The Bridge

 Current Edition – January 2018 

Zonta District 15 December 2017
Official Zonta Mission: Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
A Note from Governor Anna Sylvester
Congratulations to the Zonta Club of Pontiac-North Oakland on “zelebrating” 90 years of service and advocacy locally and globally. At their celebration, they had a few of their partners with them. Amna from Haven House explained how the assistance from Zonta was two-fold for a woman that was trafficked. After being saved by police, she was taken to Haven House where Zonta of Pontiac-North Oakland contributes as needed. The woman found the refuge to protect her. She found herself and gained confidence.
She decided upon nursing as a career and was awarded a college scholarship from Zonta of Pontiac-North Oakland. Imagine going from being trafficked for sex and contemplating suicide to a becoming a confident, successful citizen giving back to society. You and your clubs do this through and with Zonta.
Each club has stories like this to share, so continue spreading your successes. These stories keep Zonta alive and vibrant in your areas.
Our Zonta International Treasurer and District 15 liaison, Bridget Masters, shared the summary of the Fall Zonta International Board meeting. It is attached if you want to read the entire script.
Here are a few highlights:
Board members reported that district conferences were vibrant and successful with a good mixture of workshops, information, presentations and joy. The Board thanks the districts that were able to make time for the provided international videos and presentations.
  1. 1.     The Board voted to retire the Clubs with Fewer than Six Members Policy. The Board supports that even small clubs may work on Zonta’s mission and shall have the chance to grow. However, it was noted that these small clubs still need to ensure that governance and local regulations are followed.
The Board recognized the tremendous increase in advocacy efforts across the districts and thanked the governors and committee chairman for the reports.
The Zonta Days No to Violence Against Women, 16 days of activism appeared to receive attention throughout District 15. Remember to share your stories and photos with Zonta International.
Thank you for all you do to keep Zonta relevant and a focus in your communities.
I wish you health, happiness and peace this Holiday Season.
Governor Anna
Zonta International Foundation Report

Bonnie McArthur – Foundation Ambassador

As we approach the end of the calendar year, now is a great time to consider donating to Zonta International Foundation. US citizens can receive a charitable gift tax deduction for donations made to ZIF. Dues are paid to Zonta International and are not deductible, but charitable gifts given to the Zonta International Foundation do qualify. There are situations where Canadians can claim a tax credit for their gifts as well. In all cases, check with your tax advisor for your specific situation.
There are also lots of ways to give. Your contribution can be a one-time gift, or you can set up an online recurring gift that is automatically charged to a credit card each month. You can give to a specific restricted fund – such as ZIZVAW, International projects, or one of the scholarships, or make an unrestricted contribution to the Rose Fund. Those gifts will be used during the current biennium. For those who prefer, you can donate to the Endowment Fund, where the principal can never be spent, and only the interest is used each biennium. And do not forget that gifts to ZIF make wonderful memorial or honorary gifts – especially for the person who has everything.
In this season of giving, remember the women around the world who face hardships that we can scarcely imagine. Be proud to be a member of Zonta knowing the great impact we make on the world through our local giving and world-wide partners. Have a wonderful holiday season and thanks for giving to the Zonta International Foundation.

Give a gift to empower women and girls

  1. Consider honoring a friend or loved one in a unique way while supporting Zonta International’s life-changing international service projects and educational programs.
  2. Choose a meaningful gift supporting one of our international service projects or educational programs and select how you would like to notify your gift recipient of your life-changing gift.
  3. Notify your friend or loved one. You have the option of adding a personal message to an e-card. If you prefer a paper card, select the printable card option for a card you can print, personalize and mail.
This holiday season, give a gift that will help create a better future for women and girls worldwide.
Dear District 15 Members,

As the holidays and new year approach, I want to take this moment to thank you for your service to Zonta International. I know there is a lot to learn about the UN, and I hope that we have been able to support you in the work you are doing.

I know that District 15 was instrumental in helping Driftseed in its work creating Little Stones. I showed it last week in NY during the 16 Days, and plan to show it again in March if I can find a sponsor. It is a great work that the District did in helping this become a reality, and I hope also to show it at the UN. Please extend to the District my congratulations and hope we can get even more exposure for this collaboration!

Warmest regards,

Leslie Wright
Chair, International UN Committee for 2016-2018
Zonta International

Denise Sylvester
The 16 Days of Activism showcased great efforts by District 15 whether by social media campaigns or hands-on activities highlighting awareness of the issues impacting women, especially violence, today.
Our work does not stop with the 16 Days of Activism! We are in interesting times where civil liberties and basic human rights are being rolled back. Now more than ever it’s important our voices are heard. At Fall Conference we sent postcards to our elected US federal representatives informing them of HR1949 the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. We encouraged our representatives to co-sponsor this bipartisan legislation and bring it to a vote. In January, your club can follow up and hold a day of action by calling your Representative or visiting their local office. Keep letting them know that this is an important piece of legislation that needs their support and action.
Also, Save the Date!! April 10, 2018 is Equal Pay Day. District 15 is part of the Equal Pay Day Coalition (be sure to like their Facebookpage). We are working hard to organize another fantastic rally and lobbying day, bringing attention to the pay inequality between men and women.



Charlevoix High School students Cheyenne Scott and Samantha Burns stand among 204 orange flags. Each flag represents a victim of domestic abuse in Charlevoix County in 2016.

The Zonta Club of Charlevoix had three projects for this year’s 16 Days of Activism.  First we put up this sign at the corner of M 66 and US 31 in Charlevoix to bring awareness to domestic abuse in our county.  Girl Scouts from Troop 10252 assisted with putting up the flags. The flags and banner remained through the 16 Days of Activism.  An article also appeared in our local newspaper.

If you come to Charlevoix you will see many adults and students wearing the orange wristlet which says “Zonta Says No to Violence against Women.” The members of the Zonta Club of Charlevoix along with the 30 students of the high school’s Zonta Z Club and Girl Scouts from Boyne City Troop 10252 and the Charlevoix Girl Scout Troop are wearing these to raise awareness.

Also if you check the Facebook page of the Zonta Club Charlevoix you will see that each day there is a new post about activism.

The Zonta Club of Gaylord Area has one dedicated member, Karin,
who carries around the Say No poster and asks prominent men in our community to “Say NO to VAW” and their their photo taken to be shared on social media.  Karin then schedules one post for each of the 16 Days Campaign.  It has been a great tool for generating exposure during the 16 Days campaign to help raise awareness by tagging the men and their business.  Often the men’s friends and the men themselves comment and share our posts.  Karin leaves them with the “kNOw the signs, kNOw how to help” cards that list the signs to look for and phone numbers for both domestic violence and human trafficking.
For November, the Zonta Club of IM-K had “Zonta Says No” postcards created, bracelets purchased and awareness cards with the International Day for Violence Against Women information with orange ribbons attached handed out to the community. The cards and ribbons were handmade by the advocacy team. Distribution method was Dickinson County Ladies Night Out and to the Caring House of Iron Mountain which is a domestic violence shelter in Dickinson County. Women were given the ribbons and bracelets to wear and post cards were available to take and will continue to be placed in a community building for handout.
Our club contact information is printed on the back of the postcard to allow women to contact the club with questions or membership opportunities.
Members marched in the Midland Santa Parade carrying Zonta Says No Banner, handing out candy and information about Zonta Says No.
Midland also placed a billboard on M20 between Mt. Pleasant and Midland promoting Zonta Says No.
The Zonta Club of Midland placed posters promoting the Zonta Says No campaign in downtown businesses during the holiday shopping season.
This is a display of silhouettes representing the number of domestic violence deaths in Oakland County for 2016.  The display is located at the Oakland County Court House lobby.


The Zonta Club of Petoskey delivered Facebook posts each day of the 16 Days of Activism.  The Zonta Says No Banner hung in the Petoskey District Library with information about Zonta and about violence against women.  We also had a display in the North Central Michigan College Library. We had an opinion piece printed in the Petoskey News-Review as well.  In addition, during the 16 Days, the entire club contributed children’s books and feminine hygiene products to the local Paper Pantry, and we sponsored the Non-Traditional Career Day for 80 ninth and tenth grade girls from 12 area schools at the College.
Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign
As we approach the 100th anniversary of Zonta International (ZI), a campaign has been initiated to grow the Zonta International Foundation (ZIF) long term investments by $10 million by the 2020 convention.  At the district conference, former Governors Denise Quarles and Carole Calvert-Baxter shared information about the Centennial Anniversary Endowment Campaign.  As the Regional Representatives for the campaign in District 15, they encouraged members to make endowment fund donations.  A powerpoint presentation and video were provided to inform the conference attendees that the endowment fund
–        that grows over time ensures a guarantee that we can maintain and enhance our funding of program goals in the future
–        provides a long term financial base of income, keeping the principal amount intact while dividends and interest can be used, if needed, for ZIF programs and projects in the future
–        is separate from the biennial funding for the international service projects and educational programs which are approved at the ZI conventions
Members are encouraged to consider a one-time gift or recurring gift plan for the endowment campaign.  Regional Representatives Denise Quarles and Carole Calvert Baxter may be contacted to provide information to clubs and individual members.
Dear Rosie,
My friend is interested in the good work of Zonta and just retired, so she has time to volunteer.  However, I thought Zontians had to be a working professional woman, is that true?
– Inquisitive in Inskter
Dear Inquisitive,
There was a time that members had to fit a job classification, but we have become more modern and inclusive to encourage more people to join and promote Zonta.
Alpena’s annual Christmas Card and Cookie Swap
Club Christmas Party
Each year we collect items for different areas in need.  This year we collected items for the


Student Support Services at Mason County Central Schools.   The focus is on homeless kids and families in need.

Denise Jones (center of photo), Homeless Education Liaison, is there to help students in need, whether it’s a coat for the winter, a gas card or a can of food for a next meal. Student support is just part of the job, which also includes maintaining a storage building, keeping items organized and stocked with donations of clothing, food, toiletries and more. Items are available for babies, toddlers and teens, in a variety of sizes. The clothing is available for students and their families from Ludington, Scottville, Custer, Gateway to Success, Baldwin and Pentwater schools.

Each year we also ring bells for Salvation Army.  Attached is a photo of a charitable giver, Sandie Holcombe (past club president) and Jayne Budzynski (current club president).
Zonta Marquette hosted its annual Holiday Dinner with the Marquette Alternative High School Students. Our formal dinner was catered by Sherri Aldred.  There were 42 attendees, and all enjoyed fellowship and good cheer. Each student received a gift bag filled with donations from the “Friends of Zonta.”  The Victorian decorations were beautiful.
Zonta Marquette kicked off its annual Koeze Nut Fundraiser.  Here is Santa looking for some Koeze gifts.
Zonta Marquette Econo Fundraiser raised $2,000 to purchase a toddler swing in Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior. After several years of fundraising through Econo’s bagging groceries, Zonta was able to purchase a toddler swing and with the help of the City of Marquette Parks to install the swings, at the Picnic Rocks Park, Lake Superior, Marquette.
Dr. Laura Klar hosted the NMU Golden Z Club at her home for their holiday dinner.  Zonta is gearing up for its “Nailed It” fundraiser.  The funds go toward scholarships and grants that benefit women.
Gift bags filled to the brim and a stuffed animal to tie the bags off with, filled with best wishes to each of the women of Breton House.  Lani and Heather with their filled bags. Thanks to Lani  Ochs, Area 1 Director, for driving from Charlevoix and sharing the evening with us.
29 June – 3 July 2018
 for the 64th Zonta International Convention

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