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


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