Recently our Boulder High School Pantherz Z Club inducted 15 new members and installed our officers. It was a inspirational ceremony lead by our President Marta Lindrose and inspired by presentations from our officers. Sammy Ibarra , Club President, spoke about the definition of leadership, Vice President Alison Arredondo Arellano inspired us with her words about community service, Secretary Valeria Zavala Sánchez spoke about the mission of Zonta and Alondra Vaquera Garcia, our Treasurer, about Education.
Zonta Foothills Club members recently joined our sister clubs from Zonta District 12 at the 2019 District Conference in Billings, MT. Our own Ann Hodgson who is the District 12 Lieutenant Governor, inspired our members in celebrating the theme “Seize the Zonta Spirit - Honor and Empower Her”. Sigrid Duden, from the Zonta Club of Heidelberg, spoke about leadership and empowerment, Rachel Steinberg, representing UNICEF spoke on Ending Child Marriage and Rachel Steinberg spoke one of our Zonta International biennium projects “Let Us Learn Madagascar”.
Our attending club members, Colleen Farrell, Kathy Israelson, Catherine Médal, Pat Vann, Micelle Médal and Ann Hodgson, participated in four workshops entitled Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Women, Ending Child Marriage, Zonta’s Partnership with the UN and Engaging Zonta Club Members.
The business session included voting on updates to D12 bylaws and election of next biennium’s District 12 officers including Zonta Foothills member, Ann Hodgson, who was elected Governor and will take office in June 2020.
Our leadership, in the Women’s Collaborative of Boulder County, helped to establish a partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. This partnership helped bring an in-depth Advocacy for Impact Training to Boulder. Focusing on Family Leave legislation that is under reviewed by the Colorado Legislature, the training included an overview of the bill from the 2018-19 session, the next steps for 2019-20 and an interactive training segment where participants learned and applied tools to tell our personal story of why these issues are important, tactics to communicating with your representative and hands on letter writing and online advocacy outreach.
Our own Kay Meyer, as the founder of WoCoBoCo, kicked off the event for the 35 attendees and spoke to the importance to women finding and using their voice to effect positive change.