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:
Join Zontians and guests at the Midland Brewing Company on June 19 from 5:30 - 9:00 pm for an evening of fun! The cost is $40 per person and we encourage you to bring guests as we can accommodate lots of people!
We will have a buffet dinner with two entrees and all of the sides, live music, a tour of the brewery, sampling, and a cash bar. It will be held in the Brewery's new venue.
So see one of the the Fellowship Committee members and sign up or email Bonnie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NIGHT AT THE LOONS!
Enjoy the Loons and the company of fellow Zontians and Friends in the Northwood Suite to watch:
Great Lakes Loons vs Bowling Green
Monday, May 14, 2018
RSVP to Ashleigh Summers at email@example.com by Thursday, May 10, 2018
Important notes: Tickets will be at will-call under your name. You may bring guests. First come first serve. Please be prepared to provide Ashleigh with cash for $10 per person or a check (you may write to Ashleigh Summers). Light snacks will be served.
Everyone loves the summer flowers along Eastman - help plant them on May 19th at 8:30 am. Please let Nan Blasy (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you can attend. No experience necessary! Bring a hand trowel, gloves and a kneeling pad if you have one.
Here are just a few of the items in the auction on Tuesday April 17:
Members Lisa Hulbert, Linda Anthony and Cindy Vickery met up with District 15 officers Cheryl Hall and Denise Quarles and may representatives from other organizations at the Equal Pay Day Rally in Lansing on Tuesday April 10th. Prior to the rally we attended the House Commerce and Labor committee meeting then met with representatives individually to provide information on the cause and express our desire to provide a 30 minute informational session to the committee at a future date. May were successful in connecting with the elected officials, others met with their staff.
The rally was held on the steps of the capitol and included several speeches from elected officials and a lawyer who specializes in equal pay cases. Everyone present agreed that we would rather not have to rally for equal pay because it was a reality and that we would all work toward that goal.
April 9th, 6:45 pm
Monday April 9th the City of Midland proclaimed April 10th as Equal Pay Day in Midland. There were representatives from League of Women Voters, AAUW, W.O.M.A.N, and Zonta in attendance who gave the council cookies with a section removed representing the missing money from women's pay. The event that was well received by all in attendance.
Happy Spring Everyone!
You’ll notice in this newsletter we have many different ways you all can be involved with Zonta in the next couple of months. I’m going to focus on the April Auction. Many of you know the auction raises a lot of money for the club, but the impact it has on our members and community is worth all of our efforts!
The money raised supports all educational efforts of our members for Zonta related trainings. For current members, registration fees are covered either 50% or 100% depending on funds available for the following:
Delegates attending the events also get reimbursed for travel, lodging, and meals.
In the 2018-2019 budget it was voted that money needed to support Advocacy efforts will also come from this fundraiser. We want to educate the public and make sure our Advocacy efforts are sustainable!
Ways to help: bring you donations to the next two meetings, bring your checkbook on April 17th, or donate some time to the Ways and Means committee.
Our club does amazing things, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can raise at this year’s auction!
Yours in Service,
Karla L. Oldenburg, President