Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Yard Sale Raises ESL $$$


Peconic Bay Zonta raised over $700 doing a yard & bake sale on June 25. It was a bright sunny day, and we had crowds that came in waves. Notice the Peconic Bay banner hung on Kathy Walker's house. We told many that we were a local chapter of Zonta International, raising money to support our ESL scholarships for women at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead. Folks were appreciative and approving of our efforts.

Not everything sold, of course, but just at the end, as we were cleaning up, the last puzzles, donated by Barbara Pierce, were picked out by a youngster (in yellow shirt just to the right of the tree) and bought by his mother (to the left of the tree, puzzles in hand). That was a satisfying moment.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered: Barbara, Diane Greenberg, Kathy, Liala Strotman, Linda Rundlett, Liz Freher, Mary Ann Miller, Mary Ann's sister Claire, and Mona Rowe. Our newest member, Annika Shapiro, had donated clothing, but she was out of town for the sale.

Special thanks to the bakers Claire and Linda. Mona scooped up some yummy breads and cookies to snack on for her road trip to Philly and beyond.

Lemon-poppy bread by Claire
Cinnamon cookie by Linda


Friday, June 10, 2016

Peconic Bay Zonta Awards ESL Scholarship to Zhuzhanna Mihal


Zhuzhanna Mihal of Moriches won a $300 scholarship from Peconic Bay Zonta, a service and advocacy group that works to improve the status of women. Peconic Bay Zonta scholarship chair Mary Ann Miller (left) presented Mihal with the award at Suffolk County Community College’s eastern campus, where she successfully completed Level 3 of the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

The local Zonta group awards the scholarship biannually to a female student in the college’s ESL program who is studying to achieve an educational goal.
A native of Ukraine, Mihal came to the U.S. one year ago to reconnect with her family. She and her nine-year-old son now reside with Mihal’s sister and her family, and her mother.

Mihal was an accountant in Ukraine, and she hopes to eventually pursue her career in accounting in the U.S.  Learning English is her priority in her educational goals. Also, a proficiency in English will help her communicate bilingually with her son. He is learning English at a fast pace in elementary school, so they are able to teach each other valuable language skills.

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Welcome to Zonta, Annika!


On June 1, the first day of the new year for Peconic Bay Zonta, we welcome a new member. Say hello to Annika Shapiro!

Scroll through older posts on this website and you will spot Annika at our recent activities. Liala Strotman, our membership chair, recruited Annika to Zonta, and she jumped right into our meetings and events months ago. Now it's official.

At left is Annika with a bouquet of yellow roses at our May meeting. A yellow rose serves as the symbol of Zonta Rose Day, which falls each year on International Women's Day, March 8. Zonta International's mission of empowering women through service and advocacy is very much in accord with Annika's beliefs.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April Meeting: East End Arts and The Retreat




We had a full business meeting in April.

Patricia Snyder, Executive Director of East End Arts, took us on a tour of the gallery and surrounding grounds, including the music school. She also described the various events sponsored by East End Arts year-round in the Riverhead community. We were delighted to catch the juried, all-media show "Color."

That artwork made an interesting backdrop for Maggie Goldfarb, Director of Development for The Retreat. Maggie outlined the goals and activities of her organization, which provides shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse. She also shared with us a letter from a woman who had stayed in the shelter with her children more than 20 years ago and, thanks to the organization's help, had turned her life around. The Retreat is headquartered in East Hampton, and Peconic Bay, originally chartered in 1987 as the Zonta Club of Eastern Suffolk Area, donated funds many years ago for the construction of a children's room at the shelter.

At our May meeting, we will continue our discussion about how we can collaborate with both organizations.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Outreach on Human Trafficking


On January 27, 2016, Peconic Bay joined with the Zonta clubs of Suffolk and Westchester to present a program on human trafficking at the Congregational Church in Patchogue, NY. This was a followup to a successful event three months earlier at the North Shore Library in Wading River, NY, with Patricia Latona as the speaker (see the post on October 28, 2015). The January program was organized by: Kathy Walker, Linda Rundlett and Liala Strotman of Peconic Bay; and Deborah McKee of Suffolk. Read some of the comments circulated afterwards.

“Thanks Deb, it was a pleasure working with you and I hope we can collaborate on more events in the future. It was a worthwhile night and we all enjoyed being together and making a difference. Pat, your presentation gets more moving each time I see it and thanks for coming out on your birthday! We are all looking forward to making a trip to the UN in the spring. Once again, thanks to everyone for making last night possible.”
– Kathy Walker

“Thanks to Kathy Walker for all her efforts in coordinating the evening!  No easy task, with e-mails, flyers, and details, details. Thank you, Patricia, for facilitating the evening, and sharing your time, knowledge and wisdom with us, and on your birthday to boot! It was another opportunity to share the vital importance of ZONTA, and bring awareness to these heartbreaking, all-too-real issues. Thank you ladies!”
– Linda Rundlett

“Congratulations ladies. Thanks to Linda's yummy treats we have 50 dollars for the [ESL] scholarship fund. We sold over 242 of Mayan Hands goods. The presentation was moving. Thanks Linda for setting up the evening. It was great to have such a great showing of Zonta members as well friends who are considering future membership. Best to all! Well done.”
– Liala Strotman

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Slavery in Our Time: See Film on January 27


On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Peconic Bay Zonta will show the film "Not My Life," a documentary about slavery in our time. The program starts at 7 p.m. at the Patchogue Congregational Church on Main Street in Patchogue, NY.

Filmed in a dozen countries, "Not My Life" takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited through forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.

The film will be introduced by Pat Latona, Zonta International UN Representative and member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons. After the showing, she will lead a Q&A session. 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
  • Increase your knowledge of the crime of trafficking of humans
  • Identify how you can act to abolish modern slavery and protect human rights
DETAILS
  • Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
  • Bake sale to benefit ESL scholarship
  • Craft sale to benefit Mayan women artisans

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ESL Scholarship to Ginet Xiomara Arias Rendon


Ginet Xiomara Arias Rendon (center)
Ginet Xiomara Arias Rendon of Hampton Bays won a $300 scholarship from Peconic Bay Zonta, a service and advocacy group that works to improve the status of women. Peconic Bay Zonta members Barbara Pierce (left) and Diane Greenberg joined Rendon at Suffolk County Community College’s eastern campus, where she successfully completed Level 3 of the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The local Zonta group awards the scholarship biannually to a female student in an ESL program who is studying to achieve an educational goal.

Rendon came to the U.S. about eighteen months ago from her native country, Colombia, where she studied nursing. She hopes to eventually pursue a career as a nurse in the U.S. In her scholarship application she wrote, “This scholarship can give me the opportunity to learn more English, and therefore perform better in this society, offering my knowledge to serve those in need.”

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