Zonta Zephyr

Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
January 2004 Newsletter
Volume IV, Issue 1

In This Issue:
Betty's Bits
Member Information
Member Profile
Kudos Kolumn
Information: Links
Dates to Remember

Quotation of the Month
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
- Helen Keller

Betty's Bits

by Betty Edwards

Member news

Rosalie Dorland - it is a pleasure to welcome Rosalie back into the folds of PPA. She is now back in Colorado and is choosing to return her membership to us. Rosalie was president of our club when the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Area clubs merged. Welcome home!

Janet Fuehrer - Janet reports that she and her husband are on holiday in Las Vegas and then will go on to Arizona to search for a place to live. They will be moving soon. We will miss Janet, she has contributed a lot to our club and we wish her well!

Mary Louise Clay - Mary Louise is spending the holidays in Florida. Things are progressing slowly and she is anticipating that the 'walker' will become a family member for a while! We wish her continued improvement in 2004!

Bobbi Hamilton - I had a nice conversation with Bobbi as I hadn't seen her in some time. She is keeping busy with her real estate business and hopes to get to a meeting soon. Often, she has a conflict on Monday evenings but will see us when she can.

Gail Piper - Gail is keeping busy with stock market activities and continues to feel better physically. She hopes to see us at the next Zonta meeting

New Z's

At our January meeting, after graduation 'ceremonies' for Ava, Earlene, and Ellen, we will be determining a new project. Our committee members remaining are Betty H, Kathy, and Renee. In February we will be joined by a returning Pikes Peak member, Rosalie Dorland, who has chosen to transfer to PPA after her recent move back to Colorado. Yeah! Many of you will remember Rosalie who was a past president of our club.

Elsewhere in this newsletter, please see the listing of some relevant web sites that this committee discovered while researching legislative issues in their fall project. We are turning over some work papers, etc. to Kris Wells, chairman of the status of women committee. Perhaps a club member will be interested enough in this topic to volunteer with Kris' committee and keep our club up to date on relevant issues in the state legislature.

Legislative Breakfast on Women's Issues

I need some company for this annual event. Please let me know if you can go with me.

Monday, Feb 9, 2004
State History Museum
1300 Broadway
7:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:30 am Program
Cost: $14

-Betty Edwards

Nobel Acceptance Speech Excerpt
delivered by Iranian activist Shirin Ebadi in her native language, Farsi

"This selection will make women in Iran, and much farther afield, believe in themselves. Women constitute half of the population of every country. To disregard women and bar them from active participation in political. social, economic and cultural life would, in fact, be tantamount to depriving the entire population of every society of half its capacity. The patriarchal structure and discrimination against women, particularly in Islamic countries, cannot continue forever."

New Z's Project - Web sites concerning legislation

Women's Lobby of Colorado- Lobbying activity for positive changes/women
Current status of any bill Bill room: 303-866-3055
Full text of any bill http://www.leg.state.co.us/
2003 Bills: http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/Frameset?ReadForm&viewname=1&resultformat=1

WE CAN - Women's Electronic Communications and Action Network - events
E-mail: Wecan@womensagenda.org

Colorado Women's Agenda - champions women's rights
E-mail: Info@womensagenda.org

Legislative Home Pages - for bills, calendars, fiscal notes, journals, status information

Member Information

Visit the 57th Zonta International Convention web site!
They have information about New York and the Convention hotel.

Zonta International Service Projects

From the ZI letter dated September 2003
The International Service and ZISVAW Programs are combating gender-based violence and improving the lives of women by increasing access to information, education and healthcare:

Bring your calendars to the next meeting!
Highway Cleanup scheduled for January 10, 2004 has been postponed.
Due to snow in the highway ditches we are rescheduling the Zonta Club highway cleanup and will set a date during the next General Meeting.

UN/International Committee

Janet Fuehrer, Chair

Last month Zonta Issues and Programs were listed:

A closer look was taken at International Service. To begin the new year, let's review Preventing Violence Against Women. According to a report published by the World Health Organization: Unfortunately, violence against women exists worldwide. Every woman has a right to live free of gender-based violence. Zonta International recognizes that the human rights of women and girls are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights, and recognizes the need to promote and protect all human rights of women and girls.

Through the Zonta International Strategies to Prevent Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) program, Zonta International is dedicated to preventing violence against women through service, education, awareness and advocacy. Zonta is positioned on both the international and local levels as a catalyst for relationship building and information sharing. On the international level, Zonta works to raise awareness and promote collaboration among individuals, organizations and governments working toward the common goal of a world free of violence against women. At the grassroots or community level, Zonta Clubs participate in service projects and advocacy initiatives that support violence prevention strategies.

Each of you helps to meet/support these goals to make a difference in the lives of women around the world, by diligently supporting the work of our club! Together we can do so much more than we can individually.

Mighty Muse Workshop Report

by Ava Heinrichdorff

Here are the thank you notes from the Mighty Muse creative writing workshop participants on November 20th at Full Circle. These wonderfully responsive women wrote:

Dear Ladies of Zonta:
Thank you for this enlightening gift of an incredible evening of giving and sharing. It was exhilaratingly freeing. Addy

Thank you for the wonderful time and insight you shared with us recovering addicts tonight. Keep on shinin' your light! Love, M.K.

Thank you for making this enjoyable evening possible. I am at a crossroads in my life right now and this is what I needed. Zonta, thank you! Pammy R.

Dear Zonta, Thank you for helping in my being able to express myself and my feelings. J. G.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to open up and find beauty. I found beauty within myself. I feel better and now remember so many things that I love about myself. Thank you! M.H.

Dear Zonta Members,
Thank you for helping to get my creative juices flowing again. and thank you for the beautiful journals. H.

Thanks for a powerful evening. D.O.

Thank you for the start to my new life. D.D.M.

Thanks for letting me see a little bit more of myself, and giving me a night of smiles and laughter. M.P.

Thanks for lightening my load and making me laugh, Zonta. Thanks! C.

Dear Zonta, The one thing that is most imoprtant to me is to find myself. I think you gave me my first real look tonight. Thank you so much! K.N.

This workshop was a most wonderful experience for me, too. The women want us to return to give more workshops, and Rebekah and I hope to do that. We have 3 Intercept workshops scheduled for January and February.

Merry Christmas!
Ava Heinrichsdorff

Service Committee Report:

The ladies at Full Circle had merry holidays. Thanks to all who made the stockings so special. Eva donated Mary Kay products and Rita gave them Avon toiletries. The planner books from Renee will be handy, and the earrings hand made by Ava are darling. Candy canes and soap were provided by Susie, and 10 gift cards were included with the gifts. The miscellaneous products, panty hose, socks, slipper socks, etc all made the stockings very personal. I'm sure we warmed their hearts.

Don't forget to save your greeting card fronts, empty containers, and used cell phones. They all have another life when we share with others. Bring to me at the next meeting.

Kris, Status of Women and Service Committee Chair

In case you want to bring something to the January meeting, here's a good cause. I'll deliver the goods to the house. Gracias, Kris

The 4th Annual Underwear Drive to benefit Full Circle Alternatives

  • a 12-bed transitional-living "safe house" for women in early recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.
  • a safe and sober living environment in a unique home-like atmosphere that promotes 12-Step recovery.
  • a local program, funded largely by grants and donations, which addresses a world-wide problem.
Call 719/520-1972 - Full Circle Alternatives, for more information ... on how they help women rebuild lives and self-esteem, develop self-sufficiency, and create community! It's truly a great program!! They love volunteers, too, so call them if you have some time to spare.

This year, they need: (new) women's underwear (sizes 6-7-8), bras (A-B cup), socks or sleepwear (any sizes or types), also hats, gloves, scarves, etc.

You can drop things off at Full Circle (call 520-1972 for directions) and get a tour of the house...
*OR* you can drop-off at a location in Briargate (call for directions), if that would be easier...
*OR* if you REALLY want easy, just write a check & mail it: PO Box 697, Colorado Springs 80901.

"Wish List" -- includes year-round & on-going needs. (All donations are tax-deductible.) Frozen meats, non-perishable food items, household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, band-aids, deodorant, pads & tampons, alarm clocks, phone cards, bus passes, gas cards, postage stamps, printer paper ... call for further details!

Member Profile - Betty R. Edwards

Betty R. Edwards has a varied background, which is the basis of her interest and abilities in the volunteer world. As a military wife she lived in many states and was fortunate to live eight years in Europe (England and Belgium) where she learned basic French conversation. Her husband, Lowell, is retired from the Air Force, and their three married children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild are scattered about in Utah, Texas, and Maryland.

Education included a business degree from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Management was her focus for 16 years at Colorado Interstate Gas Company (CIG).

Following early retirement from CIG, she did training and consulting work as the owner of Edwards Resource Company. During this time she also served on the adjunct faculty at Regis University at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College.

Volunteer activities include Past Board President of the Women's Resource Agency, and 2000-2002 District 12 Governor for Zonta International. Betty is currently the District 12 Nominating Chairman, a member of the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area and the American Association of University Women. Her newest challenge is researching a book on volunteerism.

Her volunteer passion is focused on improving the status of women. What Zonta is contributing world-wide and in our local community is very gratifying and contributes to her continued commitment to the Pikes Peak Area Zonta Club and District 12. The women in Zonta are inspiring in their dedication to improving life for women and Betty considers her interactions with women locally and internationally as awe-inspiring.

The Pikes Peak Area Club has been unique in her experience of women's organizations in that our members care about each other as well as women's issues in an obvious display of affection and interest in maintaining our spirit! Betty says, "Keep on Moving Forward!"

From Carol Odell - Better Business Bureau

  • Women make up 51.4% of the population.
  • They buy or influence 85% of purchases or services.
  • 55% of mothers with children younger than 2 months are working.
  • As of 2002, there are 112,712 women-owned firms with revenues of $1 million or more; 8,480 with 100+ employees.

Kudos Kolumn

KUDOS to Phyllis Zell- from Renee Troppe for being "the hostess with the mostest!" and having such a lovely party for us.

KUDOS to Shannon Rowan- from Renee Troppe for making the gift I managed to hold on to - the stained glass "Z" with a yellow rose!

KUDOS to Pat Kosley - from Susie Nulty for completing another successful nut selling project. We are all so grateful for Pat's hard work that contributes such a large amount to our financial coffers. Thank you! Thank you, Pat!

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 Link of the Month
Women's History

Dates to Remember . . .

January 195:30 pm Board Meeting - Gold Hills Substation
January 19 6:00 pm General Meeting
March 27 Area 4 Meeting-Canon City
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

See new information about the Cell Phone Service Project recently added to the Zonta District 12 site. Please deliver your unwanted cell phones to our Service Committee at our monthly meetings.

Refreshment Schedule for Upcoming Meetings
January Rita Jones Betty Hudson
February Phyllis Zell Kris Wells
March Teri Hermans Renee Troppe
April Kate Brewster Sharon Roggy
May Installation Dinner
June Earlene Herman Liz Groothof-Croddy
July Ellen Slavitz Ava Heinrichsdorff

Thank you ladies!

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

Pikes Peak Area Club Information

District 12 Information

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