The new Officers and Board Members for 2019-20 will be inducted during the June 4 business meeting. The new board is:
President – Trish Steele
1st VP – Cindy Vickery
2nd VP – Jennifer Chappel
Secretary – Mara Simansky Stewart
Treasurer – Karla Oldenburg
Advocacy - Rachelle Ferman
Archives - Corinne Provoast
ARR - Anna Hough
Attendance - Bonnie Westervelt/Becky Wieland
Bylaws - Cindy Vickery
Centennial - Ashleigh Summers
Finance/Fundraising - Cindy Vickery
Fellowship/Awards - Nan Blasy/Terrie Purchase
Golden Z - Kelly Osborn
Homewalk - Jennifer Chappel/Cindy Vickery
Membership - Kristi Bower
PR/Newsletter - Trena Winans
Status of Women in Service - Lisa Miner
United Nations/Intercity - Corinne Provoast
Ways & Means - Lindsey McMacken
Parliamentarian - Ann Beck
Nominating/Past President - Ashleigh Summers
Nominating/Member-at-Large - Barb Vanderkelen
During the May dinner meeting the club recognized the five scholarship recipients for 2019 and thanked the homeowners and sponsors of Homewalk that make these scholarships possible. The scholarship winners are:
Mary Jo LaRue
Three of the recipients were able to attendance and spoke about their educational goals.
Join Zontians and friends for a Mexican Fiesta!
Tuesday June 18th
310 Graham St, Midland
Bring - a lawn chair, a guest and a swimsuit if you would like to swim!
Sign up and pay by June 4th
Contact Nan Blasey for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 22 at 7pm come on out to the Loons game! We are celebrating 100 years of Zonta and using this opportunity to educate the community on the advocacy efforts of Zonta over the past 100 years, recruit new members, and raise awareness of Zonta throughout our community. Everyone is invited and asked to bring family and friends! Lawn tickets are 7 through the club, sign up and pay at any meeting in May or June. It's a ZING, advocacy and membership event all in one! Questions - contact Rachelle.
The Status of Women in Service Committee of the Zonta Club of Midland has selected nine area organizations to receive service grants: YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, West Midland Family Center, The Arc of Midland, Home To Stay- Housing Assistance Center, Midland Community Former Offender Advocacy and Rehabilitation (MCFOAR), Midland County Habitat for Humanity, Family & Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan, Community Mental Health of Central Michigan, Michigan Abolitionist Project Mid Michigan and Caregiving Network, Inc.
The $9,000 in service grants will contribute towards helping local women and girls with a variety of needs. These funds will be used to support many programs including: helping young women will take advantage of summer break learning events at leadership, diversity, or academically driven conferences; a 13 week workshop for a new mindset for participants living in poverty; helping with rent to keep people in their home or to help relocate them out of homelessness; and providing supplies including personal hygiene products, training materials and construction supplies.
The Midland Branch of AAUW will host their Spring Used Book Sale April 26-28 at the Midland
Mall. Book lovers will find hardcover and paperback books sorted into 45 categories. Most
books are priced from $1 to $2. Recent publications are priced from $3-$6. Sale hours are 9:00
am to 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Book donations will be accepted during the month of April; collection barrels are at Kroger,
Family Fare, Sanford Food Pride and the Midland Mall (entrances at Food Court and Ruby
Tuesday). Call 989 430-2067 or 989 600-1433 for more information.
Proceeds fund scholarships. The branch will award college scholarships to Midland area high
school graduates and women who wish to return to college for further education.
On Monday March 18th the City of Midland will proclaim April 2nd as Equal Pay Day in Midland during the council meeting. We'd like to invite club members to attend in support of the proclamation. The meeting begins at 7 pm and is held in the Council Chambers in City Hall.
It’s almost that time..what time you ask?!?! Time for the annual Zonta Club of Midland’s auction! Mark your calendars for April 16th. We are asking for people to be checked in by 5:30 with the live auction starting at 6:00pm! Cost is $25 which includes dinner at the Midland Country Club. Wondering what fun items will be up for bid this year? Here’s a sneak peak! Invite your friends!
Zonta Club of Midland is offering a $500 local scholarship for the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Women make up nearly 50 percent of the global workforce; however, gender equality is not yet a reality in senior management and corporate boardrooms around the world. To encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business, Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Women of any age, pursuing an accredited business or business-related program who demonstrate outstanding potential in the field, are eligible and encouraged to apply. The Midland winner will be referred to the District and eligible for a $2000 scholarship, and the District winner will be referred to the international scholarship and be eligible for an additional $8000 scholarship. The application materials must be submitted to email@example.com by May 1.
Zonta Club of Midland is offering a $500 local scholarship for the Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship. The Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life. The Midland winner will be referred to the District and eligible for a $1500 scholarship, and the District winner will be referred to the international scholarship and be eligible for an additional $4000 scholarship. The application materials must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15.
Women are still stuck at the level of the 20% Gender Wage Gap. April 2, 2019 is the US Date for recognizing this dismal gap. AAUW Midland MI Branch and Zonta Club of Midland are continuing to try to bring this gap to the attention of their members. As part of our advocacy for Equal Pay, we are sending our members a link for the free course, Work Smart (https://salary.aauw.org).
Work Smart is a free AAUW online course that teaches all women who are in the workforce or returning to the workforce how to negotiate salary and benefits. It gives information on women’s salary statistics, why they are at a 20% gender gap, and information helping women to negotiate to close the gap. The course provides information on where to research salaries for specific jobs in specific locations, suggestions on how to conduct the salary negotiations and practice sessions for the negotiations.
We are asking our members to try the workshop and send it on to 5 more women regardless of their work status. Even those not working will know working women who could benefit from this course. All women young and old can profit from the knowledge in this course.
Judy Donahue, Midland AAUW Public Policy Co-chair
Rachelle Ferman, Zonta Club of Midland Advocacy Chair
The February social meeting featured 3 great speakers. Anna Hough creator of the group The Business of Being Beautiful, Keri Kenney owner of Alignment 8, and Sarah Weisbarth with Purpose Driven Confidence and Self Love Beauty. Each spoke of their life journey and discussed self-love and self-care. It was an inspiring evening!
Here's more info on the speakers:
Anna Hough - The Business of Being Beautiful - Facebook Group:
Here, we will embrace one another during the highs and lows of life as women. Our members have walked through divorces, break-ups, abusive relationships, addictions or addicted family members, pregnancies, infertility, deaths, suicides, losses, illnesses, success, triumphs, failures, heartbreak, poverty, new careers, old careers, and everything in between.
We are all here to offer support and advice, ranging from advice about beauty products and clothing, to motherhood and marriage. This is a safe place to talk about all of it.
Beauty comes in ALL different forms and every single facet of that will be celebrated. We’re here for YOU!
Keri Kenney - Alignment 8 Yoga and Cycle
Trauma Certified & Registered Yoga Instructor, Keri Kenney leadsYoga & Meditation with Trauma Recovery to provide a holistic, cognitive and somatic healing approach for individuals directly impacted by trauma, as well as those that live, love and work with them. More at www.alignment8.com
Sarah Weisbarth - Live Coach at Self Love Beauty @selflovebeauty
Self Love Beauty’s mission to invest in everyone to educate them on having confidence, self-love and feel empowered.