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!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Peconic Bay Awards ESL Scholarship to Myra Lopez


Myra Lopez (center) of Riverhead 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 Diane Greenberg (left) and Barbara Pierce joined Lopez, pictured with her 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) course.The local Zonta group awards the scholarship biannually to a female student in an ESL program who is studying to achieve an educational goal.

Lopez came to the U.S. from Guatemala eleven years ago. Her husband is also a native of Guatemala, and their two sons, ages 5 and 9, are learning to be bilingual. Lopez has a background in teaching, and she is currently a teacher’s aide in the Riverhead Head Start program. She serves as translator for the Spanish-speaking children in the program and also acts as a translator for some of the parents when they speak with the teacher.

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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spotlight on Sweden



Peconic Bay member Annika Shapiro (center left; also pictured, from left: Diane Greenberg, Diane Loffredo, Liala Strotman and Linda Rundlett) hosted our December business meeting at her home. It was a special evening for the holiday season, with a Lucia Swedish dinner prepared by Annika, who grew up in Helsingborg, Sweden.

She described Swedish traditions and life in Sweden, where parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted, with parents entitled to nearly 80 per cent of their normal pay for 390 of those days. (For more information on family-friendly Sweden, click here.) Mindful of Zonta’s mission of empowering women and girls through service and advocacy, Annika also spoke on a personal level of the respect for women and their partnership with men in her home country.

Annika came to New York in 1964 as a stewardess with Pan Am (Pan American Airways) and has now lived in the US for 52 years! She joined Peconic Bay Zonta in 2016. “I have always wanted to have an opportunity to 'give back' to girls and women who are less fortunate than I am. I believe that being a member of Zonta will give me this opportunity both on a local as well as an international level,” she explained.

The 66 Zonta clubs in Sweden along with the five clubs in Latvia make up Zonta International District 21.


Dinner was glögg (a traditional drink in December), smörgås tårta (the shrimp/egg/caviar dish pictured) as a main course, and lingonberry parfait with meringues for dessert. – Photos by Linda Rundlett