featured many of the top officers/directors of Zonta International and their expertise and wide range of experience was most inspiring. The sad part was not seeing more of our members there, but Sharon R. and I tried to get the information we could and ask the questions we thought might be of value.

Had lunch with Ellen S. last week. She enjoyed her time with Zonta but finds her need to find full-time employment a very high priority right now. Ellen said she would consider joining Zonta again at a later time.

It's gratifying to watch our club get reorganized with new and existing board members and new and existing committee chairs, and to see the high energy level involved with the planning of 2005-2006. PPA is a viable club with all sorts of talent and personal dedications - it will be a super year! Of course, that includes the NewZ committee. :-)



The Zonta Interdistrict Summit - a conference dedicated to membership issues, was held in Denver, June 24-26, 2005. Betty E. and I attended from the Pikes Peak Club. WHAT A GREAT EVENT! There were Zontians there from all over the country and from several foreign countries as well, and our International President, Mary Ellen Bittner, was among them. Having never attended an international convention, this gave me a taste of what I might expect. The group was small enough to make it possible to interact with some amazingly talented, creative women (and one man) who came together to share their best ideas and strategies for membership recruitment and retention.

Those ideas included:

  • New commitments to strategic planning to identify the long-range goals of each club thereby focusing our energies
  • Focusing on a priority service project and becoming the content experts in your community (a club in Captiva, Sannibel Island is now well-known and respected for its work on the issue of trafficking)
  • Service projects that "think big" and achieve great results-a group in the Detroit area raised almost $70,000 with their Glass Slipper Ball
  • Using the internet effectively-linking Zonta homepages to other community organizations, including website content that educates, excites and invites readers to explore further
  • Mentoring small and/or struggling clubs to grow them into healthy, revitalized organizations.
I came away from the meeting with renewed enthusiasm for this awesome organization and its members. Betty and I plan to share what we learned with Area clubs as we go forward.

-Sharon R.

July Birthday
12 - Renee T.

Additional photos from the Area 4 Meeting courtesy of Mary Benoit

From the President....

The Pikes Peak Area Board met on Monday, June 27th for both June and July. Our next Board Meeting will be at Montague's 5:30 on August 15th.
The Board is working on putting the Calendar together for this 2005-2006 Zonta Year as well as enhancing and recognizing the leadership status of the Committee Chairs. We - your Pikes Peak Area Zonta Board - look forward to providing leadership and direction for another wonderful year!

Zonta Founders

General Meeting
July 18th
Speaker: Odette, Refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
"Women Living in the Congo Today."

Our July speaker will be Odette, whom many of you have already had the pleasure to meet. She will tell the story of growing up female in the Belgium Congo, what changes took place and what their lives are like today.

- Renee

Kudos Kolumn

KUDOS to Leee O. for her wonderful Status of Women resource pages now available on our club web site.

KUDOS to Kate B. and all members for the wonderful Fashion Show event. - from Leee O.

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!

Status of Women - Around the World
Courtesy of Leee O., Status of Women Committee

This resource of current women's issues will be updated periodically.

Click here for links from past newsletters!

Dates to Remember . . .

July 18 5:30 pm General Meeting
August 15 5:30 pm Board Meeting - Montague's
August - TBA Annual Ice Cream Social
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
July Phyllis Z. and Teri H. Teri H.
August Ice Cream Social
September Dianne R. & Rosalie D. Shannon R.
October International Dinner
November Janet R. & Kate B. Bobbi H. & Leee O.
December Holiday Pot Luck
January Rita J. & Kathy F. Sharon R.
February Pat K. & Betty H. Phyllis Z.
March Pat R. & Laura S. open
April Betty E. & Liz G.-C. open
May Installation Dinner

Thank you ladies!

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

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