Area organizations 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.
Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2019. Grants will be awarded by April 15, 2019.
Please click here for the grant application. The application can be returned to me via email or mailed to Kristan Soto, Zonta Club of Midland, PO Box 196, Midland, MI 48640.
The Fellowship Committee asks for your assistance on gathering item of need for the Mustard Seed Shelter. The Mustard Seed Shelter is located in the City of Saginaw and has been serving homeless single women and women with children from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region for over 23 years. Their mission is to water the seed of inner strength in homeless women so they can make a better life for themselves and their children. Women and their families are welcomed into a warm, home environment from living on the streets, in their cars, and going from shelter to shelter or couch to couch.
"Our shelter community of staff, volunteers and other guests model compassion, respect, dignity, forgiveness and mercy to these often “broken“ individuals. Through the support of our communities, we will grow and continue to serve with LOVE! Thank You for choosing us for your donations. We are truly blessed and grateful!" Amy Bartels-Roe, Executive Director.
List of donations needed..."full size" personal hygiene items and "new" women's bras & panties...don't forget cleaning supplies & diapers. We will gather these at the meeting.
Sign up now to work Homewalk! Over the two days of the event 100 hosts are needed to staff the homes - that takes all club members plus many friends!
All club members are required to work at least one day of the Homewalk (and can work two!) or must provide a replacement.
Volunteer signups are being managed through Sign Up Genius - click the link below to select the date and home you would like to work.
If you have friends/family/significant others that would be willing to host/hostess, we could use them! Even after all remaining Zontians have signed-up, we are in need of 29 friends. They are welcome to attend the After Glow Party. Please forward this email to them. They can follow the link and sign-up.
Northwood Griswold Auditorium
Tuesday Nov. 6th, 6:30 pm
Little Stones: A Feature Documentary on Art & Women's Empowerment will be presented by the Zonta Club of Midland. Free Admission.
Join us to see the new documentary LITTLE STONES, which follows four women who are using art - fashion, graffiti, hip-hop and dance - to empower women and girls in India, Brazil, Senegal, Kenya, and around the world. This documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz has been making waves on the festival circuit, winning Best Documentary at the Vail Film Festival, and Best Foreign Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival. Watch the trailer at the link below!
Co-sponsored by the Zonta Club of Midland, the Golden Z Club of Northwood University and MidMichigan MAP.
Date: Sunday, November 25 Time: 10:00a.m. or start a batch any time before Noon
Location: 3582 N. Eastman Rd (First driveway on right past Kutchey’s Greenhouses. It is a large white pole barn with a sign that says “Leo A. Myers daughters & sons”)….
Dress in layers with warm clothes/boots. We have a wood stove in the shop to keep warm but will be in the cold to stir the pots of soap. Refreshments like wine, pop, coffee and water will be served along with crackers, cheese and some goodies.
A full batch of soap costs $45.00 to the soap master and produces about 32 bars of soap. You can split a batch with someone if you would like to do that. Each batch requires 48 oz of Crisco or 100% vegetable shortening, so you’ll need to grab a can of shortening for this activity. It will take about two hours for the batch process to finish and be set in a mold. All other regular oils, colors, scents, molds, etc will be provided by the soap master. If you want to add an essential oil to your batch, there is a $5.00 fee. Oils are based on availability the day of soap making.
Each batch of soap will be kept to cure for approximately 10-12 days, then it will be ready for distribution or pickup.
RSVP to Trish Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 989-615-3933 and indicate if you’ll be doing a full or half batch. We will limit the Zing to the first 20 batches signed up. Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks!!! Zonta Zing Committee
Members are required to work at least one day of the Homewalk on December 1st and 2nd and are encouraged to invite friends to volunteer. Each volunteer get's a free ticket, invite your friends and enjoy the walk together!
Click Here to Sign Up!
For nearly 100 years, the members of Zonta International have been champions on behalf of the world’s women and girls. At the Zonta International Convention in Yokahama, Japan in July more than 2,000 members from around the world prepared to usher Zonta into a new century of positive impact as Zonta gets ready to celebrate its centennial in 2019.
Zonta Club of Midland members Trish Steele, 2nd Vice President, and Rachelle Ferman, Advocacy Chair, represented the local club at the convention and accepted an award recognizing the club for its generous support of the Zonta International Foundation (ZIF) during the 2016-18 Biennium. The Midland club hosts several fundraisers each year, including the annual Homewalk in December, with overall funds raised divided between local scholarships, local service grants and ZIF.
In the 2018–2020 Biennium, with the generous support of Zonta clubs and individual club members around the world, Zonta International will contribute more than 5 million US Dollars to projects and programs to empower women and girls. Zonta’s international service projects, including a major international project to eliminate child marriage, will focus on young women as both beneficiaries of the projects Zonta supports and as change makers themselves. Zonta will also expand its existing educational programs with the launch of the Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship to encourage more women leaders in technology fields across the globe.
Trish and Rachelle participated in business meetings, workshops and cultural events during the convention and brought back new ideas for implementing Zonta’s goals locally. The goals for 2018-20 are to maximize Zonta’s impact through service and advocacy initiatives and educational programs that empower women and girls; strengthen resources to support the mission; and enhance Zonta’s profile around the world through centennial anniversary activities. The club is expanding local activities for the Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women, Equal Pay Day, and Ending Human Trafficking campaigns along with local membership drives to support these goals.
The Zonta Club of Midland invites all area women to explore what Zonta has to offer members in support of women and girls in the community and around the world at a membership event on Thursday October 25th. For more information please go to ZontaCubofMidland.org or email membership@ZontaClubofMidland.org.
Advocacy is encouraging all Zontians, family, and friends to walk with us during the Santa Parade in Saturday, November 17th to raise awareness in Zonta’s 16 Days of activism Zonta Days No to Violence Against Women. We would love to see you all there! Many other events are in the making to raise awareness throughout our community.
Please join us at the Grace Dow Library, 1710 W. St. Andrews, Midland, 7/26, from 7-9pm for a Candidate Forum on Women's Issues. All candidates for State House of Representatives 98th District, for State Senate 36th District and for 4th District US House Of Representatives have been invited. Carl Hamann, Sarah Schulz, Joe Weir, Jerry Hilliard, and Zigmond Kozicki have replied yes to our invitation.
AAUW Midland Public Policy Committee will ask candidates prepared questions on Equal Pay, Gender Equality, Living Wage, and Title IX. Women's Issues questions on cards from the audience will also be put to the candidates.
AAUW Midland Public Policy Co-chair
Thank you to Cynthia Chilcote for performing an inspiring induction ceremony welcoming the new officers and board members. Thank you Karla for leading the group through a strong year and welcome to Ashleigh Summers, who will lead us forward.
We’re at the end of this fiscal year and with that another awesome May Social meeting show-casing our achievements throughout the year. We thanked our community partners and sponsors, homeowners, and decorators. We heard from our scholarship recipients, listed our community grants, and issued tenure service awards. In my five years of service to the club, this night always ends up being one of my favorite meetings, because it sums up everything we do to further the mission of Zonta.
The Zonta Club of Midland has been invited to attend the Zonta International Foundation Recognition and Reception in Yokohama, Japan for our generous support of the Foundation during the 2016-2018 Biennium. This is an invitation-only event and a club has to give $20,000 or more during the biennium. I am proud to report we donated $22,000!
Our District 15 Governor, Anna Sylvester, also sent me an email stating “Kudos to Zonta Club of Midland. News of your advocacy work on Equal Pay Day has travelled to the Eastern US – and is noticed by other Zontians! Thank you for the work Zonta Club of Midland is doing to advocate for woman’s rights.” She forwarded a message from Bobbee Cardillo, Zonta International Advocacy Committee, “Please send my congratulations to Zonta Club of Midland for working on this issue and doing so in conjunction with other like-minded organizations! I’m sure the billboard got lots of notice and got their name out to the public, but this letter (to the editor May 20, 2018 Midland Daily News by Judy Donahue) is a further public recognition of their efforts. Bravo!”
I hope these recognitions make you as proud of the Zonta Club of Midland as I am. Partnering with other organizations has helped us spread the mission of Zonta so much further.
I’d like to thank each of you for all your time, hard work, and dedication. You exemplify the famous quote by John Heywood, “Many hands make light work.” It’s been an honor serving as your president.
Karla L. Oldenburg, President
During the May meeting the club recognized scholarship award winners, Homewalk supporters including homeowners, decorators and sponsors as well as members celebrating membership anniversaries and reflected on a great year of service.
Through the generous support of the community, sponsors, and homeowners five women were awarded scholarships of $2000 each. Two of the winners, Audra Johnson and Arielle Buckley were able to attend the meeting and share with everyone their vision for their future and what the scholarship means to them.
Audra, a second year scholarship winner is working toward her Masters in Public Administration at CMU with focus on non-profit organizations. She began her non-profit career at Shelterhouse where she fell in love with the non-profit world and elected to return for the advanced degree. She is currently working for the 1016 Recovery Network and her goal is to become a director of a non-profit.
A rising Junior at MSU, Arielle is pursuing a degree in neuroscience and plans to continue on for a PhD and pursue her passion for research.
The other scholarship winners are Chelsea Sauve, Brynn Rhode and Johanna Hooper. Brynn and Johanna were away at school and Chelsea was due any day with her second child. Chelsea is a teacher at MPS working on her masters at CMU.
In addition to scholarships, the club provided $12,000 in grants to area organizations for activities and projects that benefit women and girls in the Midland area. The money for scholarships and grants are all raised through Homewalk - a huge thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event.
Club President Karla Oldenburg, in one of her last official duties in that role recognized members for 5, 10, 15 and 40 years of service: