The members of the Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach are deeply saddened to pass on the news that our friend and mentor, Past International President Ruth Walker, passed away Sunday, December 20. Ruth underwent open heart surgery in late October which was 100% successful; unfortunately, fluid retention significantly weakened her kidneys.
Zonta International leadership extends sympathy to members of District 11 as we say goodbye to a remarkable woman. Along with District 11, ZI will contribute to the Celebration of Life next month.” During her term as ZI President, Ruth’s theme was “Education, Understanding and Peace through Giving, Time, Self, Money”. Her words and her actions will not be forgotten.
In recognition of her many years of service to ZI, she will be featured in the January Zonta International e-Newsletter, on the website and in the next issue of our magazine. Zonta International benefited greatly from PIP Ruth’s active involvement and leadership and for that we are scholarshiful.
Ruth joined the Zonta Club of Columbus, Ohio in 1966. She was a tireless member of Zonta during her almost 50 years of service. She served at all levels of Zonta from club president to District (5) Governor to International President (1988-90 biennium). Upon her retirement from banking, she and her beloved husband, Maynard, relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC. Shortly after her move she began working to establish a club in her new hometown resulting in the chartering of the Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach in 1993. Ruth remained active, serving on the 2014 Zonta International Convention Committee.
Ruth was also active in her church (Ocean Drive Presbyterian) serving as an Elder, Clerk of Session and Parliamentarian. She also sang in the choir, served on the board of the preschool, and chaired the Pastor Search Committee.
Ruth was very proud of her daughter, Charlotte, her stepsons, Marshall and Warren, and her step daughter, Debbie. And her grandchildren Nikki, Sean, and Kiley her great grandchildren were the apple of her eye.
To carry on her legacy, the Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach has established the “Ruth F. Walker Scholarship” for young women at Coastal Carolina University. Donations may be made to the Zonta Foundation of Myrtle Beach (PO Box 51572, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579) designated for this scholarship.
A ”Celebration of Life” service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, ll:00 am. The service will be held at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church located at
410 Sixth Ave. South
North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582.
Memorials may be made to the Zonta Foundation of Myrtle Beach (for the Ruth F. Walker Scholarship Fund), PO Box 51572, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579.
If you are planning to attend, please contact Cherry Temple, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (843) 446-1175.
It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of Laura Pirkey, advisor for the new Bluffton Z club, I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the upcoming Charter/Induction Ceremony for the Bluffton Z club in SC on January 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Laura and her Zonta Liaison Joy Lawson, have been working diligently on plans and I am including the invitation for you –just in case you find yourself in our neck of the woods here in SC!
Greater Miami Club set up a display at Cutler Bay Library for the 16 days of “Zonta Says No” activism. We pinned ribbons on library patrons and distributed Zonta brochures and domestic violence information received from the Coordinated Victim Assistance Center.
Zonta Club of Tallahassee, Florida, USA members Michelle Wilson, Judy Bishop and Peggy Allen show support for survivors of domestic violence at the Refuge House Vigil. The display showed the comfort packs they prepare every year for over 100 victims of sexual violence in Leon County.
Observing the 18th annual Silent Witness ceremony, wooden silhouettes represent the women and men who have died due to domestic violence in 2014. The 40 silhouettes represent 29 known female victims, 10 known male victims and one for those victims of whom we are not aware. This program is sponsored by the SC Attorney General’s Office.
Marion Watson and Judy Barnes, Columbia Club holding a silhouette
Marion and Judy with SC Attorney General, Alan Wilson
The Zonta Club of Savannah and its President, JoAnne Garcia-Melendez, were thanked publicly for their help throughout this Initiative. President Garcia-Melendez remained available 24/7 for 5 months as a resource for the offices of the Georgia Attorney General and the Mayor of Savannah. She and the Zonta members managed picking up and serving meals to law enforcement daily, for each of the 12 Police training classes offered during the week of September 14th. They also handled registration and check-in for the October 26th event, as well as provided refreshments. The Zonta Club of Savannah, in 2008, was the first organization in Savannah to publicly address the issue of Human Trafficking.
Zonta Club of Melbourne’s Chocolate Festival
The Zonta Club of Tallahassee is urging all employers to develop workplace policies against domestic violence and sexual assault.
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A local chapter of an international women’s organization is urging all employers to develop workplace policies against domestic violence and sexual assault. The Zonta Club of Tallahassee pushed its message on Tuesday, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the federal Violence Against Women Act. Club members were joined by representatives from county and city government, top officials at Florida A&M and Florida State universities and Tallahassee Community College, private sector businesses and the legal community for a discussion about awareness of domestic and workplace violence and options in assisting victims. Sooni Raymaker, Zonta Club of Tallahassee’s president, said Tuesday’s event was about promoting a culture of workplace violence policies and programs to help employees with domestic violence issues.
“As with anything with violence against women, or violence generally against citizens, is becoming more and more prevalent,” Raymaker said. “There are victims of violence they’ve been suffering in silence and this is to raise awareness of that and get them assistance.”
Raymaker added that employees with domestic issues often affect productivity in the workplace through absenteeism, others having to share in work responsibilities and a feeling of insecurity in the workplace. It is estimated that domestic and workplace violence cost U.S. businessesalmost $36 billion annually.
“If there is a workplace that will support a victim of violence, you will have a better return on your productivity, it’s a safer environment and it’s economic security for the victim,” she said.
Domestic and workplace violence is not limited to women, said lawyer Robin Hassler Thompson, who specializes in violence against women issues. “So even though we talk about women being victims,” Thompson said, “we know that men are victims in same-sex relationships and in heterosexual relationships but at a much smaller percentage.”
Thompson said one in three women will become victims of domestic violence and one in five female students will be a victim of rape. With three major institutions and more than 65,000 students in Tallahassee undefined FSU, FAMU and TCC undefined those numbers are alarming, she said.
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare President and CEO Mark O’Bryant said the hospital sees about 125,000 domestic violence cases a year, but few patients seek assistance after their initial visit. The effects of domestic violence can linger and have an effect on quality of life.
“We oftentimes think of the immediate (physical) impact, but there is the whole lingering effect of secondary conditions,” including behavioral, emotional and mental health, O’Bryant said.
“When we talk about domestic violence and the impact that has on emotional health, we need to recognize that we cannot have a high quality of life without embracing this issue and addressing it in a very proactive way,” O’Bryant added.
The Zonta Club is an international women’s organization focused on improving the status of women and girls and holds a seat on the United Nation’s High Commission on the Status of Women.
The Tallahassee chapter has worked with the city and county in developing their workplace violence policies and implementing programs for employees experiencing domestic violence.
The fight to end violence takes the involvement of large community, Raymaker said.
“It’s not just one voice,” she said. “We have 38,000 members so we think advocating change takes an entire community and with that many voices and many more voices joining we can effectuate change.”
“If there is a workplace that will support a victim of violence, you will have a better return on your productivity, it’s a safer environment and it’s economic security for the victim.”
SOONI RAYMAKER, Zonta Club of Tallahassee