Sunday, February 9, 2020

Zonta Scholarships

To fulfill its mission of empowering women worldwide, Zonta focuses on gender equality in education, an essential human right and critical to development for all.
  • Educated women can break the cycle of poverty.
  • They can choose when to marry and if and when to have children.
  • They can access quality health care to safeguard themselves and their children.
  • And they can educate their own children and ensure greater opportunities for future generations.

Zonta International offers support for women and girls pursuing education and careers in the traditionally male-dominated fields of aerospace sciences and engineering, business and business management, and public affairs.

The Young Women in Public Affairs award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life. For details, go here. The application process starts at the club level. The deadline for submitting an application to Peconic Bay Zonta is March 1, 2020. To download an application, click here.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship supports women pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management. For details, go here. The application process starts at the club level. The deadline for submitting an application to Peconic Bay Zonta is July 15, 2020. To download an application, go here.

The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. For details, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Women in Technology Scholarship was offered one time, in 2019, as a pilot program to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology-related fields. Last year, Zonta International awarded 30 women in 22 countries a total of US$108,000. The program’s future will be decided at the Zonta International Convention in July 2020. If this scholarship is established, we anticipate that the next round of scholarships will be awarded in 2021.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Hampton Bays Resident Wins ESL Scholarship

Wilma Ramirez (center) of Hampton Bays won a $300 scholarship from Peconic Bay Zonta, a nonprofit group that works to improve the status of women and girls.

Peconic Bay Zonta members Diane Greenberg (left) and Liala Strotman joined Ramirez at Suffolk County Community College, where she successfully completed level 3 of the school’s English as a Second Language program (ESL). The local Zonta group awards the scholarship biannually to a student in the ESL program who is studying to achieve an educational goal.

Born in Ecuador, Ramirez came to the U.S. as a teenager and completed high school locally. Currently, her dream is to attend college. She said, “I enrolled in the ESL program because after being in this country for 26 years and working hard to put my three children through college, it’s finally my turn to go back to school.”

Ramirez, a single mother whose children are now age 26, 21 and 18, currently employs three people in a company she started called Wilma’s Cleaning Service Corporation. While she is proud of her accomplishments so far, she is motivated to improve her skills. “I want to better myself, not only for me but to show my children that you can set goals and achieve them at any point in life," said Ramirez.

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

Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year, Happy Friday!

Every Friday on San Juan Island, Stand Up Men stands up against domestic violence and sexual assault. Peconic Bay member Mona Rowe first saw the group standing at the courthouse in 2016, and she's seen them on the island every year since.

A few months ago, she stopped by to learn about the group and to tell them about Zonta International’s ongoing advocacy campaign “Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women,” launched in 2012. It was a good exchange of information.

If you are ever on San Juan Island on a Friday, you will see the group – in rain or shine or snow. Violence against women should get everyone standing up!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Holiday Gifts for the Butterfly Girls

– photo by Betsy Kaplan

Five Peconic Bay members got in the holiday spirit wrapping 56 pairs of colorful socks and candies to be given to The Butterfly Effect girls from our local Zonta chapter.

Members Liala Strotman and Vivian Daddino volunteered to shop in local stores for the gifts.

Pictured are (from left) Kathy Walker, Annika Shapiro and Diane Greenberg, displaying the basket of socks they helped to gift wrap along with Strotman and Betsy Kaplan.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Desserts for the Butterfly Family Thanksgiving

– photo by Tijuana Fulford
Peconic Bay Zonta members Liala Strotman (left) and Diane Greenberg delivered desserts ranging from home-baked brownies and cookies to apple and pumpkin pies to Tijuana Fulford (bottom), founder and executive director of The Butterfly Effect Project.

Our club donated desserts to be enjoyed by 100 hungry eaters – Butterfly girls and their families – at their Thanksgiving celebration.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Appetizers and Crafts: A Successful Fundraiser

In time for the holidays, Peconic Bay Zonta member Annika Shapiro showed a rapt audience of sixteen women how to prepare eight delicious appetizers, ranging from shrimp puffs to Korean meatballs. Everyone enjoyed samples.

As an extra treat, Diane Giardi, education director at East End Arts in Riverhead, demonstrated how to make sweater vases and floral arrangements using carved pumpkins as containers.

Peconic Bay Zonta members Betsy Kaplan and Liala Strotman helped with cooking preparations and cleanup, and the club’s president, Diane Greenberg, gave a short talk about Zonta. The afternoon event was a fun way to raise money for the local Zonta chapter – almost $1,000 after expenses.

In the photo, Shapiro (left) and Kaplan get ready to serve a tray of olive, cream cheese and carrot appetizers shaped like penguins.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Cheers for Peconic Bay!

At the October 2019 District 3 Centennial Conference, we took third place for the chapter’s “Share Our Story” poster (above), which highlighted our activities with The Butterfly Effect Project. Plus, Peconic Bay’s United Nations achievement report was honored with second place (click on this link to read our UN report).

Here’s the backstory on the poster. It was designed by Alicia Parrott using text written by Diane Greenberg. Alicia started life as Alicia Greenberg. Mom Diane, Peconic Bay Zonta’s president, always displayed a few pieces of Alicia’s early artwork in her office at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Today, Alicia lives in Del Mar, California, with her husband and three "fur babies" – two dogs and a cat. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Purchase College, Alicia started her career in Manhattan at a Park Avenue advertising agency. She has worked from coast to coast as a designer for over twenty years. Currently, she is a visual designer at Intuit, a Silicon Valley-based technology company whose products include TurboTax.

Alicia’s dedication to artistic expression extends into community involvement. She launched The Rock Project, a public arts program that intertwines visual art, nature and social media as a unique way to unite people throughout the world. In addition, she is glad to volunteer her graphic design skills for Peconic Bay Zonta projects.

Competition is fierce for Zonta honors: District 3 encompasses portions of New York (including New York City and Long Island), all of New Jersey, part of Pennsylvania, and all of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The district counts 30 clubs in all.