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December 2005 Newsletter
Volume V, Issue 12

In This Issue:
Peak View
Member Information
Status of Women Information
Featured Links
Dates to Remember


from Teri H.

What an exciting time for our Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Region! We are about to move our club to the "NEXT LEVEL" in our community! THE GLASS SLIPPER BALL is on the horizon for 2006. The contract is signed! With the talent and experience of Kate B. as our chairperson, and the assistance of Debra Dion Krishke and Team Effort Events...we are on our way to:

We all have special talents and abilities and Kate and the Board are looking to each of us to make this event successful and fun.

Christmas is a time of gift giving. Please support our Zonta Club Mission with the gift of your time, presence and talents in coming year. On behalf of your Zonta Board, may all of you enjoy a Special Holiday Season. Hope to see you at our Christmas Party Sunday, 12/18/05. Thanks to Laura S. for generously opening her home for our party.

Dates to remember

-Teri H.

Quotation of the Month
"Complacency is a far more dangerous attitude than outrage."
- Naomi Littlebear Morena

Click here for list of past quotes!

Glass Slipper Ball 2006

Support your club projects!


From our PEP Z Group

PEP stands for Personal Emergency Protection. Four club Zontians are working on a publication for us to use as our own first responders to an emergency situation. The most anticipated event here would probably be a big snow storm or a tornado.
This month's question is:
Do you have a safe deposit box for storing important documents?


December Birthdays
Zontians and Friends of Zonta

7 - Janet Fuehrer


Zonta Action
16 days of activism against gender violence
November 25 - December 10, 2005

Zonta International invites all Zonta Clubs, Zontians and friends of Zonta to join this global campaign against gender violence. Campaign participants have been instrumental in bringing issues of violence against women to the forefront of local, national, regional and global arenas since the first campaign originated in 1991. The following is a sampling of the information on this campaign that can be found at the Zonta International site:

Ten Facts About Violence Against Women

In October 2002, the World Health Organization released The World Report on Violence and Health, the first comprehensive report addressing violence as a global health problem. The report relied on hundreds of studies conducted in all regions of the world. This information was synthesized by 160 experts and then reviewed for accuracy and cultural relevancy by experts in the field of violence issues. The following is information from that report*:
  1. Studies from 48 countries report that between 10-69% of women have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
  2. Psychological violence often also occurs in cases of physical violence.
  3. Studies from Japan, New Zealand and the United States show that physical violence is accompanied by sexual abuse in 1/3 to 1/2 of all violent relationships.
  4. Studies conducted in Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the US found that 40-70% of female murder victims were killed by a current or past intimate partner.
  5. Leaving a violent relationship can often be difficult for the victim. A study in Nicaragua found that the median time a woman spent in a violent relationship was six years. In Australia, Canada and the US, a significant percentage of partner homicides occur when a woman tries to leave the relationship.
  6. Nearly one in four women will experience sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
  7. Available data from sub-Saharan Africa states that up to a third of adolescent girls in the region report their first sexual experience as being forced.
  8. A study commissioned by the US Justice Department found that 14.8% of US women over the age of 17 reported being raped in their lifetime with an additional 2.8% having experienced attempted rape.
  9. Studies conducted in several developing countries found that many women believe physical violence at the hands of their partner is justified in certain circumstances. In Egypt, over 80% of rural women said a husband had the right to beat his wife for offenses such as refusing him sex, neglecting her children or home, being disobedient or talking back to her husband.
  10. There is a correlation between how a community responds to violence and overall levels of violence in that community. A comparative study of 16 societies found that the societies with the lowest levels of partner violence provided support services to abused women and enforced sanctions against abusers.
* In addition to the above information, the report includes information on various forms of violence against women, such as trafficking, honor killings and female genital mutilation. Factors that contribute to violence and prevention methods are also addressed in this report.

Campaign Dates:


Status of Women

Status of Women - Around the World
News from November 2005
Courtesy of Leee O., Status of Women Committee

Don't miss this in-depth resource regarding current information about women around the world!

Index of Status of Women Links

Fund Raising Project


Please get your money to Pat K. by December 5th!

Zonta Founders

Holiday Party
December 18th 4pm

Please bring coats, mittens and scarves for the seniors of our African Refugee Group.


Ways for Pikes Peak Area Zonta members to help refugees in Colorado Springs

Contact Vanda Franowicz at 719-314-0223 or


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.

1 on 1

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

Small Group

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.

Sort Donated Items

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



Featured Links of the Month!

"Solstice rituals actively embody the message that even though the night seems never-ending, the light does return and goodness and life can triumph in the end over evil and death."
-- Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, artistic director
San Francisco Bay Revels

Winter Solstice
Ancient Origins

Click here for links from past newsletters!

Dates to Remember . . .

December 5 Nut money due to Pat K. or Helen S.
December 18 - 4:00pm Holiday Party at Laura S.'s home
January 9 - 5:30pm Board Meeting
2006 First Annual Glass Slipper Ball!
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
December Holiday Pot Luck Laura S.'s Home
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

Pikes Peak Area Club Information

District 12 Information

Zonta International


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