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Houston City Hall was lit orange and a Proclamation made by the Mayor to Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women.

Congratulations to all Zonta chapters for this wonderful work.

Thank you to all those who have donated to help Zonta protect girls from early marriage. There is still time to help us win up to US$10,000 in the CrowdRise #CharityChallenge! Donate today before 11:59:59 a.m. EDT at https://www.crowdrise.com/endchildmarriage.

Share and spread the word! #EndChildMarriage
DONATE NOW to help us win up to US$10,000 in the CrowdRise #CharityChallenge: https://www.crowdrise.com/endchildmarriage.

The Bonus Challenge goes through 11:59:59 a.m. EDT on Thursday. Share and spread the word! #EndChildMarriage
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Right now, we have an additional opportunity to win up to US$10,000 in the CrowdRise #CharityChallenge. Starting NOW, through 11:59:59 a.m. EDT on Thursday, 35 organizations that raise the most through CrowdRise will each win a prize. DONATE NOW to help us win! https://www.crowdrise.com/endchildmarriage #EndChildMarriage
Congratulations to all Zontians for participating in the 2018 #ZontaSaysNO to Violence Against Women campaign. We at Zonta International Headquarters are proud of your work to eliminate gender-based violence. #16Days #EndChildMarriage

 

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Toowoomba Says No to Violence against women. Past DG, Dr Ans Van Erp stands proudly by our banner outside city hall. Congenese refugee boys provide African drumming for our Zumba for Zonta events.

Hi Liz Valdivia!

The Zonta Club of Birmingham (USA/Alabama) said NO to violence against women by highlighting the ZontaSaysNo campaign for 30 days on an electronic billboard on US Highway 65 in Birmingham, AL. A crisis line number and zonta website link was provided!

Well organised Jane! Great effort members of ZCME.

Thank you for all your work and effort over the past #16days and beyond. From us all in D22

A big thank you to The dear Zonta team by supporting us always

Now that’s a dedicated staff! Hi everyone!

We had a great morning marching around a main intersection on December 1st.

Dr Ans Van Erp

Can u also come to Uganda We have high domestic violence.

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Remember to share your story with us! If you posted your action to social media, we still want to get your full story. Visit www.zonta.org/shareyourstory to give us as many details on how you and your fellow Zonta members are saying NO to violence against women and child marriage. #ZontaSaysNO #EndChildMarriage #16Days

 

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Ge gärna ett bidrag genom ovanstående länk och önska god jul till nära och kära! 🎄🤶🙏Tillsammans når vi vårt mål att bekämpa barnäktenskap. Och investera i mänskliga rättigheter❣️ D21 foundation kommitté 2018-2020

Child marriage is a violation of human rights for girls. Donate today through our #CharityChallenge to help us end early marriage for girls: https://www.crowdrise.com/endchildmarriage #EndChildMarriage #ZontaSaysNO

 

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Ge gärna ett bidrag genom ovanstående länk och önska god jul till nära och kära! 🎄🤶🙏Tillsammans når vi vårt mål att bekämpa barnäktenskap. Och investera i mänskliga rättigheter❣️ D21 foundation kommitté 2018-2020

In the December e-newsletter: 
• Hear directly from President Susanne von Bassewitz on how Zonta is continuing to make a difference with the #ZontaSaysNO campaign

• Contribute to empowering women and girls by considering making a donation to the Zonta International Foundation through the charity challenge

• Review the latest Zonta Talk, which focused on membership retention

• Take action alongside the Zonta USA Caucus as they work to protect Title IX in the United States

Follow this link to learn more: https://conta.cc/2RAoAXV
We have just US$3,000 left before we reach our current #CharityChallenge campaign goal! Your gift supports our effort to end the appalling act of child marriage. Donate today to help us protect girls from early and forced marriage: https://www.crowdrise.com/endchildmarriage. #EndChildMarriage #ZontaSaysNO

 

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Great idea Ingegerd! Can't find the perfect gift for Christmas - give a gift to Zonta International Foundation. Donate today to help us protect girls from early and forced marriage: www.crowdrise.com/endchildmarriage. #EndChildMarriage #ZontaSaysNO

Tips! Ge en gåva, via länken, i julklapp 🤶🎄till någon som har allt! Så bidrar du till att förhindra barnäktenskap. D21 foundation kommitté .

Help change women’s lives at the Zonta Club of Concord’s 28th annual Holiday Auction
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord isn’t the only organization that knows a thing or two about running an auction – the Zonta Club of Concord has also been at it for more than two decades, and their 28th annual Holiday Auction is this Wednesday.

The Zonta Club of Concord is part of the larger Zonta International organization. The club’s mission is “empowering women through service and advocacy,” and the Concord chapter has been around for nearly 60 years. The annual Holiday Auction helps the club deliver on its mission and goals. And it’s just a fun, community event.

The auction, to be held Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center, is a night of food, friends, fraternizing and bidding on a variety of items. This auction is actually two auctions in one, as there is a silent auction and a live auction.

When people first arrive, they can pick over some appetizers while placing bids in the silent auction, featuring about 30 to 35 items. The main program, including the live auction, will begin around 6 p.m.

The live auction will feature about 40 items, plus about 30 gift certificates for various businesses in the area. Auction items will include Eastman Cross Country Center passes, a handcrafted quilt, entertainment baskets, memberships to the Audubon and YMCA, and an oil painting, among other things.

Apart from the auctions, there are other fun elements included in the evening, such as the Scratch Ticket Bonanza. This will be the second year of this bonanza, in which someone will walk around with a vest covered in $100 worth of scratch and lottery tickets, which guests can buy raffle tickets for. The winner will get the tickets – and the vest.

There will also be a wine raffle of sorts – it isn’t so much a raffle as a mystery purchase. Guests can choose one of 20 corks to buy for $20, and each cork matches up with a bottle of wine. The wine bottles range in price from about $20 to $80, so there’s a good chance you could score a high-end bottle of wine for $20.

Another important part of the event is Ante Up for Education. This is an initiative in which people can bid to help financially support a nontraditional female student at NHTI.

“We have a memorial scholarship program over there,” said Janice Severance, co-chairwoman of the club and the auctioneer. “Last year we gave them $7,000 for women who apply for this scholarship.”

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the woman has to have been out of high school for five years, must have completed at least 12 credit hours and have logged a GPA of 2.5 or higher. She must also show a financial need.

The Holiday Auction usually features a few recipients of the scholarship from years past – these women get up on the stage and talk a little about how the scholarship helped them improve their lives.

“The last couple years have been touching,” Severance said of the personal stories.

The event has also created its own little community of regulars.

“What’s real fun is that many attendees have come for many years,” Severance said. “We all know a lot of them so it makes it more fun because you can really kind of barter with them.”

There will be a $25 cover charge at the door, and get there early if you haven’t reserved a spot yet – there may not be room for too many more people.

For more info, go to zontaclubofconcordnh.org.
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Help change women’s lives at the Zonta Club of Concord’s 28th annual Holiday Auction
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord isn’t the only organization that knows a thing or two about running an auction – the Zonta Club of Concord has also been at it for more than two decades, and their 28th annual Holiday Auction is this Wednesday.

The Zonta Club of Concord is part of the larger Zonta International organization. The club’s mission is “empowering women through service and advocacy,” and the Concord chapter has been around for nearly 60 years. The annual Holiday Auction helps the club deliver on its mission and goals. And it’s just a fun, community event.

The auction, to be held Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center, is a night of food, friends, fraternizing and bidding on a variety of items. This auction is actually two auctions in one, as there is a silent auction and a live auction.

When people first arrive, they can pick over some appetizers while placing bids in the silent auction, featuring about 30 to 35 items. The main program, including the live auction, will begin around 6 p.m.

The live auction will feature about 40 items, plus about 30 gift certificates for various businesses in the area. Auction items will include Eastman Cross Country Center passes, a handcrafted quilt, entertainment baskets, memberships to the Audubon and YMCA, and an oil painting, among other things.

Apart from the auctions, there are other fun elements included in the evening, such as the Scratch Ticket Bonanza. This will be the second year of this bonanza, in which someone will walk around with a vest covered in $100 worth of scratch and lottery tickets, which guests can buy raffle tickets for. The winner will get the tickets – and the vest.

There will also be a wine raffle of sorts – it isn’t so much a raffle as a mystery purchase. Guests can choose one of 20 corks to buy for $20, and each cork matches up with a bottle of wine. The wine bottles range in price from about $20 to $80, so there’s a good chance you could score a high-end bottle of wine for $20.

Another important part of the event is Ante Up for Education. This is an initiative in which people can bid to help financially support a nontraditional female student at NHTI.

“We have a memorial scholarship program over there,” said Janice Severance, co-chairwoman of the club and the auctioneer. “Last year we gave them $7,000 for women who apply for this scholarship.”

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the woman has to have been out of high school for five years, must have completed at least 12 credit hours and have logged a GPA of 2.5 or higher. She must also show a financial need.

The Holiday Auction usually features a few recipients of the scholarship from years past – these women get up on the stage and talk a little about how the scholarship helped them improve their lives.

“The last couple years have been touching,” Severance said of the personal stories.

The event has also created its own little community of regulars.

“What’s real fun is that many attendees have come for many years,” Severance said. “We all know a lot of them so it makes it more fun because you can really kind of barter with them.”

There will be a $25 cover charge at the door, and get there early if you haven’t reserved a spot yet – there may not be room for too many more people.

For more info, go to  zontaclubofconcordnh.org.
Congratulations to Berkshire Zontian Anne Meczywor on being installed as the 2019 president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors.

 

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BIG CONGRATS!

Congratulations Anne. Know you will be a wonderful president

Look at this crew! Wowza. So many poinsettias sold for a good cause.  Smiles all around, this delivery crew was amazing. Thanks to all! (Note: photo missing Helen Austin, Susan Austin, Vickie Palardy and Debbie O’Neill.)

 

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It was a great day! 💕

PFQ loved her cyclamen!!

Thank you!! Our facility looks festive

Perfect!

Debbie O'Neill we didn’t make the photo op!

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Making a list, checking it twice... the Zonta elves were busy early this morning getting our 478 poinsettia/cyclamen orders organized for delivery tomorrow! 

This program will help fund so many of our efforts to empower and elevate women and girls in Berkshire County this year! Thanks for all your support! 🌺 Especially Viale Florist!Image attachment

 

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Thank you all so much! Good little elves!

Nice work ladies!

Tomorrow: Join us 2-3 PM CST (Chicago/Headquarters time), Saturday, 1 December for our next discussion: Retaining Members: What Works?

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2294467856542424845.

If you are using your smart phone, please make note of the webinar ID: 892-996-579.
The Talk will be recorded and posted early next week at: https://www.zonta.org/Media-News/Zonta-Talks
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