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District 27 Newsletter 2
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Hello <<First Name>>,
Dear Zonta friend,

After a successful kick off during a zoom District Board Meeting from September 18th to 20th, we are ready for a year full of exiting plans and projects.
Do you want to know more about it?
Have a look at our interesting newsletter items:
  • Governor, plans for the biennium
  • Meet Liaison Souella from New Zealand 
  • Lt. Governor & Membership chair Ute
  • Foundation Ambassador News
  • District Conference Save the Date
  • YWPA and Golden Z Club Bremen
  • Women in Business Scholarship
  • Two Amelia Earhart Fellowship awardees 2020 in D27
  • Advocacy - Zonta Says No
Chicago Voting results
Impact on Bylaws and resolutions
Plans for the Biennium

The district's purpose is to promote the biennial goals and inspire and assist areas and clubs.
What do the biennial goals mean for the district, and how will we implement them?
As a service to the areas and clubs, the district made a training manual based on the website. This manual is helpful for Zonta leaders but could be interesting for members as well. Feel free to have a look at this comprehensive document.
We encourage clubs to have at least one Advocacy-Zonta says NO action a year. An increase in domestic violence, a rise in school drop out, and child marriages are the unfortunate consequence of confinement. Mask 19 is an action in Germany and France, Belgium, and Luxemburg to help trace domestic violence. Read more about it further in this newsletter.
Another consequence of COVID 19 is its influence on membership. Now more than ever, we need to take care of each other, support our fellow Zontians in specific circumstances such as caretakers, single living Zontians, or elderly Zontians. Now more than ever, we need to show where Zonta stands for!
For President Sharon, education is key to empowerment. By the way, this will be the title of the District Conference in Leuven, and we will organize an alumna and award winner event during the District Conference. The goal will be that these young women become role models and members of Zonta.

Retention and membership growth remain an important goal due to the persisting loss of members globally. District 27 is doing good, though, with a slight raise last biennium and three membership awards. See further in this newsletter.

The Financial Resources of the Foundation come from contributions from Zonta clubs, individual members, and friends of Zonta. In the last biennium, our district received special recognition for the highest weighted increase of donations. Thank you for your contribution. This biennium would be great if we could have ALL clubs donating and realize increased individual contributions.

One last advice, enjoy yourself and have fun in your zonta challenge. It will make all your work lighter, friendlier, and more manageable!

Ann Naets
ZC Waasland
Governor District 27
Meet Liaison Souella!
Kia ora (greetings) from New Zealand!

My name is Souella Cumming from the Zonta Club of Wellington, District 16 (New Zealand) and I am the Zonta International Board Liaison for District 27 for the 2020 - 2022 biennium. I have just finished an enjoyable term as Governor of District 16 during Zonta’s centennial biennium.
I am delighted to greet you all from the other side of the Zonta world and I am looking forward to learning more about the wide range of countries and cultures that make up District 27.
This is the biennium of Transitions, Changes and New Opportunities and we are all adapting to meeting, hosting guest speakers, running fundraisers and holding other events in a virtual or socially distanced environment. The challenges for women and girls, especially access to education and freedom from violence, are great, and are amplified in the COVID-19 environment. So we must ensure we remain relevant to our members and our communities, and invest our time and energy in those areas of advocacy and service that will make the greatest difference to women and girls
Strong Clubs, Areas and Districts are the foundation for this, and provide a great environment to share information about successful advocacy initiatives and service projects.  Governor Ann, your Area Directors, Board members and Committees are there to support all Clubs in the District and to facilitate the sharing of information across District 27.  
While we are adapting to the virtual world now I am hopeful that I will be able to join you in person in October 2021 for your District Conference and look forward to spending time with you all and learning more about how members, Clubs and Areas are advancing Zonta’s mission.
Souella Cumming
Zonta International Director and District 27 Liaison
2020 – 2022 biennium
District 27 is the 2nd biggest District in the Zonta world with
1,940 members
in 74 clubs (31.05.20)
7 Golden Z-Clubs
2 Z-Clubs

2 E-Clubs and
14 individual Members.
All these clubs and individuals mentioned above are our potential. I hope we all together are full of energy and good ideas to raise this potential.

My objectives for this Biennium with regard to membership in all its facets:
  • Forming a District Membership Committee (DMC)
  • Asking each Club president to appoint a Club membership Chairman (CMC)
  • Achieving a breakthrough in membership growth for this Biennium.
The DMC members will be assigned to clubs according to their functions.
Besides the necessity of retaining members we can´t ignore the recruitment of new members.
In the DMC we will reflect upon this and hope to come to good solutions in exchange with all of you.

Ute Noeske
ZC Hannover
Lt. Governor & Membership chair
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Membership achievement awards in 2018-2020
Proud of our District!
Award for highest percentage growth of young professional members.
Award for converting the most Awardees and past Z and Golden Z club members.
Award for chartering three Z and Golden Z clubs this biennium.
District 27 features in centennial membership recognitions this biennium as one of our clubs (Damme in Belgium) was responsible for establishing a new Zonta country, Uganda.
Foundation Ambassador

Dear Zontians, 
I want to introduce myself as Ambassador to the Zonta Foundation for Women in this biennium.
It’s my pleasure and duty to get you involved with our international service projects. We voted on them at the international online voting in July, that replaced our sadly cancelled convention.
Zonta is committed to the United Nations not only as a Non-Governmental Organization with a consultative status, but also as a donor to many service projects for women.
These projects were chosen by our International President 2020-2020, Sharon Langenbeck. 
Sharon wants to focus on education in her biennium. 
Beside the programs with our awards and scholarships, education is the main focus of our international projects, set up with UNICEF and UNFPA.

The service projects are described here.
News on Zonta’s Service projects can be found here.
And you can find a detailed description in the excellent District 27 Training Manual, page 13.

I want to invite you to become an individual donor to these projects and to support them together with your clubs. 
Donate Now
The next occasion to make a donation (if you need an occasion to commit) is Zonta’s 101st birthday in November. So why not check out how to donate?

The Foundation and Foundation Ambassadors will once again ask members to celebrate the good deeds of our organization with a donation from our members in honor of Zonta’s 101st birthday. Watch for more details to come that will be sent to all members.
Thank you for your support!
Warm regards

Régine Deguelle,
ZC Berlin 1989
District 27 Foundation Ambassador 

Education, key to empowerment
Check out our Zonta International District 27 Conference 2021 Facebook page
Golden Z Club and Young Women in Public Affairs
On of the members of the new Golden Z Club in Bremen is Emma Lehbib who won the District and International YWPA award 2020.
Women in Business Scholarship
Jane M. Klausman
The 2020 JMK program started at the end of January 2020, and is still going on.
By August 15th, the district received 3 applications of club award winners.

Zonta clubs who sent in an application are:

Kortrijk, area 05
Potsdam, area 07  
Waasland, area 06

They are now being evaluated by the 7 jury members of the district and the best application will be sent to ZI Headquarters before October 15th. 

Chantal Platteau
ZC Waasland
Women in Business Scholarship
    Kateryna was 1 out of 6 international awardees 2019.
   Find out about all 6 awardees here.
Amelia Earhart Fellowship
Two Amelia Earhart Fellows have been assigned to our district:
Anabel del Val from Sint-Genesius Rhode in Belgium, Ecole Polytechnique/Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Lisa Meyer from Gottingen, Germany, University Kassel/ German Aerospace Center

The 2021 Amelia Earhart Fellowship application deadline is 15 November 2020. 
Information here
Zonta says NO in 2020
Reaching out for Advocacy

Besides the local activities of the clubs and all activities in connection to the UN campaign “Orange the world” or “Mask19” Zontians should also advocate for the cause to fight violence against women.
Advocating would be on top of your activities. But only with advocating Zontians will change the world to a better place for women on the long run.
A starting point could be the “Istanbul Convention”, a Convention from the Council of Europe on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Find more information here
In District 27 every country has signed and ratified (except Ukraine) the Convention.Therefore the governments should already have taken measures to prevent violence against women, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators. 
  • Check out on national level whether those measures have been installed and are working. If not: ask for them and advocate for implementing them! Ukraine has signed the Convention, but not yet ratified. So the Zontians in the Ukraine should advocate for ratifying the Convention.
And you will get help while checking out what measures have been taken. Because the Council of Europe has already installed an independent Expert body to monitor the implementation of the “Istanbul Convention”. It is called GREVIO. It consists of 10 to 15 international independent experts, that monitor and control the efforts the different countries have already taken and publish reports evaluating legislative and other measures taken by the Parties to give effects to the provisions of the Convention.
  • Check the evaluation by GREVIO report for your country and take the opportunity to advocate against the persistent pattern or drawbacks mentioned in the report.
Find more information for your country here: 
If you have any further question,
please contact: 
Christine Gerberding
D27 UN – Zonta says NO to violence against women 
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