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District News - Page 3 of 3 - District 11 News
The Villages Charter Celebration

What a momentous occasion for the chartering of the Zonta Club of the Villages. The 7 Clubs of Area 4(Bartow, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Ocala, Pinellas, Tallahassee & Tampa) are oh so proud to share this milestone with you. We look forward to doing it again in the very near future in Orlando. Thanks to Betty Geier, Mary Gregory and all the Tampa members for being the SOM. 

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Birmingham holds Amelia Earhart Luncheon

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. 
 

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Zonta offers women a chance to ‘lean in’ and become a force.

Congratulations to Mei-Mei Chan, president and publisher of The News-Press Media Group, and deserving recipient of the 2013 Apex Award….

View the complete article at http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201310050110/OPINION/310050006

Link to editorial by Mei-Mei Chan:

http://www.news-press.com/article/20130929/COLUMNISTS54/309290021/Women-need-lean-become-more-force

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The Passing of Zonta Past International President Dr. Shirley Schneider

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart we must let you know that Zonta Past International President Dr. Shirley K. Schneider passed Friday 4th of October. Shirley was one of our youngest President’s, serving in the role in her 40’s. You may remember her at Conventions where she served as Elections Chairman in NY and Hawaii. Our thoughts go out to all those whose lives she has touched.

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Zonta Info Night Scheduled in Orlando

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 ltgovernor@zonta-district11.org

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Zonta Says NO! Announcement

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:

ZONTA SAYS NO

“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

PROJECT BY ZONTA CLUB GALATI
The Invitation to support the campaign to end violence against women

ZONTA SAYS NO – “PEACE IS IN OUR HANDS”

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 president@zontagalati.org 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.

PLEASE JOIN US!

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 ZontaSaysno.com 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!

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Congratulations to Area 4 Director, Pam Ridley

Dear Mrs. Ridley,

Congratulations on winning the 2013 “Parks and Crump Community Champion” Business of the Year Award. Aptly named, this special recognition honors those entrepreneurs and business owners that have made a positive impact to the community by their generosity of time, resources and talent. The Awards Gala will be held at the August B. Turnbull Florida State Conference Center on Thursday, May 23rd starting at 6:00 p.m. We kindly request that you provide us with a full page advertisement for Sentry Self Storage to be featured in our souvenir booklet. Also, please provide us your company logo in jpeg format to be displayed at the Gala. If you have any questions, please give me a call or send me an email. 

Congratulations again on your success! 

Keith Bowers
Regional Director SBDC
CMDP-BGP

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District 11 Young Women in Public Affairs Winner

We received thirteen applications from the clubs in District 11. From these outstanding young women, the committee voted and we are pleased to announce that Gabriela Brown, from the Zonta Club of Tallahassee is this year’s District winner.

Gaby plans to attend Emory University and major in International Business, and minor in Political Science.

She dedicated her “16th” birthday to an organization she founded called “Pink It Up” to honor her cousin who passed away from a rare form of breast cancer, and she requested that all donations be made to the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital instead of receiving gifts. So far she has raised $5000, short of her goal of $16,000, but she’s still working on the project.

She was an intern for Organizing for America. She organized a competition between the local high schools in order to improve turnout for the elections. Between the other interns and herself, they created to promote the candidates, and canvassed local neighborhoods reminding voters to cast their ballots and make a difference.

Through “Gaby’s Closet”, her non-profit business partnership with the Refuge House of Tallahassee, she supports and advocates for women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse. Her business gathers gently used clothes, books, toys, and other essentials for these women and children escaping from abusive relationships and seeking assistance to acclimate back into society. “Gaby’s Closet” has gathered over 300 bags of goods. If a woman feels that she has the support she needs whether it is clothing, shelter, or food when she leaves an abusive relationship, then she will have the confidence to stand up for herself and leave the volatile relationship.

Gaby has held leadership roles all through high school, is on the tennis team, and in the band, while taking ten AP classes. She also has studied three foreign languages at the same time. She has put in over 400 service hours while maintaining a high grade point average

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