Category Archive: Events

  1. New Z-Club Chartering in Bluffton

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    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!

  2. Zonta Club of Tallahassee promotes workplace violence awareness

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    The Zonta Club of Tallahassee is urging all employers to develop workplace policies against domestic violence and sexual assault.

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    Karl Etters
    Democrat staff writer 

    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

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  3. Birmingham holds Amelia Earhart Luncheon

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    Thank you Zonta Club of Birmingham for a fabulous Amelia Earhart event last Saturday! We presented Amelia Earhart fellow, Francesca Favaro, with her wings and certificate. 

    Francesca Favaro’ and her husband, Matteo Carrara

    We also had the opportunity to have an exciting presentation from Hurricane Hunter, Major Kaitlyn Woods. Major Kaitlyn Woods is an Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer (ARWO) with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, Keesler AFB, MS. She is responsible for mission directing weather reconnaissance aircraft into hurricanes and tropical storms to collect information, including storm center and intensity. This information is used by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., to more accurately forecast the storms. Major Woods has over 1700 flight hours in the WC-130J and has logged eighty-nine hurricane penetrations.

    Major Woods’ husband, Britt, is also a hurricane hunter. He is a pilot. The Woods have 3 beautiful children. 

  4. Zonta Info Night Scheduled in Orlando

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    Info night scheduled for Thursday June 20, 2013
    Info luncheon for Friday June 21
    In Maitland, a suburb of Orlando
    If you know anyone in the Orlando area who may be interested in Zonta, please send their contact information to

  5. Zonta Says NO! Announcement

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    Dear District 11 Zontians,

    As clubs and districts struggle with how we say NO, the Zonta club of Galati County Romania (District 30) has created “Peace Is In Our Hands” project. Zontians from around the world can join in and with our hands, just say No to violence against women.

    Yours in Zonta,
    Cherry Temple, Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach

    The following was posted by Corina Drujescu of the Galati club on the Zonta International LinkedIn group:


    “We can’t and mustn’t ignore the fact: violence against women and girls is still pervasive in all kinds of countries and societies. It’s in our back yard. Zonta International has been committed to its prevention and eradication for many years. In 2013, as the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women focuses on fighting violence against women, we support the initiative with “Zonta Says NO”, a worldwide campaign saying no to violence against women. Do not look away. Join us!”
    Zonta International President Lynn McKenzie

    “PEACE IS IN OUR HANDS” – Starting today 17th APRIL 2013

    The Invitation to support the campaign to end violence against women


    The hands – represent non-violence to all life. Hands are a strong symbol of power and energy in the interaction between people. Symbolism of hands is extremely important because it can help us understand the deep level gestures and analyze them from a whole new perspective.
    Shoot your hands, complete the form and send us an email on until 31th july 2013. This is the soft power way to show the world that we are part of the communion of Zonta International. The photos and forms specifying the name, age, occupation and nationality, (area, district etc.) are listed in the end of the project in a special book-CD (film).
    * Participants in the project will send their form, complete with pen and signed in respective fields. Pictures are by donation project.


    Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our local communities and around the world!

    Clubs participate in the fight to end violence against women

    Zonta clubs and Z and Golden Z clubs are finding unique ways to put a spotlight on the issue of violence against women in their local communities. Below are a few examples of what clubs are doing to focus on the issue. To see what other Zonta and Z and Golden Z clubs are doing, please visit or the Zonta Says NO Facebook page. I also encourage you to share your club’s story on how you are making a difference in the fight to end violence against women and girls!

    Zonta Says NO campaign ribbons and wristbands are now available via the Zonta Store. You can also download templates for Zonta Says NO banners directly from the Zonta Says NO website. Please share these resources with your clubs.

    District and Club Participation

    16 out of 32 districts have participated in the Zonta Says NO campaign so far. Districts 12 and 13 have the most participation with three submissions each. Keep up the great work!