Club memberKayLeigh Stachowiak has been named as interim executive director of the New Hope Village .
“We are grateful for her flexibility and commitment. I know you will find her work style professional, collaborative and pleasant,” wrote NHV Board Chairperson Betty Kirkley in a letter to supporters.
Thanks to the generous support of The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation, NHV is working with a consultant on a long-term strategic plan focusing on a sustainable business model and a clear mission for operations.
“We are committed to working cooperatively with all partners in our community to best identify and meet the needs, leverage resources, and ensure that our services are complementary and don’t overlap or compete with other offerings in the community,” Kirkley stated.
Summarized from the Midland Daily News - Click for the Full Article
During their annual meeting February 6th the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Sharon Mortensen with the prestigious Athena Award! This annual award recognizes a person who “exemplifies professional excellence, community service and the active assistance of women in their attainment of their full leadership potential.” Congratulations Sharon, you do all this and more for the Zonta Club of Midland!
Jean Selby was a member of the Zonta Club of Midland for 23 years, and has involved her adult daughters in our Zonta Club. She was always champion of entrepreneurs and the advancement of women through education and business opportunities. Jean spoke at entrepreneurial educational conferences on a panel representing women in business. In her role as President of SAVANT, Inc., Jean traveled extensively world-wide with husband Ted, to develop and grow their SAVANT, Inc. business, promoting the products in Japan & China, throughout Asian European .
As a Zonta member from 1989 through 2012, Jean served two years on the Board as chair of the Status of Women committee, spent many years on the Service committee working with the educational scholarships process, and served on many other committees over the years. It was an honor for me to have sponsored Jean into our Zonta Club. She was a delightful, interesting lady, widely read on many subjects, and fun to work with. Jean will be missed and most certainly remembered.
Read More About Her Life
The Homewalk Committee is the only committee that works year-round and puts on the biggest fundraiser for the club. This year the committee had a big goal – reach $20,000 in sponsorships and they knocked it out of the park with a total of $20,650. That’s 25% more in sponsorships than 2016 and 39% more than 2015!
The committee managed this feat even without a designated sponsorship chair by targeting a wider audience using a new business list provided by the Chamber of Commerce in addition to previous donors. Sandy Weimer, Melissa Anderson, Ellisa Olsen, Michele Atwell and Carole Calvert Baxter teamed up to mail letters, make many calls and secure the funding.
For 2017 ticket prices were increased by $5 and that resulted in increased revenue of $4,068 based on the actual numbers of tickets sold. The total revenue from ticket sales was down from 2016, but on par with 2013-15 (see graph). The additional advertising and support provided by the Alden B. Dow Home in 2016 resulted in ticket sales and attendance numbers that were significantly higher than usual.
Average guests per home varies year to year and can be affected by weather. This year’s weather was clear and not too cold yielding an average guest count per home of 697 (see graph for comparison with available data).
We'd like to thank the entire committee for all of their efforts in making this event a huge success and Nancy Barker for opening her home and hosting the After Glow.
2017 Homewalk Committee:
Co-Chair: Carole Calvert-Baxter
Co-Chair: Crystal Corbat
Finance: KayLeigh Stachowiak
Homeowner / Decorator Liaison: Nancy Barker
Homeowner / Decorator Liaison: Sharon Mortensen
Homeowner Gifts, Sponsorship (intrm), Misc. – Sandy Weimer
Write Ups: Cynthia Chilcote
Publicity: Cindy Vickery
Hostesses: Jennifer Chappel
Hostesses Co-Chair: Darlene Anderson
Print Specialist: Melissa Anderson
Tickets / Posters: Esther Williams
Rest Stop: Andrea Foster
Rest Stop: Elissa Olson
Afterglow: Michele Atwell
Advocacy is ordering Zonta logo'ed apparel - each will have the Zonta Z logo embroidered on the upper left chest. New Zonta members that have not purchased a shirt or pullover previously will have $20 paid towards their order by the club.
Sample sizes will be available at the February meetings - orders will be submitted on February 23rd. Click Here for Fit Guide.
If you have questions please contact Julie 989 948-8198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please complete and submit the order form below or contact Julie to order.
Note - Short Sleeve Polo is currently out of stock. Looking for another option.
Tuesday February 20th the Midland club will host members from Saginaw and Mt. Pleasant for dinner and a program on self improvement and motivation called "If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It". Come on out and meet other Zontians from Mid-Michigan. Please contact Trish Steele with any questions on the evening.
Unlike other meetings the Inter-City requires a positive RSVP to the attendance chairs at email@example.com by 2/13/2018.
We hope you like the new website design! We've tried to make it easy to find what you are looking fore and give it a bright new look. This new site also looks and works great on mobile devices! See anything that needs updating - please contact the PR Chair - Cindy Vickery.
Dow Tennis Classic
Thursday Feb 1st
Greater Midland Tennis Center
Join fellow Zontians and friends for an evening of tennis that includes fine dining and drinks. Cost is $40 per person (minimum 5 needed to get this rate). Match begins at 7 pm, buffet dinner 5:30-7 pm. There are two matches - play runs through 9:30 pm or later, but you can leave at anytime.
Guests are welcome! To reserve spaces click the RSVP button below then arrange payment with Cindy Vickery. Tickets will be ordered Monday January 22nd, additional tickets may be available after that date - just ask.
Please direct any questions to Cindy Vickery at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zonta Club of Midland supports the Midland Human Trafficking Task Force and provided funding for Andrea Foster to attend a two-day training program on human trafficking. Andrea is a member of the Midland HTTF and provides training on the topic to area schools and organizations. During the January social meeting Andrea and Sandra Eagle, Probation Officer and task force member, provided a synopsis of the group’s activities and the status of human trafficking in Mid-Michigan.
Human trafficking can come in many forms including sexual exploitation, slavery or involuntary servitude. Trafficking statistics are not well known, and often victims do not recognize that they are victims at all. Trafficking can occur anywhere, even in Midland.
The goal of the Midland HTTF is to create a safe community free of human trafficking through community awareness, education and community protocol. This all volunteer organization works closely with law enforcement, educators, medical professionals and others to raise awareness, educate on signs to look for and establish a response protocol to help victims locally.
Things We Can Do:
Globally many products are grown or produced with slave or child labor. For more information and to find products that are certified as produced in a sustainable and ethical way go to https://www.fairtradecertified.org.
For additional questions on MCHHTF please contact Andrea. The club advocacy committee has funds available for others interested in attending the Michigan training program. Please contact Lisa Hulbert if you would like to get involved.
June 29-July 3, 2018
Join Zontians from the club, district, country and the world at the 64th Convention! You'll have opportunities to learn more about advocacy and service projects world wide and come back with new ideas and enthusiasm for club activities too.
I hope you’ve all had a great holiday season and have stayed true to your New Year resolutions! I’m sure we’ve all made similar ones; take better care of ourselves, help others more, spend more time with family, and of course lose weight. I’m sure some of our upcoming speakers can help you towards achieving your resolutions:
Yours in Service,
Karla L. Oldenburg, President
As part of the 16 Days of Activism, ZI’s annual advocacy awareness program, 15 Zontians and family members participated in the Midland Santa Parade November 18th. We passed out 4,000 pieces of candy and 400 postcards to bring awareness to various issues related to violence towards women along with information on our local club. The Advocacy committee also placed a billboard up on M-20 and had 30 local businesses in the downtown area place posters in their store front during Holly Jolly Days in December.
The committee is currently preparing for the Equal Pay Rally in Lansing on April 10 and will be placing a billboard on US-10 to raise awareness about the equal pay issue. In March, we will contact our Senator through a postcard mailing event in an effort to bring 2 equal pay bills to a vote. Contact will also be made with the district office to spread the word about the mailing and invite other clubs to participate. Last, but not least, we plan on attending the rally as a group and making picket signs to carry.
You are invited to apply for a grant from the Zonta Club of Midland for up to $1,000. The Club requires that the grant funds be used in programs or for the support of programs that assist women with economic empowerment, in the development of women in leadership or to assist women who are in circumstances of financial need. Over $205,000 has been awarded.
Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2018. Grants will be awarded by March 30, 2018.
Zonta members enjoyed an evening of fun in service at the Shelterhouse Christmas Party. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand for the evening and members printed and framed photos of each child during their visit with them. Members also helped the children shop for and wrap gifts for adults special to them.
Photo Team: L-R Kristy Bower, Phyllis McGinnis, Betty Keil, Barb Jacques (pianist), Sandy Weimer, Santa Claus, Becky Wieland, Mrs. Claus. Photo by Lucy Pagan