November Intercity Dinner
The Zonta Club of Midland hosted the Intercity dinner tonight with over 70 members of the Zonta clubs of Midland and Saginaw, Northwood Golden Z Club, and the Midland High Z Club along with honored guests. Members with 15 or more years of service were recognized with certificates and roses.
We wrote postcards to Michigan senators and representatives in support of pending bills to end child marriage in Michigan and played a new trivia game called Mind the Gap.
Thank you to everyone who came out tonight!
November Business Meeting
Four new members were inducted during the November business meeting! Welcome to Alison Baldree, Ann Gaydos, Teresa George and Kate Hessling.
40th Annual Homewalk!
The Zonta Club of Midland is pleased to announce that the Zonta Homewalk will be held in December with in-person and virtual tour options. The in-person tours will be December 4th and 5th, 1-5 pm, and the virtual tours will be available December 4th – 31st. One ticket provides access to both! The 40th Homewalk celebration includes five spectacular Midland area homes including one that was featured in the very first tour. The 2021 event has the flexibility of in-person and virtual tours so that everyone can participate. Zonta is partnering with Tridge Media Productions for the home videos which will include home information and history that may not be available during the in-person tours. The virtual tours will be great as a standalone view as well as a supplement for those who visit the homes. Tickets and more information available at ZontaClubofMidland.org.
Tickets are available from any member or purchase online!
October Social Meeting!
The Zonta Club of Midland members enjoyed our October meting last night with a special presentation by Katherine Redwine from the League of Women Voters. Katherine provided an update on the redistricting process in Michigan and the impact it will may have on future elections.
Fellowship also provided a timeline of the women's suffrage movement that members shared as part of the icebreaker and introductions.
Last on the agenda was a chance for Lisa Miner, member and friend to everyone, to practice her pageant introduction. Though she was a little surprised, because she forgot she had requested to be able to do it, she stood up and NAILED IT! Well done Lisa, it was very moving to hear the passion that you feel for Zonta, Self Love Beauty and your desire to help improve the lives of women in so many ways. We were all so captivated that none of us took photo!
September Dinner Meeting
We had a great meeting last night with special guest Hannah Klaffer, current president of the Midland High Z Club. This summer Hannah attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. where she participated in the international diplomacy camp and she gave us an overview of her trip and her takeaways. She is going places and the club is happy to have helped support her on this trip!
Pictured: Jennifer Chappel, Zonta Club President, Hannah Klaffer, Midland High Z Club President, and Rachelle Ferman, Zonta Club 1st VP and Hannah's proud mom!
The Zonta Club of Midland offers annual scholarships to women of all ages pursuing career goals that will positively impact the status of women. Funds to support the scholarships are raised through the Annual Zonta Homewalk held in December. Zonta is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients, recognized at Zonta’s May meeting: Alisha Arnold (Davenport University – Nursing), Alison Sanford (Delta College - Dental Hygiene), Emily Montgomery (Central Michigan University – Graduate Student in Education Counseling), and Alicia Wietfeldt (Davenport University – Nursing).
Each recipient receives a scholarship in the amount of $2,500, which may be used at any post-secondary educational institution for tuition, books, cost of certification, or vocational education. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, work/life skills, community service/extracurricular activities, GPA/GED, honors/awards, and references.
Zonta Welcomes a New Board
Our first meeting back in person! We inducted the board for 2021-2021 lead by President Jennifer Chappel and welcomed new member Brenda Hage.
We look forward to another great year of service under the direction of these fine leaders!
The Status of Women in Service Committee of the Zonta Club of Midland has selected eleven area organizations to receive service grants in 2021. Recipients include Adventist Community Services; Affordable Housing Alliance of Midland County; Care Giving Network; Community Mental Health for Central Michigan; Family & Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan; Helping Hands Dental Clinic of Midland; LifeClinic Community Resources; Midland County Habitat for Humanity; Self Love Beauty; Shelterhouse of Midland and Gladwin Counties; and Midland Young Life.
A total of $11,000 in service grants will contribute towards helping local women and children with a variety of needs. Assistance will range from the funding to pay for transportation to medical care facilities, funding for on-line prenatal health programs for mothers, to purchasing supplies for the upcoming “Women Build Week” through Midland County Habitat for Humanity, co-pays for dental care, purchase of feminine products, funding for low income housing, and funding for programs and conferences to support women’s support efforts.
Governor's Summit Recording
Missed the Governor's Summit on October 17th? Check out the comedian who performed, she's fantastic! Click the link below and enter the password: n2AC8R^L
In May the Zonta Club of Midland awarded service grants to ten area non-profits totaling $11,400 to contribute towards helping women and children throughout the Midland area. The organizations receiving these grants are Midland County Drug Court, Habitat for Humanity, Self Love Beauty, American Legion Auxiliary Post 165, The Legacy Center, Life Clinic Community Resource Center, Helping Hands Dental Clinic, Young Lives, Family and Children's Services, and Community Mental Health Services for Central Michigan. Click here for more information on the individual grants.
These service grants are made possible by the annual Zonta Homewalk, Funds raised by the Homewalk support scholarships for women, local service grants and international service projects through the Zonta Foundation for Women. Funds raised through the 2019 Zonta Homewalk funded ten service grants of $1,140 each and six scholarships of $2,500 each.
ZCOM Awards Scholarships
The Zonta Club of Midland offers annual scholarships to women of all ages pursuing career goals that will positively impact the status of women. Funds to support the scholarships are raised through the Annual Zonta Homewalk held in December.
Zonta is pleased to announce t his year’s scholarship recipients: Alisha Arnold (Davenport University – Nursing), Amber Bailey, (Delta College – Nursing), Allison Duford (Saginaw Valley State University – Early Education), Elizabeth Havens (Saginaw Valley State University - Medical Laboratory Science), Katelynne Morse (Delta College - Automotive Technology), and Alicia Wietfeldt (Davenport University – Nursing),.
Each recipient received a scholarship in the amount of $2,500, which may be used at any post-secondary educational institution for tuition, books, cost of certification, or vocational education. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, work/life skills, community service/extracurricular activities, GPA/GED, honors/awards, and references.
Scholarships are made possible by the annual Zonta Homewalk. Funds raised by the Homewalk support scholarships for area women, local service grants and international service projects through the Zonta Foundation for Women. Funds raised through the 2019 Zonta Homewalk locally funded ten service grants of $1,140 each and six scholarships of $2,500 each.
A Time for Learning
Wouldn't this be a great time to grow and engage with Zonta?
Check out the Zonta Leadership Program at https://membership.zonta.org/ where there are modules on:
Zonta International is running frequent Zonta Talks - webinars on specific topics of interest to Zontians. Previous talks are recorded and available for you to listen to as well such as:
A Letter From Our President
I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. If you need any assistance, please reach out to any of your Zonta sisters! If you have a minute, send someone note, text or other message telling them you're thinking of them.
With all that is going on there's no surprise that the April business meeting and the auction have been cancelled. The Zonta International Convention has also been cancelled, so there is no immediate need for the funds we usually raise at the auction.
The board did meet via teleconference in March and will continue to do so as long as is necessary. Though we will not have a business meeting in April, there is club business that must be conducted. The membership will need to vote to approve the budget for 2020-2021. It was approved by the board in March. The vote will be conducted electronically. Please look for an email with instructions on or about April 7th.
If you have time available now, please check out the information available to you through Zonta International. There's a lot there. See more details in the next post.
Stay safe my friends,
Zonta Club of Midland
April Auction Time
Save the date for the annual Zonta Basket Auction: April 21, 2020, at the Midland Country Club.
The Committee has started receiving items from community businesses, and of course, the generous donations from members. This year, we are trying for specific theme baskets, along with stand-alone baskets from businesses. The themes include: A Day in the Park, Midtown Midland, Golf, Fashion on Main, Michigan Made, Car Care, Garden Time, Outdoor Cooking, Spa Day/Wellness, Date Night, Sports Teams (college & professional), Lottery!, Exercise, Kids, Coffee, Tea, Wine and Cooking/Kitchen.
We have already secured donations from Hey Lucy Photography, Midland County Fair (4 tickets), Trish Steele (Goat Milk Soap session for 4 people), Eastman Party Store, Magnolia Boutique, Northwood Gallery, Dan Dan The Mattress Man, Annie & Olivers, Saginaw Spirit and Ieuter Insurance (Loon's basket), and a trust package (Joint Revocable LIving Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney for business and health care, HIPAA releases and Advance Medical Directives - valued at $2,400). More items to come.
Please consider supporting the auction with a donation. Suggestions include unused gift certificates, gifts that you don't need, lottery tickets, tickets to sporting events, wine, beer, etc. Volunteers will be needed prior to and during the auction to assemble baskets and work during the event as cookie sellers, bid callers, registration/check-out helpers. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, please contact Lindsey McMacken at (574) 370-6266. Donation pick-up provided.
Congratulations to Midland Zontian, Sharon Mortensen, for receiving the 2020 Women of Achievement award from the Great Lakes Bay Region YWCA.
The award recognizes her contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation; her record of accomplishment in her profession; and her volunteerism and community leadership.
Read more about the award and Sharon's impact on the community as president of the Midland Area Community Foundation.