Welcome to Zonta Toledo

Zonta Toledo 1Welcome to Zonta Club of Toledo 1. We are part of a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions. Our mission is to advance the status of women worldwide. With more than 31,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 64 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects.

Active in Toledo for 90 years, our club:

  • provides opportunities for service;
  • advocates on issues affecting the status of women at the local, state, national and worldwide levels;
  • raises funds to help girls reach their dreams through local scholarships that support educational opportunities; and
  • raises funds for improving the lives of women and girls through a variety of local and international service projects.

Membership is by invitation. Learn more about who we are and what we do by exploring our website. If Zonta interests you, we’d love to hear from you!

Message from the President

Sue Dybowski

Sue Dybowski, Zonta Toledo 1 Club President

Dear Zontians,

Now that it’s March, hopefully our weather will improve and our meetings will go on as scheduled. After this especially hard winter, I know we are all looking forward to the coming of spring!

With spring, we also start thinking about our new Club Year. Our Nominating Committee will present a slate of Officers and Directors at our March Business Meeting. We will vote on this at our April Business Meeting.

Spring also brings our Area Meeting which this year will be held in Bowling Green on April 5. This year’s theme is Growing Leaders – Growing Clubs. Registration forms have been e-mailed out to everyone. Registration deadline is March 21, 2014.

We have a few exciting programs coming up in March and April. Before I tell you about the program for March, I need to let everyone know that we have a venue change for the March Program Meeting. Our March Program Meeting will be held at The Toledo Club NOT Real Seafood at 5:30 p.m. Cost of our evening meal will be $28.00 per person. We will dine on an Italian Buffet consisting of Penne Pasta with Broccoli, Mushroom and Tomato Sauce, Chicken Picatta, Thyme Steamed Rice, Broccoli, Caesar Salad, Rolls & Butter, Minestrone Soup and Coffee & Tea. A cash bar will be available…Now, on to the programs…At our March Program Meeting, we will have Janelle Metzger from the American School for Women & Children educate us on her school’s mission to provide outstanding ESL (English as a second language) education to women from other countries residing in the Toledo area as well as Early Education for their pre-schoolers. (Janelle Metzger and I have a personal connection. Her husband, Mike, was named as the replacement for my husband, Don, at BP when he recently retired.) In April, Sally Davies is planning a fun-filled night for us at Hoen’s Greenhouse. We will enjoy a light supper followed by a program in which we will create our own potted container with plants/flowers with the help of the Hoen’s staff. It should be a fun night out in the community and what a great way to kick off our Plant Sale Fundraiser!!

I need to address a procedural change in the payment for our meals at The Toledo Club. Beginning with the March Program Meeting on March 11, we will be accepting CHECKS ONLY made payable to ZONTA CLUB OF TOLEDO I (no longer The Toledo Club). Again, the cost of our evening meal for March 11 will be $28.00 The cost of our lunches will remain the same at $16.65.

Lastly, we are at the point in the year when we need to start securing our space for our meetings for next year. Before we do this, we would like to seek input from the membership on our meeting venues and on the number of general meetings per month. To this end, I have drawn up a survey that I would like to ask everyone to complete and return to me no later than March 15. I will have these surveys available on the tables at both the Business & Program Meetings in March. I will also e-mail them out to everyone. This is your chance to let the Board know how you feel about our meeting venues and the number of meetings we have per month. The Board will discuss the survey results at our March Board Meeting and will make plans for next year based on these results. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!

Yours in Zonta,

Sue Dybowski