Friday, February 13, 2015

In the News

Thanks to Diane Greenberg, Peconic Bay Zonta got a good plug in a local newspaper, the Community Journal.

See the article on Inci Tubluk winning Peconic Bay’s ESL scholarship. You can read about the winner in the post on January 12, 2015.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Guest Speaker from France

Nathalie Bouet was our guest speaker at our January 13 meeting. A scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Nathalie is a French citizen and led our discussion on the general status of women and girls in France.

We also talked about the recent attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. In answer to a question about the French ban on head coverings and face scarves, which certainly affects Muslim women, Nathalie explained that France is trying to keep itself open to everybody, hence the country’s ban on the public display of obvious religious symbols, including head coverings and crosses.

Learn more about Dr. Bouet and her research here.

Apropos for the evening, we enjoyed a classic French dinner:
   French soupe à l’oignon
   Boeuf Bourguignonne with noodles
   Green salad
   Tarte aux pommes
   Sauvignon blanc

Photo courtesy of Brookhaven Lab

Monday, January 12, 2015

Peconic Bay Zonta Awards ESL Scholarship

Peconic Bay Zonta has awarded Inci Tubluk (center) a $300 scholarship. Mary Ann Miller (right) and Mona Rowe are members of the local group, which raises funds to support the scholarship.

Ms. Tubluk, a Turkish-American homemaker who resides with her husband and two children in Wading River, has successfully completed Level 3 of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Suffolk County Community College - Eastern Campus, in Riverhead.  She plans to continue her ESL studies so that she can communicate proficiently with her son’s teachers and eventually pursue a career.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bananas Foster! Yummm!

Bananas Foster was invented by the chef at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans back in the 1950s. As the story goes, New Orleans was the major port of entry for bananas shipped from Central and South America at the time. Owen Brennan, owner of Brennan’s Restaurant, challenged his chef, Paul Blange, to include bananas in a new dessert. It was Brennan’s way of promoting the imported fruit. At the same time, Holiday Magazine asked Brennan to provide a new and different recipe to include in an article on the restaurant. And so was born Bananas Foster, a decadent dessert named for Brennan’s friend, Richard Foster, a local civic and business leader.

At Peconic Bay Zonta’s December meeting, our dinner menu featured food from New Orleans (one of our members will take a trip soon and another member asked for “hot” food as the winter approaches). Mary Ann Miller whipped up the signature New Orleans dessert Bananas Foster, going over the top by swirling chocolate on the top!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

16 Days of Activism

On November 25, Zonta International launched its advocacy campaign “Zonta says NO to Violence Against Women.” For inspiration, read the letter below from ZI President Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard, who calls for 16 days of activism.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast

Members of Peconic Bay Zonta gathered on November 16, 2014, at Liala Strotman’s home for our annual service project: preparation of a Thanksgiving feast for 30. We delivered the food to the community center in Cutchogue, to be served by members of the Sacred Heart Church. This is part of a larger effort organized by Maureen’s Haven to feed and shelter homeless folks across eastern Long Island during the fall and winter months.

Our menu: 
- three turkeys
- lots of gravy
- a pile of green beans
- lots of cranberry sauce
- rolls upon rolls and butter
- mounds of sweet potatoes
- pounds of mashed potatoes
- and five pumpkin pies!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Highlight of the Year: Parent Leadership Initiative

The Zonta year goes from June through May. Here's a highlight the 2013-2014 Zonta year for Peconic Bay. This report was submitted to Zonta International District 3 for the district's fall conference on September 27, 2014.

Creating a caring community for children. That’s the goal of the Parent Leadership Initiative, which operates a 16-week program in Southampton, part of Peconic Bay Zonta’s territory. The program teaches parents the tools, skills, and knowledge to become leaders in their communities.

Peconic Bay first approached the Parent Leadership Initiative seven years ago with an offer to teach a class on computer skills. We had done some research and knew that the program did not include any computer instruction. The director readily agreed. That first year we taught the class, many parents did not know how to type and most had not even touched a computer.

Fast forward to this past April. After doing our routine check with the director about the computer skills of her parents -- remember that this is now seven years later -- Peconic
Bay members Barbara Pierce and Mary Ann Miller developed a session on how to search for information online.

Each parent came to class with a community-service goal. Here’s a sampling of what happened:

- One woman wanted to get a 24-hour medical facility where she lives. Her son broke his arm and had to endure a long and painful ride to the nearest hospital. Searching online, she found such a facility about 50 miles away and will contact them to learn how they operate.

- Another woman wanted to get small businesses together to provide child care for their employees. She looked up two companies that do this and will talk to the appropriate agency that oversees them.

- A gentleman wanted to start a basketball league. He searched on the words “how to start a basketball league” and came up with a step-by-step guide.

- Another woman had safety issues on her street and identified a town official to contact.

All the projects were wonderful. And we were happy to help these parents make their communities better places to live.