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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 2

In this edition...

From the President...

I would firstly like to thank the outgoing President Devinder Kaur for her stewardship of the Club over the last 24 months.  I am very proud and humbled to be elected your President for 2015-2017, starting my term from 1 June.  Every President has her own style of leadership to bring to the Club, building on the efforts of those who have gone before.  I look forward to a positive and productive year ahead, with new members, fundraising, service projects and scholarships that empower women through service and advocacy.

Rehana Raja
Carol Ann Howells thanking outgoing President Devinder Kaur on behalf of Zonta Club of London II
Next meeting - Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Guests are always welcome at our meetings!  If you would like to attend our next meeting, we meet 6:30pm for a 7pm start on Wednesday 10 June 2015 at Radisson Blu Hotel, 22 Portman Square W1H 7BG.  A delicious two-course dinner served with wine and tea or coffee is served for £35.

Guests please email to RSVP by 3 June.  Please advise of any dietary requirements.
Jane M. Klausman Scholarship - deadline, 1 June 2015
The deadline for the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is close of play tomorrow, 1 June 2015.  Please attention applications to Sue Mansfield at

We have received a number of applications already, but if you know of a worthy young woman, please do encourage her to apply.

Read more about the Scholarship here.
New committee chairs
President Rehana has appointed the new chairs of the committees for the 2015-2017 biennium.  They are as follows:
  • Awards & Service projects – Sue Mansfield
  • PR & Fundraising – Angela Yin
  • Membership – Ann Edqvist
  • UN/Advocacy – Britt Gustawsson
  • International relations – Jean Morgan-Bryant
Responsibility for the programme will be shared amongst the Board.  The programme for 2015-2016 will be distributed to members and supporters via this newsletter and published on the website when it is finalised.
Amelia Earhart Club meeting - 13 May
Priyanka Dhopade (fellow 2012 in Canada), Ines Usandizaga-Fores (2013), Carla Canturri (2012), Britt Guttawsson (Zonta Club of London II director), Anusha Mujumdar (2014), Kathryn Evans (2012), Francesca Letizia (2013)
The Club was proud to host the annual celebration dinner for the 2014 Amelia Earhart fellow studying in the UK, Anusha Mujumdar, and we were delighted to welcome previous fellows to celebrate and to assist in the ceremony.  Many thanks to the Guildford members who attended also.
Our 2014 recipient Anusha Mujumdar is working on a the Mars Sampler Return project that will land on Mars in 2020.
She was presented with a diploma and a wing pin from former recipients Kathryn Evans and Ines Usandizaga-Fores.

Congratulations Anusha!
Please read the minutes of the previous meeting.
For more information, please watch the Zonta International video on the role the Amelia Earhart fellowship has played in advancing the status of women in the fields of science and engineering. One of the fellows in attendance, Carla Canturri, is mentioned in the film.
Zonta London II Annual Sunday summer lunch fundraiser
Our annual summer Sunday lunch will happen in August and Sue Mansfield has once again kindly agreed to host it at her place.  We hope to see the members from London II, Guildford and Southbank attend again and as always, we encourage you to bring a friend to fundraise for the Club.
Official invitations will be sent as details are finalised.
In the last newsletter, we focused on how we might continue to grow our membership by lifting our profile.  Fundraising is a huge challenge facing every club as well, to continue to be able to provide the Awards and service projects for various charities.
Events are one way we fundraise for our projects.  However, we need to diversify our fundraising to ensure we attract the resources we need to support our projects.  One goal would be to align ourselves with corporations, such as the major airports, cosmetics companies, jewellery companies, department stores and digital giving through mobile phones and credit card payments at restaurants.
If you have any ideas about how large companies might be approached for a Zonta partnership, please do not hesitate to contact the Club’s PR and Fundraising chair Angela Yin at   She has already begun inquiries and is developing a corporate package to pitch the benefits of what Zonta could bring to a corporate alliance.  It is a prestigious brand with a proud history.  Let’s capitalise on Zonta’s prestige and our Club’s status, based in one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world, to do some serious fundraising in 2015-2017.
Zonta Club of Guildford summer outing  – Saturday, 27 June
Zonta Club of Guildford is organising a summer outing, a guided tour at Runnymede, in celebration for the 800-year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.  They still have a few spaces spare, if you would like to join them!
We will meet on Saturday, 27 June at 1 p.m. in the car park of the National Trust Office, Windsor Road, Runnymede, TW20 0AE (just past the Runnymede Hotel by the Thames).
The tour will take an hour or two, depending on how fast we want to walk and/or how long we want to stop at the various memorials for questions. Those of us who would like to, could spend the rest of the afternoon sitting by the Thames with a picnic (weather permitting), or go to a nearby pub.
The walk is £10, payable by cheque, or by direct deposit. Please let Hilde Bartlett know if you would like to attend, as it is on a first come, first served basis and numbers are limited.  Friends are welcome.  Hilde will provide bank details for those who RSVP.
Finally, there is plenty of parking at the Runnymede National Trust car park, if you are driving.
For more information, please phone Hilde Bartlett on 01252 876182 or email her
Featured Charity: Dress for Success Greater London

Dress for Success Greater London is a charity that empowers women to get back into the workforce if they face significant barriers to be able to do so.
They are holding a training day for those who wish to become involved on 16 June at 3pm, The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane E1 6QL.
Please email Programme Director Pauline Murphy if you wish to attend.
If you wish to participate in their PowerWalk fundraiser, please see here for more information.
Women’s Aid National Conference – 1-2 July

If you wish to attend the nation’s most authoritative conference on domestic violence, with the peak industry body, Women’s Aid in Birmingham, register now.
Please register for the Women’s Aid National Conference

Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom & Equality Seminar – 18 June

WWAFE are 2015 House of Lords Series of seminars in tribute to the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  This one is on Women Confronting and Reporting Power.
Please read the flyer for more information.
Please RSVP to Ian Beckerton with your full name and address for security reasons.  All are welcome and it would be a great opportunity to network about Zonta!

General Election 2015

The results are well and truly in and as most would already know, the Conservatives won an outright majority on 7 May.  Unfortunately, the major parties did not meet our deadline on the questions put to them regarding the status of women in the next term of Parliament, however we have put the questions again to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, who has been re-appointed Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities. 
Read our questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities here.
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