Sue Dybowski, Zonta Toledo 1 Club President
This winter sure has provided challenges in getting our Meetings and activities in. Although our January Business Meeting was cancelled, we were able to hold our Program Meeting during which we heard a presentation by Amelia Earhart Fellow, Kimberly Trent, from the University of Michigan. Her area of study is Applied Physics. She shared with us a little bit about her research, how she utilized her Zonta Fellowship of $10,000 and how she decided to go into this field. She delivered a very engaging presentation and I know those of us in attendance were very impressed with her accomplishments and future goals. Following her presentation, I e-mailed Zonta International Amelia Earhart Chair, Sharon Langenbeck, to inform her of Ms. Trent’s presentation and I also forwarded her the press release that we issued promoting this event. Our PR Committee also uploaded this to the Zonta International website. I was thrilled that we could bring this Zonta International Program home to our Club members. Contained within this Newsletter are some photos from this event. A few of us attended the showing of MISS Representation at the Main Library on January 11. This documentary expresses how mainstream media contribute to under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America through the portrayal that their value lies in youth, beauty and sexuality. T his was a very moving and informative film. This film was shown at the McMaster Center at the Library and the room was pretty much full. There were women there from the ages of 12-84. There were also a number of young men in attendance. We were told this film is available through Net Flix. I strongly encourage any of you that subscribe to Net Flix to seriously consider viewing it.
Within this Newsletter, you will find an article I have written on Fundraising. The Board and the Fundraising Committee have taken a very hard look at our Fundraising Program over the last several months. This article summarizes what we have looked at and our thoughts and recommendations moving forward. I encourage everyone to read this article.
You will also find a Member Profile of Cynthia Roepke. Cynthia, who is our PR Chair this year, has volunteered to work on bringing Member Profiles back to our Newsletter. We are featuring her this month. She will be asking other Club Members for their profiles to share with everyone over the coming months. I have asked her to start with current Officers and Board Members and new members. We’d love to get to know you better and this is your chance to share with us what you’d like everyone to know about you.
Our Nominating Committee will be working during the month of February to come up with a slate of Officers, Directors, Foundation Trustees and Delegates for the International Convention to be presented at our March Business Meeting. If you have not already done so, I’m sure they would still like you to complete the survey that was sent out by them a few weeks ago asking for your interest in positions to be filled. The Nominating Committee consists of Marianne Mussett, Sally Davies and Joyce Quinlivan. I’m sure they’d love to hear from you if you are interested in any of the above positions.
Lastly, it is the time of year that our Scholarship Committee is hard at work getting the word out to local schools regarding our Scholarship opportunities. Please see the information provided within this Newsletter written by Scholarship Chair, Linnie Willis, indicating procedures for submitting applications. If anyone knows of candidates for these Scholarships, please feel free to pass this information along to them. We have some early deadlines, so please make note of this.
Yours in Zonta,