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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 16

In this edition...

From the President...
The last newsletter was just before Halloween, and just like I predicted, Christmas is now nearly upon us! A lot has happened since the last Zonta Grapevine. We hosted our Care Packing Day at the Elk Bar with Kiwis in London, made our Christmas Hampers for Nia, we had our Amelia Earhart fellows dinner and our lovely Nancy Durrell McKenna launched her coffee table book In SafeHands at Keo Films.

We are looking forward to attending Christmas Carols at St Pancras Old Church on 11 December at 4pm. It’s a free event, and you can register here. It is in aid of Women + Health.

Also, we have Kiwis in London Christmas Party coming up at the Clapham Grand on 18 December, where Angela, Ruth and Sue will be taking donations from generous Kiwi and Aussie partygoers. Any Kiwi and Aussie readers of the newsletter who want to attend as a partygoer can get tickets here.

Don’t party too hard and look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Ann Edqvist
November Club meeting - Heather Harvey from Nia Ending Violence
Heather Harvey from Nia Ending Violence was our guest speaker at our November Club meeting. She gave us a talk on the history of feminist-centred refuges in the UK that started in the 1970s and were the first of their kind in the world. All the projects at Nia are named after brave women who were survivors of (but eventually died) violence, including Nia itself, Daria House and Emma Project, which is a lovely way to honour their memory.

So to answer the question everyone was asking: NIA is not initials, it’s a girl’s name – Nia.

Thank you to all our members who contributed to the Christmas Hamper Project in aid of Nia. This was a project of 11 hampers (for the 11 beds between Daria House and Emma Project). We each bought 11 gifts for them in a big hamper on Christmas Day, where they will spending it a refuge. They will be safe and cared for, but not with their families. Zonta Club of London II thinks of them on Christmas Day.
Zonta London Care Packs project - Saturday, 19 November

The Elk Bar and Kiwis in London supported our Care Packing project to great success.  Along with all the enthusiastic Club members who attended, we also had a number of Kiwi and Aussie girls who dropped by to help us with donating, sorting, packing and labelling the Care Packs.

We made 77 Care Packs in total, which Sue Mansfield took to Hestia refuge. They were gratefully received.

The Care Packs contained soap, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant.

We want to do another one in the second half of next year, so do please keep collecting them when you are away on your trips over Christmas. We will finalise the date for next year with Elk and Kiwis and confirm.

Any suggestions for how we might get companies to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorants and sanitary pads would be gratefully received. We get plenty of the other stuff, but we tend to run out of these, and they are essentials.

Many thanks to Clint Heine from Kiwis in London, who helped promote our project and Gavin from Elk who let us have the whole back area outside, because we needed to spread out! They also stored collections of toiletries at the Bar in the weeks leading up to the project, where people who wanted to contribute but couldn’t attend on the day, could still help us.

PS Some of us did stay on to watch the All Blacks play Ireland in the rugby – All Blacks won of course!

Amelia Earhart Dinner - Friday, 25 November
The Amelia Earhart Dinner was on 25 November, which, coincidentally was also the beginning of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism to stop violence against women and girls.

The UK fellows being honoured, from left to right in the first photograph were: AnnaMaria Kypriaou, Marilena DiCarlo, Angeliki Laskari and Heather Jameson.

It was an auspicious date to host four delightful young ladies who are studying aerospace and engineering in the UK under the Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Past fellows were also in attendance.

Jim Barnes, a pilot in the Royal Air Force, gave us a wonderful speech about women pilots, including Amelia Earhart herself and Amy Johnson CBE. Both women were pioneers in aerospace and piloting, and both tragically disappeared. There were many other women in the early days of flying to whom modern piloting owes a great debt. Jim delightfully regaled us with tales of many of them, and why they were better and often more daring than male pilots.

It was a really special evening for us, and fellows past and present. Many thanks to Britt Gustawsson for organising it, as she does each year.   Carol Ann Howells, as Area Director, presented the pins.
InSafeHands book launch - Monday, 28 November
In SafeHands is the photographic coffee table book that Nancy Durrell McKenna has published, all of which funds raised go to her charity, SafeHands for Mothers. The wonderful peer Baroness Helena Kennedy launched it and drew our attention to the important issues of maternal health, female genital mutilation, child marriage and sexual violence in Africa.

Nancy’s book is absolutely beautiful and is £45. Do let her know if you are interested at
New member - Hanna Aqvilin
At our November meeting, we were proud to induct our newest member, Hanna Aqvilin as a Zontian!  Hanna is a journalist, originally from Sweden. We look forward to her participating in our Club and bringing her talents and enthusiasm to empower women through service and advocacy.

If you would like more information about joining our Club, please be in touch with our Membership Committee Chair Angela Yin - 
Upcoming meeting dates
Wednesday, 11 January - National Association of Women's Organisations (NAWO), Zarin Hainsworth, Chair

We are also planning an event for International Women's Day in March, so stay tuned!
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