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Zonta Leadership Operational Update
Dec. 2017







Zontians raise awareness for wide range of issues during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

Zontians from around the world came together to march, educate and cover their communities in orange as part of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaigns.

During the 16 Days of Activism, which ran from 25 November to 10 December, clubs were encouraged to take action in their local communities to raise awareness about ending violence against women.

Clubs focused on domestic violence, raised awareness of issues facing female migrants and hosted educational programs with topics ranging from preventing early marriage and teen pregnancy to female genital mutilation. The most common visibility activity this year was lighting local buildings, statues and tourist destinations orange, the color associated with the campaign.

This year, Zonta International also specifically focused on human trafficking. Human trafficking affects almost every country in the world, either as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. A majority of these victims are female and of these female trafficking victims, 72 percent are exploited sexually, 8 percent face other forms of exploitation and 20 percent are forced into labor.

Learn more about human trafficking on theZonta Says NO to Violence Against Women facts page. Thewebsitealso has updated materials, including resources to assist clubs in using the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention and Anti-Trafficking Convention.
WATCH:Avideo featuring action and advocacy from Zonta clubs during the 16 Days of Activism.
2017 Zonta Says NO recap
New program update available

A new report on the project addressing human trafficking and unsafe migration in Nepal is available. The report covers the period from April to August 2017.

Zonta International has committed US$1 million to UN Women for the project, which aims to create sustainable systems for addressing the links between human trafficking and foreign labor migration of women and girls in Nepal.

The project is based on a Theory of Change that says if legal framework is in place, if favorable social norms are promoted and women are equipped with economic empowerment opportunities, there will be a reduction in trafficking and labor migration of women.
31 women receive Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
Zonta International is pleased to announce the 2017 district, regional and international recipients of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. The scholarshipencourages more women to pursue education and careers in business.
These 31 recipients from 18 countries have demonstrated outstanding achievements and potential in business or a business-related field.Congratulations to our 2017 scholars.
Districts 17 and 26 clubs grow membership numbers by including younger generations

Growing membership is an important aspect of keeping a Zonta club thriving and effective. Select clubs in District 17 and District 26 were recently recognized for their success in recruiting new members and sustaining large membership numbers.

In the Philippines, the Zonta Club of Manila III in District 17, has discovered a practice that grows their membership significantly. Years ago, Olivia Ferry, International President for the 2006-2008 Biennium, reportedly invited her children and grandchildren into her club. Soon, the rest of the Zontians in the District 17 club were doing the same.

Winnie Teoh, chairman of the Zonta International Membership Committee, said during her time as district Governor from 2012-2014, the Zonta Club of Manilla III was small. Now, the club has more than 60 members and club meetings have good attendance. Teoh said much of their success comes from recruiting club members from the millennial generation.
At the District 26 conference, seven clubs were recognized for their success in membership growth. The clubs have all seen a recent growth of 6-20 percent. The clubs recognized were Zonta Club of Hakodate Hokkaido, Zonta Club of Matsumoto, Zonta Club of Kyoto Miyabi, Zonta Club of Otsu, Zonta Club of Nara Manyoh, Zonta Club of Fukui Reinan and Zonta Club of Fukuoka.

Yoshiko Nishimura, club president of the Zonta Club of Kyoto Miyabi, said the club was very proud to receive the recognition, especially since it was not always easy to increase their membership.

Nishimura said they were able to grow their numbers because club members are constantly engaging people in their community with topics related to Zonta International and their local club. The club also hosts events specifically targeted at community members instead of only focusing on existing members.

Nishimura said even though it can sometimes be difficult to recruit new members, it is necessary to keep up the efforts because new members are beneficial to the club.

“They bring us new ideas and power to make our club more active,” Nishimura said. “Fresh ideas and some new ways of thinking inspire us.”




29 June - 3 July 2018

DearBrenda,

As a respected Zontian, we invite you to register to attend the2018 Zonta International Convention. We hope you will say 'yes' to an experience of a lifetime when you join Zonta members from around the worldin beautiful Yokohama, Japanfor theZonta International Convention.

To register,you will need your Zonta member ID, which is173628.
  • Early Bird rate: US$390 endsmidnight CST28 February.
  • Second Period rate: US$450 ends midnight CDT 20 May.
  • Final Registration rate: US$525 from 21 May - onsite.
Once you register, you will be provided with the link to book you room at the InterContinental Yokohama Grand. This is the only way to receive the special Convention room rate.
Do you have questions regarding the registration process?Please reach out to:Experient, Zonta International's event management company for the 2018 Convention atzonta@experient-inc.com.

To learn more about the program, special events and tours, please visitconvention.zonta.org.
BE CREATIVE. HAVE FUN. LEAVE INSPIRED.
SHARE YOUR STORY FESTIVAL

Every day, around the world, Zontians are working to improve the lives of women and girls - and we believe these innovative and inspiring stories need to be shared. We will feature great Zonta stories of service, advocacy and membership on the main stage at the 2018 Convention.

Do you have a story to share?Find more information and enter your club atconvention.zonta.org(space is limited).

 

 

December 2017 Z-Letter

 

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Top Row:Golden Z Club of St. Michael's College of Laguna;Golden Z Club at the University of San Carlos; Bottom Row:Z Club of Childlink High School;Z Club of Auburn

Service Award winners implement impressive projects

Click hereto read about the projects the sixEmma L. Conlon Service Awardwinnersimplemented in their schools, community and internationally.



The Emma L. Conlon Service Award is a contest for Z and Golden Z clubs to recognize clubs whose projects and programs best express the ideals of Zonta International through local and international service and advocacy to empower women.

 

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A Golden Z Club ofBangkok Universitystudent helps a woman atthePathum Thani Home for the Aged

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Bangkok University Golden Z Club serves elderly women and educates community on important issues

As part of their project to serve under-served women, students from the Golden Z Club of Bangkok University, Thailand, visited women at a home for the elderly. Theyalso delivered a series of lectures to their peers on topics such as human trafficking, suicide, teen pregnancy, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, divorce and other worldwide issues.

 

Click hereto read more and view additional photos.

 

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The Clothesline Project was displayed on the Oregon State University campus.

Oregon State University Golden Z Club raises awareness on campuswith Clothesline Project

 

The Oregon State University Golden Z Club, USA, created a display for the Clothesline Project at its school's Student Experience Center Plaza last month. The Clothesline Projectis a visual display dedicated to raising awareness about the reality of violence within our society.

 

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Zonta International President Sonja Hönig Schough (fourth from left) is seen with students at the District 26 Z Club and Golden Z Club Summit.

Students inspire each other at District 26 Z Club and Golden Z Club Summit

 

Members from Z clubs and Golden Z clubs in 11 different schools came together in October for the District 26 Z Club and Golden Z Club Summit in Takamatsu, Japan. Students presented their projects, inspiring one another with the ways they have served their communities.

 

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The Girls Rockfair includes a full day of hands-on learning, science games and experiments.

Oregon Z and Golden Z clubs join Zonta Club of Coos Bay Area for 'Girls Rock' STEM fair

 

SWOCC (Southwestern Oregon Community College)Golden Z Club and the Z Clubs ofMarshfield High School and North Bend High School, USA, helped the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area with the third annual "Girls Rock" STEM fair in October. Girls Rock is free and open to all elementary school girls in the county for hands-on science, math and technology experiences presented by local women with careers in those fields.

 

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Members of the Batavia High School Z Club take a moment for a photo during their busy semester.

Batavia High School Z Club fills semester with service activities

 

The Batavia High School Z Club, USA, has had a busy first semester. They began their year with a successful Salvation Army food drive, collecting more than 35 large boxes of nonperishable food. The club helped with a Halloween party at the YMCA and a Fall Festival at a local elementary school. The club also co-hostedthe Zonta Holiday Festivalwith the Zonta Club of Batavia, Genesee County. Proceeds from the event will go to Zonta International Foundation's International Service Fund.

 

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St. Hilda's Collegiate School Z Club members pose with the managers of the two shelters for which they collected sanitary items.

St. Hilda's Collegiate School Z Club collects sanitary products for women in need

 

The St. Hilda's Collegiate School Z Club, New Zealand, held a sanitary drive to benefit women at two local shelters. Students collected three containers of products and presented them to the managers of the Dunedin Women's Refuge and Dunedin Women's Night Shelter.

 

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Theresa Robertson, Shared Hope International ambassador, spoke to the Flatirons Golden Z Club about how to end sex trafficking.

Flatirons Golden Z Club hosts Shared Hope International ambassador

 

TheFlatirons Golden Z Club, USA, recently hosted an ambassador for Shared Hope International, whichstrives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. The ambassador,Theresa Robertson,spoke about the effort to end sex trafficking through a three-pronged approach--prevent, restore and bring justice--and shared ways for the students to help protect their peers from vulnerability.

 

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Students add messages to the 'kindness wall' at Manlius Pebble Hill School.

Manlius-Pebble Hill Z Club spreads kindness to peers

 

For World Kindness Day on 13 November, Manlius-Pebble Hill Z Club, USA, wrote positive and inspirational notes to other students and friends at their school. The messages were displayed as part of a "kindness wall" outside of the school's guidance office.

 

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Students raise awareness for Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women

 

From 25 November to 10 December, Zonta International encouraged its Zonta clubs and student clubs to participate in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. Below are some ways our Z and Golden Z clubs took part in the campaign.

If your club participated in this campaign, please encourage your sponsor club to submit your story atzonta.org/ShareYourStory. Or, emailpr@zonta.org.

 

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Young Zonta Luxembourg Z Club, Luxembourg

Approximately 300 people joined theYoung Zonta Luxembourg Z Club andZonta Club of Luxembourg for a march to end violence against women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Saturday, 25 November.

 

 

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CIS Z Club, South Korea

Members of CIS Z Club visited South Korea's National Assembly and Rep. Nam In-soon of the Minjoo Party of Korea to share information about the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

 

 

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CQUni Mackay Golden Z Club, Australia

Members of the Golden Z Club at CQUniversity Mackay, participated in a Reclaim the Night walk as part of the 16 Days of Activism.The event aims to raise awareness of the right for women and girls to walk safely at any time of the day or night, free from the risk of sexual violence.The club's president, Paigen Hunter, spoke at the event.

 

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Asa Whittaya School Z Club and Bangkok University Golden Z Club, Thailand

Students from Asa Witthaya School Z Club and Bangkok University Golden Z Club joined Zontians from District 17, Area 6, in a parade during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

 

 

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Triumph High School Z Club, USA

Members of the Triumph High School Z Club joined the Zonta Club of Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a silent march during the 16 Days of Activism.

 

 

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Cagayan National High School Z Club, Philippines

Preceding the 16 Days of Activism, the Cagayan National High School Z Club, in partnership with the Zonta Club ofTuguegarao,launched "Shade of You" at their school.Female students and teachers wore orange shades (sunglasses) to show their support of the campaign for a society free of violence against women. This campaign calls for girls and women to clearly see their roles as advocates for gender equality. Z club members also conducted a classroom-to-classroom campaign from 27 November to 12 December to reach out to more students and orient them about different shades of women's rights.

 

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Porterville High School Z Club, USA

Members of Porterville High School Z Club in California borrowed T-shirts made at a crisis shelter by domestic violence victims and hung them on their school's quad during the lunch hour.The Z club advisers at the campus were present to help set up and answer questions from the students and other teachers who visited the display.

 

 

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UAFS Golden Z Club, USA

During the 16 Days of Activism, the Golden Z Club of UAFS (University of Arkansas Fort Smith) prominently placed a display on the campus to raise awareness of the campaign and to Say NO to Violence Against Women.

 

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Welcome to new Z and Golden Z clubs!

 

The following Z and Golden Z clubs were chartered since 30 September 2017:

 

District 3

  • Langley High School Z Club,USA,sponsored by the Zonta Club ofFairfax County

District 11

  • Z Club of Northview High School, USA, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Dothan Area

District 17

  • NTC Education Bantangas Inc. Golden Z Club, Philippines, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Greater Rizal I
  • Roxas National High School Z Club, Philippines, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Baguio
  • TCU Z Club, Philippines, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Makati & Environs

District 27

  • Brugge Golden Z Club ("Young Zonta Brugge"), Belgium, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Brugge
  • Hannover Golden Z Club, Germany, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Hannover
  • Z Club of Young Zonta Luxembourg, Luxembourg, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Luxembourg-Multiculturel

 

November 2017 Newsletter

Join the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign

 

It is time to embrace the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign. This year, during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Zonta International will add trafficking as one part of the campaign. Human trafficking or trafficking in persons as it is commonly referred to at the United Nations. Human trafficking affects almost every country in the world, either as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims, the vast majority of whom are women and girls.

 

For the 16 Days of Activism, which runs from 25 November-10 December, Zonta clubs are encouraged to take action to address violence against women and domestic violence or to align their actions with Zonta International to plan activities to focus specifically on human trafficking. TheZonta Says NO to Violence Against Women websitehas updated materials, including resources to assist clubs in using the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention and Anti-Trafficking Convention to support their advocacy efforts.

 

Let us know what your club does to fight violence against women this year during the Zonta Says NO campaign.Submit a photo and storyof your club taking action through the Share Your Story initiative.

 

 

 

New program updates available

 

A new report on the Liberia Fistula Project from theperiod of 1 January – 30 June 2017 is now available.Click hereto read it.

 

Zonta International has supported the Fistula Project since 2008. Its goal is to contribute to the elimination ofobstetric fistula and the reduction of maternal mortality, morbidity and sexual violence against womenwhile improving the health and socio-economic status of women and girls in Liberia. For the 2016-2018 Biennium, Zonta has committed an additional US$1 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the project.

A new report is also available on the Delaying Early Marriage in Niger project from the period of January – June 2017.Click hereto read it.

 

Zonta International has worked with UNFPA to reduce early marriage and early pregnancy in Niger since 2014. The program is intended to provide teenage girls in Niger with new skills, health knowledge, and social and economic empowerment.

 

An additional US$1 million has been dedicated to this project for the 2016-2018 Biennium. This contribution will reach an additional 11,000 adolescent girls.

 

 

District 6 collects feminine hygiene products for first-ever district-wide service project

 

During the District 6 Conference, Zonta club members lined up beside long folding tables, packing tampons, pads, soap and hand sanitizer into bags to be donated to women in homeless shelters.

 

The activity was part of an initiative spearheaded by the district to provide feminine hygiene products to women who may not be able to afford them.

 

According to the United Nations, an estimated 2.5 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation. Many of these people are women.Timemagazine reported that 40 states in the U.S. have a tax on menstrual products, increasing the price on items that are already too expensive for some women. Women who are homeless or incarcerated cannot always access or afford sanitary products. It can even reach a point where some women trade food stamps for tampons.

 

Organizers of the conference asked attendees to bring feminine hygiene products to be donated to the Road Home Dane County homeless shelter in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Calling it the “Period Project,” members brought in more than US$5,000 worth of products to create 150 “Period Packs.” Each pack includes pads, tampons, hygiene wipes, soap, hand sanitizer, and underwear.

 

View a news broadcast of the eventhere.

 

 

 

 

2018-2020 International Committees

 

Our international committees are an excellent opportunity for Zontians to contribute their skills and competencies to Zonta, as well as to act on Zonta's mission. If you have the skills, competencies and time, consider serving on one in the next biennium. Please read more about the committeeshere.

 

If you would like to be part of the data selection base for committees, please send an email to President-ElectSusanne von Bassewitz.

 

 

Zontians in Action

 

Every month, we highlight the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs around the world. Has your club impacted your community through its actions?Share Your Storythrough our website and tag your social media posts with #ZontiansInAction.

 

Zonta Club of Sydney, Australia

 

The Zonta Club of Sydney continues to support young women in engineering by awarding their 16th annual Women in Engineering & IT Education Award.Their annual breakfast and awards ceremony encourages female undergraduate engineering students.

 

 

District 27

 

District 27 organized a bike ride preceding the district conference to create a “sea of orange” in support of the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

 

 

Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, USA

 

The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, USA, is working to support young women studying sciences through multiple programs and events.

 

Each year, the club sponsors two female middle schools students in sixth through eighth grade to attend week-longSTEM summer camp at Niagara University in Niagara Falls that focuses on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

 

 

Z Club of District 32, Area 1

 

Z club members participated in an advocacy meeting in South Korea with national leaders.

 

Z club members from District 32, Area 1 visited South Korea's National Assembly and Rep. Nam In-soon of the Minjoo Party of Korea to share information about the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

 

 







South Korean Z Club advocates to end sexual violence against girls

 

The CIS Z Club, South Korea, is working to increase awareness regarding teenage girls and their rights. Joined by teachers and Congressman Seunghee Yoo, the students participated in a flash mob, singing, dancing and spreading the message to "stop sexual violence against girls." The Z club members made signs and banners with statistics and emphasized the necessity of modifying the law, "Act on the protection of children and juveniles against sexual abuse." They also distributed about 1,000 fans they made with the message, "Protect young girls on the street who are under the threat of violence."

 

 

Mackellar Z Club brings Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign to local schools

 

Mackellar Z Club, Australia, participated in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, creating signs and a video that was shown at local schools and used in pastoral care programs. The students also joined with the Zonta Club of Northern Beaches to assemble 2,000 birthing kits.

 

 

Seinan Jo Gakuin University Golden Z Clubdonates books to school children in Cambodia

 

Earlier this year, theSeinan Jo Gakuin University Golden Z Club, Japan, donated 45 English books to Bathey Middle School in Cambodia. Club members visit the school each year, and communicate with the students by showing each other traditional dances and culture. The Golden Z club has donated more than 500 books to the school so far.

 

 

St. Therese MTC Colleges Z Club and Golden Z La Fiesta feed children and clean up local neighborhood

 

In celebration of Nutrition Month in the Philippines, the St. Therese MTC Colleges Z Club and Golden Z La Fiesta joined together to facilitate a "feeding" program inBarangay West Timawa Molo, Iloilo City. Students distributed hot broth, breads and juices to the children, and also taught them proper hand-washing techniques. Last month, the Z and Golden Z club members organized a clean-up drive in the neighborhood, a regular activity that aims to increase awareness for environmental protection and conservation.

 

 

Avonside Girls H.S. Z Club collects school supplies for children in Fiji

 

The students of Avonside Girls H.S. Z Club, New Zealand, collected school supplies for underprivileged children in Fiji. Their club president, Cassidy, delivered the supplies in person this summer.

 

 

Golden Z Club SOCC members volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

 

Members of the Golden Z Club at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC), USA, spent time during their school's summer break repairing a fence at a Habitat for Humanity house and reorganizing tools in the store. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organizationthat works to create decent, affordable housing. Now, the Golden Z club is looking into assisting with evacuation and recovery efforts for the Chetco Bar Fire.

 

 

District 23 promotes student clubs at its fall conference

 

District 23, Australia, promoted its Z and Golden Z Club program at its conference during the first weekend of September.For the first time, a Z and Golden Z club flag was part of the flag parade that opened the conference. On the last day, a seminar titled "Leading the Way with the Youth of Today" includedinformation on how to establish Z clubs and Golden Z clubs and projects they have participated in. St. Catherine's College Golden Z Club, the district's only Golden Z club, put together a special video for conference attendees.

 

 

Welcome to new Z and Golden Z clubs!

 

The following Z and Golden Z clubs were chartered since 30 June 2017:

 

District5

  • University of Akron Golden Z Club, USA, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Zonta ABC

District 16

  • Z Club of Rotorua Girls High School, New Zealand, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Rotorua

District 17

  • Z Club of Cataggaman National High School,Philippines, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Tuguegarao
  • Prois International Christian School System Z Club, Philippines, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Cagayan de Oro I
  • SMCL Senior High School Z Club, Philippines, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Laguna
  • Taguig City University Golden Z Club, Philippines, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Makati & Envrions

District 22

  • The Ambassadors Z Club, Australia, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Caloundra City Inc.
  • CQUni Mackay Golden Z Club, Australia, sponsored by the Zonta Club of Mackay Inc.
  • St. Cath's Z Club, Australia, sponsored by the Zonta Club of the Whitsundays Inc.

District23

  • Melton Secondary Z Club, Australia, sponsoredby the Zonta Club of Melton Inc

 

District 30

  • Z Club Stara Zagora, Bulgaria,sponsored by the Zonta Club ofStara Zagora

District 31

  • Concordia Z Club, Taiwan (ROC), sponsored by the Zonta Club of Chia-Yi

 



 

District Conference Toolkit

The District Conference Toolkit is available on the Zonta International website here: https://membership.zonta.org/tools/DistrictConferenceToolkit.

More tools will be added as they are made available.
Foundation Focus

New donation experience
We have recently upgraded the Foundation's online donation site to provide a better user experience for Zonta International members and Foundation donors.

This new site will allow you to:
  • Designate your donation to multiple funds with a single transaction
  • Personalize a customized eCard for your tributes
  • Set up and manage your monthly donation
  • Save your billing information
Your username and password are separate from your MyZonta membership information on membership.zonta.org, which uses a different system. 

For more information, please watch the webinar on How to use the ZIF Online Donation System on the foundation tools page at https://membership.zonta.org/Tools/Foundation-Tools

If you have any questions, please contact Zonta International Foundation staff at zifoundation@zonta.org or at +1.630.928.1400 during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT.

Macy's Charity Challenge
We are participating in the Macy's Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge, a friendly fundraising competition raising money for causes like ours. Help the Zonta International Foundation win the grand prize of $100,000 by donating, through 1:59:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, 9 August, via the button below.


 
Encouraging girls to become scientists "not rocket science"

In her new book,"The Only Woman in the Room,"Eileen Pollack reflects on her time as a physics undergraduate student at Yale University and the barriers women in science still face today. Rather than becoming discouraged, she uses her experiences as a challenge to get others to help more girls interested in STEM. Watch her recent appearance on PBS News Hour below:



How are we helping women stay in STEM?
While it is vital to ensure girls' education in STEM and to encourage them to pursue careers in engineering, the challenge does not stop there. With an increase ofwomen in STEM careers considering leaving within five years, and more than half of U.S. women leaving technology field employers mid-career, we have to ask what we are doing to women in STEM fields. More than half of women surveyed said they had been discriminated against in their job, with more than 75 percent indicating it was because of their gender.
Read the report from McKinsey & Company onlineabout how companies are seeking to correct gender imbalances and finding and keeping talented women in their teams.
We want to hear from you!

Do you have a story, photo or video to share with us for a future Amelia Earhart Fellowship Newsletter? Send your stories to Martina Gamboa, Zonta International Senior Programs Coordinator, atmgamboa@zonta.org.

 

View our profile on LinkedInJoin the Amelia Earhart Fellowship group on LinkedIn and add to the conversation!

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Zonta International e-Newsletter
November 2015 | Issue No. 14
Happy 96th Birthday to Zonta International
On 8 November 1919, delegates from the first Zonta clubs met in Buffalo, New York, USA to found the "Confederation of Zonta Clubs." Ninety-six (96) years later, we are still empowering women around the world.
Learn more about the history of Zonta International on
our website.
Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women 2015 launches 25 November

From 25 November - 10 December, join with thousands of Zontians around the world to take action to end violence against women. Together, we will take our Zonta Says NO to Violence against Women campaign from awareness to advocacy and make lasting changes within our communities, governments and the world.

While we take action and say "NO" to violence, we say "YES" to human rights and empowering women worldwide through our service and advocacy.
  • Take advantage of the new advocacy tools and public relation tools to support your advocacy activities in your community.
  • Share your actions by clicking: ADD AN ACTION on the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women website.
  • "Like" and follow our Zonta Says NO Facebook page for updates and information, and remember to share the messages across your social media platforms.

Register for the 63rd Zonta International Convention and receive special early pricing

Be among the first to register for the Zonta International 63rdConvention andreceivelimited-time value pricing. Secure the special early bird price of 315by registering for the conventionbefore 27 Feb 2016.


Visit the convention website to discover more information about:
  • Convention events
  • Program schedule
  • Workshops
  • Bright Spots Street
  • Resources for delegates
  • Links to registration, hotel reservations and tour options


Take a walk down the Zonta Bright Spots Streets

The Bright Spots Street will feature the best Zonta projects and programs empowering women worldwide, including the recipients of the 2014-2016 Zonta Service Recognition Awards. Prepare to share your ideas, knowledge and experiences with your fellow Zontians.

Additional information, including instructions to reserve a space in the Bright Spots Streets, will be posted on the Zonta Convention website very soon. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Laura Peters at lep@intlsoftwaresystems.com.
Remembering Zontian Thanpooying Poonsapaya Napawongs Na Ayutthaya

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a highly revered and recognized Zontian. As a member of Zonta for 65 years, Professor Thanpooying Poonsapaya Napawongs Na Ayutthaya's impact reached far beyond her home of Thailand, where she was a charter member of the Zonta Club of Bangkok I, the first Zonta club in Thailand. She is regarded as a pioneer in education, received multiple awards for her service and continually gave back to her community.
Join us in celebrating the life of a revolutionary Zontian and read Professor Thanpooying's incredible story
on our website.
New e-Club established in District 10
Zonta International President Maria Jose Landeria Ostergaard with members of the Zonta e-Club USA 2
The Zonta e-Club of USA-2 officially chartered on 21 July 2015. The club is 17 members strong and covers a geographical area in the United States from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Club members participated in person and remotely at the District 10 conference in October. The club is already establishing a strong foundation for future fundraising and brought a sizable donation to the conference in honor of two-time AE Fellow and member, Laura Suarez-Henderson.
"We are honored to have a star-studded board with several past governors and others who have served Zonta consistently throughout their lives," writes Zonta e-Club of USA-2 President Christi Walker. "We are delighted to be one of the pioneers of Zonta's e-Clubs and strive to find new and creative ways to serve Zonta in the technology age."
Voices against Violence workshop held in New York, USA, 18-22 October

Thanks to your contributions to the Zonta International Foundation, UN Women and WAGGGS held their third international Voices against Violence workshop.More than 45 women from 11 countries attended the workshop in New York, USA, where participants learned thecurriculum to teach other youth leaders within their own communities. The program is on track to train 3,000 youth leaders, who will in turn reach 800,000 people worldwide with the Voices against Violence message.
This special project works toward "Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls" since it only be achieved once gender-based violence no longer exists. Voices against Violence is focused on ending discrimination, harmful social norms and gender stereotypes that influence such violence.
Zonta International was represented by District 4 Governor, Joanne Raymond, and Zonta International Senior Communications Coordinator, Kate Edrinn. Both were able to observe and participate in the workshops to experience the curriculum first-hand. Look for a video summary about Voices against Violence from Zonta International during the 16 Days of Activism.
For more information, visit the UN Women's Voices against Violence website.

Z and Golden Z clubs continue to grow
Zonta International President Maria Jose Landeria Ostergaard with Z Club officers from District 31
Z and Golden Z club members represent part of the future of Zonta. This biennium, 32 new Z clubs and 25 new Golden Z clubs have chartered - an increase of nearly 14 percent. This growth is a great achievement that we can all be proud of.

Has your club sponsored a Z or Golden Z club? If not, we encourage you to partner with a local school to start one. This program is not only beneficial for the young people involved but also for the Zontians in the sponsoring club too.

Learn more about sponsoring a Z or Golden Z club on the Zonta International website.


Zonta Store Clearance Sale
Doc Morgan Inc. is clearing out Zonta merchandise to make room for many new items to support the revised Zonta branding. Take advantage of special pricing before it is gone.
Zontians in Action
Zonta Club of Bunbury, Australia
Members of the Zonta Club of Bunbury, Australia, assembled 1,000 birthing kits to be used in safe, healthy deliveries.

Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
The Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA spread the message of Zonta Says NO to Violence against Women with their "Take a Stand in the Sand" event. The advocacy walk along the beach was followed by a candlelight vigil.
Zonta Club of Hampton Roads, VA, USA

Every Member Every November

In honor of Zonta's 96th anniversary, the Zonta International Foundation is asking all Zontians to make an individual donation to the Foundation. This action willhelp change the lives of women around the worldby supporting a life free of violence and overcoming gender barriers that hinder access to health, education and professional development.

This year, we aim to have 100 percent club participation. Will you be so kind as to join us?

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Member Milestones
Congratulations to the following Zontians celebrating more than 50 years of membership.
Eleanor Jammal, Zonta Club of Ashtabula Area, OH, USA, 61 years

EA Jammal
Eleanor Jammal served as Zonta International President from 1974 to 1976 and Zonta International Foundation President from 1993 to 1995.
Frances Bauer, Zonta Club of New York, NY, USA, 59 years

Selma Starns, Zonta Club of Corvallis, OR, USA, 56 years

Toy Kay
, Zonta Club of Olympia, Washington,54 years

Alice Silver, Zonta Club of Alpena, MI, USA, 52 years
Joyce Abraham, Zonta Club of Johnson County, KS, USA, 50 years

Lillian Chrystall, Zonta Club of Auckland Inc, New Zealand, 50 years

Anne Gambrill,Zonta Club of Auckland Inc, 50 years

Joan-Mary Longcroft,Zonta Club of Auckland Inc, 50 years

Congratulations to the following newly formed Z and Golden Z clubs

CAA National High School Z Club, sponsor: Zonta Club of Las Pinas, Philippines, District 17

Fearless Females Z Club, sponsor: Zonta Club of Joliet, IL, US, District 6
Auburn Z Club, sponsor: Zonta Club of Auburn AL, USA District 2

CIS Z Club, sponsor: Zonta Club of Seoul III - Nam Seoul, South Korea, District 32

Taichung Hong Wen, sponsor: Zonta Club of Taichung, Taiwan,
District 31
DO YOU KNOW YOUR ZI SERVICE PROJECTS?
Take the Zonta International Service Project quiz about Voices against Violencehere.

SHOWING COMMITMENT CONVICTION COURAGE
The newConviction-Commitment-Courage Membership Recognition Program distinguishes members, clubs and districts that successfully recruit and maintain members.More online
#CSW60 14-26 March 2016, New York, USA
This year's priority theme is women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development. Are you interested in attending or learning more? Email Megan Radavich, Director of Programs and Advocacy to be added to the contact list.
STAND OUT WITH SERVICE RECOGNITION
Has your Zonta club or district organized an outstanding project that has improved the lives of women in your community? Be sure to nominate them for the Zonta Service Recognition Award. The deadline to nominate projects to your governor is 29 December 2015.