Monday, July 7, 2014

Peconic Bay Awards ESL Scholarship to Nelly Abad



East Hampton resident Nelly Abad (pictured center with her daughter Samanta) accepted a $300 ESL scholarship for women students, funded by Peconic Bay Zonta. Mona Rowe (right) and Mary Ann Miller, both members of the local chapter of Zonta International, presented her with the check.

Originally from Ecuador, Abad is a student at the Riverhead Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College and has successfully completed Level 3 of the ESL (English as a second language) program.

In her scholarship application, Abad wrote that she would like to learn English because she wants to help her children in school. She plans to continue her education.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Yard Sale Today, Scholarships Tomorrow



The rain stopped, the sky cleared and the shoppers came . . . and came . . . and came. Peconic Bay did a yard sale on May 24 to support our scholarship program for ESL students at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead.

Well before our starting time of 8 a.m., Mary Ann made the first sale of the day, to a woman who bought $21 worth of jewelry. Liala made the biggest sale of the day, to a Turkish man who scooped up new fluorescent light bulbs for pennies and then – perhaps feeling a bit guilty when Liala pointed out that he was saving $100 – methodically went through everything in Mary Ann’s yard to pick up other bargains. His total was $43.

And so it went until 2 p.m., mostly a few dollars at a time, many buying homemade bread at two loaves for $5.

At day’s end, our final tally was enough to pay for two more scholarships in the coming school year. Success!

Thanks to Peconic Bay members who pawed through their closets and garages for items to sell. Thanks to Susan for minding the Island Bead & Jewelry table. Thanks also to folks who donated items: Barbara, Jane, Nathalie, Sue and Tammy at Brookhaven Lab, Kay's cousin Deborah, and Mary Ann’s friend at SCCC Riverhead.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Service and Advocacy


Student photos by Christopher Conzen, SCCC
Peconic Bay was delighted to support two recent events for women.

March 28, “At the Nanoscale,” Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Members organized a program at Brookhaven National Laboratory for young women in science, technology, engineering and math from Suffolk County Community College. The students did hands-on nano demonstrations, toured Brookhaven's nanocenter, and participated in a lively panel discussion about women in science and technical careers. Thanks to Brookhaven Women in Science for their help.

April 8, Equal Pay Day, Suffolk County

The Long Island, Peconic Bay and Suffolk clubs represented Zonta International at this event, organized by the New York Chapter of Enterprising and Professional Women and the Suffolk County Office of Women’s Services. Zonta (see ZI logo on the program below) was recognized with a certificate of appreciation, accepted by Evelyn Lamoureux of the Long Island club. Brookhaven Women in Science’s Christina Swinson, spoke on the panel of women in non-traditional jobs. Swinson is an accelerator physicist at Brookhaven Lab.

Coming Up
Yard and bake sale to raise money for Peconic Bay Zonta scholarships, 5 Emerson Court, Hampton Bays, May 24, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Multi-family clothes, jewelry, household items, books, home-baked goods and more. Rain date: May 25.



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Black History Month


The African American Affinity Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory sponsored a month of activities to celebrate Black History Month.

Peconic Bay Zonta made arrangements to loan the group "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," a documentary that tells the remarkable story of a group of Liberian women who banded together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their country. Two of the women in the film -- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee -- shared the Nobel Peace Price in 2011.

Peconic Bay Zonta was acknowledged on the poster advertising the film's screening.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Peconic Bay Zonta Awards Scholarship to ESL Student Maria Narvaez


Maria Paula Sierra Narvaez (right) accepted a $300 scholarship from Mary Ann Miller of Peconic Bay Zonta. Narvaez, who works as an au pair in Montauk, has successfully completed Level 3 of an English as Second Language program at Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus, in Riverhead.



In her scholarship application, Narvaez wrote that she studied physical therapy in her native country of Colombia and wants to improve her English so that she can earn a degree to "help more people around the world." She is particularly interested in learning about neurological disorders in children so that she can help them.

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


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Zonta Says NO



The United Nations has declared November 25 to be the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On that day, Zontians will wear orange to draw attention to violence against women and girls.

The headlines are all too common, even in Peconic Bay's backyard:
   Woman fatally shot in Ridge: boyfriend charged with murder

As reported by Long Island's daily paper, Newsday, the murder took place on November 17, outside the couple's apartment in Ridge. According to Newsday, the woman was shot twice as she was fleeing, once in the head and once in the back.

On the international front, Zonta is supporting three projects:

     Global Partnership on Edutainment for Social Change
     Safe Cities for Women in Honduras
     Empowering Rural Women in Samoa to Combat Violence

Join Zonta's campaign to end violence against women. Be aware of this issue and speak out against it.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy Turkey!


Once again, Peconic Bay Zonta provided a delicious meal for Maureen's Haven, an organization serving homeless on eastern Long Island. Our feast for 30 went to Sacred Heart Church in Cutchogue.

The menu:

  • turkey, and lots of it!
  • cranberry sauce
  • stuffing
  • potatoes
  • yams
  • green beans
  • gravy
  • bread, rolls and butter
  • pumpkin pies -- seven!

Liala Strotman organized our menu and meal preparations.