Another successful Garage Sale is in the books. Thank you Beverly for letting us use your driveway once again. With the great help of Mary Provencher's team, Pam's fantastic sales ability, and Wendy's good natured communication we managed to raise over $1,000 and may actually have a new member or two. Thank you all who pitched in and donated, those who attended, and those who I may have forgotten to mention but helped us in various ways. It was a hot day but we did it.
Virtual Forum - Thought Provoking
Zonta Club of Ft. Myers, Florida partners with a local university to present a virtual forum on Social Justice Through Advocacy and Activism With the growing awareness of inequities in civil, social, and gender rights and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Zonta Club of Ft. Myers, Florida, partnered with the Multicultural Leadership and Development Center of Florida Gulf Coast University to present a Virtual Forum. Dr. Belinda Bruster moderated the forum that was open to the public and held during Black History Month. Four dynamic speakers focused on the importance of activism and advocacy to promote social and civil justice. Each of the four-panel members discussed their role in fostering fairness and equity and the importance of furthering the cause of fundamental civil and human rights. The activists included Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Ida Baker Wells, a 19th and early 20th-century African-American journalist and civil rights activist. Like her great-grandmother, Dr. Duster is a champion of civil and gender equity. (Ret) Judge Hugh Starnes, who recently resigned his position as a federal judge, spoke about systemic racism and inequality. Mara Verheyden Hilliard, attorney, and founder of The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund in Washington, D.C., discussed the importance of free speech and dissent. Malaina Mott, head of Empowerment and Social Mobility for the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, addressed the importance of every student having an equal chance at a high-quality education. Presenters and participants alike felt it was a terrific partnership for community involvement and a thought-provoking event.
CommUNITY Speaks Advocacy and Activism
In collaboration with the Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development Program at Florida Gulf Coast University, Zonta Club of Ft. Myers sponsored a virtual forum to promote social justice through advocacy and activism. Over 160 people joined the virtual Zoom event to hear our panelist Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Co-founder Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, Washington DC., Judge (Retired) Hugh Starnes, Advocate for Social Justice Ft. Myers, Florida and Michelle Duster, Adjunct Professor Columbia College, Chicago Ill., award-winning author, speaker, educator, and champion of racial and gender equity. She is the great-granddaughter of civil rights icon Ida B. Wells.
Each panel member spoke about the importance of advocacy and activism and talked about their role in promoting social justice.
Woman's Panel: Domestic Violence The Woman's Panel regarding identifying domestic violence including details on local and national immigration was a success. We were privileged to hear Nirupa Netram talk about her work with immigration law and the challenges that are inherently present with immigrants and domestic violence. A difficult topic but one needing understanding, Dr. Laura Streyffeler taught us about the signs, symptoms and difficulty for victims in leaving a domestic violence situation. Nirupa played a game of Kahoot.it and presented prizes to the top three winners. Dr. Streyffeler signed copies of her book and HTAP was on site with artwork for sale. Thanks to all in attendance, we learned a lot about a very difficult subject.
Envision a World Without Violence Zonta Proclamation: Say No to Violence
Lee County Zonta Clubs were presented with a Proclamation at the December meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. This proclamation affirms and supports the participation of the Zonta Clubs of Lee County in the international “Zonta Says No to Violence against women” campaign. Help us achieve gender equality, empower all women and girls and end violence against women and girls. Join today!
Human Pink Ribbon 2019 Several members spent their Saturday morning doing what we do best, supporting women. We had the privilege of participating in the Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc.'s Human Pink Ribbon. Celebrating survivors and honoring our loved ones who lost their battle with breast cancer. We listened to live entertainment, watched in awe as the Calendar Girls danced, admired the classic cars, took pictures with firefighters in pink and spent quality time with each other. Join the Zonta Club of Fort Myers today, we would love to hold our umbrellas with you in solidarity next year.
October Social An intimate dinner at Fancy Restaurant was not a disappointment to those that attended. Join us on Oct. 25th at 6:00pm @Origami Japanese, being around fellow Zonta members is always a good time.
Bahama Relief Effort Zonta Club of Fort Myers is able to join Area 6 clubs to support the Bahama Relief efforts. $300 from our Club will be sent to purchase feminine products for women who were impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
August Social Taking advantage of the social aspect of our Zonta membership, several of us toured List Distillery, a Fort Myers local favorite of handcrafted spirits. We were treated to many samples of their various rums, sugar free and other vodkas, bourbon and of course their personal cocktail favorites. Who knows, maybe we will have a personalized bottle of bourbon at the next Run for the Roses Derby Party.
Run for the Roses Members and guest enjoyed Southern fare, games, contest, silent auctions, cash bar and the GREATEST 2 minutes of sports at our Foundation's Derby Fundraiser, Run for the Roses.
Thanks to your generous donations, Zonta of Fort Myers raised over $8,000 that will directly support our women of Lee County. Get your hats ready for the 2020 Derby Day Party. Check out our Foundation here.
Breast Cancer Members participated in creating the Largest Human Pink Ribbon Event with the Partners for Breast Cancer and Susan G. Komen. Event was held at Jet Blue Park. The human ribbon consisted of people holding uniform pink umbrellas ($20 donation) while standing on an outlined ribbon for breast cancer. Proceeds benefited both organizations.
Say No To Violence Zonta Club of Fort Myers conducted Proclamation to the Lee County Commissioner to say 'No To Violence."
When women support women, incredible things happen!
Zonta Club of Fort Myers Participates in Community Events
Lunafest Film Festival 2019
Lee Health Heart Walk
Breast Cancer Fundraisers
Hurricane Dorian Relief
Say No to Violence
Zonta of Fort Myers Chartered February 1974
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Crowne Plaza @ Bell Tower 5:30 pm