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February 2018 Newsletter

Dear Sister Zontians and Friends:

January’s dinner meeting honoring Amelia Earhart featured WPI PhD. student, Sharada Bhavanam.  Her enthusiasm was contagious—we can expect to hear more about this fabulous up-and-coming aviator and aerospace engineer!

All the clubs in Western MA are taking part in the 2018 Period Project. Feminine products are costly and are not covered by SNAP or WIC. For some women, that time of the month could not come at a worse time. Please help us raise awareness and collect pads, tampax, panty liners, soap, wipes, and underwear.  We are also accepting cash donations to be used to purchase items in short supply. Drop-off locations are listed at zontaqv.org/period.  On February 12th we will gather at the Ludlow Country Club with representatives of shelters, foodbanks and survival centers to assemble monthly kits. Contact Trish with guest list so we can have an accurate count for dinner.

The International Woman’s Day 2018 theme for gender equality in March is #PressforProgress. To appreciate that sentiment, we will  travel back in time to experience societal norms with Lucy Stone, who was born in West Brookfield MA in 1818. Actress and historical interpreter, Judith Kalaora, will perform her one-woman play as suffragist Lucy Stone on March 12th.  If you would like to ensure that students and others without means can experience this timely educational event, we invite you to send a donation (in any amount) to Zonta Quaboag Valley with a note in the memo: “Lucy Stone Free Admission.”  We will take care of the rest!

On the FIRST Monday of May, we will sponsor our 9th annual Silent “no more!” Auction—a festive and amazing fundraiser to benefit Zonta International Foundation, Solder On Women Veterans and one more deserving nonprofit to be determined. Let us know your thoughts on the third recipient and start gathering those themed baskets and gift certificates.

As February’s business meeting will be abbreviated, Committee Chairmen have kindly included their reports in this newsletter.  Please review in advance.

Thank you as always for your dedication and service!

Mary Knight
President

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January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Zontians and Friends:

Wishing all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.  As you craft your intentions for 2018, please consider: “Who is left out? Why? How can I be an instrument of change?”

We have a lot to look forward to in the next several months, and it’s a perfect opportunity to share these events with individuals who desire to be part of something much larger than themselves.

In January we honor Amelia Earhart and welcome an up-and-coming aviator and aerospace engineer, Sharada Bhavanam.  Please contact Trish to confirm your attendance for the January 8th meeting and provide names of guests.  We need an accurate number for dinner.  Thanks.

The public is invited to join us on Monday, January 8, 2018 starting at 5:30 at the Ludlow Country Club, Ludlow MA. A buffet dinner will be served at 6pm, followed by a short business meeting and the program.  Please RSVP by January 3rd (note any dietary restrictions). Either send a check ($18/pp) with names of all attendees to Mary F. Knight, PO Box 1034, Belchertown MA 01007-1034, or email info@zontaqv.org with names of all attendees and pay $20/pp at the door – cash, check or credit card.

Between now and February 12th, all the clubs in Western MA are taking part in  #ThePeriodProject. Feminine products are costly and are not covered by SNAP or WIC. For some women, that time of the month couldn’t come at a worse time.   Read more….

 

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December 2017 Newsletter

On Monday, December 11th we are delighted to welcome Linda van Werthooven and learn about how the Tanzania Nursing Scholarship program is changing lives of young women and their communities.

Members and guests are invited to bring an unwrapped gift for a child staying in transitional housing during this holiday season. Janelle Estrada from Woman Shelter Companeras suggests reading books, activity books, board games, dolls—items that occupy the imagination and take up little space

We meet starting at 5:30 with a social and 6:00 dinner, followed by the program, at the Ludlow Country Club, Ludlow MA.  RSVP by December 6th is appreciated.  Either send a check ($18/pp) payable to Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley, with names of all attendees to ZQV, PO Box 1034, Belchertown, MA 01007-1034 or email info@zontaqv.org with names of all attendees and pay $18/pp at the door – cash, check or credit card.

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November 2017 Newsletter

Our November dinner meeting will celebrate our 2017 Founder’s Day award recipient: Gail Gramarossa of Belchertown.  Read all about Gail on page 2 of this newsletter.

The public is invited to join us in celebrating Gail Gramarossa on Monday, November 13th starting at 5:30 with a reception and dinner at the Ludlow Country Club, Ludlow MA. RSVP by November 6th is appreciated.  Either send a check ($30/pp) payable to Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley, with names of all attendees to ZQV, PO Box 1034, Belchertown, MA 01007-1034 or email info@zontaqv.org with names of all attendees and pay $30/pp at the door – cash, check or credit card.

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October 2017 Newsletter

Our October dinner meeting will be another learning opportunity. Heather White, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Area Director for Western MA & Vermont will join us to share strategies on suicide prevention. Please share the information on page 2 with friends, family and colleagues.  During our business meeting we will select a recipient for our Founder’s Day award.  Please review the information on page 6 and be prepared to share your nominations.  Finally, we are collecting items for the Fall Conference—please bring an item for the Chocolate Lover’s basket, contributions for Hospitality and donations for the Period Project.  If you are unable to attend, please have a buddy bring your items to the meeting Monday, October 9th.  Be sure to let Trish know of your guest count or regrets by Wednesday 9/6. 

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September 2017 Newsletter

Dear Sister Zontians and Friends:

I hope the summer break was all you had hoped for, and more!

I did see some of you at the Campfire hosted by Debbie in June, at the SoldierOn Women’s  luncheon, and at a mentoring session for new members in July.  We also had a delightful summer picnic hosted by Trish and her family on 8/14. The entertainment was priceless!  Thank you!

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May/June 2017 Newsletter

Dear Sister Zontians and Friends:

Where has time gone?  Our meeting in June starts the new Zonta year and ends our meetings for the summer break!  As is our tradition, we have a Year-end Report in this issue of the Zonta Bog. We few have accomplished an awful lot of good work together!  Please take some time to review each summary. Questions and ideas are encouraged!

Our Silent “no more!” Auction in May was another great success.  Trish does an excellent job of summarizing highlights in her report on page 4. Kudos to all!  I know Marge was with us in spirit!

The June meeting will be a full one.

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April 2017 Newsletter

Dear Sister Zontians and Friends:

It is officially SPRING, but this club has not been hibernating during the winter months!
Plans are well under way for this year’s Silent “no more!” Auction and we are looking for items to bid on as well as people to attend.  There is a flyer in this newsletter that we hope you will share with everyone in your network.  We are pleased to have three very deserving organizations that benefit from our efforts!  At the end of the April meeting we will take some time to assemble baskets—so please bring whatever items, gift certificates and baskets/containers you’ve collected so far.  We hope to have over 100 items in the auction with initial bids of $25 and up.

Also at the April meeting, we will be voting on three new-member applicants—individuals who have made a commitment to join us in service and advocacy.

 Have you registered yet for the Spring Retreat in Maine?  There are several of us who will be heading up on Friday the 28th of April, so let’s plan on car-pooling! See the invitation in this issue.   Another opportunity for learning, fellowship and networking takes place June 2-4 in Virginia and Washington DC. Read about the Zonta International North American Interdistrict Conference (NAIDM) in this issue and consider attending with Mary, MaryAnn and Pam.

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March 2017

Dear Sister Zontians and Friends,

We are on a roll!!  The enthusiasm continues!  Our February Period Project far surpassed expectations.  Our amazing club members worked side by side with many volunteers to fill over 500 feminine hygiene kits for numerous organizations and women’s shelters .  The generosity of our members, as well as the community was phenomenal.  We received $728 in monetary donations and hundreds of boxes of pads, tampons, liners, soaps, wipes and underwear.  Not only did we complete 500 kits at our meeting, we had enough extra products and funds to make another 116 kits which will be delivered to other organizations in need. Thank you, ladies, for all of your efforts to make this project a success.  This effort really put Zonta of Quaboag Valley “on the map”!  We should all be very proud of our efforts.  Read on:

 

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February 2017

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Dear Sister Zontians and Friends,

We started out the second half of our Zontian year with great enthusiasm.  January is Amelia Earhart month and we were delighted to have pilot Karen Fontaine as our guest speaker. We inducted Sue Williams at this meeting and welcome her experience and perspective! And we are full-steam ahead on the Period Project—Distributing dignity to women and teens in need.

Please continue to get the word out to your networks—we are seeking boxes of pads, tampons and panty liners; quantities of soaps, wipes or sanitizers; and new pairs of underwear—any size.  Send me an accounting of what is collected by 2/10, so we can purchase supplemental supplies with donations received.  We also are inviting members of the public to join us in putting the monthly menstrual kits together. We will start setting up at 5:30, break for dinner ($18) at 6, and then resume assembly at about 6:45. Kim Lee from CHD and representatives from other shelters will be on hand to take delivery of the kits and remaining products. PLEASE—get a head count of guests to Trish by 2/8 so we have plenty of food and beverages.

Our friends from Soldier On worked with us in January to create about 40 of the kits—helping us to determine a smooth workflow and the quantities to include.  They were excited to be part of this effort to raise awareness about the struggle a period is for women living with homelessness or poverty, as pads and tampons are considered “non-essential” by the federal government.

At our March meeting we will celebrate women’s health month by focusing on menopause—peri and post, and identify an organization which will benefit at this year’s Silent “no more” Auction.  Please give it some thought and submit proposals.  It is not too early to start collecting baskets, items, services and gift certificates for the May 8th Auction.  Also help us spread the Save the Date message—we need good attendance at this important event.

At it’s meeting in January, the Board finalized the goals for this biennium (page 4) and we ask that you review and vote on accepting them. We need 100% buy-in to achieve success.

Thanks for all you do.

Mary Knight, President
413-219-8260
info@zontaqv.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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