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

Rebecca Rowe, President
Dorothy Edes, Treasurer

Meetings:  4th Thursday of the month (unless a holiday) at 6:00 PM at  Duffy’s Tavern & Grill, 168 Saco Ave., Old Orchard Beach, ME.

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What's Happening:

We installed new officers for the 2016-2018 Biennium:

President: Rebecca Rowe

Vice President: Susan Seaver

Treasurer Dorothy Edes

Recording Secretary: Deborah Lush

Corresponding Secretary: Gloria Stover

Directors: Cheryl Dorfman, Michelle Dussault, Micheline Roy and Nadine Salley


Attached please find a press release regarding donations made recently and throughout the past year by the Zonta Club of Southern Maine to local agencies and charities.

  • July 18 three members of the club will walk a 5K in memory of Nicole, who was a victim of domestic violence.  The team has solicited donations and the proceeds from the walk will go to Caring Unlimited for the programs they have in place to help victims start a new life and to heal from their abuse.
  • Also in June 2015 we had our Hackmatack fundraiser at the theater in Berwick - Unreasonable Farce.  The proceeds from this fundraiser fund the scholarship we give to York County Community College yearly.  President KT Snyder presented the $1,000 check to Marc Brunelle, Chairman of the college foundation before the presentation of the comedy.
  • In June 2015 3 members of the club attended the North American Inter-District Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.  There were many interesting and informative sessions regarding the empowerment of women, how to run efficient meetings and how to be good leaders.  The International Board attended as well and spoke and the group raised much needed funds ($17,000?) for the work we do internationally to help women in need.
  • At the May 2015 meeting, 3 new directors and our 2nd VP were inducted.
  • Six guests were welcomed to the April 2015 membership soiree at VP Becky’s home.  They were given background on Zonta International, the local club, and the members.  Everyone enjoyed getting to know each other over appetizers and drinks.
  • The March 2015 meeting’s speaker was Bryan Matluk, Executive Director of the York County Community College Foundation, who told us about the foundation and how the recipients of the scholarship that we’ve given the college the last 18 years use it to help further their education.
  • For the Amelia Earhart meeting in January 2015, 2 female pilots from the 99’s (Amelia founded) spoke regarding their organization.  The intro was made by KT Snyder, whose alma mater is the same as Aneta Snook, who taught Amelia how to fly.

The Zonta Club of Southern Maine with several of it's newest members increasing the Zonta group by 6


What is Zonta?

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

What does the Zonta Club of Southern Maine do?

We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June, for a dinner meeting at Duffy's in the Fireside Room, 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 Southern Maine's local service projects?

Our main project each year is to give a $1,000.00 scholarship to a local community 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 the Alfred Shelter, 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 the Biddeford Free Clinic, STOP,  Maine Behavioral Health Crisis 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 Southern Maine club meet We meet the second Thursday of the month, September through June, at Duffy's Restaurant in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Social hour is 5:30 pm and dinner is at 6:30. The cost is $18.00. 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 Southern Maine?
Officers and Directors

President:  K.T. Snyder
1st Vice President:  Rebecca Rowe
2nd Vice President:  Susan Seaver
Treasurer:  Deb Lush
Secretary:  Sharon Kerner
Corresponding Secretary:  Gloria Stover
Directors:  Michele Dussault, Cheryl Dorfman, Nadine Salley

How do I find out more?

To find our more about the Zonta Club of Southern Maine , contact: K.T. Snyder, President, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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