Previous Events

GIRL of the YEAR and YWPA AWARDS CEREMONY

Sunday, May 15, 2016
12:30-2:00 pm
Delaney House, Holyoke MA

We gave awards to Alice Wanamaker, our 2016 Girl of the Year, and Ursula Barth, our recipient of the club’s Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) award.

Ursula Barth, a senior at Gateway Regional High School in Huntington, is dedicated to the political process in both school and community. Her leadership roles include being the Chairman of the Model United Nations Club (MUN) and Board member on the Gateway Education Foundation, among many others. She co-founded the Model United Nations club at at Gateway because she wanted others to learn about how the UN assists in the promotion of international cooperation among nations to ensure peace. She understands that there is still work to be done to eliminate gender discrimination locally and worldwide. As a feminist, Ms. Barth promotes gender equality in her school and community, and uses opportunities to lead others to help with empowerment of women.

Alice Wanamaker, a 7th grader at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton, was nominated by her mentor Judith Breier who facilitates an after-school program called Free the Children (FTC),which is part of the international organization originating in Toronto, Canada. She wrote “Alice Wanamaker has been an integral part of FTC for the last three years. Alice has always taken a leadership role in the club and has been someone I can rely on”; Ms. Breier listed an impressive list of Ms. Wanamaker’s volunteerism activities related to FTC.

These two amazing young women each talked about how they got involved in their various volunteer activities and what they want to do in the future.

 

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Thursday, April 28, 2016
5:30-8:00 pm
Delaney House, Holyoke MA

Zonta District 1 with Zonta International President and President Elect at the United Nations CSW Hearings

From left to right: D1 Lt. Gov. Liz Hart; Z.I. President Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard; Z.I. President-Elect Sonja Honig Schough; Past D1 Governor and member of Z.I Membership committee Mary Ann Rubis; and Zonta Northampton attendees Lynn Goodhue, Audrey Millgate and Donna Sroka.In our joint January meeting of the Zonta Club of Northampton Area and the Zonta Club of Springfield, we were delighted to have Leslie Wright, the chair of the Zonta International United Nations committee, join us via Skype to tell us more about the work of Zonta with the U.N. and the CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) hearings in March.There were 50 Zontians from around the world who participated in the CSW Hearings, March 13-19, and a number of Zontians who attended the so-called “Parallel Sessions” which provide opportunities for Member States, UN entities and NGOs to discuss themes of the Commission and other critical gender equality issues.

Three of us, Audrey Millgate, Donna Sroka and Lynn Goodhue attended sessions on Thursday through Saturday, each of us attending sessions that appealed to us. We were also able to attend the dinner in honor of our International President, Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard, put on every year by  the Zonta Club of New York City.

We began the program by summarizing Zonta’s role in the CSW Hearings. Audrey and Lynn talked about our experiences at CSW60, and talked about sessions that really spoke to us

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016
5:30-8:00 pm
Delaney House, Holyoke MA

The February meeting focused on domestic violence, in the Northampton area and in countries where Zonta International is funding ZISVAW (Zonta International Strategies to prevent Violence Against Women) projects through the U.N.

Safe Passage is Hampshire County’s leader in addressing the impact and promoting prevention of domestic violence.  Their mission states that Safe Passage is dedicated to creating a world free of domestic violence and relationship abuse, by supporting survivors and their families; engaging our community; and advocating for systemic change.

Marianne Winters, Executive Director of Safe Passage, spoke about domestic violence in this area, Safe Passage’s studies of how best to prevent violence and support victims.  She gave us an exercise that her organization has developed to help us better understand the issues and how to recognize people who might be victims of domestic violence.

We will also took a look at the projects that ZI is currently working on, and what progress has been made in one of them.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
5:30-8:00 pm
Delaney House, Holyoke MA

This meeting was a joint meeting of the Zonta Clubs of Springfield (MA) and Northampton. The program focused on the relationship between Zonta and the U.N., how most of our international projects (that we fund through the Zonta International Foundation) are carried out by various U.N. agencies, and about the CSW hearings.

V.V. Martin, from the Zonta Club of Arlington (MA), is the District 1 Foundation Ambassador, spoke about the ZI-UN service projects, and Leslie Wright, the chair of the Zonta International United Nations committee, joined us via Skype to tell us more about the work of Zonta with the U.N. and the upcoming CSW hearings.

December 12, 2015

Annual Holiday Party

November 17, 2015

Joint meeting with the Zonta Club of Springfield; Storrowton Tavern, West Springfield.

April 1, 2015

In the spring of 2014 we held 3 showing of films that dealt with the impact of the media and other forces on the self image of girls and women. On this date, we had another film showing, The Bro Code, , which explored the media’s impact on boys and men.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Young Women in Public Affairs and Girl of the Year Awards Presentation & Brunch
Delaney House, Holyoke MA, 12:30 to 2:00pm.

Esther Daube-Valois of Florence MA was named the recipient of the first Zonta Club of Northampton Area Girl of the Year Award. This award recognizes a local girl who has shown a strong interest in community service and volunteerism. Esther attends the JFK Middle School in Florence and is in Grade 8. She participates in the Volunteer Buddies Program where she works to build up confidence and self-esteem in girls at two local elementary schools. Esther attends the JFK Middle School in Florence and is in Grade 8. She participates in the Volunteer Buddies Program where she works to build up confidence and self-esteem in girls at two local elementary schools.

Grace Engelman of Conway MA was named the recipient of the 2015 Zonta Club of Northampton Area Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award. She is a senior at The Academy at Charlemont. Grace was selected to receive the Zonta Club’s award because of her demonstrated strong leadership at the Academy of Charlemont and in her local community, as well as her experience internationally and her ability to express her well-reasoned and strongly held opinions on unethical treatment of women. Her goal is to become a leading voice in the condemnation of Female Genital Mutilation in the US and abroad.

Julia Collins, a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, was also recognized as the YWPA Award runner-up.