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December Newsletter

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Sister Zontians,

 December is upon us and for many it is the busiest time of the year. Celebrating the holidays with family and friends can be both stressful and rewarding. Some of us have new additions to the family, making this special time even more exciting; others have lost loved ones or are dealing with family illness, making this a time of reflection and changed traditions.  Regardless of your circumstances, I encourage you to count your many blessings – open your heart, mind and soul to goodness, gratitude and light.  Be proud of your ability to share your time, talent and treasures not only with friends and family, but also with women and children locally and globally who benefit from your generosity.

I recently received a request from Dana A. Brendecke-Carrier, bCRE, Development Manager for Zonta International & Zonta International Foundation asking for our ‘success formula’.  Cheryl Dorfman nominated us to part of a pilot program because “… as a former Foundation Ambassador and now ZIF Development Committee member, I have been continually impressed by  the fact that a small to medium size like yours is able to raise a substantial amount yearly through your fund raising efforts and is most generous in your contributions to the Foundation, exceeding the amounts often given by larger clubs.”  I am not sure how we will proceed with the request, but the ‘ask’ is certainly something to be proud of!

The Board has asked Pam and Tina to handle Nomination Committee honors this year, with the goal of presenting a slate of officers for 2016 – 2018 at our March meeting.  Pam has been elected to the District 1 Treasurer position and Tina will be moving out of the area next spring – so neither can be a candidate for office. I invite all the rest of you to consider serving as an officer, on the board, or be a committee chair. Our club is small at this time, so we all need to take on a leadership role as we rebuild our ranks.  Job descriptions for these positions are outlined on page five (5) of this newsletter.  Thanks for stepping up!

On a recent afternoon at Solider On, one of the veterans shared how truly grateful the women are for our friendship and generosity. She shared that “the time that we take out of our busy lives to spend with them” is what makes the biggest difference to them. This heartfelt thank you reminded me of how fortunate I am to be a part of our club and how special and unique we all are. It is truly an honor serving as your President.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season.

Lisa Sedelow


New Board Installed

On June 9th, Dr. Mary Ann Rubis did the honors of swearing in the 2014-2016 Board for Zonta of Quaboag Valley.


Janet DaSilva and Kristin Goold, Co-Presidents, Ann Cormier Director, Tina Guinasso Director, Debra Wood Secretary, Lisa Sedelow Vice President and Membership Chair, Joanne Turner Chiacchia Director. Missing from photo is Pamela Albertson,Treasurer


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Your help is needed in marketing the Silent “no more!” Auction.   Select 2 actions you will take and share that information in the comments section below, so we do not duplicate efforts.

1.  Extend a personal invitation to everyone on your database – friends, colleagues, professional contacts/service providers (e.g., doctors, lawyers, hair dressers, owners of small businesses you frequent)

2. Email an invitation to prior guests, recipients of awards (Founders, scholarships), etc.
Note to Secretary / Treasurer: Need to gather this data at point of contact and keep it current.

3.  Follow up on emailed press release sent to editors/reporters of local papers – in person or with a phone call:
Springfield Republican: DONE Kate Roy |, | (PalmerBureauChief (413) 788-1304)
Turley Publications:   Belchertown |Ludlow |Palmer
Reminder Publications:

4.  Complete online event notifications OR email radio/TV community contacts:
New England Public Radio:
Channel 22
ABC 40
Channel 3
Contact television newscasters/reporters directly who typically cover like-minded stories

5.  Invite a government/local official, Police /Fire department representative to the event.  Their presence will say a lot about their position on domestic violence.

6.  Invite another organization (Girl Scouts, etc.) to the event
Be aware of potential organizations that could partner with us. Establish a relationship.

7.  Send out message on whatever social media you use – facebook, twitter, etc.

8.  If you are attending a local event where Zontians may be able to participate, ask to set up an information table so you can share our best practices, discuss benefits of participating in our club, etc.

9.  Other idea:

10.  Other idea: