Table of Contents
Highlights from the Governor * D12 Conference * Area Happenings * Beverly Augustine *  Membership   * ZI Service Awards *  JMK Scholarship Winner * Forming a Z or Golden Z Club * Amelia Earhart Fellowship * North American Inter-District Meeting * Bylaws * Leslie Wright* Advocacy * Nomination Slate
Hello District 12 Zontians!
Fall is in the air, and District 12 is in full swing in planning the District 12 Conference.  Our theme this year is "HERstory of Heroes." The location is beautiful Boulder, CO from September 25-27, 2015. 
  • Our Zonta International board liaison, Sharon Langenbeck, will be joining us.  She is our "featured lunch speaker" on Saturday.  Coming from California and a past Amelia Earhart fellow, she is excited to join us again!  (She visited us in January, 2015 for the Area 3 meeting / Amelia Earhart luncheon.)
  • The program is a fun and engaging.  In addition to completing Zonta business and the electing your future District leaders, you will have a chance to:
    • Tell us about "your hero" (Friday evening Trivia event & dress-up & throughout the conference.)
    • "Honor your Club Heroes" (Zontias of the Year) and "Celebrating our Super Heroes (Length of Zonta membership) during the award ceremony Saturday evening!
    • "Remembering our Heroes" at the Sunday morning Memorial Service.
    • "Recognizing our Future Heroes" during Sunday Brunch (Z Clubs), and of course...
    • "Becoming a Club Hero" by attend the event * learning about Zonta through the sessions, club workshops and networking with others from Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming!
  • It is NOT too late to register!  Please go on-line and register today (Zonta District 12 website).  You can pick what you'd like to attend. 
In addition to all the activity in planning the fall conference, the District leadership team has been active!
  • Thank you to the following people for taking roles with the District leadership team.
    • Pam Malzbender for the External Public Relations and Communications chair.
    • Carolyn White for stepping into the Vice Director role for Area 2, and
    • Kay Meyer for adding the District Advocacy Chairman responsibility to her Centurian role!
  • Completed officer leadership training for President's & Vice Presidents, Treasurers, Secretaries, and the Club boards.  All training was held during June and July.  Since we were unable to get everyone covered, we plan follow-up training in October/November!  If you didn't have a chance to attend, please do!
  • Held the District Leadership team meeting in June, 2015.  All reports are available on the D12 website.
  • Attended the North American Interdistrict meeting in Minneapolis, MN from June 12 * 14th.  There were excellent workshops.  All the Powerpoint presentations are available on the International website (www.zonta.org). 
Upcoming events this fall include:
  • Planning for a District 12 Advocacy event in the Denver area (October 14 - 16th) is underway.  We will be hosting Leslie Wright, Zonta International United Nations Chair.  Contact Kay Meyer (kay@meyergould.net), District 12 Advocacy Chair, for details.
  • Rolling out the District 12 Service Project, which includes each club engaging in Zonta "Silent Witness" during the months of October or November.  Contact Ann Hefenieder (ann.hefenieder@gmail.com), District Service chair, for more information.
It is hard to realize that the time remaining in this biennium is less than a year.  My focus will be to increase club visits (don't forget to invite me to your club or board meeting) and to continue with the good work that we Zontians do!
Enjoy the fall,
Marcy O'Toole
Governor, District 12
2014 - 2016

Hello District 12 Zontians!

This year's District 12 Conference will be held September 25 - 27 at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado, hosted by the Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County and the Zonta Club of Boulder County. All District 12 Zontians are invited to attend!

The theme for this year's conference is "HERstory of Heroes". The theme will highlight women's contributions throughout history through "her stories." It was selected because we all have women we look up to (our heroes) throughout our lives. In fact, your "hero" may change.....
  • from your "favorite teacher" when you are 10 years old, to.....
  • a "impactful professor" when you are 20, to...
  • a "instrumental boss" in your 30's or 40's as you are migrating through your career, to....
  • a "smart, charismatic women who might be your friend or colleague" later in life.
 All have a demonstrated Conviction, Commitment and Courage. Think about your "hero" and bring "HERstory" with you to the Conference.
See the District 12 website for all "Call to Conference" materials, including the draft agenda, online registration, accommodation information, and maps. The link is: http://www.123contactform.com/form-1483089/Zonta-District-12-Conference-HERStory-Of-Heroes

We hope you will join us! 

Area 1 
Teresa Forbes, Area 1 Director

The Zonta Club of Pierre-Ft. Pierre will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. We were surprised and pleased to be offered the opportunity to decorate the feature tree for the Capitol Christmas Celebration here in Pierre. The tree will be about 35 feet high and will be in the rotunda. It will be a wonderful opportunity to let people know about Zonta's mission!

This year's theme for the Capitol Christmas Celebration is "Christmas Around the World." This will be a wonderful fit with Zonta! The Pierre-Ft. Pierre club is planning to decorate the tree with large yellow roses and flags from countries that have Zonta Clubs. We are also planning to hang shoes from the tree to represent women and walking away from violence. But, we could use your help! We invite your club to send ornaments for the tree that are representative of your club. It can be lightweight for shipping purposes. We are asking that it be 8in x 8in (20cm x 20cm) up to 12in x 12in (30cm x 30cm) in size. Unfortunately we will not be able to return what you send, so please don't send anything you need returned.

Please send your contribution by November 1, 2015 to:
Callie Iversen
415 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501

If you would like a picture of the tree after it is completed, please include an email address with your ornament and we will email a picture. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Luckiest at dluckhurst@pie.midco.net or Callie Iversen at cdm8@live.com.

Please help us make the tree a beautiful representation of Zonta and all we do to empower women around the world. We look forward to your support!

We also invite you all to Pierre for Zonta Day at the Capitol on December 5th. We are planning a picture near the tree or outside the Capitol at 1:00 pm, followed by a reception at 2:00 pm to celebrate our 60th Anniversary. Please join us to see the beautiful trees and celebrate being a Zontian!

Area 2
Michelle Ammerman, Area 2 Director

Area 2 continues to the home of Zonta movers and shakers in Colorado and Wyoming. New ideas and accomplishments continue to grow and the clubs are always willing to help each other with new initiatives. New ideas for fundraisers and activities are awakening members in all of the clubs and I encourage you to reach out to other club members to find out what is working and to collaborate.

A big accomplishment that I want to recognize is the Laramie High School Z Club who won the 2015 International Emma L. Conlon award.  There are only three of these awards presented for Z and Golden Z clubs so this is an incredible story of success. Congratulations!

Club Membership numbers as of June 1st are as follows: 
Cheyenne - 37 Members
Converse County - 12 Members
Fort Collins - 18 Members
Greeley - 17 Members
Laramie - 39 Members

Remember, as we work to recruit and retain, never be afraid to go back to the well.  Our "Hole in your Bucket" training is still available on the District 12 web site and is a great resource.

While I continue to support the team from 1700 miles of distance, please don't ever hesitate to reach out to me across the miles.  My new number is 980-210-2450.   I will be restarting our monthly President conference calls at a time that works for everyone.  The time zone change had presented some problems for me but we will work through them.

Here's to a great new year with many new adventures and positive changes resulting from the work of our Area 2 Zontians!

Area 3 Director
Ann Hodgson

The Area 3 clubs are continuing to look for projects we can do together: 
  • All clubs participated in the "Women Powering Change" expo in Denver July 9.   This was an opportunity for organizations to offer information to women interesting in becoming part of a force for change.  We used our Booth in a Box, the D12 roll up banner, and items from out Zonta Says No event to decorate our tables.  Each club had their brochures there and people who came by the table were encouraged to leave their contact information.  Mary Benoit coordinated the club's participation.
  •  We discussed potential Area 3 service projects and are very interested in the Days for Girls sanitary kits.  These are kits of absorbent cloth pads, moisture barrier shield, panties, soap, and washcloth all in a colorful drawstring bag.  Judy Allen volunteered to try sewing the items and let us know the effort involved.  Carol said there is a local chapter of the organization and she will look into how to handle the donations.
  • We also discussed what to do as an Area for Zonta Says No.  We focused on increasing awareness of the issue and will look into a sign on the back or side of a bus.  Debbie Squires will look into this for us.  We could use pictures of groups with the bus on social media.
Clubs have volunteered for jobs for the D12 Conference in Boulder, September 25-27 this fall:
  • Lakewood/Golden will provide a scholarship raffle basket (and handle the raffle)
  • Denver will work with Renee on the Sunday memorial service
  • Douglas will handle a trivia bowl for the Friday night social
  • Denver II will provide table decorations for the Saturday night banquet 

Area 4 

Linda Hawkins, Area 4 Director

Greetings from Area 4.  I would like to start by saying that area 4 is blessed to have amazing clubs with outstanding women who are making  a difference in their communities.

Royal Gorge is always active in their part of the world and are gearing up to do their first Girls Night Out.  I know it will be a great success as they always make their projects great.

Pikes Peak is having a booth, and using the booth in a box, for two events coming up in their city. One is Foxy Ladies and the other is The Human Trafficking Task Force Symposium. Way to go Ladies on getting Zonta's name out to the public.

Prowers County just held a successful membership night and it looks like they will be adding 3 to 4 new members. They have also added 2 new service projects. One is teaching Life Skills to women in our community and the other is hosting a political forum for candidates in October. They held their first Girls Night Out in March and are willing to give any help Royal Gorge might need. Prowers County was fortunate to have a member who had a event center that they donated - thanks, Diane Woller.

I  am so proud of Area 4.  Hope to see you all at conference in September!

Sixty years as a Zontian

Beverly Augustine celebrates her sixtieth year as a member of the Zonta Club of Prowers County in Southeastern Colorado this December. Augustine, who had just opened her dress shop, The Lassie, in 1948, was not among the members who chartered the club in 1949. She cites charter member Ruth Reyher's persistence as one of the reasons she joined in December of 1955. Augustine, a native of Michigan and an alumni of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois is an exemplar Zontian. As a club member, Beverly continues to chair committees. Augustine believes she has filled just about every position at the club, area, and district level. She represented District 12 as Governor from 1966-68 and chaired Zonta International Membership, Service and International Hostess Committees. Among the many wonderful memories she has of her long tenure as a Zontian are the numerous Zonta International Conventions she attended and the relationships she developed with fellow Zontians. In addition to her active participation in Zonta, Augustine continues to operate The Lassie.  

A review of membership
Renee Coppock, Lt. Governor

It seems that summer just started, but the calendar says it's August. Where did all that time go? After the brief break that many clubs take during the summer, we will start our Membership Team telephone conferences again. The next call will be September 15, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., MDT. I will send a call-in number to the Vice Area Directors and all club Presidents.
I hope to see many of you at the D12 Conference in Boulder. Cindy Phillips from the ZI Membership Committee will be leading a panel discussion on membership, focusing on the recruiting and retaining younger members. The discussion is essential to the health and vitality of our clubs, so I encourage all of you to attend. The deadline for determining how many delegates each club has for voting at the D12 Conference is September 1 - make sure you have dues paid for all members PRIOR to September 1, or the member will not be counted for determining the club's delegates. With the last amendments to the ZI Bylaws, clubs with 30 or fewer members are entitled to 1 delegate, clubs with 31 to 60 have 2 delegates, and clubs with over 60 are entitled to 3 delegates.
Congratulations once again to the Zonta Club of the Black Hills, which received recognition from ZI for the Club's membership activities. Given the fact that the Club has a proven track record for recruitment, the Zonta Club of Black Hills has been chosen to help lead the charge in forming our e-club. So far, we have 7 women from all over the country committed to joining the e-club. If any of you know some dynamic women who would like to join our e-club, please send me the contact information. According to the new ZI rules, we need 15 committed members to charter the club. Our goal is to have the members in place before the end of the year. We can't do this without the commitment of every club in the District.
If you have questions about membership, be sure to contact me at rcoppock@crowleyfleck.com or 406-255-7287.

Zonta International Service Awards
Ann Hefenieder, District 12 Service Chair

Zonta International Service Recognition Awards 2014-2016
ZI will recognize both individual club and District projects at the ZI Convention in July, 2016 in Nice, France. The e-mailed nomination form, photo and explanation (200 words or less) for club service projects is due to Governor Marcy by December 29, 2015. The award guidelines and report criteria can be found at http://www.zonta.org/ClubsLeadership/Tools/ServiceTools.aspx
The District Project proposed by Governor Marcy combines the strengths of both service and advocacy. The Zonta District 12 "You Are Remembered" Campaign will feature Zonta clubs exhibiting life-size silhouettes. Those clubs already participating in a "Silent Witness" event know how powerful the silhouettes can be. Each silhouette represents a woman or girl whose life was ended as a result of gender-based violence. Templates for the silhouette will be provided to each club at the District Conference in Boulder, CO September 25th-27th. It is meaningful to include the names and stories of women/girls who are local victims of violence on the silhouettes. This will require some local research for Clubs.
The objectives of the Initiative are:
1.      To remember -- by honoring women and girls whose lives were ended as a result of gender-based violence.
2.      To create awareness -- by sharing information in our communities about the root causes of gender violence, and the effects of it on communities.
3.      To promote action -- by encouraging community and government action to end all forms of violence in our society.
Each club should schedule their district project event during the "16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women," November 25, 2015 through December 10, 2015, except that clubs which already participate annually in a "Silent Witness" campaign at some other time should continue with that participation, and add an advocacy event "You Are Remembered" during the 16 Days. A Power Point presentation will be available to clubs to use at the event.
Each club must submit its report of the district project electronically by January 10, 2016 to the Governor. The report should include photos and press clippings. The project report must also mention the visibility it has given to ZI. Reports should explain the benefit to women/girls in the local community, and opine on the sustainability of the event. The same criteria will be used to judge individual club service projects. 
Kathy Hyzer
District 12 JMK Coordinator

I am pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 District 12 Jane M Klausman Scholarship. 
Edit Maszlaver graduated magna cum laude from Metro State University of Denver last spring and is currently working toward her Master's degree in Professional Accountancy, emphasizing international taxation. Her goal after graduation in December 2015 is to work towards her CPA designation. Edit wants to help businesses grow their businesses internationally. This includes knowledge about foreign markets, currency transactions, foreign government standards and accounting standards. 

Edit Maszlaver, D12 JKM Winner
Edit grew up in an Eastern European country, Hungary, and is still active with the Hungarian Society in Colorado. She also financed her education while working full time and raising two teenage children as a single parent. Edit stated, "Receiving the scholarship and not being deep in debt will allow me to choose an assignment not purely based on financial consideration, but based on usefulness to society, and that is something truly important to me." 
One of Edit's professors at Metro State University of Denver stated in his recommendation: "Edit is an extremely intelligent, articulate and well-mannered individual. She is also a critical and analytical thinker, and able to express her ideas clearly. In summary, Edit has the potential to go far in the accounting field. In fact, she is one of the best students I have ever had the pleasure to teach."
In addition to the scholarship that she received from the Zonta Club of Denver, Edit will be presented with the District 12 Scholarship of $1500 ($1000 from International and $500 from District) at a future event. Her application will be sent to International, and hopefully she will also receive one of the 12 International JMK Scholarships. Many thanks to the judges, Ann Hefenieder, Kathy Swofford, and Suzanne Fasing for their hard work in evaluating the outstanding applications that we received. 

Forming a Z or Golden Z Club
by Deedee Boysen, Z and Golden Z Club Coordinator

Zonta International Emma L. Conlon Award
First Place - Laramie High School Z Club


District 12 is pleased to recognize the Laramie High School Z Club for its First Place showing in the 2015 Emma L. Conlon Award. To win this international competition, the Z Club must have participated in three outstanding school service projects, three impressive community service projects, and extraordinary international service projects. Laramie's club had all of these.
For school service projects, the Z Club developed a "Power Hour" program designed to encourage girls of all ages to stay involved with sports. This program introduced young girls to high school role models who are athletes, to reinforce the idea of team unity for girls in sports and give them insight to the importance of sports in the lives of the Z Club members. They also put on a free self defense class for girls in the High School. The project was used as a platform to bring awareness to Violence Against Women and to provide education to help ladies defend themselves if they ever need to do so. They also delivered a presentation on Amelia Earhart in the High School and to the Zonta Club of Laramie.
Community Service projects included participation in the Silent Witness: Fight Against Domestic Violence program in Laramie. The girls set-up and took down the event, which included a candlelight vigil march and the "Silent Witnesses" - which are silhouettes of women who have died in domestic violence events whose stories were shared at the event. The club also hosted a baby shower for the SAFE Project of Albany County. The SAFE Project is a group that supports victims of all types of domestic violence and abuse through services and attempts to bring education and awareness to the Laramie community in an effort to end violence. They also participated in "Safe Treat" which is a downtown Laramie Halloween event designed to give children and their parents a safe environment to celebrate Halloween.
The Z Club also participated in three International projects. The club participated as a team for the Days for Girls Project to provide reusable feminine supplies to women who do not have access to them in more than 60 countries around the world. The Days for Girls organization is a well established program created to provide kits of hygiene supplies to women so they can continue to go to school/work through their menstrual cycles instead of missing that time. They also became involved with the Cupcakes for Cambodia and Heart Mothers Project and specifically Ruth Williams, a Laramie woman, who is working to raise money for her project that help girls in Cambodia who have been rescued from human trafficking. The girls sold bracelets made by the victims and sent the proceeds back to the program. Finally, the Z Club advertised, sold, prepared and delivered roses for Zonta's Rose Day to help raise awareness about International Women's Day in March.
The Z Club was advised by Tamara Bretting and Jennica Fournier, who are both Zontians and High School science teachers at Laramie High School. These two amazing young women were also selected as the Zonta Club of Laramie's Zontians of the Year.
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Pictured: Laramie High School Z Club advisors and Zontians of the Year - Jennica Fournier and Tamara Bretting.

Debra Ureel
District 12 Ameila Earhart Chair

It's been an exciting 2 years for Amelia Earhart fellowships. In January we celebrated 3 fellows doing research and studying for their Phd, in aeronautical engineering. Holly Borowski, Christine Fanchiang, and Juliana Feldhacker, all are at University of Colorado, Boulder. Each women is studying a different field within Aeronautical Engineering and it was  fascinating to hear their stories. We celebrated their successes with an AE Luncheon at the Museum of History and Science in Denver.

This Year we are once again happy to have yet another fellow at CU Denver. Clemence Bacquet is from France and we are very excited that she will attending our next luncheon in January. Clemence is doing exciting work in Aeronautical Engineering and will be a fascinating speaker. She is also attending University of Colorado, Boulder.

District 12 has been very fortunate to have had so many fellows in the past attending the University of Colorado. We look forward to meeting many more.

By Renee Coppock,
District 12 Lieutenant Governor

North American Inter-District Meeting
Several dynamic women from District 12 met in Minneapolis with other Zontians from North America from June 12-14. Along with Governor Marcy and me, Past Governor Judy Allen, ZI Treasurer Bridget Masters, and Greeley member, Kathy Swafford attended. The agenda was packed with training opportunities and informative sessions. The Zonta International Board was also in attendance, making this a fabulous opportunity to speak with the Board members on a one-on-one basis, without the stress of Convention. The Board members I spoke with are well aware of the many activities and projects that occur in District 12. Vice President Suzanne von Bassewitz was particularly excited about service and advocacy opportunities in North America. You may recall that she was the brain power behind the Zona Says No campaign.
Marcy and I were to start the weekend in a day long membership meeting, lead by the ZI Membership Task Force. While I was fortunate enough to attend the meeting, United Airlines had other plans for Marcy (but that is another story....) Governors and Lieutenant Governors from all over North America met with the Task Force to address declining Zonta membership in North America. We looked at the root causes of the decline and addressed strategies to reverse the trend. It was a great opportunity to see how other districts are dealing with membership issues. What became evident is that most clubs in North America are so focused on fundraising and service, that they often forget about retaining their members, which also leads to recruitment issues. In Europe and Asia, the focus is much more on networking and membership. Club meetings in these areas often involve a well-known, professional speaker, which helps draw many people, not just Zontians, to meetings. This has given those Zonta clubs a level of prestige that most clubs in North America have not attained. It was very interesting to hear the different perspectives.
While we were tackling membership, there were three leadership development training opportunities members could attend. These sessions focused on in-depth training, rather than the usual handout and speech. The meeting was then formally opened by ZI President Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard, followed by President-Elect Sonja Honnig Schough speaking about the Membership Task Force and the continued plans to increase membership around the world. We had the opportunity to attend round table discussions revolving around the different ZI committees, with a ZI representative at each table. One table featured our very own Bridget Masters, speaking on finance.
The sessions during the weekend included topics in leading in Advocacy, Service, Governance, and Fundraising. During each time period, you could choose to attend a session in any one of the areas. The ones I attended were very informative and interactive, and some of the best training I have seen at a Zonta event. The presenters all seemed very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topics. Copies of the materials can be found at: http://www.zonta.org/ZontaEvents/ZontaNorthAmericanInterDistrictMeeting.aspx. Click on the topic and the materials will be downloaded.
I would encourage all clubs in our district to budget sending a member to this meeting. This is not only a fabulous opportunity for training, but also for networking and connecting with other Zontians in North America. The next NAIDM will be in June, 2017, in the Washington, D.C. area.

D12 attendees: Bridget Masters, Judy Allen, Marcy O'Toole, Kathy Swafford and Renee Coppock

Update from your Bylaws chair

Deb Beatty

Proposed changes to international bylaws and policies and procedure manual


A. Policies and Procedure Manual (P&P Manual)

 When you review the redline version of the P&P manual, the first thing you will notice is there are many changes that don't affect the language of the manual.  The P&P manual had been through many revisions with many authors so the formatting was inconsistent through the document, and editing was difficult.  The document has now been completely reformatted so the headings and paragraph numbers work and the fonts are all consistent.
         These are the main changes to the substance of the P&P manual: 
  • Section II, B, 3, d was added to provide for the appointment of a vice area director in the case of vacancy.
  • Section IV, E, 1, b was clarified to provide that delegates and board members must be present to vote.
  • Section IV, E, 1, g and h were rewritten to provide a framework for nominations from the floor.
  • Section IV, H, 2, f was rewritten to clarify the requirements for clubs to win the Service Award.
  • Section XI was added to provide guidance for the district and clubs upon the death of a Zontian.
There are also some language changes to bring the P&P manual into alignment with the international bylaws, and a small change to Section VIII, D, 7 to allow the board more flexibility in paying for Board member expenses at the District Conference.

B.  International Bylaw Proposal

We would like to propose a change to the Zonta International Bylaws to allow a Zontian to serve as Area Director more than once.  Currently, the ZI Bylaws do not allow anyone to serve as Area Director who has held that office in the past.  The proposed change would allow for former Area Directors to be nominated for that post again after six years out of office.

C.  More Information

You can find all these documents on the D12 website under the "Resources" link.   Click on the link for the 2015 District Conference and scroll down to "Delegate & Other Important Information."  See you at the conference!

Leslie Wright, International Committee Chair
of Zonta International's UN delegations

Visiting District 12, October 14-16

You are all invited to see Leslie Wright, International Committee Chair of Zonta International's UN delegation. Her Itinerary Plans now include:

14 October, evening: In Denver, hosted by UNA-Denver & Denver Clubs
15 October, afternoon: @ Boulder Public Library, hosted by UNA-Boulder & District 12
15 October, evening: @ 1st Congregational Church, downtown Boulder, hosted by Foothills Club
16 October,  Ft. Collins, hosted by Ft. Collins Club
D12 Advocacy/UN Committee Goals for 2015-16:
  • Provide up-to-date information regarding issues and legislation relating to women's rights, health, safety, and opportunity.
  • Include an Advocacy article in each D12 Outreach Newsletter.
  • Provide information on relevant legislation (proposed & passed) occurring in each of 4 states to the clubs in relevant state.
  • Update the Advocacy & UN sections of the District 12 website with pictures, new information, letter templates, etc.
  • Provide up-to-date information regarding the UN, Beijing+20, Post-2015 Agenda, and CEDAW within the District & for all clubs
  • Provide an Advocacy/UN related presentation at all Area Meetings in 2016.
    • Provide info to enable each club to have a least 1 program per year on Zonta's role with the UN.
    • Committee members act as advocacy resource persons within their own states.
  • Encourage each club to take action (that has measureable impact) on at least one advocacy issue, promote such action in the local media, and report on the results to the Governor and to Zonta International.
  • Participate in the Zonta says No to Violence Against Women' initiative in some manner.
  • Initiate advocacy actions in cooperation with like-minded organizations when possible/relevant.
  • Select Club winner of District Advocacy Award, using defined selection criteria & club reports, to be awarded at the 2015 District Conference.
Meet your D12 Advocacy Committee:
Sharon Faircloth
My plan for the coming year is to inform our Colorado clubs on opportunities we have as Zontians to advocate for the women we serve -- through sharing ideas, participating with like-minded organizations, updates on legislation, and most importantly how we can move these conversations to action!

Diane Harrop

My grandmother once told me that the two strongest forces in nature are moving water and a woman with a mission.  I believe anything can be accomplished when women join together to right a wrong or mobilize a community to solve problems or create greater benefits for the future.

Jessica Larson
As a member of the Black Hills Club, I have watched our advocacy grow and be revitalized - increasing awareness about Zonta, women's rights, while advancing the status of women & children. I look forward to working with the D12 Advocacy Committee to share ideas for creative ways to achieve positive results through advocacy.
Debbie Willis
I'm honored to be on the District 12 Advocacy committee as the Montana representative. We only have two clubs in Montana and I would like to make our contributions stand out and be a driving force in promoting the status of women. Recently I joined our Billings club advocacy committee because I've seen how advocacy helps our club use many avenues toward positive results.
Kay Meyer
Our Advocacy Committee is here for YOU. Let us help you & your club find your voice in advancing the status of women through real change. Our goals (shown below) should give you an idea of some of the ways we will work.

Nomination Slate for 2016-2018 Biennium 

Governor - Renee L. Coppock 
Club: Billings
Business or Profession: Attorney
Zontian since 1996
Club positions held: President, Vice President, Membership Chair, Fundraising Chair, Parliamentarian, Foundation Ambassador, Director, Nominating Committee
Area positions held: Lieutenant Governor, Nominating Committee, Parliamentarian, Bylaws Chair 
International: Bylaws Task Force Chair, Bylaws Committee
Theme: Serving the women of the world, one woman at a time.

Lt. Governor - Deedee Boysen
Club: Laramie
Business or Profession: Project Manager, BC Technologies, Ltd.
Zontian since 2002
Club positions held: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Asst. Treasurer, Club Historian, Membership Chair, PR Committee Chair, Fundraising Chair, Rose Day Chair, Z Club Advisory Board, Advocacy Committee Member, PR Committee Contributor, Nominating Committee Chair, Club History Committee Member
Area positions held: Area 2 Director, Area 2 Vice Director
District positions held: Secretary, Z & Golden Z Coordinator, SOM Committee Chair, 2010 District Conference Chair
Theme: Stepping up, speaking out, changing lives!
Treasurer - Terri Otley
Club: Denver II
Business or Profession: CPA
Zontian since 1986
Club positions held: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Board Member
District positions held: Treasurer
Theme: It's all about beans, this time around!
Area 1 Director - Andrea Hovey
Club: Black Hills
Business or Profession: Retired Marketing/Sales
Zontian since 2003
Club Positions Held: President, Vice President, Director
Area Positions Held: Area 1 Vice Director
District Positions Held:External Communications/PR Co-Chair
Theme: Growing our Zonta Garden: Planting the seeds of our mission, tending to our members' needs, reaping the rewards of our success.
Area 1 Vice Director - Kelli Buscher
Club: Pierre-Fort Pierre
Business or Profession: SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Zontian since 1999, 2014
Club Positions Held: President, Vice President, Board Member, Service Co-Chair
Theme: Empowering Women - Make It Happen
Area 2 Director - Vacant
Area 2 Vice Director - Carolyn White
Club: Converse County
Business or Profession: Education
Zontian since 2006
Club Positions Held: President, Treasurer, Secretary
Theme: I've found that accepting leadership positions in Zonta
makes one's volunteer experience more fulfilling.
Area 3 Director - Michelle Medal
Club: Foothills Club of Boulder County
Business or Profession: Education Policy and Administration, CU Denver
Zontian since 2009
Club Positions Held: President, Vice President, Service Chair, Advocacy Chair
Area Positions Held: Area 3 Vice Director, 2014 Zonta Says No Art Show &
Sale Chair, 2013 Zonta Says No Art Show & Sale Planning
Committee, 2015 District Conference Co-Chair
Theme: Getting to the Guts! How we focus on what we came here to do, which is helping women and girls live better lives.
Area 3 Vice Director - Rhonda Bolich-Lampo
Club: Douglas County
Business or Profession:
Shaklee -The WELLthy People
Zontian since 2004
Club Positions Held: President, Vice President, Membership Chair,
Fundraising/Trivia Chair
Theme: Make Area 3 Fabulous.
Area 4 Director - Mindy Minor
Club: Royal Gorge
Business or Profession: Social Security Administration
Zontian since 2000
Club Positions Held: President, Secretary, Membership Chair
Theme: Growth -personal, professional, club membership.
Area 4 Vice Director - Lois Schroeder
Business or Profession: Prowers County Retired Business Owner
Zontian since 1997
Club Positions Held: President, First Vice President, Recording Secretary, Director Area 4 Vice Director
Area Positions Held: Area 4 Vice Director
Theme: Brilliant flowers add radiant colors to Zonta through their talents.
1. Sharon Faircloth
Club: Denver II
Business or Profession: Real Estate Development
Zontian since 1988
Club Positions Held: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Director
District Positions Held:Status of Women Chair, Advocacy Committee Representative for Colorado
Theme: Be the change you want to see.
2. Linda Hawkins
Club: Prowers County
Business or Profession: Zontian since 2004 
Club Positions Held: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Director
Area Positions Held: Area 4 Director, Area 4 Vice Director
Theme: Striving to improve the lives of women in our communities, nation and world.
3. Pat Kiovsky
Club: Greeley
Business or Profession: Retired Business Owner
Zontian since 2005
Club Positions Held: President (Zonta Club of Laramie), Secretary (Zonta Club of Laramie), Fundraising Chair, Treasurer Zonta Club of Greeley Foundation
Area Positions Held: Area 2 Director
District Positions Held: Nominating Committee
Theme: Do it Right!
4. Jan Kirch
Club: Black Hills
Business or Profession: Pennington Title Company
Zontian since 2007
Club Positions Held: President, Vice President, Meals Treasurer, Bylaws Co-Chair, Expo Co-Chair
District Positions Held: ZIF Ambassador, 2011 District Conference Co-Chair
Theme: Helping Zontians to realize their leadership potential.
5. Marcy O'Toole
Club: Denver II 
Business or Profession: Director, Level 3 Communications (Telecommunications)
Zontian since 1996
Club Positions Held: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Board, Finance Chair, Program Chair
Area Positions Held: Area 3 Director, Area 3 Vice Director
District Positions Held: Governor, Lieutenant Governor
Theme: Strong Leadership drives Success - Finding the best Zontians for the job!

Important Dates

2015 District 12 Conference - September 25 - 27, 2015, Boulder, CO
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