Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Peconic Bay Zonta Awards ESL Scholarship to Maria Guadron

Maria Guadron (center) of Calverton 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) and co-president Diane Greenberg presented Guadron 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 El Salvador, Guadron came to the U.S. thirteen months ago. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in health services management, Guadron worked as a nurse in her native country. Learning English is her priority in her educational goals since she would like to pursue her career in nursing in the U.S. Also, a proficiency in English will help her communicate bilingually with her 10 year-old son and eventually, her newborn daughter.

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.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Yard Sale Success!

Peconic Bay Zonta co-presidents Liala Strotman (left) and Diane Greenberg found hidden treasures in their homes for their club’s fundraiser yard sale. Five members participated in the very successful sale, which featured items as diverse as a Nordic track, hand-made jewelry and signed original artwork.

The club made a profit of $835 from the sale, which will be used to fund scholarships for female students who are taking English as a Second Language courses at the local community college. Friends of Zonta baked breads for the sale and helped to distribute leftover goods to local charities.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Field Report from Hawaii: Leilehua Zonta Club Hosts Film Festival

Peconic Bay member Mona Rowe attended a film festival on March 5, 2017, hosted by the Zonta Club of Leilehua on the Hawaiian island of O`ahu.

This was the third year that Leilehua has hosted the LUNAFEST® Film Festival, which features short films by, for and about women. The club donated all proceeds to the Breast Cancer Fund, youth scholarships, and their 2017 charity of support, Hawai`i Women in Filmmaking.

Zonta International is active in Hawai`i, with five clubs located on four different islands: two on Kaua`i and one each on O`ahu, Maui and the Big Island of Hawai`i. The organization has 30,000 members in 66 countries working together to improve the lives of women and girls.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Workshop

Liala Strotman (center) and Diane Greenberg (far right), co-presidents of Peconic Bay Zonta, attended the Zonta International District 3 Spring 2017 Workshop on April 29. Among the speakers were Pat Latona (far left), a member of the Zonta Club of Westchester; Suzanne Scalcione (second from left), District 3's Area 1 Director; and Joanne Gallos, District 3 Lieutenant Governor.

Hosted by the Zonta Club of Long Island, the workshop was in Manhasset.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paint and Sip

Peconic Bay Zonta members (from left) Annika Shapiro, Liala Strotman and Diane Greenberg show their paintings created at a “Paint and Sip” night at The Painted Canvas in Wading River, Long Island. Nineteen people attended the event on March 10, 2017, an evening of fun and creativity that proved to be a successful fundraiser for our club, raising more than $400. Liala gave a brief presentation before the first brush strokes about Zonta’s goals and our local club’s projects.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

From the Nation’s Capital to the 50th State: Peconic Bay at Womens Marches

Zonta International supported the Women’s March on Washington, which took place on January 22, 2017. Peconic Bay Zonta had a presence at three locations.

Washington, D.C.
“It was a great day because of the people. There was such camaraderie!  Everyone was so friendly, caring, considerate and supportive. There were women of every generation. There were quite a few men, often sporting signs that said ‘I'm with her,’ pointing to the women they marched with. The signs were creative, funny, passionate. I have never done anything like this before. It felt so good to be with people of one mind – yes, one mind yet speaking to many issues.”     – Christine Killorin

New York City, NY
“It was a sea of sisters supported by many, many brothers demanding rights for women among other things. I was with four friends and we picked up an 80-year-old woman quietly distributing antifascism information and another woman carrying a sign from her classroom: ‘Thinking is a living experience.’ It was multigenerational, multicultural, multi agendas.”     – Liala Strotman

Honolulu, HI
“I looked out at the crowd and thought about Teresa Shook, the tutu wahine (grandmother) on the island of Maui whose call for a women’s march on Washington triggered an outpouring of support for women worldwide.”     – Mona Rowe

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Happy New Year!

Peconic Bay Zonta welcomed the Chinese Year of the Rooster with Chinese cooking classes on January 24 and 25, 2017. The classes were organized by Fund Raising Co-chairs Annika Shapiro and Liala Strotman to support the work of Peconic Bay Zonta and Zonta International.

Each class of eight students prepared a classic Chinese meal:
Hot and Sour Soup
New Year's Chicken Salad
Shrimp in Lobster Sauce
Mo-Shu-Ro Pork with Chinese Pancakes
Stir-fry Vegetables
Mandarin Beef

Participants gained hands-on experience learning about Chinese ingredients and cooking methods. Sampling was encouraged, of course, and the conversation naturally turned to the status and lives of women and girls in today’s China.

Both cooking classes were sold out. Peconic Bay Zonta raised $1,025, including $225 in generous donations. Thank you to Annika and Liala for their planning and hard work!