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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 13

In this edition...

From the President...

This introduction had to be re-drafted due to the devastating terrorist attack in Nice. We are shocked and saddened by this appalling act to happen only a week after many of our Club members were there for International Convention, and of course, Zontians from all over the world. All of us were there in the spirit of peace to promote our cause of empowering women and girls. Our hearts go out to the people of Nice and the Zonta Clubs in and around the French Riviera.

So much has happened since the last newsletter, which I am sure you are all very aware. The country has voted to leave the EU, and we have our second female Prime Minister in Theresa May, and our first female Lord Chancellor Liz Truss. We also congratulate Justine Greening who is the Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Amber Rudd the new Home Secretary. Women are well represented in the Cabinet, which we are pleased to see.

Let’s hope the new leadership heralds a new era of increased focus on ensuring equality for women in this country, and the UK’s international obligations.

Our Club was well represented at Zonta’s International Convention in Nice from 2-6 July, with myself, Angela Yin, Ruth Dar, Sue Mansfield, Carol Ann Howells, Jean Morgan-Bryant, Morag Stalker, Britt Gustawsson and Catherine McEwan attending. It was also fantastic to see Guildford and Southbank club members there, including new President Sue Doughty (and former MP for Guildford) of the Guildford Club.

Angela was keeping our Facebook well updated with the opening and closing ceremonies, by-law debates, roundtables, speeches and workshops. So well, that even Zonta International was sharing them!

It was an amazing experience, meeting women from all over the world and exchanging ideas about promoting Zonta and empowering women and girls.  We found it all very inspirational and it was especially lovely for the Club to come together to experience the delights of the French Riviera, the charming old city, Matisse's house, the seaside walks and eating alfresco, enjoying each other’s company. Enjoy the photos below!

Ann Edqvist
Zonta London Tea Party at Brenda’s – Saturday, 20 August
Our member Brenda Rosen wants everyone to come to her place on a Saturday afternoon, where she will entertain us for £25 with all the food, drink and great company you could possibly want. Bring your friends!

It is at 2pm, at 21 Fitzroy Crescent, London, W4 3EL, United Kingdom.

If you’d rather pay by bank transfer, email us and we can give you the details. Otherwise, bring cash or cheque on the day.

Funds raised go towards our projects, such as the Awards for young women, and charities such as SafeHands for Mothers.

You would have received an invitation already, but this is a reminder!

Please click here to see it!
Zonta Club of Guildford Summer Party and Charity Auction – Sunday 7 August
The Zonta Club in Guildford is also having a summer event and we encourage you to go, especially if you cannot come to the 20 August Tea Party.  If you can come to both, even better! Details below.
Charlotte Beardwell of Northwood College wins our Club's YWPA Award 2016

Pictured above: Charlotte Beardwell, Award Chair Sue Mansfield and President Ann Edqvist

Northwood College student Charlotte Beardwell was the winner of our Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award for 2016, and she attended our Club meeting in July.

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. 

Charlotte spoke about what she has done to deserve our award, including volunteering on a weekly basis at a Barnardo’s Charity Shop and collecting food for food banks. She told us that food banks are needed more than ever because there is a delay between applying for benefits and actually receiving them, leaving many to go hungry in between. She told us she has learned many skills through her volunteering and is driven to make a difference. Charlotte has high aspirations for the future, including possibly becoming a barrister or a diplomat.

Good on you, Charlotte!

Susan 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.

SafeHands for Mothers update

Nancy Durrell-McKenna, our member, CEO and founder of SafeHands for Mothers gave us an update in June on the charity she founded 13 years ago that makes films to educate communities about health care for women. She has made award-winning films about female genital mutilation, and safe childbirth.

They have launched a new film, Leading Safe Choices: Moving Mountains to educate health care professionals in South Africa and Tanzania about post-natal family planning and abortion and post abortion care.

Our Club presented her with a cheque of £400.

Leading Safe Choices: Moving Mountains by SafeHands for Mothers
Click to watch
Welcome new member Andrea Talkenberg
Welcome to our brand new member Andrea Talkenberg!  Andrea took the Zonta pledge at our Club meeting on Wednesday, 13 July and committed to empowering women and girls through service and advocacy through our Club. She is German and runs a software company for golf courses.  Welcome Andrea, we appreciate all your energy and enthusiasm!
Zonta London Care Packs Project
We collected care packs last year for women in domestic violence shelters, and we are continuing with this project in 2016.

Angela Yin is leading on this and has approached the expat community Kiwis in London to collaborate with us. As well as getting access to more soaps, body washes, shampoos and conditioners, it will also lift the profile of our Club with business and young people.

She is in the early stages of promotion with Kiwis in London, but has received an enthusiastic response so far. Please keep bringing your traveller toiletries to each Zonta meeting and give them to Angela. They will be sorted and collated into plastic packs, to be given to Hestia at the end of the year. A packing day will be planned for October.
Dress for Success Powerwalk, Saturday, 11 June

Dress for Success is another charity our Club supports, with Stella Okuzu volunteering regularly to help long term unemployed women get back to work. In June, Dress for Success held a fundraiser, which was a 5km power walk in Hyde Park.

Stella, Ruth Dar and Ann Eqvist all participated. Well done!

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!
Guests at our Club meetings
We always love to have guests come to our Club meetings.  These include those who are prospective members, or Zontians who are visiting from other countries. At our June meeting we had two mother and daughter teams from Australia and New Zealand.  The mums Sharyl Scott and Janette Curtis were here for International Convention and their daughters Nella Scott and Kat Millward who live in London came along as well!  Nice one, girls!

And then our most recent meeting in July, we had the pleasure of having the Nigerian Club members’ company: Olutayo Morgan, Yemisi Raiwe and Elizabeth Ete. Which was amazing! Please keep coming along!
Club committee restructure
We have decided to restructure our committees slightly, to more accurately reflect the activity and membership of our Club. The new committee chairs are:
  • Membership – Angela Yin (chair) Ann Edqvist
  • UN/Advocacy – Britt Gustawsson
  • Service Projects – Stella Okuzu
  • PR/Communications – Angela Yin
  • Social media – Angela Yin (chair), Britt Gustawsson, Ann Eqvist
  • International Relations – Jean Morgan-Bryant
  • Golden Z – Britt Gustawsson (chair), Angela Yin, Jean Morgan-Bryant, Carol Ann Howells
Carol Ann will assist with our Club meeting themes and Britt will assist with Club governance.
Upcoming meeting dates
  • August – Saturday, 20 August – Zonta Summer Tea Party at Brenda’s
  • Wednesday, 14 September – Business meeting
  • Wednesday, 12 October – member Annie Shepperd
  • Wednesday, 9 November – Speaker from Hestia, the charity we support
  • December – Christmas event
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