Zonta Zephyr

Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
September 2003 Newsletter
Volume III, Issue 9

In This Issue:
Ponderings from the Prez
Bits from Betty
Member Information
Kudos Kolumn
Information: Links
Dates to Remember


from Pamela Sufak

Hello Zonta Sisters,

Fall is almost upon us. We know this because the children are no longer running around and playing in the streets and the school crossing signs are flashing again. School is IN and our lives will, for the most part, take on a more rigid structure. How are the two things related when we have no school aged children? I can't wait to hear about everyone's summer adventures and find out how Gail and Liz are feeling, etc. Does anyone else still dread hearing "Your first assignment will be a 100 word paper on the topic of 'What I did This summer.' "

Please get your bus reservation made if you plan to ride with the "party in progress" to attend the Conference in Billings at the end of the month. We also need to make a room reservation and complete conference registration. I will be traveling by the bus and look forward to sharing a room with someone. This trip will be community building for all of us and that is as Martha would say, "a good thing"

See you in September!

Quotation of the Month
"As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your won canoe, you don't move."
- Katharine Hepburn

Bits From Betty

by Betty Edwards

Member News: Gail Kozhevnikov reports she is happy with her position at the General Office, District 20, as the Coordinator of Human Resources. This past summer she and her husband took a group to Moscow, Petersburg, and Stockholm. Wouldn't it be great to travel with Gail and Pavel? She has tried to get her class on Monday evenings at UCCS to start a little earlier so she is hopeful she can join the last part of our meetings. We really hope that works out, we've missed her.

As to my sojourn with the 'big black boot' I have discerned that there are three stages to recovery of a fractured bone. First couple of weeks I extended all my sympathy to my foot - the next couple of weeks after my two week x-ray I spoke sternly to it, encouraging it to get with it and heal, heal heal - now that I am nearing my six week x-ray I am being reinforcing - you can do it, I know you want to get back in the car and drive, drive, drive! We'll see how that goes!

Felt an urge to visit the www.Zonta.org web site and see what was new. The convention page seems to be there but I couldn't locate much information. I believe they announced at the NA summit in St. Louis that on-line registration might be available after the first of the year. Also tried to check the RAWA web site. You'll remember that we had a speaker on the Afghanistan women and their organization. Most of what I saw was at least a year old so I have to assume these women are too busy to keep the site updated, understandably so. There is an update, however, on the Zonta site, Member Resource Center, concerning the International Service Projects in Afghanistan. Wish I could be there to help!

Nominations - we are very fortunate to have one of the women running for International President-elect in New York to be our international liaison at our District conference in Billings. You would really enjoy meeting her - she's from Massachusetts and is a good candidate. Another GREAT candidate for a director's position is our very own Governor Mary Benoit. It was a pleasure as chairman of the District Nominating Committee to be able to submit her application and then to learn that the International Nominating Committee recognized her impressive qualifications. Exciting times!

Another area of pride for me is the fact that two of our members are on the slate for District 12 positions. Sharon Roggy is running for Area 4 Director and Kate Brewster is running for District Nominating Committee. It is so gratifying to receive positive responses from well-qualified candidates. Many thanks, Ladies!!! I'll try not to be biased when I read the slate to the District Conference!

See the complete Zonta International Slate on the Zonta web site.

-Betty Edwards


2003 District Conference
September 26-27
Billings, MT

Member Information

Service Committee Report:

Chuck Kosley reports that the first ever Zonta cleanup day was a huge success! Kate, Helen, Shannon, Renee, Rita, Teri and Jerry met at the Kosley's. After the video of common sense safety, the group of nine enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of waffles, fruit, egg and sausage quiche, juice and coffee. Yummy! The work took about 4 hours. A gentle breeze and some cloud cover helped keep the temperature down, but it was still hot. The one mile stretch is really two miles since we have to do both sides of the road. The sign is already up, acknowledging our contribution. If we have twice as many workers the next time, the job will go twice as fast.

Our commitment is four times a year, so the next cleanup will be Saturday, November 15. Let's also mark our calendars with Saturday, November 22 in case of bad weather. Pat will give us better directions, but our mile is on Highway 24 just off Constitution. Let's meet early to get the job done, and then we'll celebrate with lunch at a restaurant on the east edge of Colorado Springs. Pat will give us more details later.

Ladies, there are several ways you can support our causes without writing a check! Bring your donations to any and all meetings. Kris will collect and deliver the items. Keep these charities in mind as you shop and clean cupboards. Cell phones for abused women, greeting card fronts for St. Jude's Hospital, journals and pens for the Mighty Muse (Ava is on their Board), and travel sizes of toiletries and empty plastic containers for the Soup Kitchen (Susie, Shannon, Helen and Kris are regular volunteers there.) Please bring other ideas to the meetings. There are lots of wonderful things happening in Colorado Springs that meet our mission. Zonta wants to be part of the action.

Kris Wells

UN/International Committee

Janet Fuehrer, Chair

In August, an overview was presented of how Zonta International brings our concerns to the United Nations (UN), suggests solutions, draws public attention to issues and encourages the political participation of our members at the community level. Also covered were the structure of Zonta International and how it operates, and how Zonta International is involved with the UN Economic and Social Council. For September, let's look more closely at Zonta International at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Annual Meetings.

Zonta International at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Annual Meetings

Ten Zontians attended the 47th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March, and included Margit Webjorn, Zonta International President; Kirsten Theisen, International Status of Women Chairman; and Jackie Shapiro, International United Nations Chairman. Each year the Commission examines women's progress toward equality throughout the world, prepares recommendations on promoting women's rights in political, economic, social, educational and health fields, as well as addressing problems requiring immediate attention on issues of women's rights.

The topics considered at this year's CSW were:

The 45 members of the CSW are elected according to regional distribution and are appointed by their governments. Consensus is reached through discussions on the topics and "agreed conclusions" are drafted at the end of the meetings.

The CSW agreed that increasing women's access to and participation in media and information and technologies was vital for women's empowerment. It urged the integration of gender perspectives into policies and programs. It stressed that women be given more presence, voice and visibility in the media. The CSW called attention to the importance of the World Summit on the Information Society - to be held in December 2003 in Geneva and 2005 in Tunis - for promoting gender equality.

The CSW also approved three draft resolutions.

  1. Concerning Afghanistan, it recommended to the Economic and Social Council that they urge the Afghan Transitional Authority to ensure that all legislation support full human rights for women and girls, freedom of participation and movement and equal right to education.
  2. On HIV/AIDS, the CSW called on governments to increase efforts to combat gender stereotypes and inequalities as well as promote women's economic independence to combat HIV.
  3. The international community was called upon to continue to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to Palestinian women and their families.
A situation of grave concern to the non-governmental organization (NGO) community and many governments was the inability of the CSW to adopt agreed conclusions on women's human rights and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. The full implication of that failure for future activities surrounding the CSW is a topic of current discussions.

Janet Fuehrer

Kudos Kolumn

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@money.org.

KUDOS from Kris Wells to Phyllis Zell on the occasion of her retirement from Chinook Book Shop. She arrived to gift wrap and stayed 36 years! Now she'll have more time to garden and golf - and do Zonta projects. Sign her up!
KUDOS from Kris Wells to the nine good sports who worked on the highway cleanup campaign on August 23: Teri and hubby Jerry, Pat and hubby Chuck, Rita, Renee, Shannon, Helen and Kate. You make us all proud to be Zontians.
KUDOS from Kris Wells to Pat for organizing the highway cleanup and especially for the delicious breakfast before the actual work.

Featured Link of the Month
Teoma - Search with Authority

Dates to Remember . . .

September 155:30 pm Board Meeting - Gold Hills Substation
September 15 6:00 pm General Meeting
September 26-272003 District Conference Billings, MT
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

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