Welcome to the website of the Zonta Club of Elmira. Our Club is one of the charter clubs of Zonta International which was originally formed in 1919. Zonta Club of Elmira is proud to be the only Zonta Club to ownit's own house. "Zonta House" is located at 742 West First Street, Elmira, NY. We have our meetings and many of our fund-raising and service events at this house. Some of our service projects include: Awarding Educational Gifts each June; supporting the Salvation Army "Safe House" in Chemung County; Sponsorship of a Cinderella Softball Team; sponsoring a camper for the Eileen Collins Space Camp; donations to the SPCA, and many more.
We are an active member of "Women in the Arts" and a member of the Chemung County Council of Women. In November 2009, our Club celebrated it's 90th Anniversary as a charter member of Zonta. It was a very proud moment in our long history. During the summer, we have events which include our "Spotlight on Talent" and our "Summer Seminar of the Performing Arts." To find out more please visit: www.SummerSeminar.com
. The Ida V Shop, located behind the house, is an upscale second hand shop which specializes in gently used antiques and glassware items. Proceeds from the shop contribute to the maintenance of our "Zonta House". One of our recent service donations came from one of our Club’s ongoing fundraisers called “Miles of Pennies”. This is a fundraiser that primarily takes place all year where we collect loose change from members at out bi-monthly dinner meetings. An assigned committee then decides each year how the money collected will be spent. And then, with the approval of the membership, makes a donation to a charitable cause.
In 2009 we were proud that, through this small effort, we purchased 18 bed nets that will hopefully prevent a good number of people ~ men, women and children, from being stricken with and possibly killed by Malaria. In addition, we feel that this is one of the ways we can work on giving our fair share to the Zonta International community of which Zonta USA is such an integral part. We have taken some information from the website just to show you why the committee chose this project. We encourage you to read more about this program from the NothingButNets.net website and possibly join us in this worthy cause. 100% of the donation went toward purchasing the nets.
"Malaria is a disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Malaria, from the Medieval Italian words mala aria or “bad air,” infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million— one person dies about every 30 seconds. Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. In addition to being home to the deadliest strain of malaria and the mosquito best equipped to transmit the disease, many areas in Africa lack the proper infrastructure and resources to fight back. The disease is a self-perpetuating problem with large-scale impact on societies and economies. Malaria accounts for up to half of all hospital admissions and outpatient visits in Africa. In addition to the burden on the health system, malaria illness and death cost Africa approximately $12 billion a year in lost productivity.
The effects permeate almost every sector. Malaria increases school absenteeism, decreases tourism, inhibits foreign investment, and even affects the type of crops that are grown. In the poorest parts of the world, where effective window screens are lacking, insecticide-treated bed nets are arguably the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission. One bed net costs just $10 to buy and deliver to individuals in need. One bed net can safely last a family for about four years, thanks to a long-lasting insecticide woven into the net fabric. Studies show that use of insecticide-treated bed nets can reduce transmission as much as 90% in areas with high coverage rates. Bed nets prevent malaria transmission by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. The African malaria mosquitoes generally bite late at night or early morning, between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. A bed net is usually hung above the center of a bed or sleeping space so that it completely covers the sleeping person. A net treated with insecticide offers about twice the protection of an untreated net and can reduce the number of mosquitoes that enter the house and the overall number of mosquitoes in the area." NothingButNets.net