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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 15

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From the President...

Welcome to the Halloween season! This month, we have some very exciting news to report. We are working with Clint Heine's Kiwis in London on two activities. The first is the Care Packs for Women’s Refuges project, which is happening on Saturday, 19 November. More details below.

The second is a Christmas fundraiser. Kiwis in London hold legendary Christmas parties at the Clapham Grand each year. This year, we will take voluntary cash collections from his 750-strong, party-going base on Sunday, 18 December.

Tickets are £10, and you can get them here: https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/67923/chk/d702

It’s coming up to Halloween now, but before you know it, Christmas will soon be here!

Read on to find out what else we are doing in the lead up the holidays…

Ann Edqvist
President
October Club meeting - Clint Heine of Kiwis in London
The delightful Clint Heine was our guest at the last Club meeting. This inspirational social entrepreneur told us how he built a business and a community of expats from a simple Facebook page. Running the Kiwis in London Facebook page and group is how he makes his living, which is amazing. He said the keys to his success were helping people find jobs, flats and drinks! He has a following of 55,000 on Facebook.

Hailing from Nelson, New Zealand originally, he told us he got his problem-solving, helpful nature from his mum. Prior to running his successful business, Clint was a social worker in the civil service where he helped long-term unemployed people into work. Clint is proud to come not just from the land of the long white cloud, but also the land of the first country in the world that gave women the right to vote!

He was such a good sport, he even wore a pink tie to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Thanks heaps Clint – your mum raised you well!
Zonta London Care Packs project - Saturday, 19 November

As announced in the last Zonta Grapevine, we are teaming up with Kiwis in London and the Elk Bar in Fulham to prepare this year’s Care Packs for women’s refuges in London. They will be distributed to Hestia, who run the largest number of refuges in London.

The Elk Bar has kindly agreed to be the drop-off point and storage for toiletries for those who are not (yet) connected with Zonta, and then to host the packing day at 2pm, Saturday 19 November.

The purpose will be to draw on the expat community to collect and sort what we have into clear plastic bags of shampoo, conditioner, soap and body wash, ready for the refuges.

And as it happens, the mighty All Blacks will play Ireland in Dublin in the rugby union that afternoon at 5.30pm, so we can all stay on to watch the game at the Elk if we like!

Amelia Earhart Dinner - Friday, 25 November
We will once again host a celebration dinner and pin ceremony of the four UK Amelia Earhart fellows.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowships are awarded to women studying PhDs or doctorates in aerospace-related sciences or engineering. It is a little-known fact that Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was a Zontian. The fellowship is named in her honour.

The fellowships are made possible through the Zonta International Foundation. More information is on the Zonta International website.

The details for the dinner are as follows:
  • Time: Friday 25 November 2016 at 6.30 pm
  • Place: Radisson Blu Hotel, 22, Portman Square, London W1H 7BG
  • 2 course dinner, drinks and coffee or tea £40.00 per person
  • RSVP by email to contact@zontalondon.org                            
InSafeHands book launch - Monday, 28 November
Nancy Durrell McKenna, our member and CEO of SafeHands for Mothers is launching her latest book called In SafeHands, a photographic tribute to the stories of extraordinary women and their communities in rural Africa, where she will be signing them. They will be selling for £45 each.
  • Time: Monday 28 November 2016 at 6.30pm
  • Place: Keo Films, 9-10 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0BX
  • Drinks and canapes, and a short film screening
  • RSVP to ndm@safehands.org
Emma's Project and Daria House
Our Christmas hampers will go to NIA Ending Violence, who run two refuges with 11 beds between them – Emma’s Project, which helps women escaping violence and dealing with mental health/addiction issues, and Daria House, which helps women who have survived rape and sexual exploitation.

Heather Harvey of NIA is scheduled to be the guest at our next Club meeting and we look forward to her telling us the difference our gifts will make to those 11 women.
Reclaim the Night - Saturday, 19 November
The Reclaim the Night (http://www.reclaimthenight.co.uk/event.html) march is taking place again this year, this time on the same day as our Care Pack day at the Elk Bar.

It begins at 6:30pm at Great College Street SW1P and is a two mile walk that ends at St Paul’s Cathedral, where there will be speeches at the end. This is a women-only event, however boys aged 12 years and under may attend as well.

For men who would like to show solidarity, you can take part in the White Ribbon Campaign http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk, with the day being 25 November. 
Upcoming meeting dates
  • Wednesday, 9 November – Speaker from NIA Ending Violence, Heather Harvey
  • December – Christmas event TBA
  • Wednesday, 11 January - National Association of Women's Organisations (NAWO), Zarin Hainsworth, Chair
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