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December 2016 Newsletter

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Dear Sister Zontians and Friends,

The 25th Anniversary / Founder’s day meeting was well done and received. We had 88 out of the 96 expected individuals in attendance. The programs, centerpieces, cake(s), chocolate favors, pens, photographer were all plusses! The two PowerPoint presentations (one of Zonta – created by MaryAnn, and one of Marge being Marge) and pictures from Fran Ferry are available on line—let me know if you have trouble accessing.

The food was WONDERFUL and the venue absolutely beautiful! Many thanks to members who had speaking parts and those who worked behind the scenes to pull this off! I think everyone signed the guest book that circulated, but we got very few emails…. So we need to spend postage if we want to follow-up.
Please help Trish and I by getting us email addresses for your guests – and reach out to see if they might join us at our December meeting. Reminder: Get me regrets/names of guests by 12/7 so we have an good count for dinner.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence continues through December 10th. Please review and share info Dana has posted on Facebook; consider writing a letter to the editor to raise awareness on issues of violence against women.

Our December 12th meeting will feature a speaker from the Links to Libraries Board—George O’Brien, editor of Business West.

We will also be launching a hands-on project proposed by our board:
The Period Project—distributing dignity to women/girls in need.
We are meeting with representatives from local shelters to finalize details, but the idea is to pack monthly menstrual kits that include tampons, pads wipes, pantyliners, soap and underwear. We would collect items in December and January, and put the kits together at the February meeting. One of the cheerleaders for this project —Kim Lee from CHD—will join us for the launch, to share how this will make a difference in the lives of their clients.

As is customary at this meeting, we collect new, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, games and books for children who will be spending the holidays in shelters. Your generosity is appreciated by Mothers in a tough place right now.

Finally, please review the outline for our 25th anniversary issue of the Bog in this newsletter. Comments, questions, help with organizing and proofreading are welcome!!

Thankful as always for our Zonta Fellowship, Mary Knight

November 2016 Newsletter

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Dear Sister Zontians and Friends,

I hope many of you took the message from the October meeting to heart and have started taking some “ME” time!  You are special and deserving.

Six of our members attended fall conference in Nova Scotia and had a most uplifting time. The speakers on Human Trafficking and women’s issues were very informative; we have lots to share. Dana’s report is on page 7.  Handouts will posted on the District website for your review as well:

Preparations for our November 14th meeting are being finalized and it appears we will have a record attendance to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and to honor this year’s Founder’s Day recipient—Marge Cavanaugh.  Thanks to all members for their efforts in pulling this special evening together. It is not too late to invite friends, family and colleagues. The press release is included in this newsletter. Please be sure to get your final guest count to me by November 7th so we provide an accurate count to Ludlow Country Club and plan seating.

Photographer Fran Ferry will be on hand to memorialize the evening and plans are underway to create a special 25th Anniversary issue of the Bog by year end.

November 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the first of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.  It is a perfect time to educate ourselves and others about facts and issues impacting women locally and world-wide. Check out and be on the lookout for ideas from our Advocacy committee.

Our December meeting will feature a speaker from the Links to Libraries Board and a collection of toys for children who will be spending the holidays in shelters. New, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, games and books are always appreciated!

Thanks to those of you who have submitted responses to Membership Chairman Trish Pupek about your reasons for being a Zontian. Debbie Wood’s reflection is included in this issue.

As always, yours in Zonta Fellowship,

Mary Knight



October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Sister Zontians and Friends,

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Many thanks to members and guests for a very productive meeting in September.  We set our intentions in a positive way (thanks Sandy Neumann!) and began our 25th year of service and advocacy!  We are very pleased about our 2016 Founder’s Day award winner—Marge Cavanaugh—and look forward to recognizing her many contributions.

At the fall conference in Nova Scotia we will be participating in the Silent Auction—Dana got us a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate, and the Store—I will bring a selection of our t-shirts along with an order form.

The golf fundraiser was another great success! Thanks to the core committee Debbie, Marge, Kris – and to all other members who donated raffle items, food and precious time to pull this off.

The October meeting promises to be another interesting one, and much shorter!.

  • Ÿ Our program (page 2) will be about making YOU a priority on your “to do list!  Check out the rationale on page 7 and share with friends who need to hear this message.
  • Ÿ This is Domestic Violence Awareness Month—observed to bring to light an issue that effects our community in a staggering way (page 5). Shanique will share how the local YWCA is taking part in the Purple Purse Challenge and how we can help.  Tip:  We will have a tag-sale table, so bring cash!
  • Ÿ We will get updates on the 25rh anniversary plans for November 14th and other committee reports.


Finally and most importantly: Why are you a member of Zonta?  What do you hope to get out of being a member of this club?  What will it look like; feel like to you when your reason for membership is being met?  How can the club measure its success in meeting your needs around being a member? Read Kris’ thoughts regarding this topic on page 6.

As busy women, almost all decisions we make have that underlying thought process, “What’s in it for me?” If we hope to strengthen our Zonta club, it is important that we understand your WIIFM—so that we are focused on those interests and needs.  So….Why are you a member of Zonta?  Please forward your response to Membership Chair Trish Pupek at or before our October 10th meeting.


As always, yours in Zonta Fellowship,

Mary Knight


Zonta International Welcomes New Biennium

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2016-2018 Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation President Sonja Hönig Schough presents Zonta’s goals and programs for the 2016-2018 Biennium
Zonta International is adopting two new international service projects in Madagascar and Nepal and will build upon our progress in Liberia and Niger, as voted on by delegates at the 2016 Convention. These four projects ensure a better future for women and girls through education and economic sustainability. Zonta is also continuing our educational fellowship, scholarship and award programs to encourage women to enter male-dominated fields.This biennium, it is also important for us to empower one another. When Zonta clubs meet, members should feel supported in their own lives and encouraged to impact their local communities. Together, we empower women worldwide.

September 2016 Newsletter

Dear Sister Zontians,

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I look forward to our new Zonta year—our 25th!  We had a wonderful French-themed outing at Deb Wood’s home in August in honor of ZI Convention. Picture at reflects the comaraderie of the group!
Our Golf Tournament on the 10th is shaping up to be another successful fundraiser. Thanks to all members for donating prizes and recruiting players; check out too!

Our first meeting of the year will be action packed:

Ÿ We will induct Shanique Spalding as our newest member.

Ÿ Our guest speaker—Sandy Neumann—will clue us in on “Getting More of What we Want” through the power of intention. Read about the topic on page 7 of this newsletter and then review the intentions our Board put together for this biennium on page 8.

Ÿ Delegate Pam Albertson provided a report on the ZI Convention in Nice on page 5 and—along with other attendees—will be available to answer questions about this biennial event.

Ÿ Several of the new committees formed over the summer are meeting and will be prepared to share reports.  Special thanks to Pam, Trish, Dana, Debbie, Liz and Marge for each taking on TWO leadership roles this year.  Committee Assignments are outlined on page 9.

Ÿ Our November 14th meeting will be a special event. At the 9/12 meeting we need to select someone for our Founder’s Day Award (please come prepared with nominations of local women who have made a significant difference in the Quabog Valley area) and make plans for our 25th Anniversary (be thinking about how we can break down tasks—menu, décor, invitations, publicity, program, etc.).

Ÿ Details for the October Fall Conference in Nova Scotia will be available—Let’s determine who will be traveling and suggestions for making this 12 hour journey!

Ÿ The women from Soldier On will join us for an outing at Quabbin Reservoir and the McLaughlin Fish Hatchery in Belchertown on Saturday September 17th. Ideas for lunch and head count will be needed to make final plans.

Ÿ Trish will share details about the Out of Darkness Walk scheduled for the 25th.

As a reminder, we want to capitalize on the strengths each of us bring to this organization. Please provide the following to me as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly:

(a)  An area of expertise that you are willing to share with others

(b)  A skill, talent, area of knowledge that you would like to sharpen during the next two years.


Thanks for your dedication and passion for this organization!

Mary Knight

Zonta Benefit Tournament September 10th – GREAT SUCCESS!

20150606_151155The 22nd annual Zonta Golf fundraiser was held at Mill Valley Golf Links on Saturday, September 10, 2016 with an 8:30am shotgun start, followed by picnic-style lunch. Men and women players of all levels joined in to enjoy a day of golf, snacks, lunch, prizes and plenty of fun for a worthy cause! The scramble is a win-win: every player left with a valuable gift – from an array of certificates to prizes donated by members, sponsors and local businesses; the profits from this event benefit women and children survivors – locally and internationally.

Please thank our many sponsors!

Donations for Silent Auction are Amazing!

Zonta Auction 2016 Items so far:
Hand Knit Lap Blanket-green/mauve
Hand Knit Lap Blanket-beige, cream, light blue
Beach Bag-Beach Blanket; FlipFlops; Frisbee; Kid Pops; Water Bottle
Gray/Gold Shawl
$100 Dining Gift Certificate-Todd English’s Tuscany at Mohegan Sun
Garden Basket – $25 Gift Certificate Megan’s Valley Garden & Landscpe Supply ; Watering can, plants, tools, kneeling pad, gloves, napkins, cups
Nine West pocketbook
Stephanie Dawn pocketbook
Mineral Hills Winery at Godard’s Red Hen Farm- Wine, 2 wine glasses, gift certificate for wine tasting
Communiction Consulting Services 20 hours
Tutoring on MS Office Word,Excel, Publisher, or Power Pint Software 10 hours
Vera Bradley small shoulder bag – Blue/yellow
Vera Bradley handbag-blue/green & blue birds sitting in a tree
Vera Bradley handbag – Tutti Frutti
Vera Bradley tall tote w/ leather straps – Floral Nightingale
Overnight Tote & toiletry bag-black with owls
Vera Bradley tablet tote-Venetian Paisley
From Moroco – leather bag & coordinating wool scarf
Glassware from Slovokia (15 pieces)
Pet Basket/ $25 Randalls’ gift card
Spa Basket – $60 Europa Spa gift card –
Romantic Evening at Home basket
A Little Romance basket with Wood Fire Grill $50 Gift Certificate
Beachside Package basket including wine
Cal’s Wood Fired Grill – $50 gift card Villa Marchesi Pinot Grigio
Tea for Two basket
Scent Your Home basket
Cosmetic Basket basket with Fancy Fingers $50 gift card
Pamper Yourself basket
Little Miss basket
This and That Basket
Cooper’s Bag – Blue/Teal Fiber Scarf, Scarf Pin from Alburquerque, New Mexico
Jewelry Basket
Pamper Yourself basket with Massage $75
After the Honeymoon basket with Munich Haus German Restaurant $100 Gift Card,
Hair and Skin Perk Up basket
Basket of Bags – Dooney & Bourke Purse ; Douglas Bag
Coffee Time Plus basket
Basket o’ Christmas
Rococo Beveled Glass Mirror
Spring Basket
Hair Set – DaVinci Hair Salon $25 gift card; New Diamond Oil Hair Products
This ‘n That basket
Large White Porcelain Peace Lamp
Garden Basket Plus with Megan’s Valley Garden Landscape Supply $25 gift certificate;
Europa Spa $25 gift Certificate; Vera Bradley Set; Vera Bradley Bag;Coach Wallet; Coach Wristlet
Winter by the Fire basket
Day of Fun basket with Munich Haus German Restaurant $100 Gift Card
Cocktails with a Twist basket
New England Sports Teams Package Plus- Patriots Insulated Travel Casserole Holder; Nike Red Sox Pullover; MLB Set of Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Gel; Bicycle Repair Kit;Assorted Local Golf Coupons
Mount Warner Vineyards Gift basket
“It Was Just a House” hard cover book signed by author Katherine Mary Kraver. Promotional items: tote bag, kid’s t-shirt size large, hat, bookmarks, pens. “Meet &Eat” Friendly’s Restaurant
It Was Just a House” soft cover book signed by author Katherine Mary Kraver.Promotional items: shell cinch tote bag,hat, book mark, pen
Autographed Books for All Ages and $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Authors: Mo Williams, Julianne Moore, Chelsea Clinton, Deborah K.Heisz
Golf Swing Weight Scale and Golf Club Grips
Special Treat Basket donated byThe Hair Shop-Beautiful Wooden Basket; Hairbrush; Castile Soap; Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Moisturizer;Bath Bomb-Lemon Cream Pie
Ready for Spring $25 Gift Certificate from Megan’s Valley Garden & Landscape – Watering Can; Kneeling Pad; Garden Gloves; Garden Tools-Shears, trowel, cultivating tool, transplant tool ;Plant Food
Getting Organized – 66 quart Clear Plastic Box with latched lid; Ziplock Space bags; 3 Wooden Storage Baskets; Scarf Hanger
Craft Time – $25 Michael’s gift card;Decorative Storage Box;Cardstock Paper; Cards and Envelopes(50); Scrapbook Album; Artist Pen; Coloring Book and Pencils; Wood Clip Board
Home Depot – $100 Gift Card
(Lisa,combine with other item?)
Hand Knit Scarf – 100% virgin wool, hand washable Heart Shaped Pin
Wine Time – 2 Wine Glasses Hand Painted by Terry Graham and 2 botttles of Wine
Outdoor Blooming Tropical Plant in Clay pot
Outdoor Blooming Tropical Plant in Clay pot
In The Box – $30 gift certificate- Jar of Jam; Tea Towels; Decorative Napkins
Pure Haven Essentials – Basket of Natural Skincare Products
Watercolor by Paulette, Framed
Assortment of King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Mixes
Kids Who Read Succeed Tote Bag filled to the top with reading
Halloween, Curious George-7 short stories; Between U and Me by Zendaya
Stock My Office basket
Make It a Party! basket
Sadler Teapot
Bathroom Pottery Set -Soap Dish & Holder
Keurig Hot Coffee Maker
Floating Pots Watercolor
Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings made of Red Creek Jasper
Hematite Necklace
Gift Certificate for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and facial products
Saratoga Springs 4 Front Row Club House Seats
Saratoga Springs 4 Front Row Club House Seats
Taste of Umbria (live auction)
Hand Knit Ribbon Shawl
Beaded Ribbon Necklace with Magnetic Closure
Embossed Velvet Infinity Scarf & Velvet Rose Clip/Pin
Titleist NXT Tour S golf balls – 1 dozen, $50 Gift Card to Dick’s Sporting Goods
UGS Boots
Pillows ! Pillows! Fleece pillow, Comfort pillow, Eye pillows,Lavender Sachet, Catnip. All handmade
Talbot’s $50 Gift Card & Watercolor Fruits Scarf from Talbot’s
Lottery Fever Basket – $50 in Mass Lottery Scratch Tickets, bottle of Asti Spumante
Chocolates & Biscotti






Monday, May 2, 2016   Time: 6:00pm
Location:  Ludlow Country Club, Ludlow, MA

 The Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley is looking for gift certificates, donated items or themed baskets to be used in the Silent “no more!” Auction fundraiser.    Proceeds for this year’s event will to go toward local projects aimed at assisting homeless women veterans and providing supports to minimize destructive and risky behaviors among vulnerable youth; and international projects aimed at stopping violence against women and children.

Donors are eligible to receive publicity at the event and at our website:   The Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


Business Name:  ______________________________________________________________

Contact Name:___________________________________________
I will / will not attend


Phone Number:_________________________

E-Mail :_______________________________
Item to be Auctioned:__________________________________________________________


Description (will be used in auction catalogue):


Value of item (US$):_______________________________________________________


Delivery or pick-up details: _______________________________________________________

Permission to publicly acknowledge the donation on the web and in the program:    Yes  / No

If you are able to attend this event, please include $30/person for buffet.

Please RSVP by April 23rd
Patricia Pupek at (413) 626-5656 or or mail to the address above.   Sincere thanks!


March Newsletter

Click here to readDear Sister Zontians:

The “Fill a Bag Project” in February exceeded all expectations!   We collected and filled over 350 new or gently used pocketbooks / backpacks / tote bags with donated toiletries, snacks, make-up and other personal items, along with notes of encouragement. The filled bags were distributed by representatives from Dress for Success, local domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters.  The outpouring of support from individuals, businesses, programs and groups was amazing. Women recipients have been sending us heartfelt thank you’s for the generosity. The media exposure has heightened awareness for Zonta and we have several inquiries from women interested in possible membership.   Check out pictures and accolades at


Our March meeting will be an important one. We will celebrate Zonta Rose Day and International Women’s Day; we will finalize nominations for 2016-2018 biennium.; we will have a formal business meeting with committee reports; and we will identify an organization which will benefit at this year’s Silent “no more!” Auction  – please come prepared with proposals.  Also, please bring  baskets, items, services and gift certificates for the May 2nd Auction and help us spread the Save the Date message—we need good attendance at this important event.

This month I will be receiving the official Club Convention Mailing which will include all of the information we need to prepare for the Zonta International Convention in Nice, France: credentialing information, information on candidates, report of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee  and more.


Thank you for all that you do to make Zonta a great place for wonderful people to connect, advocate, serve and make a difference in the lives of women.
Lisa Sedelow
Club President


Are you proud to be a Zontian?   Spread the Word!

Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.


Leadership in Zonta of Quaboag Valley 2016 – 2018

Mary F Knight, Presidentmk 1

As your president, my intentions for the club:

  1. The marketing communication efforts of our club are generating interest from the community and an increase of guests and inquires.

  2. We engage and mentor individuals who are willing to actively support and implement the Mission, Vision and Objects of Zonta* as a member of this club.
  1. In our club, we maximize the ‘value-quotient” of being a Zontian. Our members are hopeful, respected, seen and heard, and an integral part of a world-wide movement empowering women through service and advocacy. 
  1. We continue hands-on service projects: working with Soldier-on Women Veterans and collecting /disseminating something valued by women in Domestic Violence and Homeless shelters. 
  1. We continue to advocate for women’s rights: participating in Zonta says NO! activities and partnering with like-minded organizations to raise awareness and support on important issues. 
  1. Our fundraising activities – Poinsettia sales, Silent “no more!” Auction and Golf Tournament – raise money and awareness for Zonta’s Vision – locally and globally; the generosity of our members support our goal of 100% participation in Zonta International Foundation donations.

Mission of Zonta – Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Vision of Zonta – Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.  In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.
In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

Objects of Zonta

  • To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy
  • To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of members in business and the professions.
  • To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.

Why is each worthy of our intentions?
How do you know / believe this will happen?
Visualize what it will look and feel like. Then, expect it and be grateful

Patricia Pupek, Vice President

Trish 2010In the coming year it is my hope that Mary and I, as President & Vice President, are able to help strengthen our group. I think that the membership committee will hold a vital role in the coming year by increasing support in attracting new members.

My goals:

1. Increase our group’s membership by 20%
2. Offer education and enrichment programs to our group members (and other clubs),  in order to develop future Zonta leaders.
3. Further develop my knowledge of ZI
4. Gain necessary knowledge and essential skills for my future role as our group President.

We are a strong group and whatever we can do to increase our numbers will only make us stronger and give us the ability to give more back to our community in a manner that aligns with our common goals through advocacy for women.

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