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Zonta Club of Joliet to Hold Annual Fundraiser March 6 Honoring Joliet Central Teachers & Raising Money for Guardian Angel Home

The Zonta Club of Joliet will hold its annual fundraiser on Sunday, March 6 at the Mistwood Golf Club located at 1700 W. Renwick Road in Romeoville.  The event begins with a social hour from 11 to 12 p.m. followed by lunch at noon.

 
Z Club 2The event program includes the honor of naming the 2016 Zonta Club of Joliet Women of Distinction, a person or group of women who have contributed to Zonta’s mission of increasing the status of women around the world.  This year’s Women of Distinction are Ashley Samsa and Veryl Boykin, teachers at Joliet Central High School and Fearless Female Z Club Sponsors.

 

The Joliet Central Fearless Female Z Club was recently chartered by the Zonta Club of Joliet this year and has partnered with Samsa and Boykin to provide mentoring and service opportunity to the high school girls.

 
Samsa founded the Fearless Females at Joliet Central High School in 2012 when a student approached her.   “The idea for Fearless Females first came about because a student asked me how I became a feminist and how she could become one, too,” Samsa explained.  “I asked her if she believed that women should be treated the same as men, and she said yes, and I replied: ‘Congratulations!  You’re a feminist.’  She asked me if there were any groups on campus just for young feminist girls and I said I didn’t think there were any.  Thus, Fearless Females was born.  We focus on awareness of women’s issues like domestic violence, sexual abuse, body image, career goals and many more.  We also strive to do many service projects that focus on helping women.”

 
Under the leadership of Samsa and Boykin, Fearless Female Club membership has skyrocketed since inception; the club began with about ten girls and has grown to include over 40 members.  In fact, many of the young high school girls will be in attendance at the event to witness Boykin and Samsa receive their award.  “Zonta members are proudly sponsoring Fearless Female Z Club members so that they can attend the fundraiser,” said Joliet Zonta President Yolanda Reyes.  “But it is more than just paying the price of the ticket.  Girls who are sponsored will shadow a Zonta member, assisting with the service for the day and sitting at their table.  We are so excited about this mentorship opportunity that teaches volunteerism, networking and socialization.”

 

Proceeds from the March 6 fundraiser benefit local charities that serve, assist and empower women.   “Every two years the Joliet Zonta membership designates a local charity to receive the fundraiser profits,” said Fundraising Co-Chair Beth Colvin.  “This year’s local beneficiary is Guardian Angel Home, and we are proud to financially support this not-for-profit organization that provides transitional housing to women and their children while empowering women to become self-sufficient through education and physical, emotional, financial and spiritual recovery.”

 

To further raise funds at the event, an extensive array of raffle baskets are available, as well as a 50/50 raffle and the traditional interactive game of “Heads or Tails.”

 
Tickets for the fundraiser are $75 and must be purchased in advance.  For more information, or to purchase your tickets, contact this year’s co-chairs, Beth Colvin, at bclvn@aol.com and 815-386-7022 or Kathy Giegerich at kathyg1500@aol.com or 815-351-3503.

 
Zonta International was formed in 1919 and is headquartered in Oakbrook, Illinois. There are more than 33,000 members in over 1200 clubs in 65 countries around the world.  For additional information about the Zonta Club of Joliet, visit http://jolietzonta.org/the-club/, or follow the club on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

 

 

Photo Caption: Zonta Club of Joliet Women of Distinction Ashley Samsa and Veryl Boykin with the Joliet Central High School Fearless Females Z Club at their induction ceremony on Nov. 18, 2015.

Zonta Club of Joliet Seeks Scholarship Applicants

The Zonta Club of Joliet is seeking applicants for their annual scholarship awards. Women aged 16-19 as well as women enrolled at a college or university are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply for these two awards is April 1, 2016.

There are two award categories. The first is the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, which all young women ages 16 through 19 are eligible to apply, regardless of area of study. The local club awards two $500 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship.

The second award is the Jane M. Klaussman Scholarship Award, which is awarded to a woman that is returning to college or pursuing an advanced degree. The candidate must be seeking a degree in the business field. Zonta Club of Joliet will award one scholarship in the amount of $750.

The Zonta Club of Joliet is a member of Zonta International, a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

More information as well as scholarship applications can be found at www.jolietzonta.org. Questions can be referred to Cathy Lowery at cathylowery@hotmail.com or (815) 530-9989.

2016 YWPA Application

2016 JMK Application

 

Zonta Club of Joliet Charters Fearless Females Z Club

Over 25 Joliet Central High School girls were be inducted as Fearless Females Z Club charter members on Nov. 18.  The charter club is sponsored by the Zonta Club of the Joliet area and is a unique new partnership between Zonta members  and the high school.  Z Club 2

The Zonta Club of the Joliet Area, established in 1973, is a Zonta International service organization of executive women who work together to advance the status of women worldwide.  The organization supports both local and international service programs and projects.

Through the charter partnership with the Fearless Females, Joliet Zontians will provide career guidance, mentorship, international fellowship and the ideal of service to the young women.

Z Club 1Joliet Zonta Club President Yolanda Reyes presented the charter “The club is so excited to partner with the high school and this amazing group of young women,” said Reyes.  “Z Clubs for girls is one of Zonta International’s longest running programs that provides the development of leadership skills, promotion of career exploration and the participation in community, school and international projects.  To establish a Z Club in Joliet is a new endeavor that will allow our members to provide resources, information and guidance to these young girls.”

As of spring 2015, there were more than 30,000 Zontians belonging to more than 1,200 clubs in approximately 67 countries and geographic areas.  “Our Joliet Central club joins more than 280 Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs in 19 countries around the world.  It is an amazing new chapter in our local club history.”

To view event photos, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jths204/albums/72157660790201530

 

Zonta Club of Joliet Receives Proclamation, Recognized for Tremendous Impact Locally & Nationally

At a membershiboard meeting 10.20.15 003p of over 60 women, the Zonta Club of Joliet is making a tremendous impact both locally and internationally.  The Joliet service club, established in 1973, is a charter of Zonta International, whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide.

The service of Joliet Zontians recently caught the attention of Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and the City Council, who presented the club with a proclamation on October 19 acknowledging United Nations Day and the club’s support of the UN’s efforts to improve opportunities for girls’ education, health, and well-being in order to attain a world where women and girls can live free from fear, violence, and discrimination.

“United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the day the United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945,” said Joliet Zonta International Chair and Anthropologist Pamela Hunte. “The UN and its many different agencies seek to improve the quality of life around the world in many sectors such as health, education, water and sanitation, agriculture, and employment.”
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Joliet Councilwoman Jan Hallums Quillman presented the club with the award, noting the extensive service of club members at both the local and international level. “Zonta, made up of professional women in the Joliet area, is a service based and raises funds through their annual luncheon fundraiser in February,” said Joliet Zonta President Yolanda Reyes.  “The money Zonta raises goes toward scholarships, international projects, and local charities.  In 2015, the Zonta Club of Joliet provided over $2,500 in funds to the Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship, Community Service Council Scholarship, and the Jane M. Klausman Scholarship, all of which were awarded to local high school seniors.  The club also provides service at the annual Will County Take Back the Night held each year to honor victims of domestic violence and raise awareness of this important issue.”

In addition, the Joliet Zonta Club sponsors a local charity every two years. During those two years, the club’s members provide service hours, complete special projects and provide 1/3 of their annual fundraiser to that group, which is historically a donation of around $8,000 a year. “This year, the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area selected Guardian Angel Home as its sponsored charity,” said Reyes.  “Other organizations the club has sponsored include Lambs Fold, Will County Habitat for Humanity and Will County Legal Assistance.”

At the international level, the club recently received recognition from the Zonta International Foundation for their donation of almost $4,000.  ”This contribution plays a major role in building a better world for women,” said Zonta International Foundation President Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard.  “Your generosity will be able to support projects and programs focusing on Preventing Root Causes through education.” These causes include improving the health of women and children, reducing and preventing gender based violence and discrimination, and overcoming gender barriers to educational and professional advancement.

The Joliet Zontians also contribute to Creating Hope International to support the Afghan Institute of Learning and the Jabreel Learning Center which brings education to over 20,000 Afghans, primarily women and children.

This year, the club’s service is expanding to include a group of girls at Joliet Central High School who will participate in a Zonta charter club, The Joliet Central High School Fearless Females Z Club.  “The club is so excited to partner with the high school and this amazing group of young women,” said Reyes.  “Z Clubs for girls is one of Zonta International’s longest running programs that provides the development of leadership skills, promotion of career exploration and the participation in community, school and international projects.  To establish a Z Club in Joliet is a new endeavor that will allow our members to provide resources, information and guidance to these young girls.”

The Joliet Zonta Club with host an induction ceremony at Joliet Central High School on Nov. 18 where they will officially welcome the girls to the Fearless Females Z Club.  “Representatives from Zonta International will be in attendance to recognize and honor the establishment of the charter club,” said Reyes.  “Our Joliet Central club joins more than 280 Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs in 19 countries around the world.  It is an amazing new chapter in our local club history.”

For more information about the Joliet Zonta Club visit www.jolietzonta.com.

Zonta International was founded in 1919. The organization supports both local and international service programs and projects. The UN is the implementer of Zonta’s various development activities in a number of countries working both at national policy level and the community level.  Zonta is presently funding UNICEF in Rwanda, UNFPA in Liberia, UN Trust to End Violence Against Women in Vietnam, and UNWomen in 12 countries in South America, Asia, and Africa. Today there are more than 30,000 members with more than 1,000 clubs in sixty-seven countries.

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Back Row: Kristine Schlismann, Donna Zanzola, Wendy McSteen, Laurie McPhillips-Weglarz, Renate Tracy, Renate Tracy, Beth Colvin

Front Row: Helen Krowlek, Johanna Kerwin, Karen Pastell, Yolanda Reyes, Beth May, Emita Ostrem, Pamela Hunte

Zonta Club Of Joliet Holiday Party December 8

Zonta Holiday Party