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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 12

In this edition...

From the President...

This is my first Zonta London II bulletin as President.

It is truly an honour to become the Club President and I would like to thank all Club members for giving me their support at the last AGM. I also like to thank Rehana, the outgoing President for all her efforts during her presidency and I hope to see her attending future Club meetings.  Together with the Club members I am much looking forward to continue building on our strong foundation.  This biennium 2016–2018, we will focus on making equal rights not only a woman’s issue, we shall continue to work to ensure equality and a life free of violence for all women - empowering women through service and advocacy.

Also looking forward to attending my first Convention together with many of you and also to represent the Zonta Club of London II as the Club’s delegate to vote.

Congratulations to SafeHands for Mothers, who will receive a cash donation of £392 from the fundraising in 2015-2016.
Hestia at Harrow (the refuge) and Dress for Success (the charity that helps disadvantaged women to get back to work) will receive our in-kind donations, which will be our toiletry collection, clothing and accessories.

Our treasurer Stella Okuzu will continue volunteering at Dress for Success, which is fabulous. Many thanks Stella for introducing this great charity to us!

Looking forward to a great 2016-18!

Ann Edqvist
The Year Ahead...
This is our programme so far for 2016. This may be subject to change. 
  • Wednesday, 11 May – Fellowship meeting, preparation for International Convention in Nice
  • Wednesday, 8 June – Nancy Durrell-McKenna, SafeHands for Mothers
  • Wednesday, 13 July – Young Women in Public Affairs winners
  • August – Summer event
  • Wednesday, 14 September – Business meeting
  • Wednesday, 12 October – Zonta London Club member, to be confirmed
  • Wednesday, 9 November – Guest speaker, to be confirmed
  • December – Christmas event
Other important dates
Zonta International Nice Convention – 2-6 July 2016
Charlotte Beardwell of Northwood College wins our Club's YWPA Award 2016

Pictured above: Sixth Form director Jenny Smart, Zonta Awards Chair Sue Mansfield and winner Charlotte Beardwell

Northwood College student Charlotte Beardwell was the winner of our Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award for 2016.

This is an annual award for Sixth Form female students who can show they have demonstrated community spirit to their school and local community, to foster their leadership spirit and empower the female leaders of tomorrow.  It is an award we give at Club level, and then we enter the Club winner to District 29 for the district winner, to compete with other Club winners within the District. 

It is a huge honour to win at Club level and we congratulate Charlotte Beardwell for being our 2016 pick!  Charlotte demonstrated that she has contributed to her school and her local community in various ways, including volunteering on a weekly basis at a Barnardo’s Charity Shop and collecting food for the local homeless. In particular, our Club was impressed by Charlotte’s international awareness and belief in education as a fundamental human right.

Good on you, Charlotte!

Sue Mansfield, the Club’s Awards Chair attended Northwood College to present our Club’s £250 cheque and certificate, alongside the school’s director of Sixth Form, Jenny Smart.

Zonta Club of Southbank, an evening with Prof Shirley Randell AO - 19 April
Hellen Vien, Prof Shirley Randell, Angela Yin
Partiers by the end of the evening

Many thanks to the Zonta Club of Southbank and their President Kathleen Versland for hosting the wonderful honorary Zontian Prof. Shirley Randell AO, who gave an inspiring talk on what she’s done to empower women through service and advocacy. Prof Randell took us through her impressive CV in developing opportunities for women in Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

Our Club took the opportunity to tweet all the inspiring messages Prof Randell gave us, including promoting the work of her fellow Australians, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and last year’s Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, both of whom have done much to raise awareness of family violence in Australia (which occurs at three times the rate of family violence in England and Wales). She also promoted former New Zealander Prime Minister Helen Clark, who may be the first female UN Secretary-General.

Shirley Randell also praised the successful Zonta project in Rwanda which she has visited, to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mother to child, a project which has been almost 100% successful.

We also heard the CEO of Action Breaks Silence Stephanie Highett, a charity that prevents violence against women and girls in India, South Africa and the UK.  All funds from this event went to Action Breaks Silence, which is aligned with the aims of Zonta.

Golden Z Club of London
The Golden Z club committee held its first meeting last month and reported to Ilina Trendafilova. We are well on our way to nurturing the Zontians of tomorrow, which we are very excited about. Many thanks to Ilina and Britt for all their hard work.

Survey for members, prospective members and supporters
As we are starting with a new Board very shortly, we thought this would be an opportune time to survey the recipients of the Zonta Grapevine. The new Board would like to know your thoughts about Zonta, what membership of the club is giving you or would give you. We are interested in your thoughts.

Please complete the survey here.
#BoldIsBeautiful May 2016 - Benefit promotion

Every year, Benefit San Francisco, the make-up brand, runs a campaign to aid local women's charities.  Their UK charities are Refuge (domestic violence) and Look Good Feel Better (women's cancer). 

Their campaign is a march through London, which you can sign up to each year, and eyebrow waxing at any UK Benefit BrowBar Beauty Lounge in May and they will donate 100% of Benefit’s profits* to the Bold is Beautiful Project. What’s more,you’ll receive a free, full sized gimme brow* worth £18.50 as a thank you to keep those brows looking gorgeous!

The march took place on Sunday, 8 May 2016 and it was on the hottest day of the year! Angela and her housemate Annemarie were proud to finish their 4.5 mile walk!

Donate to the Zonta London Fund, our charity
As always, feel free to donate to our Fund via our giving page or by text messaging, as per the picture!

Also, you can also donate to us by shopping online! All the brands you know and love, such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, M&S, The Body Shop, Boots, Superdrug, Expedia, and Opodo and way more can help us with up to six per cent of the spend coming to the Zonta London Fund, at absolutely no cost to you!  All you have to do is go to the website, log in either using your email address or your Facebook login and select the Zonta London Fund as your preferred charity and just let the Give As You Live provide the click-through to your preferred shop’s website.

Do please give it a go!
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