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Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland 2017 Annual Retreat
The Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland 2017 Annual Retreat took place on September 9th in the home of a Glenn Dale, Maryland member. At the retreat, the club members planned advocacy and service activities for the 2017-2018 year. The focus this year will be on the rehabilitation of incarcerated women to re-enter into society. This will include the presentation "Women Unshackled" that focuses on the concerns of incarcerated women.
For the Advocacy Committee, they will be doing projects involving Human Trafficking. This will include a symposium on Human Trafficking in April 2018 and the movie "I am Jane Doe".
Our Service Committee will be focusing on scholarships for girls ages 16 - 19. "Free the Girl" campaign is another project for the donation of bras which are used to help girls in third world countries gain a living wage. The committee will also work with the Prince George's Family Justice Center in developing a "Zonta kit" for new expecting mother.
The Fundraising Committee will be sponsoring an Annual Valentines Day Dinner and Dance. The goal for this year is to raise $100,000 for our club.
One of the major events which we will attend is the 2017 District 3 Conference from September 29 to October 1.
We had a lot of fun and plenty food at the annual retreat along with a complementary Zonta T-shirts by "Bling Tees". If anyone is interested in purchasing a fitted T-shirt from Bling Tees, contact Denis at 410-655-1114 or via email: [email protected]
Women's March on Washington
On January 21, 2017, the women of Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland supported the Women's March movement. Here is an excerpt from one of our Zontians that attended the Women's March in Washington DC, Jennifer Jones, advocacy continuum. Yes it is time to act!
We MUST organize, prioritize and execute strategies in EVERY HIGH SCHOOL, BOARDROOM and CHURCH to enrich, build up and support our community! Hurting ready to heal, healed ready to transform and transformed elevated! We can do it!!!! We must build up existing organizations that tutor and mentor and expand or create new ones to build our capacity and provide education for our children to give them a chance. We must elect representatives who support "we the people" and run for office to serve the public! We are fortunate in Prince George's and Maryland to have some GREAT leaders who truly engage us! We must empower economic sustainability through financial literacy and education, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and business ownership to employ our community and create opportunities on every level! We must celebrate the arts, the creative and the talented who don't fit traditional or standard norms but who have the capacity to add music, beauty, meaning and expression to our lives! We must "put our own oxygen mask first" so that we are able to give our best to serve, work and lead missions greater than ourselves for our communities of interest! And, as we grow, evolve and transform to a "greater expression of ourselves"....we serve those who have not traveled our journey! And finally, we must exercise our faith!!!! And as we SHOW UP, STEP UP and STAND UP for our interests, we STEP UP, STAND UP and SHOW UP for each other and bless our communities! As Chereace Richards would say, "It's Go Time!" Cheryl Wood would say, "Play Time IS Over!" And, Nakia Wright would agree it is time to hear "A Woman's Voice!" and Renee Allen would co-sign "BAM, Boom, Well alright!"
If you have EVER wondered what the Call to Action in your personal, professional or civic life felt like....if today's pictures of Women's Marches moved you as we saw PURPOSE, PASSION and EMPOWERMENT spill over into the streets in over 600 locations in these United States of America and 50 countries all over the world, the seas of women and men witnessed on Saturday, January 21st....that movement, feeling, wanting to get up and do something MORE was your call!!!
You are called...to serve, to be the change you want to see, to do what you can in your corner of the world to make a difference!