March 2006 Newsletter
Status of Women Information
Dates to Remember
Club 222 is off to a roaring 2006. Not only should we be proud of our mission, but also proud of our members. Educating ourselves on women in service, we learned much from Teri Hermans’ experience as one of the American Red Cross – DoNut Dollies in Vietnam. Looking at our slate of upcoming leadership changes, shows a full roster of highly qualified, interested, and involved members. The Area 4 Meeting in Pueblo will have member representation as well as the Zonta International Convention in Melbourne in June. Mark your calendars for International Women’s Day and Rose Day – March 8th and watch for notices on the change of venue for our March meeting.
"Caring can be learned by all human beings, can be worked into the design of every life, meeting an individual need as well as a pervasive need in society."
"Sharing is sometimes more demanding than giving."
- Mary Catherine Bateson
Glass Slipper Ball 2006Support your club projects!
Chair and Co-Chair: Laura and Sharon
Silent Auction: CHAIR NEEDED!
Please contact Laura or Sharon
Sponsors: Gail and Rosalie
Flowers: Kris and Susie
Printing: Teri and Helen
Tickets/Reservations: Betty and Kathy
As a committee we have decided that the book to start with is, Are You Ready? This book comes from FEMA. One free book is provided by calling 1-800-480-2520 and following the prompts. Your book should arrive in approximately two weeks.
We are asking that each member call and order a copy of this book. We are suggesting that Liz allow one sticker for each member that does so.
The FEMA web site is easy to access through your internet connection. It is: www.fema.gov/. This site will give you an overview of what you might like to know or need to know.
Our committee will meet on April 13th, 2006 at my home. If you have any questions regarding PEP please get them to Rita Jones, Helen Smithwick or me. We will be glad to research your question if we receive it before April 13th.
We will provide to you, in the future, other sources of information regarding this issue.
Recently, one of our committee members was glad that she learned where the water shut off is. A hot water pipe ruptured unexpectedly. Knowing where the water shut off was prevented possible injury and additional damage.
PEP Z Committee Members
ZONTA CLUB OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION
Here's a Liberian refugee woman with an armful of caring from our club at an international potluck dinner in their honor. Last February 2005, we sampled their vegetables and soups, and they loved our chocolate desserts. This hands-on project gave her and 12 others many "hands-up" in their new country, the USA.
The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area is dedicated to global service. In the
past one third of our fund-raising dollars went to the international projects
sponsored by Zonta International. The remaining funds are divided among several
local groups. It is a thrill to help so many, but we gain even greater pleasure
from hands-on contributions in addition to the monetary support. In 2004 we
joined a local refugee program to help a group of Liberian women who had just
arrived in the United States and came to live in Colorado Springs, We met them
in both large and small groups, helping where we could. Deliveries of food,
small appliances, and clothing were the first necessities. One gift was a
toiletries basket, and the Liberian woman recipient called to ask in what order
they should be applied. Of course the bath salts come before the moisturizing
lotion! In February 2005 we hosted another gathering that was a reciprocal
exchange. We asked the ladies to wear their native garb and bring their
traditional dishes for all to share. It was a most memorable evening as we ate
Liberian bean soup with American potato chips. The ladies took home generous
donations of blankets, dishes and clothing. Our annual August ice cream social
was more fun with the Liberian women as our guests. We ate frozen treats with
sweet toppings, but they ate only plain vanilla ice cream because they weren't
familiar with the other flavors. Then in December 2005 we contributed gift
cards, basics, like soap, socks and gloves, as well as special treats for their
holiday gathering. This is truly an international service project, conducted at
the local level. We give the ladies helping hands through our hands-on project
in their new home, Colorado Springs.
Sneak Peak at the special March 20th programBetter Angels: Diversity Leadership for the 21 st Century
Big changes in our workforce and communities offer big opportunities, yet we face divides of historic proportions. To reap rewards in the world as it is today, we must transform fear and embrace diversity. Great leaders have always been diversity leaders: those who harness the strength in differences with the power of shared ideals. Jody's insights will challenge, entertain and inspire you to build your own diversity leadership skills with "better angels" that include courage, compassion and a commitment to full inclusion.
Bio: Jody Alyn is president of JODY ALYN CONSULTING, a change management firm which provides organizational development, corporate training and inclusion based change management services to corporate, school, government, health care and nonprofit organizations.
Jody's clients include companies like NASA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Memorial Hospital, and the US. Olympic Committee. She also served as Diversity Coordinator for the City of Colorado Springs where she designed and implemented a comprehensive diversity plan and over two dozen customized programs for 2500 government employees that gained public recognition for the City. Another client recently received both state and national awards for work done under her guidance. Jody's positive, committed to excellence approaches and her content rich programs offer practical steps to benchmark business practices, build relationships, tap new markets and increase productivity and potential.
As a member of the National Speakers Association, Jody speaks locally, statewide and nationally. She has published numerous articles on diversity related topics.
Jody has degrees from Colorado College and the University of Colorado. Jody Alyn Consulting is a woman owned, small business that focuses on organizational learning, diversity leadership and cultural change
Visit her website at www.bethechange.biz and see her newsletter!
Ways for Pikes Peak Area Zonta members to help refugees in Colorado Springs
Contact Vanda Franowicz at 719-314-0223 or Vanda.email@example.com
Food stamps are only for food. Women and their families need paper goods such as diapers, toilet paper, tissues, etc. All kinds of cleaning products are in great need. PLEASE BRING THESE ITEMS TO OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS.
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 ESL 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.
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 volunteers.
Contact Vanda Franowicz at 719-314-0223 or Vanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
AARP Rip-off Alert
|March 6th - 5:15pm||
|March 20th 5:30pm||General Meeting - The Warehouse|
|March 31st-April 1st||Area 4 Meeting in Pueblo|
|April 3rd - 5:15pm||
|April 15th||Committee Reports due to President|
|April 17th 5:30pm||General Meeting|
|May 15th||Installation Dinner & Awards Banquet|
|2006||First Annual Glass Slipper Ball!|
|June 24-29, 2006||ZI Convention, Melbourne, Australia|
Thank you ladies!
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