Sunday, September 15, 2019

‘Butterfly Girls’ Attend LUNAFEST

For the second time, Peconic Bay Zonta sponsored LUNAFEST, a film festival that features short films by, for, and about women. About 40 people attended the fundraiser, which netted approximately $500. The profit will help to fund scholarships for local female students and allow our club to continue to provide goods and services to a local nonprofit organization – The Butterfly Effect Project – that fosters self-confidence and academic success in girls in Riverhead, NY, and surrounding areas.

Held at the Congregational Church of Patchogue, the fundraiser included donated raffle baskets of wine and gourmet goods, a watercolor painting, and a 50/50 raffle. Complimentary coffee and tea were served along with home-baked cookies.

photo by Diane Greenberg
Eight films were featured, all celebrating and championing women’s causes. Topics ranged from racism, sexism and homosexuality to coping with a disability, grief and loneliness.

Five girls from The Butterfly Effect Project attended LUNAFEST, along with the founder and executive director of the program, Tijuana Fulford (third from right), who said that it was “an empowering experience.” Also pictured in the photo (from left) are chaperone Vivian Hobson, along with Butterfly girls Brielle Williams (back), with her arms around Candace Williams, Genesis Fulford, Ashlyn Fulford and Lexi Fulford.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Getting Ready for School: Notebooks for Butterfly Effect Girls

Peconic Bay Zonta donated 210 marble notebooks to girls in The Butterfly Effect Project, a nonprofit community group that helps girls develop self-confidence and achieve their academic goals.

Tijuana Fulford (first on right), founder and executive director of the Butterfly Effect Project and Butterfly Effect girls (from left) Gionnah Hicks, Jaylen Lee and Azharia Allen were on hand to thank Zonta members Betsy Kaplan (second from right), who purchased the notebooks, and Liala Strotman (first on left), who helped deliver them.

Peconic Bay Zonta covers the East End of Long Island and is affiliated with Zonta International, which works to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Women’s Film Festival on August 23, 2019

Peconic Bay Zonta will host LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival by, for and about women.

When:    Friday, August 23, 2019
               Reception @ 7:00 p.m.  
               Showing of films @ 7:30 p.m.
Where:   Congregational Church of Patchogue
               95 E Main Street, Patchogue, NY
Tickets:  Adults $20
               Students $10 (with student ID)
               Purchase at the door cash only
                    Advance purchase online through Eventbrite
                    Free admission for students who fill out feedback form

Complimentary coffee and cake will be served, and raffle prizes will be available.

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through eight short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit Peconic Bay Zonta, a nonprofit group affiliated with Zonta International, which nworks to empower women and girls through service and advocacy, and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

LUNAFEST – created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar – has raised more than $4 million for nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Peconic Bay Zonta Honors Tijuana Fulford of The Butterfly Effect Project

Tijuana Fulford
At a dinner on June 3, 2019, held at the Dark Horse Restaurant in Riverhead, Peconic Bay Zonta, a local nonprofit organization, honored Tijuana Fulford, founder and executive director of The Butterfly Effect Project, a nonprofit community-based organization that offers free programs for local girls to develop their self-confidence and academic success.

Affiliated with Zonta International, Peconic Bay Zonta shares similar goals with The Butterfly Effect Project, as the mission of the local Zonta club, which currently has nine members, is to empower women and girls through service and advocacy.

Fulford started The Butterfly Effect Project in 2014 with eight girls that came from Riverhead and Flanders. The program has since grown to encompass over 600 girls, many from Riverhead and the surrounding area, and others from the South Shore and central Suffolk County.

With the help of the local community, each child in the program can take part in diverse activities that challenge their minds. For example, several members of Peconic Bay Zonta led by a former teacher offered young girls in The Butterfly Effect Project in Riverhead a program of specialized exercises that help to develop better concentration, relaxation, learning skills, and emotional well-being.

At the dinner to honor her, Peconic Bay Zonta members presented Fulford with several gifts, including a necklace, a plaque that says, “Without change there would be no butterflies,” a formal proclamation to honor her as leader of The Butterfly Effect Project and a dozen yellow roses. The yellow rose signifies friendship, and it is an official Zonta symbol.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Successful Yard & Bake Sale in Wading River

 – Photo by Bill Greenberg
Peconic Bay Zonta held its annual yard and bake sale on the North Shore of Long Island, June 1, 2019, at club member Annika Shapiro’s home in Wading River.

It was a success as the club made a profit of $550, which will be used for scholarships and/or other service projects. Club members and friends donated hundreds of items for sale, including furniture, housewares, clothes, jewelry, toys, tools, books and more. Home-baked goods made and donated by Shapiro, club member Vivian Daddino and friend Linda Rundlett were a big hit.

In the photo are club members who helped with the sale: (from left) Daddino, Diane Greenberg, Betsy Kaplan and Shapiro. Also on hand to help were club members Mary Ann Miller and Liala Strotman.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Erika Fuentes Wins $300 ESL Scholarship from Peconic Bay Zonta

Scholarship winner Erika Fuentes (second from left) with Peconic Bay members
Mary Ann Miller, Liala Strotman and Diane Greenberg. Photo by Paul Turano
Erika F. Flores Fuentes of East Hampton won a $300 scholarship from Peconic Bay Zonta, a service and advocacy group that works to improve the status of women. Fuentes successfully completed Level 3 of Suffolk County Community College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The local Zonta group awards the scholarship biannually to a female student in the college’s ESL program who is studying to achieve an educational goal.

A native of Mexico, Fuentes came to the U.S. 25 years ago. A single parent, she has raised three children here: two grown daughters, one a student at Stony Brook University and the other planning on going to college, and a son in high school.

Currently a housekeeper, Fuentes plans to become an interior designer. “In America I have worked hard and dedicated my time to my kids,” she said. “Now it is time for me.”

Based in Riverhead, Peconic Bay Zonta covers the East End of Long Island and is affiliated with Zonta International, which works to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Zonta Celebrates 100 Years!

One hundred years ago, a small group of pioneering women in Buffalo, New York, came together with a vision to help all women realize greater equality. They were among the first generation of college-educated women, the first generation of North American women to vote, and a part of the growing legion of women entering the workforce.

Today, Zonta International is a global organization of more than 29,000 members in nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 63 countries. Peconic Bay Zonta celebrates Zonta's 100th anniversary in 2019 with a brief account of our own club’s history. Please read on.

The Zonta Club of Peconic Bay is named for the large bay that splits eastern Long Island into the north and south forks, jutting like arms into the Atlantic Ocean.

Peconic Bay Zonta was originally chartered in 1987 under the name Zonta Club of Eastern Suffolk Area. In 2005, the members decided to relocate the club’s base further west to be inclusive of a broader region. For that rebirth, Zonta District 3 and the Zonta Club of Suffolk County helped by sponsoring and mentoring us. We are now based in Riverhead, NY, where the mouth of the Peconic River meets Peconic Bay.

In the club’s history, we have engaged in numerous and varied activities in support of women and girls.

In the second half of the 2018-2020 Zonta International biennial, we honored Tijuana Fulford, Founder/Executive Director of the Butterfly Effect Project. The Butterfly Effect Project helps girls develop self-confidence and academic skills. “You are the author of your own book,” says Fulford, “so let’s make sure it’s something you’re proud to read aloud.”

Peconic Bay has sponsored several activities for the Butterfly girls. As part of a series of fun and educational workshops, members Betsy Kaplan, Liala Strotman, Vivian Daddino and Diane Greenberg organized an evening with younger girls to demonstrate specialized exercises to develop better concentration, relaxation, learning skills and emotional well-being.

Other notables:
  • Former member Kay Jones, now living in North Carolina, served as Area 1 Director. She also was in charge of registration for the Zonta International Convention in New York City, 2004
  • Isabella Sorgi, Peconic Bay Zonta's nominee for the Young Woman in Public Affairs Award, won the YWPA Award at the Zonta District 3 level.
At its peak, during the years as Eastern Suffolk, club membership was in the 20s. We have been stable since 2005 at eight to 10 members, with each member an active participant in club affairs. Our goal is 12 members (see membership plan in column to the left). This number is ideal since a group of that size can fit around a table and hear each other.

Peconic Bay Zonta has a collective knowledge of our community, and we support activities that address social justice for women and girls. While the eastern end of Long Island is noted for spectacular scenery and wealthy communities, not everyone participates. The members of Peconic Bay embrace Zonta’s mission to empower women and girls through advocacy, service and community activities.