Berkshire County Club

berkshire 16daysWe are happy to share our 2017 'Real Men Say NO to Domestic Violence' calendar that was produced by the Advocacy Committee of the Zonta Club of Berkshire County. Men from all walks of life and all parts of the Berkshires joined their voices to this important cause. Order here: $15 with proceeds to benefit the club's advocacy efforts and the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Thanks to our contributors: Berkshire County Sheriffs Office And House Of Corrections, Lee High Wildcats, Berkshire West Athletic Club, Berkshire County Regional Housing, Petricca Industries / Unistress Corp, Ty Allan Jackson, Mazzeo's Ristorante Catering & Home made Pasta, Wild Oats Market, Steven Valenti's Clothing for Men, Gymfest of the Berkshires, Office of Community Correction and H & S Auto Parts and Service. Thank you all "real men"!


Soldier on ladies 2016Dana Burton, Advocacy Chair of the Quaboag Valley Club

During the 16 Days, we are posting daily pictures on Facebook of people holding our "Zonta Says No" banner with facts about violence against women. We have also encouraged members and friends to orange their Facebook page and to write letters to the editor to raise awareness on the issue of violence against women. In this picture, two women veterans from Soldier On are proudly displaying the sign.


orangewhistleBarbara Anderson, President of the Arlington Club
The Zonta Club of Arlington will be "Blowing the Whistle" on Violence on December 3rd by giving out whistles with lighted keychains to women for safety in addition to passing out resources for women. Attaching a picture of our orange whistle but will send a picture of us after the 3rd.


Malden Club

silentwitnessThe Zonta Club of Malden will be participating in the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign with a stand-out at Malden MBTA Station with a “Silent Witnesses” display on Monday, December 5th at 5pm.  The Silent Witnesses are life-sized red wooden figures that represent the women and men killed by the act of domestic violence. There will be 15 Silent Witnesses for those killed in Massachusetts and each will have a placard with the name and information about the person they represent. For more information on the Silent Witness Initiative, visit http://www.silentwitness.net/ All are welcome to join us as we show support for victims, advocate and raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence to the greater Malden community!

 


Sherri Topple, Advocacy Chair of Halifax

tobaccotieworkshop

 In support of the 16 Days of Activism, I would encourage you to join our sisters at a “Tobacco Tie Workshop” on Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm at the International Centre, 1246 LeMarchant St. in Halifax. Attendees will learn how to make these prayer ties and learn their importance.  [Editor note:  Please share!]

This is an initiative in support of “Walking With Our Sisters” - a Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the USA. The large collaborative art piece will be made available to the public through selected galleries and locations. It will be coming to Mount St. Vincent University from January 14-February 1, 2017. It is a community-based art memorial honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit people and their families.
Stantec’s new national Vice President of Aboriginal Relations, Denise Pothier, works from our Dartmouth, NS office. She is very involved in this initiative. 

 


The Value of Membership

Since Zonta was established in 1919, many members have joined us and are contributing actively to our objectives. Today, we are a leading global organization of more than 30,000 members in a diversity of professions in 67 countries worldwide. The main objectives for Zonta are to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women. We believe that a better world can only be a reality when women have access to all resources, and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men, when every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In Zonta, we empower women worldwide through service and advocacy while we develop ourselves. 

Read more: The Value of Membership

The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) will take place in New York, NY from March 13 – 24, 2017
The priority theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the review theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”
At this time, headquarters is still coordinating Zonta’s official plans for events during CSW61; however, we would like to know who is interested in joining Zonta International at the CSW in 2017.
Any Zontian can attend the CSW Hearings, but you need to be willing to be there for the training (typically the Sunday before the sessions that ZI is participating) and stay for the week. If you can’t be there for the week, you can also sign up for the “parallel sessions” which are also very interesting, educational and inspiring, being organized by many NGOs who focus on women’s issues around the globe.
If you are interested please contact our District UN Chair, Lynn Goodhue at LGoodhue@Comcast.net.


SAVE THE DATE: The Zonta International North American Interdistrict Conference (NAIDM) is being held on June 2-4, 2017
Ideas are still coming together for the agenda and promises to be a great conference. There is also hope to have an advocacy action on Friday with US legislators and the Canadian Embassy. This meeting is held in June opposite years as International and offers, workshops, speakers, and opportunity to meet Zontians in North and share ideas and information and fellowship.


Save the date for our OFFICIAL District 1 Fall Conference of the biennium!  Date: October 20-22, 2017
Location: In the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts USA
Theme: Making our VOICES Heard to Further Zonta’s Mission!
As available details will be posted at: www.zontadistrict1.org/z/fall2017.