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. 

  • Increase your knowledge of the crime of trafficking of humans
  • Identify how you can act to abolish modern slavery and protect human rights
  • 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.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

$$ for Mayan Hands

At the start of the holiday season, Peconic Bay Zonta held a craft sale to benefit Mayan Hands. This fair-trade organization supports Mayan women artisans in Guatemala who continue the ancient tradition of weaving on a backstrap loom. The money is used to support the women's families, educate their daughters and purchase school supplies.

We raised $1,156 one evening, with intricate baskets, lovely scarves, colorful bags, felted animals, and other items displayed at Mesquite Tex Mex Grill in Wading River, NY. Peconic Bay member Liala Strotman and friend Deb Lohman then held two additional sales and netted another $1,200. Well done, everyone!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

At the UN: Eliminating Violence Against Women

Each attendee received an orange scarf
to demonstrate support for stopping violence against women.
“What an amazing morning,” said Liala Strotman, a member of Peconic Bay Zonta. Acting on an open invitation to Zontians, Liala went to the United Nations in New York City on November 25, 2015, to attend the official commemoration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

She reported that the event was emotional as well as fact filled, with past accomplishments noted and plans discussed for continuing advocacy on this issue.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave opening remarks. “The Secretary General is a huge supporter of empowering and protecting women and girls,” noted Liala.

Liala made new friends from the Middle East:
Roula Azar Douglas, author, journalist and woman activist
Saba Al Asfoor, president of Bahrain women’s association for human development

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Turkey Meal for Maureen’s Haven

Peconic Bay's Barbara Pierce (center, in blue top with handbag strap) and Liala Strotman (to the right of Barbara) delivered the turkey dinner to the community center in Cutchogue. They are surrounded by volunteers from Sacred Heart Church.
As the members of Peconic Bay Zonta sat down to Thanksgiving dinner this week, we reflected on the meal we prepared for Maureen’s Haven.

Maureen's Haven partners with houses of worship throughout the north and south forks of Long Island to provide shelter for homeless adults during the coldest months of the year.

On November 15, 2015, ten days before Thanksgiving, Peconic Bay Zonta prepared a full-course turkey dinner for 30 and delivered the food to the community center in Cutchogue, where members of the Sacred Heart Church had made up beds and decorated tables. They were ready to welcome, feed and house homeless individuals for the night.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome to Zonta, Linda!

"I am an advocate for women, empowering them to become the best they can be," says Linda Rundlett. "This can only be done through awareness, relationship building and problem solving."

Linda has just joined Peconic Bay Zonta. We are delighted to have her as a new member!

She attended our recent event on human trafficking (see posts on October 28, 30 and 31, 2015), then came to our November business meeting, and has already volunteered to work with Kathy Walker and Diane Greenberg to organize a follow-up session on human trafficking early next year, coordinated with the Suffolk Club of Zonta. Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mayan Craft Sale, Dec. 3

Peconic Bay Zonta will sponsor a craft sale at Mesquite Tex Mex Grill, 2034 North Country Road, Wading River, NY, on Thursday, December 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The sale benefits Mayan Hands, a fair-trade organization that supports Mayan women in Guatamala who continue the ancient tradition of weaving on a backstrap loom. Baskets, scarves, table linens, toys and more will be on sale – all perfect for holiday gifts.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Cash or checks only. For more information about the sale contact: lstrotman@yahoo.com.