Past Meetings

Meetings Past this year:

August: this year is not available for meeting.

July 11th, 5:00 – 7:30 pm.Location: a member’s house in Amherst
Summer Picnic: Potluck dinner.
We talked about:

Create club calendar – dates, events, location, deadlines etc.
Assess club goals and activities
New member recruitment
Update membership directory
Determine Committee chairs
Review accountability for Board Members, Committee Chairs

June 13th, 5:00 – 7:30 pm: Ginger Gardens, Amherst
Submitted by Verna Frasca, Secretary:

Regular Business Meeting – June 13, 2019

Meeting called to order at 5:05 PM at Ginger Garden Amherst, MA by President Donna Sroka.

Members present President Donna Sroka, Treasurer Audrey Millgate, Secretary Verna Frasca, Lynn Goodhue, Jayma Hall.  Mary Knight from the Quaboag Club also attended

Treasurer Audrey reported: Balance in the checking account of $2005.89 which includes $524 in Operating (after payment of dues) $1412 in Service, and $68.67 in Conference/Convention Fund.

Donna and Mary gave an overview of the 2020 District Calendar proposal.  Clubs within district participating in district 1 calendar; Bangor, Concord, Southern Maine, Berkshire, Northampton, Quaboag Valley, Springfield, Amherst, Halifax, Chelsea, Medford, and Malden. Planned distribution of calendars is late October/early November 2019 for the district conference.

Each club can have 1 page or ½ page for their display/content of their choosing (Photos, collages, special events, projects, and/or fund-raisers, etc.).  The Northampton Club approved to have 1 page.  Mary Knight will get more information on formatting, timelines for submissions, distribution, etc.  Mary and Donna will find out: what is each club’s financial investment?  Who will be the Northampton club liaison for this project? How much will the calendar sell for?  Can the club sell “ads”? More information to come this summer.

2019 North American Interdistrict meeting in Dallas: Lynn and Mary attended. Included speakers on child marriage, media training, leadership training, advocacy projects, and Zonta’s Centennial. Lynn will prepare report.

    • 2020 International convention in Chicago
    • 2021 North American Interdistrict meeting in Cincinnati

Women in Technology Scholarships Publicity. Club should post flyers in town.  Our club deadline for applications in July 17, Check club web site for applications. TBD: who will review applications for submission?

Elections of Officers:

    • President Donna Sroka-not changing
    • President Elect – need someone in training (Jayma is serving as Vice President)
    • Secretary – Verna Frasca ELECTED
    • Treasurer – Audrey Millgate (club mailing address on website changing to: 130 Mountain Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040)

Meeting location for future meetings: Seren and Joyce make up the location search committee – they should make recommendations this summer for possible locations.

New member recruitment strategies: brainstorm at the July meeting. Set plans for 2019-2020 events. Also clarify what actions club members take when someone is interested in our club.

Club website: Lynn and Donna will work on the web site this summer.

Programs for 2019-2020: Brainstorm at July meeting.

Feminine product bill in MA proposed by Caroline Williams (student from  Medway) and local state rep,  It passed so public schools need to supply hygiene products. Caroline is attending UMass in the fall. Donna will see if she can find Caroline.

Centennial Project: We have collected boxes of club materials.  Material needs to be sorted before it is dropped off at the archives at Smith. Is there any information/club highlights to be published in the Gazette?

Club Annual report was due in May. Donna will do the report and submit it.

Meeting adjourned at 7 PM 

Previous Meetings (2018 June to 2019 May):

May 9th, 6:00 – 7:30pm: Spoleto, Hawley St, Northampton

Before this meeting, several of us went to Smith College Young Library this afternoon to look at items that were sent to Smith over many years. We have been doing this several times this year for working on the Centennial Project for our club for Zonta International before next year.
Later, most of our members were at the meeting, and discussed ideas of new things to try, and to look for several new members!

April 11th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: At the home of a member in Amherst

Members suggested items we like to send money or go to items, e.g. Tapestry, Girls Inc. (April 30) and North American Interdistrict Meeting (June 7-9). This meeting is the last one of our annual 1st year of this biennial.

March 14 changed to March 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at the home of a member in Amherst

Zonta International will be 100 years old in September, and we are planning to find out as much as we can about members of our club since it started in April, 1934.

February 14th, 2:00-6:00 pm: (Haydenville Church, putting together Period Project Distribution kits)

January 10th, 6:00-8:00 pm: (Location Amherst Ginger Gardens as Iconica is closed for this month)

December 13th, 6:00-8:00pm: Membership Drive and Celebration

We asked members & friends to review our history and plan our future in this festive time of year. Meet and network with the many friends of Zonta and consider becoming a member.

November 8th, 5:00-6:15pm: Iconica Social Club, 1 Amber Ln, Northampton

SpeakerLaura Penney-Edwards, Director of Community Engagement from Safe Passage, a follow up to the Little Stones event last month.

Most of our members were at the meeting, and discussed ideas of new things to try, and to look for several new members!