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The Z Club meets at the Bourbonnais Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Our Z Club will be assisting the Z Club Committee with the Salvation Army Bell Ringing on December 15th. Thank you to the committee and Z Clubbers!

Pictured below are the students who attended the recent Z Club meeting celebrating their “New Year”. z-club

16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaigns
25 November – 10 December 2016

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From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.
“Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The campaign, which began in November 2012, features the service and advocacy actions of Zonta clubs and districts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in their local communities. It also highlights Zonta International’s ongoing efforts to end violence against women and girls through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women (ZISVAW) program and through Zonta’s partnerships with the United Nations and its agencies.
Visit ZontaSaysNO.com.

Joliet ZClub News

Fearless Females ZClub is in full activity mode. We are grateful for their participation in Take Back The Night, Festival of Culture and the women and Girls Health Expo.

Exxon will host ZClub members, Thursday November 3rd for Lunch and Learn 12-12:30 p.m. session with their Professional Women Network, Tricia Simpson will facilitate this meeting. Zontians are invited to attend. RSVP to Ross, helen@comcast.com

Pam Hunte is the November speaker for the ZClub. This talk on Zonta International will initiate the ZClub fundraiser for the international projects. Dave’s coffeecakes are the fundraiser. Order forms will be available at the next meeting.

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2016-jmk-winnerKaitlin Raineri, District 6 Jane M. Klausman Scholarship winner has been named as one of the 12 Zonta International Scholarship recipients!  She will receive the District award of $1000 and the ZI award of $7000 to use toward her continuing education at Loyola University in Chicago.  Congratulations to Kaitlin and the Zonta Club of LaSalle Peru for nominating her.

2016 Fall Conference Wrap-up

During the beautiful weekend of October 7-9th, 109 District 6 Zontians from 23 clubs attended the 2016 District Fall Conference in Oak Brook Illinois. We were privileged to have a guest from ZI Headquarters, Alicia Borsa, Membership Coordinator. With Alicia and the Awards recipients and young women of the Z/Golden Z clubs as Saturday guests, there were almost 115 attendees.

zontasaysno-conf16-2It was a weekend filled with high energy and enthusiasm. It was jump started Friday evening by a great keynote speaker, Denise Barreto, who urged Zontians to tell our story every chance we get. The unexpectedly passionate and mission supportive welcome from Oak Brook President, Dr. Lalmalani, was also well received.

An Open Forum session to discuss the state of our District Conference Friday afternoon, led to a smooth business session Saturday morning where we accepted the proposed 2016-18 District Goals and raised the Conference Assessment to $12.

The conference energy was boosted as our Awards recipients were presented. Kaitlin Raineri received her District JMK scholarship certificate. She is attending Loyola University in Chicago in Accounting. Heather Wiest, an Amelia Earhart Fellowship recipient received her ZI AE certificate and her AE wings. She is attending Purdue University. Both young women are amazing and very thankful for Zonta’s support.

Youthful energy continued with the Z/Golden Z presentation and panel discussion lead by Susan Harmon, Z/Golden Z Club Chair. While Kankakee’s Z Club representatives couldn’t attend, they sent their self produced anti-bullying video for our review. The Lebanon Z Club representatives, Kiersten McCoy and Teresa Perez were nervous but did a great job reviewing their projects and connection to the Lebanon club. The Lincoln sponsored Golden Z Club representative, Allison Hollatz of the University of Illinois spoke on their projects. They then participated in a panel discussion.

Past D6 Governors in attendance

Past D6 Governors in attendance

Over lunch we had two keynote speakers dealing with Human Trafficking. Dr Cassandra Ma, from Reclaim 13, & Cherish House, discussed their program for rescuing and recovering children trafficked in the sex trades. This was followed by a presentation by Special Agent Donald Suchy, from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, on the definition of trafficking and his role in enforcing the laws dealing with trafficking.

Saturday’s afternoon was devoted to “sharing our stories”. Three breakout sessions presented projects on trafficking by the Zonta Clubs of Kankakee (Truck Wrapping project), Madison (SlaveFree Madison), and Milwaukee (ARTREACH). All three breakouts were designed to share not only the project but also how the clubs went about developing and administering the projects with community partners.

hospitaliy-activity-conf16Hospitality included Saturday’s entertainment by Evening Edition, an a cappella group singing crowd favorites and a hands on competition to decorate Halloween pumpkins, all over coffee and dessert.

Sunday wrapped up with a joint presentation by Advocacy Chair Gail Zalewski, Service Chair Laura Baker, and PR Chair Konni Rodegheir. Using a fun, interactive game format, they presented Zonta Says No projects from around the world. With this energizing activity and our orange Zonta Says No tee shirts well displayed, the attendees swarmed the hotel escalators for our District Zonta Says No photo.

Thank you all for attending and Adding Your Voices to our Conference. I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 Fall Conference hosted by Area 2 Clubs in Madison Wisconsin on October 13-15th.