Zonta Zephyr

Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
September 2002 Newsletter
Volume II, Issue 9

In This Issue:
Ponderings from the Prez
Bits from Betty
Member News: Eva at International
Featured Service Project
Dates to Remember
Information: Links


from Kris Wells

Hello Ladies,

The ice cream social was wonderful! Lots of Zontians attended and potentials too. It was good fun and camaraderie. Teri's home is gorgeous, and she was so generous to share with us. Thanks so much. Kim from Intercept is very impressive; I'm proud our money is going her way.

District Conference:
"Let me know if you're going."
- Kris Wells

SEPTEMBER 9 is the deadline for early registration for district conference. You may register at ANY TIME! Special Zonta hotel rates are good through September 2nd. I made the famous basket already, and all proceeds go into our Big Apple fund to send us to the 2004 International Convention. Let me know if you're going. I need someone to take charge of the raffle. We are carpooling, and we have spaces available. Also we'll double up in the rooms. Call me to get in on the plans. Gail Piper agreed to be our delegate. Thanks, Gail.

Can the summer be nearly over? I can't believe it! Every year it seems to go faster and faster. But in the summer I really enjoy watching the deer in our backyard. They're here so often that I know they're trying to teach me something. Now there's a mother doe with her twin fawns munching on a bush my husband just planted two weeks ago. Of course the salesman told him deer don't like this kind - ha, ha!

Life lessons I've learned from the deer:

  1. Eat whatever you want - even if it smells bad, it may taste good.
  2. Take your time - you've got all day.
  3. Find the shade.
  4. Keep moving - the grass may be greener on the other side.
  5. Walk down the middle of the road - you can always jump to the right or left if a car appears.
  6. Let the magpies scratch your back - it feels good.
  7. Rest, Rest and Rest.

Here are a few funnies I collected this summer: Husband's note on the refrigerator to his wife: Someone from the Guyna College called. They said Pabst beer is normal.

I don't mind the rat race, but I could do with a little more cheese.

I had to give up jogging for my health. My thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pantyhose on fire.

Amazing! You just hang something in your closet for awhile, and it shrinks two sizes.

It is bad to suppress laughter; it goes back down and spreads to your hips.

Age is important only if you're cheese or wine.

Freedom of the press means no-iron clothes.

Can it be a coincidence that "STRESSED" is "DESSERTS" spelled backwards?

And now for a much more serious bit of trivia: The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn9t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

Enjoy the wonderful article by Betty about her views of the International Convention in Sweden - it reminds us why we are Zontians. And I'll try NOT to use the phrase "rule of thumb" ever again.

Grab some fun these last few weeks of summer.

Zonta hugs,
Kris :)

Quote of the Month
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
- Beverly Sills

Bits from Betty
by Betty Edwards

June 28 - July 4, 2002
Gothenburg, Sweden

Sweden is a country with 8.5 million inhabitants and is unspoiled in comparison with other European countries. More than half the land is forest and less than one-tenth of it is cultivated. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden after Stockholm the capital, and is recognized as the largest port in Scandinavia.

They have focused on a "Middle Way" between capitalism and communism, which has been mostly successful. They have had a comprehensive welfare state which is expensive to maintain and until recently was financed by the economy and wealth of the country. Cutbacks in centralized state power and benefits were a result of a serious recession during the 1990's. The Swedish people are still motivated by a sense of fairness and justice, even though now there is much discussion on what is fair. You will remember also that this is the land of the Nobel Prize.

Sweden was neutral during both World Wars and continues this neutrality. They promote international cooperation with financial, legal and personal aid. They are a member of the European Union, but are not a member of NATO.

Some traits generally attributed to the Swedish people are: modern and efficient, punctual, reserved and quiet, serious, honest and reliable, and a dry sense of humor. These traits were much in evidence at the Zonta International Convention that was planned by District 21 with 72 clubs and 2,804 members in Sweden and Latvia.

I need to mention that the days are very long with daylight before six a.m. and lasting until well after 10 or 11 p.m. I would like to blame this situation for our lack of getting to bed and sleep, but I think we were just having too much of a good time!

Optional Convention Events
When one registers for the convention, there are several options at an additional fee that attendees can chose. An evening in a Zonta home was one of them and really set the tone for the entire convention. There were nearly 1000 people and our group had 24 participants.

We were collected at the meeting place and taken on a wonderful drive out into the country to Trolhattan to the home of our hostess, Molin Birgitta. Five members of the Trolhattan Zonta Club, her family, and a special three-piece band assisted her. The meal was duplicated at each of the sites for these visits as it was catered by a central catering firm - great idea for any group planning a large event like this. After the special dinner, we were treated to a typical evening of singing and toasting. The club provided us with the Swedish words to several songs and we were all amused by our bumbling pronunciations. The bus collected us about 9:30 pm and took us back to Gothenburg.

There are many reunion lunches and dinners that one could attend depending upon which ones related to your experiences and interests. There were, among others, a Study Tour Reunion Lunch, Past Governors' Reunion Dinners, and a Past International Presidents' Dinner. All of these renew friendships and allows us to catch up on other Zontians' events.

The Nobel Dinner, the Nordic Delight Dinner, and the Closing Banquet were very special meals with an elegant setting and delightful music. As with other meals, I was able to sit with Zontians that I did not know well or at all, and the conversation, camaraderie, and good humor were very heart-warming. The stuff that good memories are made of! Many contacts in our classifications were available at the Professional/Membership/Classification Luncheons. It was inspiring to talk with Zontians from around the world who did the same type of work as we do.

President Mary Magee and President-elect Margit Webjorn had their Team lunches that were very much appreciated. It was the last time for the 2000-2002 International Officers/Committee Chairmen and District Governors to get together; and the first time for the 2002-2004 team to meet. It was a fitting finish and beginning of the change over.

Convention Activities (included in Registration)
Much of Friday and Saturday was spent providing guidance and support for delegates and first timers. There was also information at the Open Forum for anyone who wanted items clarified or discussed that were to be voted on later. A presentation of the Results of the European Seminar that was sponsored by the eight European Districts last February was made so delegates would be more knowledgeable about a voting issue on federations.

District meetings were held on Sunday that allowed discussions of the voting issues and installation of district officers. We were proud to install three of our elected district officers: Mary Benoit, Governor, Evelyn Haskell, Lt. Governor, and Denise Luckhurst, Treasurer. The next two years are in good hands! We had a no-host district lunch at the Hotel Onyxen and enjoyed hearing about the travels of some of our 27 members attending the convention.

The opening ceremony is always very impressive with flags from all our Zonta countries that are presented one by one. The current District Governors were asked to be on standby to carry flags for countries without representation at that time, and I was delighted to carry the English flag. As I had lived in England for four years, I felt very proud.

All the business sessions were held in a large hall. On the floor of the area were the Past International Presidents, the current District Governors, and others who needed to be nearby for that session. On the stage were the current International Officers and/or Committee Chairmen, and any speakers for that session.

In the first rows of some of the upper sections were reserved seats for the delegates. There were no reserved areas for each district so the delegates were all mixed together. There were monitors to count votes and answer questions, and our own Governor-elect, Mary Benoit, represented our district.

The main speakers were outstanding and represented several countries and topics.
Professor Fiona Stanley AC (Australia) Doing More for our Children
Dr. Miriam Hederman O'Briens (Ireland) Education in the New Century
Justice Margaret McMurdo (Australia) Local & Global Power of Women Advocates
Dame Margaret Anstee (England) Women in Peacekeeping
Penelope Wensley AO (Australia) Conditions for Women in India
H.E. Mrs. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Latvian President International Security
Award speakers included an Amelia Earhart Fellow, a Jane M Klausman Awardee, and a Young Women in Public Affairs Awardee.

On Monday were the President's report, candidate speeches, a "meet the candidate" reception and the Nobel Ceremony prior to the Nobel Dinner. The current Governors were invited to sit on the stage and represent the members of the Academies that selected the Nobel Laureates. The ceremony honored seven women out of 29 who had received Nobel Prizes through 1997. Their story was presented, and the "King" presented the prize to each in turn. The musical presentations at this event as at all others was outstanding, ranging through Scandinavian, Asian and Italian selections to mention a few.

Tuesday was voting day and a delegate or a proxy represented All District 12 clubs. . New International Officers were elected:

President-Elect: Mary Ellen Bitner (USA)
Vice President: Betty Jane Bourdon (USA)
Treasurer/Secretary: Darlene Kurtz (USA)
Int. Director (2002-2004) Regine Acquier (France)
Jackqueline Gudmundsen (USA)
Beryl Sten (Sweden)
Kathleen Yip (Hong Kong)
Int. Director (2003-2005) Janice Bowman (NZ)
Vivian Cody (USA)
Mari Ramsten Vangdal (Norway)
Int. Nom. Comm
Zone 1 Juliann Binienda (USA)
Mary Frances Gardner (USA)
Valerie Hume (Canada)
Bonny Schumacher (USA)
Zone 2 Karin Nordmeyer (Germany)
Monica Thurell (Sweden)
Miranda Greenstreet (Ghana)
Zone 3 Mary Magee (Australia)
Anna Sum Yee Kwong (Hong Kong)

The bylaw changes were introduced and voted on in the hall at open sessions. Eva will be doing a detailed report for the club.

The Memorial Service is always a time for reflecting on the Zontians who have led the way for us. This time both the current governors and the governors-elect were involved in a moving tribute to our fellow Zontians that we lost during the past biennium.

Just a quick note about the lottery of a new Volvo and five other prizes. Nope, I didn't win it but it was exciting to think about driving to Zonta meetings in fine style! 8,000 tickets at $10 were sold to registered participants.

There were many reports - International Service Projects, ZI Committee Chairmen updates, the new Program for 2002-2004. This left us pleased and proud of all that occurred during the last biennium and inspired to "keep on moving forward" during the next biennium! The Call to the Next Convention had us all doing the Rockette thing while a vocalist sang, "New York, New York." At the end was a tremendous downpour of confetti and an impressive fireworks display. It promises to be a great convention and well within reach of all of us here in the U.S.

Better start my "Big Apple Fund!" - Betty Edwards

The Miniature Earth by Donella Meadows

"If we could turn the population of the earth into a small community of 100 people, keeping the same proportions we have today, it would be something like this:

61 Asians
12 Europeans
14 Americans (from North and South America)
13 Africans
01 Australian (Oceania)

50 women
50 men

10 are homosexuals

33 are Christian (Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox)
67 are not Christian (18 are Muslims; 16 are Hindus; 16 are non-religious; 6 are Buddhists; 11 practice other religions)

41 live without basic sanitation
16 live without an improved water source

6 people own 59% of the entire wealth of the community

13 are hungry or malnourished
14 can't read
only 7 are educated at a secondary level
only 8 have a computer
only 4 have an internet connection

1 adult, aged 15-49, has HIV/AIDS.

Of the village's total annual expenditures of just over US$ 3,000,000 per year:
US$ 181,000 is spent on weapons and warfare...
US$ 159,000 is spent on education...
US$ 132,000 is spent on health care.

If you keep your food in a refrigerator
And your clothes in a closet
If you have a roof over your head
And have a bed to sleep in
You are richer than 75% of the entire world population.

If you have a bank account
You're one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.

25 struggle to live on US$ 1.00 per day or less...
47 struggle to live on US$ 2.00 per day or less.

Work with passion
Love without needing to be loved
Appreciate what you have
And do your best for a better world."

Member News - Eva's International Convention Report

Dear Zonta Sisters,

What a wonderful and enlightening experience for me to be there in person with over 2000 energetic, professional women from about 70 countries! It made me realize this great and quite unique Organization represents and that we do leave our mark on women's affairs.

We all were treated wonderfully by our gracious hosts from Sweden and Lithuania, who did an enormous job organizing this convention. Education, Food, Entertainment were only equaled by the personal exchanges that we had with our Zonta sisters from all over the world.

My report can only convey highlights of the convention. I encourage everyone to come to our September meeting and find out more details. I will also have more pictures and later on would be glad to show some slides, if the club so desires.


Total number of clubs in ZI - 1249
Clubs represented by delegates - 755
Clubs represented by proxies - 393
Clubs not represented - 101

Total Attendance - 2200
(including International Board, Past International Presidents, District Governors, Delegates [1300] and other registered members.)


MARY ELLEN BITTNER was voted as President elect for ZI by 677 votes, close tie with Diane Curtis, who lost by only 22 votes (recount)

DARLENE KURTZ - Treasurer/secretary for ZI .

Significant changes in BYLAWS or other rules

Most bylaws by district were not passed, rather deferred to next board. Most of those proposed by ZI were passed.
(Disciplinary actions bylaw did not pass, as it was found to be illegal by Illinois law.)
Important Highlights:
Number 8: Any of elected positions on International level cannot be delegates or alternates! Adopted.
Number 12: presented by DISTRICT 12: No member of International Nominating Committee can serve on any other committee on International level. This bylaw was defeated but well supported!

On District level:

Number 20 and 21: defeated (about classified membership for life)

Club level:

Number 28 (see Number 20, 21): defeated
Number 30: defeated (term office changed from one to two years)
Number 32: adopted (Club can have annual meetings in April, May AND March!)

Rules of procedures on International level:

The Limit of $-amount for Amelia Earhart Fellowship has been removed (Number 1, Rule 3)
Number 3: Grievances-passed.

Note: The revised ZI and ZIF bylaws booklet will be sent to all clubs in the September/October club mailing.

2002-2004 Biennial Program Goals

Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide
Focus on our Mission
Combine Service and Advocacy

International Service Goals

Rose Fund, Amelia Earhart Fund, Jane M. Klausman Fund, Women in Business Scholarships Fund, YWPA Fund, International Service Fund, ZISVAW Fund, WHIPPI (World Headquarters Property Preservation and Improvement) Fund.

International Service Projects

Zonta/UNIFEM Reinventing India: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls, Phase II, US$: 299,450
Zonta/STAR Network of World Learning: The Bosnia-Herzegovina Anti-Trafficking Community Mobilization Project, US$: 320,000
Afghanistan: Improving Women's Lives, US$: 25,000

Participation in "Zonta Rose Day" March 8th 2003 and 2004


Dame Margaret Anstee, DCMG awarded the Reves Peace Prize in 1993 and honored in many other ways.
Recommended to read: Her book Orphan of the Cold War (guidelines on peacekeeping by women) - *See my section of favorite quotes below.

Most favorably remembered by me is the Speaker PENNY WISE, Ambassador to the UN, lived and worked in India.
Her Theme: Challenging Mrs. Muffat's Fate"
...Sweet little Mrs. Muffat ran away in fear of the large, fearce and threatening spider....
She vanished because of her Femininity. She was not taught to stand up defending what was rightfully hers!
Think about those "Spiders" that threaten and challenge.
Think about the varied challenges from country to country.
What has not changed?? (For instance: India is still a developing country.)
Solutions possible:
Access to INCOME, EDUCATION etc, proven to be the best help!
Change can come about with multiple Intervention sustained over a longer period of time.

Favorite Quotes:

"We must get more of us in places that count!" -Margaret Albright referred to by Penny Wise

"Women have to be stronger and tougher than men and need to reach out to other women." -Dame Margaret

"The concerted action of women has great effect!" -Dame Margaret

Last: I would like to encourage every member of the club to plan on attending the INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN NEW YORK!!

Experience the incredible energy and Power of Zonta International, make new friends from around the world, exchange Ideas and realize, what Zonta is truly all about. You will be changed and TOUCHED IN YOUR HEART FOREVER!

See you soon!


Meeting Program for September features a speaker from the Colorado Springs Children's Literacy Center.

Please bring donations of children's books for grades 1-5!

Dates to Remember . . .

September 165:30 pm Board Meeting - Gold Hills Substation
September 16 6:00 pm General Meeting
October 4-62002 District Conference Cheyenne, WY
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

Featured Links of the Month
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival - Video Library - list of films available at the Fine Arts Center. Rental is free to the public!
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children

Pikes Peak Area Club Information

District 12 Information

Zonta International

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