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Zonta Club of Southern ME USA

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District 1   Area 1    Charter 1014    June 1982
Now known as the Southern Maine Club, this group includes former York County and Lake's Region members

KT Snyder, President
Deb Lsush, Treasurer

Meetings:  2nd Tursday of the month: The Captain's Galley, Old Orchard Beach at 6:30pm

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What's Happening:

October 2014 We welcomed in the six members of the former Lake’s Region Club to ours
November 2014 Distribution of calendar raffle tickets to members to sell until February when we’ll have our drawing and prize giveaway.  Sign-up sheet for the Christmas family we adopted through a local food pantry.  Celebration of Gloria Stover’s 90th birthday, which will be November 30.
December 2014 We will wrap gifts for adopted Christmas family and hear from the head of the food pantry who will deliver the gifts to the family.
January 2015 - Program committee working on getting a speaker for the Amelia Earhart meeting
February 2015 - Drawing for the calendar raffle prizes
March 2015 - Program committee is working on getting a speaker from the York County Community College and a recipient of our scholarship to come give a talk
April 2015 - Membership soiree at VP Rowe’s home - selling ads for our Hackmatack fundraiser
May 2015 - Selling tickets for our Hackmatack fundraiser
June 2015 - Hackmatack fundraiser to fund YCCC scholarship and presentation of $1,000 check to the college representative before the production that evening.

April 2014:  The Zonta Club of Southern Maine held their annual calendar raffle in February to raise funds to assist the local food pantries, the Alfred Shelter and Caring Unlimited in doing all the wonderful work that they do locally to help people in need - be it food or a place to live or shelter from domestic violence.  Because of the generosity of the people in the communities we serve, we will be able to donate $1033 to the organizations listed above.  Thank you to the businesses who donated items for the raffle so that we can continue to help those in need.  Want to be a part of a group of dedicated women who work so tirelessly for the communities in southern Maine?  Please see our contact information above.

Four members of the Zonta Club of Southern Maine volunteered at the Arctic Plunge fundraiser for Caring Unlimited Wednesday January 1 at Mother's Beach in Kennebunk, Maine.  One of our members was instrumental in getting a contribution from Hannaford of hot chocolate, marshmallows, cups and stirrers, and the Saco Fire Department contributed the large urns and hot water so that we could try to keep the hands and hearts warm of all the amazing people - young and old - who ran into the Atlantic to raise money for victims of domestic abuse.  It was a bone numbing morning - and we were in awe of everyone participating for such a good cause.

The president of the Zonta Club of Southern Maine, Sharon Kerner, in collaboration with Caring Unlimited, read a survivor of domestic violence story in her own words in York  at St. George's Episcopal Church Thursday October 3 and in Biddeford at the high school October 24.  This - and the other stories of domestic violence -  was to bring attention to the importance of ending domestic violence.  Zonta International and the 30,000 members worldwide are participating in Zonta Says No - an awareness program to end domestic violence towards women.  For information on this program and for contact information on the Zonta Club of Southern Maine, please visit www.zonta.org.  

Five members of the Zonta Club of Southern Maine attended the Zonta District 1 Conference in Bedford, MA, October 25-27, 2013.  Two of the topics covered in the conference was Zonta Says No - a program to bring awareness to and end domestic violence - and a platform of advocacy which will round out the mission statement of Zonta International - to enhance the lives of women worldwide through service and advocacy.  District 1 is comprised of clubs in Nova Scotia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts - all working to better the lives of women in their local communities and to support Zonta International's programs in Liberia - preventing, treating, rehabilitating and supporting victims of fistula; Rwanda - eliminating pediatric HIV infection & prevention and response to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence; global partnership of edutainment for social change - partnering with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women along with Oxfam in 11 countries in Africa and Asia; Samoa - empowering women to combat violence; Honduras - safe cities in partnership with UN Women to reduce violence against women in public and private spaces by strengthening their right to exercise active citizenship.  For more information on Zonta International and contact information for the Zonta Club of Southern Maine, please visit www.zonta.org.

Four members of the Zonta Club of Southern Maine volunteered at the Shaker Apple Festival September 14 & 15 in Alfred, Maine.  Proceeds from the event will help the Alfred Shelter do all the good work it continues to do in the surrounding communities.

April 2013:   The Zonta Club of York County has changed its name to:  Zonta Club of Southern Maine

The Zonta Club of York County held a calendar raffle at their February 14 meeting at The Captain's Galley in Old Orchard Beach.  Prizes were donated by local businesses and the Zonta members themselves.  The club raised $875 to help the local food pantries and shelters take care of families in need.  If you're interested in making a difference in your community, find our club information atwww.zonta.org.  Thank you to all the businesses and members who are making a difference in this time of extreme need.

November 8, 2012
The Zonta Club of York County approved the following donations at their dinner meeting in Old Orchard Beach at The Captain's Galley Restaurant:

$125 to the Salvation Army for fuel assistance for OOB residents
$125 to Wells for fuel assistance for Wells residents
$100 to the Sanford Food Pantry
$100 to the Bon Appetit Food Pantry in Biddeford
$150 to the York County Shelter Programs to purchase turkeys

If you want to make a difference in your community and advance the status of women worldwide, please see our website at www.zonta.org for information on Zonta International and your local York County Club.

October - District 1 Conference in Bangor, ME

Five members of the Zonta Club of York County attended the District 1 Conference in Bangor, Maine, October 12-14, 2012, at the Hollywood Casino.  District 1 is made up of Zontians from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Canada.  The theme of this year's conference was "Zonta Roots Grow Far and Wide".  Zonta is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.  Not only do we work in our local clubs to educate people on subjects such as the horrors of human trafficking and domestic violence, but we do hands on service work and raise funds to help women in our communities and to fund projects internationally such as fighting fistula in Liberia, the transmission of AIDS from mother to child in Rwanda and safe cities for women in Honduras.  The Zonta Club of York County has the distinction this biennium of two members serving as District Officers - Sue Seaver as District Treasurer and KT Snyder as Area 1 Director.  Our club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Captain's Galley Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach, September through June at 5:30 (social hour) 6:30 (business meeting).  We welcome any women in the area of southern Maine who want to make a difference.

Upcoming events:

November - begin our 3-month calendar raffle event

December - wrapping gifts for an adopted family from the Alfred Shelter

January - Amelia Earhart meeting - 2 local female pilots coming to speak

February - Drawing for our calendar raffle

March - Zonta Rose Day March 8; John Rainone from York County Community College speaking on fundraising

April - selling ads for Hackmatack play in June

May - selling tickets for Hackmatack play in June

June - Hackmatack fundraiser for York County Community College


At their September 2012 meeting, the Zonta Club of York County donated $350 to Caring Unlimited to help with the renovation of their safe house to make it more comfortable for the families who are in need of a place to stay in time of crisis.

February 20, 2012   K.T. Snyder, President

The Zonta Club of York County held it's annual calendar raffle Thursday February 9 at the Captain's Galley Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  30 prizes were given to the many supporters of our service projects, and the club raised $1,000 to help the homeless and hungry in York County.  Thanks to all of you who make such a big difference in the lives of people of York County in these difficult times.  Your generosity is heartwarming!

March 2012 - KT Snyder gave out 11 yellow roses for International Women's Day and Zonta Rose Day to co-workers and women in the South Portland area.  All roses had Zonta cards affixed to them along with contact information to learn more about the wonderful work Zonta International and the local Zonta clubs do to enhance the status of women worldwide.

Our 2012 District 1 Area Workshop was held May 5 in Wells, ME.  Several members of the York County Club attended to learn more about Zonta and our goals for the new biennium.  The setup of the workshop was fun and informative and we all benefited from sharing ideas with the other clubs in attendance.

June 2012 KT Snyder, Publicity Chair

The Zonta Club of York County presented a check to the York County Community College in the amount of $1,000 for a scholarship for women returning to college before the presentation of the play "Burt and Me" at the Hackmatack playhouse in Berwick, ME.

 

 



 

What is Zonta?

Zonta International is a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

What does the Zonta Club of York County do?

We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June, for a dinner meeting at the Captain’s Galley, Old Orchard Beach, Maine. We raise money to support our service projects and serve our communities wherever possible.

What are some of the Zonta Club of York County's local service projects?

Our main project each year is to give a $1,000.00 scholarship to a local technical college for women returning to school. The funds are raised by sponsoring the first play of the season at the Hackmatack Theater in Berwick by selling ads for the program.  The theater generously donates a portion of the ticket sales as well, and a local bank takes care of the printing.  We also collect personal hygiene items for the local shelter that houses women fleeing from abuse and at Thanksgiving provide several turkeys and at Christmas adopt local needy families. providing gifts for the adults and children. In addition, we give a large donation to Zonta International for it's worldwide activities and money to Caring Unlimited and the local food pantries.  In the fall we have a calendar raffle.  The prizes are donated by local businesses and club members.  Proceeds from the sale of the calendars go to fund our service projects.

What are some of the Zonta International service projects?

Zonta International supports and administers several different international service projects and/or programs. Each biennium, Zonta International sponsors international programs in association with agencies of the United Nations that work to advance the status of women.  Most of the programs are in developing nations and are selected by the Zonta International Board and approved by the Zonta International membership. To learn more about Zonta International's International Service Projects for the current and past bienniums, visit the Zonta International website at www.zonta.org.

Zonta International also administers several international scholarship programs including: the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Program, which provides post-graduate fellowships to women in the fields of aeronautics and aeronautical engineering; the Jane M. Klausman Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to women in business; and the Young Women in Public Affairs, which offers recognition and scholarships on the district and international level for outstanding young women who are making a difference in their world through service.

In addition, many Zonta clubs sponsor Z and Golden Z Club Programs that provide mentoring and support for young high school and college-aged women. Additional information regarding these and other Zonta International Programs can be found on the Zonta International website at www.zonta.org.

When and where does the York County club meet We meet the second Thursday of the month, September through June, at the Captain’s Galley Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Social hour is 5:30 pm and dinner is at 6:30. The cost is $20.00. After dinner we have our business meeting followed by a speaker or club workshop. We have speakers who are recipients of our service projects or who can help us be more efficient in improving the status of women and their families.

Am I eligible for Zonta membership?
Membership in Zonta International is by club invitation to individuals working in a decision-making capacity at least 50% of a normal work week.

How much time does Zonta membership take?
Zonta clubs are service clubs and each one votes on local service projects and fund raising activities.  Zonta members are asked to attend monthly club and committee meetings and participate in club projects.  In addition, opportunities exist to attend a one-day annual workshop in the spring, a two-day biannual conference in the fall, or a seminar and a week-long biannual international convention in the summer.

Who's Who in the Zonta Club of York County?
Officers and Directors

President:  Sharon Kerner
Vice President:  Bonnie Gagnon
Treasurer:  Julie Chase
Secretary:  Deb Lush
Directors:  Sue Seaver, KT Snyder, Michele Dussault

How do I find out more?

To find our more about the Zonta Club of York County, contact: Sharon Kerner, President, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

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On Saturday, March 16, 2013, KT Snyder wrote:

The Zonta Club of York County held a calendar raffle at their February 14 meeting at The Captain's Galley in Old Orchard Beach.  Prizes were donated by local businesses and the Zonta members themselves.  The club raised $875 to help the local food pantries and shelters take care of families in need.  If you're interested in making a difference in your community, find our club information at www.zonta.org.  Thank you to all the businesses and members who are making a difference in this time of extreme need.

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