Sunday, January 10, 2010

Report to Board

Peconic Bay Zonta sent the following report to Zonta International - District 3 on January 7, 2010.

1. Programs of note: List one in the past and one coming up.

Past: Peconic Bay organized the first joint breast-cancer walk involving multiple Area 1 Zonta clubs: Peconic Bay, Suffolk and Long Island. Upcoming: Peconic Bay looks forward to teaching a class at the Riverhead Free Library for the local Parent Leadership Initiative program about online resources available free of charge from public libraries. In 2009, the club doubled the number of participants from the year before.

2. Membership: Note recruitment efforts.

Peconic Bay held a Zonta Informational Network Gathering, or ZING, on August 11, 2009, inviting prospective members via notices in local newspapers. Two women and one gentleman indicated interest. Since then, one woman has attended several Peconic Bay events and expressed interest in joining Zonta.

3. Service: List two key areas.

1) Peconic Bay raised $1,300 for the American Cancer Society through the joint breast cancer walk in October 2009. 2) In November 2009, Peconic Bay prepared a harvest meal for 20 on behalf of Maureen’s Haven, which serves the homeless on eastern Long Island.

4. Advocacy: List your most important achievement.

In May 2009, Peconic Bay sent letters to New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to encourage the ratification of CEDAW, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

5. Violence against Women: List one strategy your club has achieved to date.

In July 2009, news reports circulated of women in Sudan being arrested and flogged in public for wearing pants. Peconic Bay used that topic to encourage discussion about violence against women at its ZING in August 2009.

6. UN: What is your club is implementing on behalf of the UN?

Nothing to report.

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