Sue Dybowski, Zonta Toledo 1 Club President
Our year is moving right along!! This past month we participated in the Silent Witness Unveiling Ceremony, participated in our District Conference and hosted our second New Member Orientation.
I was not able to attend the Silent Witness Unveiling Ceremony; however, I’m hoping to have someone who did attend write up an article on the experience for next month’s Newsletter. Thanks to all our members who went early to pass out programs!
Tricia Fugee, Sally Davies and myself represented our Club at the District 5 Conference in Cincinnati October 18-20 which was held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel. There were 79 Zontians in attendance. Gabriella Paphitis, our Zonta International Representative from Cyprus in District 14, was also in attendance. There was a minimal amount of business at this Conference.
Elections for Officers and Area Directors for the next Biennium were held. Those newly elected were:
Governor : Ellen Spaeth Zonta Club of Cincinnati
Lieutenant Governor : Joyce Combs Zonta Club of Defiance
Treasurer : Janet Cummings Zonta Club of Sandusky
Area 1 Director : Deborah Wooldridge Zonta Club of Bowling Green
Area 2 Director : Melinda Marsh Zonta Club of Springfield
Area 3 Director : Sonia Shellito Zonta Club of Cleveland
Area 4 Director : Margot Hoffman Zonta Club of Columbus
Nominating Committee: Rae Arnold Zonta Club of Columbus
Nominating Committee: Sue Dybowski Zonta Club of Toledo I
Nominating Committee: Sandy Hommel Zonta Club of Ashtabula
Area Directors gave reports of what has been going on in their areas over the past year. Tricia Fugee presented the Area 1 Report in the absence of Marianne Mussett. Committee Chairs gave reports in their respective areas. I gave a report as District UN Chair on my experience at CSW 57 (Commission on the Status of Women) at the United Nations last March. A highlight of the Conference was a presentation by the Z-Club of Lakota East High School on their YouTube video entitled Let’s Talk in which they discuss challenges teenagers face and the importance of communication. The video was shown and afterwards the Z-Club girls in the video got up and told their stories and why they felt it was important to share them and get the message out that you are not alone and there are others out there who can help you through your struggles. It was a very powerful and moving presentation and I know everyone in the room truly applauded the courage these young women had in coming forward in sharing their painful experiences to help others. I encourage everyone to check out this video. You can find it at www.youtube.com/user/MattKingTV and then scroll down to Let’s Talk Women’s Documentary. District 5 Public Relations Chair, Sandy Hommell, informed attendees of a Quilts for Advocacy Project that was proposed for participation in by all clubs in the District utilizing the theme of Zonta Says No. District 5 Foundation Ambassador, Mel Marsh, issued a challenge of raising $10,000 at Conference to fund one Amelia Earhart Fellowship. A total of $14,000 was raised!! Every year before the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening the Area Directors and Club Presidents are announced and parade into the dining room. Club Presidents parade in in order of Area and age of club within their Area. Since Toledo I is one of the oldest clubs…chartered in 1921…I was the first President to parade in being from Area 1. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride to take my place as President this year of an organization that has been in existence for close to 100 years!! It will be a moment I will treasure from my year of serving as your President. I know all three of us attending thoroughly enjoyed our experiences. It’s always fun meeting new Zontians and catching up with Zontians from other clubs that we’ve met in the past and sharing our stories and experiences. Thanks to the Cincinnati Host Club for a job well done!! For those that like to plan ahead, next year’s District 5 Conference will be held October 17-19, 2014 in Ashtabula at the Geneva Lodge. Myself and the Membership Committee held a second orientation session for our new members this past month in the home of Marty Kleinberg. We discussed their committee assignments, oriented them to our club website and gave them a preview of coming attractions for the second half of our club year. These new members have just jumped right in and are making significant contributions to our Club and I truly applaud their efforts and enthusiasm. We’re glad you’re here!! Our pace is slowing down a little over the coming couple of months. Please join us at our Program Meeting on Tuesday, November 12, at Real Seafood, where we will have a representative from FOCUS (Family Outreach Community United Services) educate us about their organization. As a November service project, we will be collecting twin-sized blankets to donate to FOCUS to distribute to each person in their system for the winter months. You can bring your blankets to either the Business or Program Meeting in November. We will also be sponsoring a family in the FOCUS system for the holidays. Stay tuned for information on how you can help make this family’s holiday a little brighter. Plans are underway for our Holiday Brunch to be held on December 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Toledo Country Club. Be sure to save the date!! In closing, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to thank all of you for everything you do in making this a great organization. I am very proud of the work that we do and very proud to represent you as your President. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity this year. Best wishes to all of you for a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
Yours in Zonta,