Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Turkey Meal for Maureen’s Haven

Peconic Bay's Barbara Pierce (center, in blue top with handbag strap) and Liala Strotman (to the right of Barbara) delivered the turkey dinner to the community center in Cutchogue. They are surrounded by volunteers from Sacred Heart Church.
As the members of Peconic Bay Zonta sat down to Thanksgiving dinner this week, we reflected on the meal we prepared for Maureen’s Haven.

Maureen's Haven partners with houses of worship throughout the north and south forks of Long Island to provide shelter for homeless adults during the coldest months of the year.

On November 15, 2015, ten days before Thanksgiving, Peconic Bay Zonta prepared a full-course turkey dinner for 30 and delivered the food to the community center in Cutchogue, where members of the Sacred Heart Church had made up beds and decorated tables. They were ready to welcome, feed and house homeless individuals for the night.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome to Zonta, Linda!

"I am an advocate for women, empowering them to become the best they can be," says Linda Rundlett. "This can only be done through awareness, relationship building and problem solving."

Linda has just joined Peconic Bay Zonta. We are delighted to have her as a new member!

She attended our recent event on human trafficking (see posts on October 28, 30 and 31, 2015), then came to our November business meeting, and has already volunteered to work with Kathy Walker and Diane Greenberg to organize a follow-up session on human trafficking early next year, coordinated with the Suffolk Club of Zonta. Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mayan Craft Sale, Dec. 3

Peconic Bay Zonta will sponsor a craft sale at Mesquite Tex Mex Grill, 2034 North Country Road, Wading River, NY, on Thursday, December 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The sale benefits Mayan Hands, a fair-trade organization that supports Mayan women in Guatamala who continue the ancient tradition of weaving on a backstrap loom. Baskets, scarves, table linens, toys and more will be on sale – all perfect for holiday gifts.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Cash or checks only. For more information about the sale contact:

Saturday, October 31, 2015

It’s Halloween! Say “Boo” to Chocolate Companies Blind to Child Labor

Last year, Americans spent $2 billion on chocolate candy for Halloween.

Hundreds of thousands of children in Mali, Burkino Faso and Togo are either bought from poor families or simply stolen and then shipped to Cote d’Ivoire, a West African country where nearly half of the world’s cocoa supply is grown. These children are enslaved. See


Buy fair-trade chocolate to help stop the epidemic of human trafficking in Africa.

Companies that use cocoa not produced by slave labor include:
  • Cadbury UK
  • Clif Bar
  • Dagoba Organic Chocolate
  • Kailua Candy Company
  • Newman’s Own Organics, Taza Chocolate
  • Theo Chocolate

Don’t see some of the big-name chocolate producers? That’s because some of them have made promises to adopt fair-trade certification but have yet to implement the necessary changes.

Source: Patricia Latona, Zonta International UN Committee, NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons

Friday, October 30, 2015

Stats on Human Trafficking

This is a follow up to Peconic Bay Zonta's report on the human trafficking session we organized on October 27, 2015 (scroll down to previous post). Speaker Patricia Latona, Zonta International United Nations Committee, showed the film "Not My Life" and led the discussion.

All 50 states in the U.S. report human trafficking. Rates are particularly high in California, Texas, Florida and New York.

Labor trafficking occurs in a wide variety of industries:
  • restaurants
  • bars
  • hotels
  • agriculture
  • construction
  • traveling sales crews
Sex trafficking happens here:
  • brothels
  • strip clubs
  • escort and massage services
  • pimp-controlled prostitution
  • on the street
  • on the internet

Find out how many exploited individuals work for you. Visit

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Source: UNICEF

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Engagement on Human Trafficking

Patricia Latona speaking on human trafficking

The photos are proof. You can engage folks in serious discussion on the important topic of human trafficking.

On October 27, 2015, Peconic Bay Zonta sponsored a program on human trafficking at the North Shore Public Library. The audience numbered close to 30.

Patricia Latona was our speaker for the evening. Her knowledge of the topic and evident experience in presenting the material made the night a success. A member of the Zonta Club of Westchester, Patricia is a Zonta International representative to the United Nations and is active on the UN Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, which is dedicated to eliminating human trafficking though education, advocacy, research and monitoring of UN policies and treaties.

Patricia gave an overview of human trafficking and then showed the film "Not My Life." Shot on five continents in a dozen countries, this documentary takes viewers into a shocking world where millions of children are exploited through forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence and child soldiering.

A runaway in the U.S. is forced into prostitution

Read text on screen

When the room lights came on, the silence was almost palpable, and it seemed that many in the audience were struggling to make sense of what they had seen on the library's big screen.

Patricia asked for questions and hands quickly shot up.

The ensuing discussion was lively, and Patricia was careful to suggest ways that folks could take action now and work toward long-range solutions to the problem.

Human trafficking is a big issue for Zonta International. Peconic Bay welcomes all who are interested in staying engaged. Join us!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Film on Human Trafficking, Oct. 27

“Not My Life,” a 30-minute film about human trafficking, will be shown at the North Shore Public Library on Tuesday, October 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The library is located on Route 25A in Shoreham, at the Shoreham-Wading River High School.

Narrated by Glenn Close, this documentary was filmed on five continents in a dozen countries and takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited every day.

Patricia Latona, a member of the UN Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, Zonta International UN Committee, Zonta Westchester, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards on how to abolish all forms of modern slavery, including child labor, prostitution, and domestic servitude. To register, call (632)929-4488.

The showing is sponsored by Peconic Bay Zonta.