|– Photo by Bill Greenberg|
Below is Peconic Bay Zonta member Barbara Pierce (right), with Sacred Heart Church coordinator Connie McSherry at the community center in Cutchogue. Read the lovely thank-you note to Zonta from the church volunteers.
|– Photo by Bill Greenberg|
|At a recent event, Camille van der Watt described the summer workshop in scientific computing she took at Brookhaven Lab. She acknowledged and thanked Zonta and BWIS for their support. The woman seen on the screen to the right, Kathryn Meehan, was participating in the event from California via Skype. She is a Ph.D. student in physics at UC Davis and accepted a $1,000 prize given annually by BWIS. A good role model for Camille!|
|The "Zonta Rose" was introduced at the|
1984 Zonta International Convention in Sydney, Australia.
Welcome to Peconic Bay Zonta, which is affiliated with Zonta International. The members of Peconic Bay Zonta work to empower women and girls through service and advocacy. We are always looking for new members who share our passion for thinking globally and acting locally. Get involved!
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?
Send an email to 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:
Elizabeth A. Freher
Fund Raising Co-Chair
Co-President and Public Relations Chair
Mary Ann Miller
Treasurer, Scholarship Chair and United Nations Liaison
Mona S. Rowe
Fund Raising Co-Chair
Co-President, Membership Chair and United Nations Liaison
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. Over 30,000 members belong to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries all over the world. 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 website to see what the organization offer: www.zonta.org
At present, Peconic Bay Zonta has nine members. Our goal is to increase our membership by at least one person each year over the next three years.
Peconic Bay Zonta 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 news releases about our local service projects with a brief description of Peconic Bay Zonta and a link to our website.
* Coordinate service events with local groups and businesses to attract publicity and new members. For example, we held a crafts sale in a local restaurant for Mayan Hands, a fair trade organization that helps women weavers in Guatemala.
* Update Peconic Bay’s website (http://peconicbayzonta.blogspot.com/) monthly.
* 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
Non-active Members/ Former Members
- Reach out individually to non-active members to keep them informed of the club’s activities and encourage them to be more active.
- Keep recent former members (those who have let their 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
- Provide information about the club to new members via our website and first-hand, through active mentoring by current members.
- Ask current members to bring friends and/or acquaintances to a meeting at least once per year to encourage membership.
- 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.
- Over 30,000 members belong to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries around the world.
- Zonta International works to:
Empower 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, June 5, 2016