This month, Zonta Club of Auburn, along with Zonta members throughout the world, kicks off “16 Days of Activism” against gender violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. Zonta International’s nearly 1200 clubs in 65 countries are participating in this effort within their local communities to support ZONTA says NO, a campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world through service and advocacy.
For 16 days, beginning November 25, Zonta Club of Auburn members are wearing the international ZONTA says NO campaign emblem, an orange ribbon, along with a badge that asks everyone who sees it to “ASK” about the orange ribbon. Each member is eager to provide a brief explanation of the campaign in an effort to raise awareness of local efforts to reduce violence against women and girls in our community.
Zonta Club of Auburn provides service and support to organizations that advocate and work for women and girls locally in efforts to reduce and overcome domestic violence toward them. According to the Cayuga /Seneca Community Action Agency, locally in 2012-13:
1,535 bed-nights of emergency shelter provided to victims of domestic violence;
349 domestic violence hotline calls handled;
146 victims of domestic violence received non-residential services;
42 victims of domestic violence obtained orders of protection, custody and/or support.
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talent and support to local and international service projects and educational programs. To learn more, visit www.zonta.org
The Zonta Club of Auburn exists to be the premier local service organization devoted to advancing the status of women. This is achieved through the participation of our diverse membership in hands on service projects and fund raising for grants and programs. The Zonta Club of Auburn, NY has members from Auburn and Cayuga County. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at local restaurants, primarily at Springside Inn. Reservations are required by the Friday before the meeting. The dinner cost is $22.00. If you are interested in joining us at a meeting to learn more about Zonta, please contact us at the club e-mail address listed below.
Zonta Club of Auburn attends Tomato Fest 2010 as a not-for-profit vendor over a two-day period, seeking new members. Photographed, Sunday, 9/12/10, Zontian Barbara Butler and her granddaughter Kayla Schoonmaker, who volunteered for a majority of the day to encourage “Advancing the Status of Women.” Another positive for Kayla, along with volunteering with her grandmother for the day, she also got credit for a school project! Over the two days approximately 7 individuals that stopped by the booth to learn about Zonta were interested in more information regarding the Zonta Club of Auburn and are potential new members.
Membership Information - We welcome new members dedicated to our mission of Advancing the Status of Women worldwide! Membership dues are just $118 per year. When a new member joins there is a one time initiation fee of $15.00. We do local service volunteer work at the soup kitchen at St. Peter & John's Church. We also raise funds to provide grants to local organizations that help women such as:
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization
Domestic Violence Intervention Program of the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency
scholastic awards to girls and women at the high school, college and PhD levels of education
Crystal Currier of the Zonta Club of Auburn is pinned with a red ribbon by Anne Donahue also of the Auburn club in recognition of the 16 days of activism against domestic violence which run from November 25th to December 10th each year in conjunction with the United Nations. November 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. December 1st is World Aids Day, over 50% of world aids victims are women. December 10th is Human Rights Day.
Our club members are also active at the District and International Levels of Zonta International. Anne Malvaso, Past President of the Zonta Club of Auburn is the District 2, Area 3 Director. In this position, she is responsible for working with all the clubs in Area 3. Karen Macier, Past President of the Zonta Club of Auburn and Past Governor of District 2 is the Vice Chairman of the Zonta International Foundation Development Committee. Gloria Wristen, Past President of the Zonta Club of Auburn and Past Governor of District 2 is the Zonta International Finance Chairman for 2010-2014. In this position Gloria monitors the expenses of Zonta International and works to improve our efficiencies so that more of the money raised can go to the women we wish to advance.
Gloria is also writing articles about Zonta in our local newspaper. There are some great articles on Zonta information!
Zonta International has consultative status with the United Nations and has clubs in more than 60 countries around the world. Our members meet at an international convention every two years where over 2,000 women from diverse cultures and backgrounds get together to vote on issues and programs that advance the status of women worldwide. Our next convention is in June, 2014 in Orlando, Florida Two of our club members attended the Convention in 2012 in Torino, Italy. Locally, we support programs to educate or increase awareness regarding issues which affect women and children and use fund raising efforts to support local and international service projects.
The Young Woman in Public Affairs Award is made available to a girl aged 16 to 19 who demonstrates leadership skills and interest in civic causes to encourage her to pursue her dreams. We provide the Jean M Coon Award to a high school junior or senior who has been active in community service. We offer the Jane M. Klausman Woman in Business Scholarship to a female pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree in business management.
The scholastic award winners from the Auburn club go on to compete at the district level against up to 19 other winners from parts of New York and Canada. The district's award winners then compete at the International level against up to 31 other winners from around the world. Our club also adopts families for Christmas with children or consisting of an older woman or couple. Referrals come from our local social services and health departments.
SAVE THE DATE! Our 20th annual 2 woman scramble, the 2014 Sherri Peter Memorial, Zonta Club of Auburn Women's Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 28th at Highland Golf Club.
If you'd like additional information about our club you can also reach us at: Zonta Club of Auburn, 144 Genesee St., Suite 102-270, Auburn, NY 13021 or e-mail us at Auburn@ZontaDistrict2.org.