Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Peconic Bay Zonta Wins 2016 United Nations Achievement Award

Mona S. Rowe, president of Peconic Bay Zonta, displays the 2016 United Nations (UN) Achievement Award that the local club won from Zonta District 3 for “outstanding achievement in promoting the mission and objectives of Zonta International.”  Rowe is surrounded by members of Peconic Bay Zonta and Suzanne Scalcione (far right), Area 1 Director, who is in charge of seven Zonta clubs encompassing Long Island, New York City and the Hudson Valley. Zonta District 3 includes clubs from portions of New York, all of New Jersey, part of Pennsylvania, and all of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. That's 29 clubs and about 650 individual Zonta members!

Zonta International works to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy. Based in Riverhead, Peconic Bay Zonta serves eastern Long Island.

During the past year, Peconic Bay highlighted Zonta International’s UN-related activities in several ways. One of the local club’s members, Liala Strotman of Wading River, attended the official commemoration of UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held at the UN.

Peconic Bay also presented a film about human trafficking to audiences in Shoreham and in Patchogue, the second event in collaboration with another Zonta club in Suffolk County and one in Westchester. Titled “Not My Life” and narrated by actress Glenn Close, the film exposes slavery, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation of children. Pat Latona, Zonta International UN Representative and member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, introduced the subject matter at both events and facilitated discussion afterwards. Latona is a member of the Zonta Club of Westchester.

Sponsored by Peconic Bay Zonta, the handicrafts of Guatemalan women — including baskets, scarves and handbags — were showcased and sold at two events in Wading River. Funds raised supported Mayan Hands, a fair-trade organization partnering with artisan women in Guatemala.

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