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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- three turkeys - lots of gravy - a pile of green beans - lots of cranberry sauce - rolls upon rolls and butter
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.
Welcome to Peconic Bay Zonta, which is affiliated with Zonta International. The members of Peconic Bay Zonta work to improve the status of women and girls through service and advocacy.
Peconic Bay Zonta encompasses the eastern end of Long Island, New York. We are based in Riverhead, situated at the mouth of the Peconic River, where it empties into the Peconic Bay. East of Riverhead are the North and South Forks of Long Island, jutting like fingers into the Atlantic Ocean.
Eastern Long Island boasts spectacular ocean beaches, lovely bays and picturesque country roads dotted with farm stands. Indeed, the Hamptons is a well-known playground for the rich and famous.
But based on the collective knowledge of our Peconic Bay Zonta members, we know that our eastern end of the island is unique in another way: We lack affordable housing and public transportation. We see deep poverty amidst great wealth. We hear about feelings of isolation from those who live out here doing the service jobs that support the wealthy.
Peconic Bay Zonta can help.
Interested in more information? E-mail: email@example.com
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 the Riverhead area, to be inclusive of a broader region.
The club has sponsored fundraisers to support a number of activities related to women and children. These have included: - Scholarship at Suffolk County Community College for returning adult women students - Scholarship for young women invited to participate in Dowling's aviation summer program - Funded the children’s room for The Retreat, which helps victims of domestic violence - Paid for back-to-school backpacks and sneakers for Lov'em, a homeless shelter - Funded for winter season, purchased holiday fuel for Thursday’s Child, which provides support for HIV families - Donated money to Southampton Town food bank.
Efforts have been geared to issues of women and children that we have embraced locally.
Peconic Bay Zonta is in District 3, Area 1. The club number is 1261.
For more information about District 3, go to: www.zontadistrict3.org/
Elizabeth A. Freher
Fund Raising Chair Diane Greenberg
Vice President and Public Relations Chair
Club Photographer Mary Ann Miller
Treasurer, Scholarship Chair and United Nations Liaison Barbara Pierce
Mona S. Rowe
President Liala Strotman
Service Chair and Community Outreach
Friends of Peconic Bay
Rita and Claire
Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions dedicated to improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women. Nearly 33,000 members belong to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas. Individual Zonta clubs extend membership invitations to local leaders in business and the professions. Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy.” Zontians volunteer their time, talents and energy to local and international service projects that are designed to advance the status of women.
Marian de Forest (1864-1935), of Buffalo, New York, founded Zonta in 1919. She was inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame on 2002. She was a strong proponent of the arts. De Forest became one of the first female reporters in Western New York and rose to become a drama critic and department editor.
Visit the Zonta International site and see what they have to offer: www.zonta.org
Membership Plan, 2012-15
At present, Peconic Bay has eight members. Our goal is to increase our membership by at least one person each year over the next three years so that by 2012, we will have 11 members..
Based in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay is located in a relatively rural region, and our geographical area is large, covering the entire East End of Long Island, both north and south forks. Recruiting is difficult because members sometimes have to travel long distances to monthly meetings.
The membership plan will be revisited annually.
* Emphasize to current members the importance of their being actively involved in recruiting new members.
* Issue a news release twice per year to the local media that describes Peconic Bay Zonta and its goals and activities, with an appeal to join our local club.
* Update Peconic Bay’s website monthly.
* Hold a Zonta Informational Network Gathering, or ZING, at least once per year.
* Maintain a list of prospective members and, with their permission, send them e-mails of the club’s activities. These prospective members include those who are interested in the club’s activities but are not ready to join.
RETENTION / REJUVENATION
* Reach out individually to non-active members to keep them informed of the club’s activities and to encourage them to become more active.
* Keep recent former members (those who have let membership lapse within the last year) informed of the club's activities, and encourage them to rejoin.
* Ask non-active members and recent former members if there is any activity that they would like to include in the club's agenda that would precipitate their participation.
Active Members / New Members
* Assign a “mentor” to each new member, who will welcome, inform, and encourage the individual to remain active in the club.
* Provide information about the club to new members via our website.
* Explore the possibility of an incentive to current members to bring a prospective member to program meetings.
* Conduct a membership survey at least once per year to determine areas of effectiveness and areas that need improvement.
*Keep all members informed of all meetings and plans for future activities; encourage feedback and suggestions for club activities.
Peconic Bay Zonta - The members of Peconic Bay Zonta work to improve the status of women and girls through service and advocacy. - We are focused on projects that will benefit the East End of Long Island. - Through Zonta International, Peconic Bay participates in activities that have national and international reach.
Zonta International - Nearly 30,000 members belong to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 63 countries and geographic areas. - Zonta International works to: Advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Improve the legal, political, economic, health, educational and professional status of women. Advance understanding, goodwill and peace. Promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Respectfully submitted by Diane Greenberg, Vice President Peconic Bay Zonta April 16, 2012