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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 5

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From the President...


I hope you enjoyed your summer break and the bank holiday weekend.  I know I have!  I’d like to start by thanking Sue Mansfield for hosting our Annual Garden Summer Party once again.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it this time, but I’m sure it was delightful and I was glad to hear that Susan Tanner, one of our members from Tucson, Arizona in the USA skyped into the party!
 
I’d like to congratulate Stella Okuzu (nee Emmanuel) on her marriage in July. May you and your new husband have many happy years together!
 
As summer draws to a close, we resume our monthly meetings, starting on Wednesday, 9 September, where Angela Yin will host a business meeting to plan for the year ahead with all of the Club’s input.  It will also be a great chance for fellowship between Club members.
 
Jean Morgan-Bryant, our international liaison and Carol Ann Howells met with German Zontian Claudia at Covent Garden in August also.  Many thanks to Jean and Carol Ann for fostering goodwill between Zontians worldwide.
 
Our next meeting for guests will be 14 October.  Please do not hesitate to let Angela know if you would like to come along by sending an email to contact@zontalondon.org.
Call to Conference - 2-4 October, Groningen, The Netherlands
The District 29 Conference is now only a month away.  If you haven’t booked and you’d like to come, please register on the website http://www.zontaconferencegroningen2015.org.
 
The best way is to fly there, as Groningen is in the north of the country and not easily accessible on the Eurostar.  Check skyscanner.net to compare flights.  To pay to register, you can transfer from pounds to euros free of brokerage fees if you do it online at www.moneycorp.com.
Zonta London Summer Garden Party - Sunday 23 August

It was a rainy summer afternoon, but Sue’s garden was lovely of course, as was her delicious hospitality.  Attendees had an excellent chance to catch up with each other, as well as watch the athletics where Usain Bolt won the 100-metre sprint, much to the delight of Jamaicans everywhere!
 
Stella also brought her adopted mum Agnes from Nigeria, who delighted us all with her company and how she inspired Stella to join Zonta.  We are looking forward to meeting up again next year in Nice for the Zonta International Conference.
He Named Me Malala

Angela Yin was delighted to attend a preview screening of the documentary about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in August.  The film is under embargo until 6 September, so we are not able to give details, but the film is highly recommended.
 
Imagine Angela’s shock and surprise at being able to greet and congratulate Malala and her father Ziauddin in person at the screening!
 
We would like to take this opportunity to say how proud we are that Malala Yousafzai received straight A*s and As in her recent GCSEs.  We are also proud that Malala now calls London home.  There is really nothing like London!

Click the photo above to view the trailer.
Zonta London toiletry collection
Have you been lucky enough to travel this summer?  We agreed at the June Club meeting we would like to create Zonta London care packs for charities such as Eaves, where women escaping violence, and often with no recourse to public funds, need our help with the basics.
 
We collect the hotel shampoos, conditioners, soaps and body washes for the packs, so please save them when you go on trips so we can co-ordinate a collection.  If you work in a large organisation, why not ask your company’s staff newsletter to include an item about the Zonta London toiletry collection?
Text to donate to Zonta London Fund
You can text as little as 1 pound to us on your mobile phone.  Simply text ZONT02 £1 to 70070.  Easy as that!
16 Days of Activism (25 November - 10 December)

Zonta International has developed materials for Clubs to promote Zonta Says NO in 2015 during the 16 days of activism later in the year.  We will talk at our next Club meeting what we would like to do here in London to promote Zonta Says NO during that period.

Reclaim the Night - Saturday, 28 November
Reclaim the Night is happening once again in London.  It is an annual march organised by the London Feminist Network to take a stand against women being told not to go out at night for their own safety. Women have a right to be safe on the street or at home, day or night.
 
This march takes place all over the world. It’s a chance for feminists from all walks of life to unite!
 
We recommend wearing your orange Zonta Says No t-shirt to raise the profile of Zonta amongst like-minded women and organisations.

 Details of the event can be found here.
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We would like to continue to develop our bulletin with our members and supporters in mind.  If you have anything you would like to share with the Club, please do not hesitate to email contact@zontalondon.org
 
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