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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 9

In this edition...

From the President...

I hope you’ve had a great start to 2016!  We kicked off the year with our very own Brenda Rosen giving us a motivational talk for our very first Club meeting, which I think has set the tone nicely. 

We are hitting the ground running as we host an evening with Charlotte Proudman instead of our usual Club meeting on Wednesday, 10 February. 

Then we have our Amelia Earhart fellows coming and a special dinner with them on Friday, 12 February.

We are looking forward to International Convention in Nice during the summer – while we are still in wintery January, it may seem like a long way off, but as we know times goes by so quickly and before you know it, the Convention will be just around the corner.  

You should note that the early bird price of 315 euros ends on 27 February, so please start planning now. If you would like a fee-free solution to transfer from pounds to euros at the current spot rate, use this TransferWise link. 

It's our fundraising chair Angela Yin's link.  For every three Zontians who use it, she will get a £50 bonus, which she will forward to our Club's fundraising efforts. Now there is an easy way to fundraise for our Club! 

Our Club generally has excellent representation at Area and District level and International will be no exception. For some of our members, it will be our very first Convention and we are looking forward to meeting Zontians from all over the world. 

The International Convention's website is here.

I am very excited at what our Club has in store for members, supporters and of course, the charities and young women we support.  Have a great year!

Rehana Raja
The Year Ahead...
This is our programme so far for 2016. This may be subject to change. 
  • Wednesday, 13 January – Brenda Rosen New Year motivational meeting  
  • Wednesday, 10 February – An Evening with Charlotte Proudman 
  • Wednesday, 9 March – Guest speaker, to be confirmed 
  • Wednesday, 13 April – AGM 
  • Wednesday, 11 May – Guest speaker, to be confirmed 
  • 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 
Zonta Club of Guildford Mother’s Day morning tea – Saturday, 5 March 
Zonta International Nice Convention – 2-6 July 2016 
Zonta Club of London II proudly presents...Charlotte Proudman
You would have received the invitation to our Evening with Charlotte Proudman on Wednesday, 10 February at 6:30pm at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, 22 Portman Square.  We do hope you can come along and meet the feisty barrister who has everyone talking. 

She will be speaking about equality at the Bar and mandatory quotas to support women in their careers.

You can read the press release here.

Enjoy an evening of canapes, drinks and food for feminist thought!

Register here - RSVP by by COP, Monday, 5 February is £35.
Amelia Earhart Fellow dinner - Friday, 12 February
It’s not too late to RSVP for the Amelia Earhart fellow dinner on Friday, 12 February 2016 at 6:30pm at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, 22 Portman Square. to celebrate the achievements of the five fellows who are studying or undertaking scientific research here in the UK. 

District Governor Marijke Jongbloed will be in attendance.

RSVP to by COP, Monday, 5 February. 

The two-course dinner, wine and tea and coffee will be £40.

Payment can be made to our bank account: 

Bank: NatWest
Name: Zonta Club of London II
Sort code 56-00-31
Account 69636168

If you are international, please pay using our TransferWise link.
Zonta Club of Guildford's dinner meeting - Wednesday, 3 February

The Zonta Club of Guildford invites us all to their next meeting where guest speaker Diksha Chakravarti will talk about her experience of being evicted from Uganda by Idi Amin, being separated from her family, and becoming a refugee at age 15.  

The plight of refugees are at the forefront of our minds these days, and Diksha's story of her journey from refugee to Director of her own company, fascilitating workshops in stress management, midfulness and communcation skills, promises to be fascinating! 

Diksha Chakravarti, Director of FiXme Ltd 

"Crunchy cucumber, blood-red tomatoes, friend mohogo with chilli. Pink hibiscus on dusty paths, kindling childhood memories. The tale of a 15-year old girl's eviction from her homeland" 

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start 
Holiday Inn Guildford Egerton Road, Guildford GU2 7XZ 
Two Course Buffet Meal £22 
RSVP COP Wednesday, 27 January -

Zonta Club of Guildford's Mothers Day Coffee Morning - Saturday, 5 March
You, your husbands, partners, family and friends are cordially invited to join Zonta Club of Guildford for a coffee morning to celebrate Mothering Sunday (6th March) and International Women’s Day (8th March), enjoying lots of sweet and savoury delights. 

RSVP to Linda van As – by COP Wednesday, 27 February. 

The donation is at your discretion.
Which charities should Zonta Club of London II support?
As you may remember from late last year, we can no longer support Eaves for Women as a charity because they closed down due to funding restraints. 

At the April AGM, we will need to make a decision about which women’s charities to support in the coming year.   

If you have ideas about which local charities you think our Club should be supporting, please email, with a brief explanation about the name of the charity, what they do, who is the most appropriate contact person and how you think Zonta Club of London II can help.  Remember, it’s not just about money!  We do provide some cash support to our main charities with the proceeds of our fundraising efforts, but we also provide “in-kind” donations, such as toiletries.  

The charities must have a women and girls focus, as we are about empowering women through service and advocacy.
Donate 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!

These platforms automatically allow you to declare your Gift Aid status as a UK taxpayer, giving our Club the benefit.
International friendships thanks to Zonta
And to prove how wonderful Zonta is at promoting friendships across the world between women, here is a lovely picture of Angela Yin with Barbara Manschmidt of the Zonta Club of Bielefeld at the District 29 Conference in Groningen last year!
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