This year we invited other clubs to participate; 4 out of 5 clubs participated with Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland to include Annapolis, Charles County, Howard County and Frederick with 12 plus attendees. We had an introductory conference call January 31st and the partnering clubs participated by bringing items for the continental breakfast and participating in the program (see attached). The District 3 Governor and Area 3 Director, Joanne Gallos and Pat Rosensteele attended, respectively.
Four members represented ZONTA on the floor of the Senate where we received a Citation commemorating our work for women and girls; as well as, congratulations to Zonta International for 100 years of service and advocacy. Senator Joanne Benson was a very gracious sponsor and promised to sponsor ZONTA Day in Annapolis for years to come. We were greeted by Senator Ron Young, Delegate Karen Lewis (SB738 /HB634), Delegate Susie Proctor, staff from various legislators offices to include Caroline Hecker – Legislative Aide of Senator Kathleen Dumais’ office (SB 209/HB 122), Delegate Erik Barron and Delegate Ron Watson. We participated in tours of the Government House (the Governor’s Mansion) and the State House. The day concluded with lunch, toasts, and conversations at Harry Browne’s. ZONTA Day in Annapolis was once again a wonderful event where we learned, told our ‘story’ and advocated.
The main emphasis of ZONTA Day in Annapolis is to show support of some of the bills we followed. The three bills are as follows (see attachment):
SB209 /HB122 – Protective Orders;
SB688/HB0827 – Juvenile Law, the Child Sex Trafficking Screening and Services Act;
SB 738/HB634 – Labor and Employment.
Thanks to the following Mid-Maryland members who attended: Felicia Sadler, Gwen Terry, Sandy Campbell, Tracey Mitchell, Virginia Moore, Sonia Owens, Eunice Johnson, Britney Jones, Stanita Scott, and Andrea Syphax.
Folders from the State House to be distributed to club members not able to attend.
Mid-Year Induction Ceremony - January 10, 2019
Linda Andrews, president of the Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland, would like to congratulate the four new members who joined the Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland at the club's January meeting. Our guest speaker, Joanne Gallos - Zonta International District 3 Governor, assisted with the induction ceremony. Linda "thanks" all of the club members who attended the meeting to support the new members, the induction ceremony and those who brought guests.
16 Days of Activism for 2018 (from November 25 to December 10, 2018)
The !6 Days of Activism was a success. There was a "Shoe Display" at Iverson Mall located in Oxen Hill , MD on December 8th and 9th. The shoppers at the mall were very interested in gaining insight and information about what it is and how to stop violence against women and girls. Several women expressed interest in the Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland. Thank you goes to Felicia Sadler, Denise Dobson-McDonald, Roberta McLeod-Reeves, Cleopatra White, K. Michelle Fenner, Sonia Owens and Tameka Taylor-Melvin.
District 3 Governor’s Seminar in Wilmington, DE - October 6 – 7, 2018
The District 3 Governor's Seminar took place the weekend of October 6-7, 2018 in Wilmington, Delaware. The theme for this 2018 Governor's Seminar is "A Bridge to the Future: where Zontians strategize and learn the tools to achieve gender EQUALITY for all women." See more details at: http://www.zontadistrictthree.org/districtseminar.htm.
The Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland received the 2018 Advocacy Achievement Award from Zonta Inernational District 3. This award is for outstanding achievement in promoting the mission and objectives of Zonta International. Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland received this award two consecutive years.
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland's Human Trafficking Symposium took place on Saturday, April 21st at the Laurel
Library. Our president, Linda Andrews, kicked off a very insightful and compelling learning experience. We had dynamic participants and a great audience. We even had surprise visits from Laurel's mayor, Craig Moe, and from Congressman Anthony Brown (after his town hall in a neighboring meeting room). Kudos to our club and especially to Erma Barron (Committee Chair), Nicole Barnes and Felicia Sadler (Co-Chairs) for leading the charge. Yay!! Virginia ...we loved the Panera lunch boxes, and lunchtime went off without a hitch. Thanks to our club members who really worked together to pull off this success story. Our club really shined with how this very important topic was presented to the community, as the audience members made a point of letting us know. The club Facebook (public) page gives the details of the event, but here are a bunch of pictures.
Zonta Club Day in Annapolis - March 16, 2018
Zonta Club Day in Annapolis was held at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland on March 16, 2018. The event was hosted by the Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland and Senator Joanne C. Benson. The Club was introduced by Senator Benson in the State Senate Chamber and recognized in the State Delegate Chamber. This was an opportunity for club members to advocate for women and girls in Maryland on women related topics. Special thanks goes to Felicia Sadler, Advocacy Chairperson, Gwen Terry, Advocacy Co-chairperson and the many club members for making this an outstanding event.
Through Faith Comes Healing - January 27, 2018
Through Faith Comes Healing: A Collaborative Partnership Human Trafficking Symposium at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland on Saturday January 27, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm .
Mid-Year Induction Ceremony - January 11, 2018
Linda Andrews, president of the Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland, would like to congratulate the eight new members who joined the Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland at the club's January meeting. She thanks all of the club members who attended the meeting to support the new members, the induction ceremony, and those who brought guests.
16 Days of Activism for 2017 (from November 25 to December 7, 2017)
In support of Zonta's "16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence", Zonta CLub of Mid-Maryland Advocacy Chair, Felicia Sadler, led an outreach event at three area locations over three days. She was joined with Zontian Stanita Scott. They had a wonderful time passing out literature for "Zonta Says No to Domestic Violence" campaign. This event took place on 12/5 at Forest Village Park Mall (Forestville, MD) , on 12/6 at Wegmen's (Woodmore Town Center) and on 12/7 at Starbucks (area Prince George's County region).
Domestic Violence Awareness Month - October 15, 2017
Free the Girls Campaign - starts October 12, 2017 and is ongoing throughout the year
Zonta Membership Meeting/ ZING (Zonta Information Network Gathering) - October 12, 2017
Zonta North American Inter-District Meeting, June 2-4, 2017
The 2017 North American Inter-District Meeting took place in the Washington, DC area from June 2-4 2017 at the four star Hilton McLean Tyson Corner Hotel. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Be Part of Zonta ACTION”.
Friday evening included a buffet and roundtable discussions with experts on various Zonta topics. Saturday featured a general session, workshops, and lunch and dinner, both with speakers. There will be more workshops on Sunday morning followed by brunch and a summing up of all the information presented. International President Sonja Hönig Schough participated in the North American Inter-District Meeting and held an International Board Meeting in the hotel following the district meeting.
This was an opportunity for members to meet with state representatives, talk with Zonta International’s leadership; learn new information on advocacy, leadership, membership and service; spend time with Zontians from all over the United States and Canada, and perhaps spend a little time shopping at the nearby Tyson Corner shopping centers.
Brothers For A Cause "An Evening for Giving" - May 3, 2017
Thanks to our President Linda Andrews and all the Zonta Mid-Maryland members who attended the Woodmore Country Club last evening for the Brothers For A Cause "An Evening for Giving" fundraiser event sponsored in support of PGCC Cares. It was emceed by Tom Graham, former Pepco President. Cecelia Knox, Co-founder of the PGCC Cares program, gave a very impactful presentation about the needs of students and the struggling situations they face while striving to get an education to elevate themselves out of poverty. We also heard from some of our elected officials: County Exec. Rushern Baker, Congressman Anthony Brown, Maryland State Senator Doug Peters to name a few. Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland is a partner with BFC in this effort to provide assistance to needy students. The event was a great success and our club received a Certificate of Appreciation for our participation.
Zonta International District 3-2017.Area Workshop - April 22, 2017
This is an opportunity to meet other Zontians in our area and to learn more about Zonta International and our District. Many have found these workshops to be extremely informative and encourage everyone to attend. The workshops will be in Edgewater, MD. Consider carpooling with another club member. Click here to see registration form.
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland partnered with LINKS as they attended "A Day at the Maryland General Assembly Advocating for Bills to Improve the Health and Education of Children" at the Lowe House Office Building Rooms #170 & #180 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD.
Zonta Rose Day - March 8, 2017
In honor of International Women's Day each year on 8 March, the Zonta International Foundation celebrates Rose Day. To show your appreciation to the women you admire, who will stand beside you in your endeavors, make a donation to the Rose Fund in their honor.
Your donation to the Rose Fund enables Zonta to continue supporting projects and programs that help women achieve a life free of violence and empower them to overcome gender barriers that hinder their access to health, education, and professional resources.
With each donation to the Zonta Rose Fund, the Foundation will email your honoree a virtual yellow rose and your special message to let them know that they have made a difference in your life. The campaign runs through 3 March. All emails will be sent by 7 March.
Valentine's Day Murder Mystery Dinner & Dance - February 11, 2017
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland held its first annual fundraiser at the Country Club of Woodmore. We would like to thank all Zonta members for hosting this successful event! Also, like to thank the Committee Chair for Fundraising- Mrs. Stanita Scott, Denise Dobson-McDonald, Erma Barron, Jackie Thomas, Nicole Barnes, Cleopatra White, Felicia Sadler and Linda Andrews for coordinating this fundraiser!! Special Thanks to Andrea Greene-Horace for extraordinary effort in putting together our event as our Event Planner! You Go Girls!!
16 Days of Activism for 2016 (from November 25 to December 10, 2016)
As we approach our 16 Days of Activism which begins on November 25 and runs through December 10, Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland had an exhibit entitled "Zonta Says No to Domestic Violence."