Table of Contents
Highlights from the Governor • International Convention in Nice • Treasurer • Area Happenings • Membership  • Advocacy Calendar • Equal Pay • Service • Forming a Z or Golden Z Club • JMK Scholarship
Hello District 12 Zontians!
I hope everyone had a great end of 2015 and started 2016 with a BLAST!   Earlier this month, inspired by the movie "Groundhog Day" and (very) tired of the long winter and snow, I looked up this year's prediction by Punxsutawney Phil.  The GREAT news is Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow and we will get an early spring!  With all that said, the long winter has not kept our Zontians hibernating.  The District 12 Leadership team has been very active, and we met via a conference call in January.  Each team member provided an update against goals and identified focus areas for the remainder of the biennium.  
Updates from District 12 leadership team & Zonta International include:
  • Congratulations to our First District 12 Golden Z Club – Flatirons, sponsored by Zonta Club of Foothill of Boulder County.  Their charter event was January 8, 2016.
  • Zonta International's Service Recognition Awards Program – Clubs and Districts have the opportunity to get visibility and publicity for service projects at the 2016 Convention in Torino. 
    • District 12 submitted the "Silent Witness" project as the district project.   
    • District 12 also submitted the 3 best club projects for an international award.  Congratulations to Zonta Club of Greeley, Zonta Club of Foothills of Boulder County and Zonta Club of Douglas County for winning submittals!
  • Area 3 / Amelia Earhart Luncheon was held on January 23rd, and Sharon Langenbeck, our Zonta International Liaison attended again.  We are so lucky to have her so close. 
  • Area Meetings are coming up in March/April for Area 1, 2 and 4.  Please plan to attend to get updated on the latest news about Zonta and to meet new friends!
  • Zonta International Convention in Nice, France Registration materials are available on the Zonta International Website.   If you have not registered, please do by Feb. 27, 2016 to get the early bird rate.  http://zontaconventionnice.com/
    • Presidents – be on the lookout for the Club mailing.  It will contain all the information regarding delegates (and proxies), voting items (proposed bylaw changes), candidate slate of officers for 2016-2018 biennium and much more! 
    • March 1, 2016 is the date to determine the number of members/club for voting.  (if your club has less than 30 members by March 1st – your club will receive 1 vote / if your club as 30-59 members, it will have 2 votes & >60 member, your club will get 3 votes).  We want 100% Club Voting so ensure dues are paid on time – normally April/May. If you won't have a delegate attending, ensure your votes are covered via a proxy (more to come on delegates/proxies in the May timeframe).
    • New this year is the Alumnae network event for YWPA, JMK and AE alumnae.  It will be a separate fee from the regular convention fee, and additional details are forthcoming.
    • We will have our District 12 meeting (July 5th from 10:00 – 10:55), and you will have a lot of opportunity to attend workshops/roundtables and to meet Zontians from around the world!
  • Additional Zonta International updates include:
    • Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) is being held in New York City from March 14-24, 2016.  Sheila Davis is coordinating for District 12 and we have a number of members attending!
    • Zonta International has published / is publishing position statements.
    • Zonta International Annual Report for Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation is getting a new format!  It will indicate more about the overall organization activities, performance and strength.  It also will have online and print changes:
      • Expanded digital version
      • Mail booklet to donors who gave $1,000 + in last fiscal year.
      • Mail postcard with link to all donors
      • Include link in Foundation quarterly newsletter to all members
    • Zonta International is launching a North American Membership Campaign "Voices" Pilot, Spring, 2016 (see article for details.)
  • Leadership Training continues to be offered.  Look in your email for leadership training!
    • Deedee Boysen held Z / Golden Z training & Emma L. Conlon Award training.
    • Sheila Davis held Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) training and what to expect in New York!
    • Upcoming training incudes:  Club Annual Reports, Zonta International Convention – what to expect (for all attendees)
  • Share your Story – please go onto the Zonta International Website and share a your story.  Please share any Zonta Says No event stories or any other work you do.  We get great, free press for all the great work we do!   Let's BRAG!!!!
  • Presidents – don't forget to invite your Zonta leaders (Governor, Governor-Elect, Area Directors) to your meetings/board meetings or special events. 
 Save the date for upcoming events:
  • March 8, 2016 – International Women's Day & Zonta International Rose Day
  • March 25-26, 2016  (NOTE CHANGE from April 15-16, 2016) – Area 2 Meeting, hosted by Zonta Club of Fort Collins
  • April 8-9, 2016 – Area 4 Meeting, hosted by Zonta Club of Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs)
  • April 29-30, 2016 – Area 1 Meeting, hosted by Zonta Club of Glendive
  • April 30, 2106 – Emma L. Conlon Award submittal date of all materials to Zonta International
  • May 1, 2106 – YWPA District winner submittal due to ZI
  • June 3-4, 2016 – District 12 Transitional Leadership Team Meeting, Douglas, WY
  • July 2-6, 2016 – 63rd Zonta International Convention, Nice France
  • September 1, 2016 – JMK District winner submittal due to ZI
  • September 23-24, 2016  - Governor Seminar, Deadwood, SD
"I'm wishing for spring!!"
Marcy O'Toole
Governor, District 12
2014 - 2016

JOIN Zontians from around the World in Nice, France for the 63rd Convention!
July 1-6, 2016

SNEAK PEAK of Key dates/times for attendees of District 12.
July 2, 2016: 
10:00 – 10:55 - District 12 Meeting (Gallieni)
11:00 – 11:55 – Workshop – Advocacy (Auditorium)
12:00 – 13:00 – Workshop – UN & Council of Europe (Auditorium)
3:00 – 3:30 – Orientation for first timers and delegates (Auditorium)

From your District 12 Treasurer
Terri Otley

It's an International Convention year and your timely payment of dues are important in your ability to vote at Convention.

This is an early reminder, that dues will be due on April 30, 2016, so that they can be submitted in a timely manner to Zonta International ("ZI") by May 31, 2016.

The process for handling dues is this:

·        Zonta International will mail the club treasurer a listing of the membership that they have record of and requesting dues be paid for those individuals.

·        Located on the District 12 website http://zontadistrict12.org/ in the Members Only Area, under the heading, D12 Leadership Team, you'll find a link to Treasurer's Report and Forms.  Please click on this link and down load the Dues Transmittal forms for the District 12.  Please be sure to use the appropriate year's form.

·        Prepare the ZI Member Report Form (Form B) for all changes regarding your current membership, new members and reinstated members.

·        Prepare the ZI Membership Dues Payment Transmittal Form (Form C) for North America.

·        In an effort to make sure that District 12 and International have the same information, please send all your documentation regarding renewals, new members and reinstated members to the District 12 treasurer: 

Terri Otley
P O Box 6739
Denver, CO 80206-0739

If you should have any questions regarding this process, or require any assistance associated with the dues paying process, please contact Terri Otley at (303)831-1265 from9:00am to 6:00pm M-F.

Area 1 Meeting
Teresa Forbes, Area 1 Director

Save the Date!
April 29-30, 2016
Area 1 Meeting, hosted by Zonta Club of Glendive

Area 2 Meeting – "Building on past successes -- preparing for future challenges"
Michelle Ammerman, Area 2 Director

The Fort Collins club is working hard to get ready for the Area 2 meeting.  Due to some necessary changes, the dates had to be changed to the weekend of March 25th and 26th.  The Friday evening mixer will be held from 6 to 8 pm at Johnny Carino's in Loveland and the Saturday Meeting will be held at the Medical Center of the Rockies from 8:30 to 3:30.  Our theme this year is Building on Past Successes. Preparing for Future Challenges. Area 2 Presidents - I would like for you to come to the meeting for a list of things that have worked well in your club and places where you struggle.  We are going to use those for an activity. We will also have a wonderful keynote address from Judy Barth on The Millennial Generation.  Costs are the same as last year and you can register online at: 


The Area 2 clubs are all working diligently on Spring Activities including Awareness and Fundraising Efforts. These critical efforts bring attention to the important work we do as Zontians.  I am still asked what Zonta is and what we do, and our wonderful Area 2 Clubs make it easy to demonstrate the impact we have locally and abroad.  I couldn't be prouder of our clubs and their continued commitment. As always, excellent work by wonderful people!  

From Charlotte, Have a Warm and Wonderful Spring!

Area 3 Happenings
Ann Hodgson, Area 3 Director

On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the Zonta Club of Douglas County hosted the combined Area 3 Meeting and Amelia Earhart Luncheon.  Sharon Langenbeck, ZI Director and D12 Liaison, again participated.  Sharon's main reason for coming to Denver was to present Wings to Clemence Bacquet the current Fellow from the University of Colorado. 
District updates were given by Governor Marcy O'Toole.  Renee Coppock addressed membership issues, Kay Meyer and Sharon Faircloth spoke about advocacy and legislative issues in Colorado regarding women's issues.   Ann Hodgson gave Ann Hefeneider's report on Service.  Deb Ureel spoke about ZIF for Jan Kirch and showed the Jan and Patty show video.  Sharon Langenbeck covered news from ZI.
The A3 Presidents Zonta sunshade drill team provided entertainment.
Rhonda Bolich-Lampo and Julie Browning of Douglas County presented information about their club's Zoe project.  The club created a poster with numbers to call if a person is in an abusive situation.   A cartoon of a woman (Zoe), child and dog is part of the poster.  They discussed how the club created the project and how the poster is distributed.  Douglas County has agreed to allow other Area 3 clubs to use the poster and distribute it in their communities.
 Kimberly Ennico-Smith, a 1997 AE Fellow and New Horizons Deputy Project Scientist working with NASA spoke on the mission which was a fly—by of Pluto.  Her talk was accompanied by amazing photos of the surface of Pluto.  She was an exciting and inspirational speaker.  She, Sharon and Marcy presented Clemence Bacquet her AE wings.  Clemence then spoke about her research into wave damping properties.
Collection was made for the District 12 scholarship fund and for Amelia Earhart Fellowships.

Area 4 Meeting

Linda Hawkins, Area 4 Director

Save the Date!
April 8-9, 2016
Area 4 Meeting, hosted by Zonta Club of Pikes Peak

The state of D-12 membership
Renee Coppock, Lt. Governor

Club Presidents and Membership Chairs, how are recruitment and retention shaping up for the biennium?  You have 3 months to make your goals!!!  Each of your relevant numbers are set forth in the chart below:
Clubs Paid Members as of 01 June 2014
(used to create goals)
Paid Members as of 01 February 2016 Goal
by 01 June 2016
Area 1      
   Billings 47 49 49
   Black Hills 62 67 64
   Glendive 17 19 19
   Pierre-Ft. Pierre 27 23 29
   So. Black Hills 16 19 18
   Spearfish 43 35 45
   Sturgis 19 13 21
Area 2      
   Cheyenne 37 40 39
   Converse County 17 14 19
   Fort Collins 20 18 22
   Greeley 16 23 18
   Laramie 43 41 45
Area 3      
   Boulder County 13 15 15
   Denver 30 34 32
   Denver II 21 22 23
   Douglas County 22 18 24
   Foothills-Boulder 23 26 25
9 9 11
Area 4      
   Royal Gorge 17 15 19
   Pikes Peak 20 28 22
   Prowers County 27 37 29

Kudos to Black Hills, Greeley, Denver, and Prowers County for leading their respective areas in recruitment.  Let's keep all these members into the next biennium. 
ZI has produced a draft new membership booklet.  I have a copy for those who would like me to scan and send.  The final should be out in the next month or so, and will be printed in a small, compact format.  Clubs will be able to purchase the booklet from the ZI store.  As soon as it is ready, I will let you know.
We will have a membership telephone conference to discuss ways to recruit and retain our members, as well as share best practices for club membership committees.  The next telephone conference will be March 15 at 5:30 p.m., MDT.  I will send out the call in number to all Presidents and Membership Chairs.  We can also discuss any training you may desire at the Governor's Seminar in September.  Be sure to review all the great membership tools on the ZI website.  There is no need to reinvent the materials.  The new materials look modern and address current issues and needs.
Thank you to the Zonta Club of the Black Hills for heading up the formation of the e-club.  We still do not have reached 15 members.  Please contact me if you know someone that would be a great fit for an e-club.  There is new information
If you have questions about membership, be sure to contact me at rcoppock@crowleyfleck.com or 406-255-7287.

Advocacy in District 12
A Calendar of Opportunities & Responsibilities 
Remaining this year

Get informed!
Get involved!

State Legislative Sessions – Bills introduced, hearings by committees of origin, referrals to other committees, votes on the floor, & if passed, referral to other chamber for consideration & vote.

 In SD, ask Jessica jlarson@blackhillslaw.com, 
In MT, ask'Debbie dewillis53@q.com, 
In WY, ask'Diane dordph@vcn.com, 
In CO, ask Sharon snfaircloth@centurylink.net. 
(members of D12 Advocacy Committee)
US Congress, ask Kay kay@meyergould.net

Check out the Advocacy & UN updates on the D12 website!

March 8
Great PR & Advocacy Opportunity
International Women's Day & Zonta Rose Day
International Women's Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women's achievements throughout history & across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights & International Peace.
March 14-24
Description: Sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 14–24 March 2016
(Content from this meeting & other UN-Zonta developments will be included for the
Area 2,4, & 1 meetings.)
Description: Sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 14–24 March 2016
Priority theme: Women's empowerment & its link to sustainable development
Review theme:The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women & girls (agreed conclusions from the 57th session)
See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw60-2016#sthash.pBBfiMH8.dpuf
For Zonta's official statement submitted to the CSW60--
Youtube video: An exclusive look behind the scenes at the United Nations
May 11
State Legislative sessions wrapped up.

Attn: Club Presidents & Advocacy Chairs!
Zonta annual wrap-up & reporting
Note: The District 12 Advocacy & Service awards are based on what is reported in your club's annual report. For Advocacy criteria, see-: http://zontadistrict12.org/what-we-do/advocacy-projects/award-info
June 6
District 12 - Summer Transitional Board Retreat
July 2-6
Zonta International Convention, Nice, France

Kay Meyer  | 303-665-5273  |  Foothills Advocacy Chair

Equal Pay

We have a bill in our CO legislature on this that 9-to-5 is supporting, and we'll be discussing that today at our fledgling Women's Collaborative for CO-Boulder meeting.


Dear Zonta Governors and District Advocacy Chairmen with a copy to the International Board and International Advocacy Committee,

Across the globe, women are paid less than men. This gender pay gap is the result of direct discrimination in which women are paid less than men for doing the same job and in the undervaluing of women's work and the segregation of the labor market.

In response to these inequalities, many countries now observe Equal Pay Day, the significance of which varies from country to country. In the United States, Equal Pay Day is observed on the 12th of April, the date women must work into the new calendar year to earn what men earned the previous year. In other countries, Equal Pay Day is observed later in the year to signify at which point women are no longer paid for their work, compared to men.

Whether your country officially observes Equal Pay Day or not, the gender pay gap is something that needs to be addressed through advocacy at the local and national levels. To assist Zonta clubs and Zontians in their advocacy efforts around equal pay, the International Advocacy Committee and Headquarters have developed some customizable materials that can be adapted by clubs to local needs.

You can download the materials via Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7oi3tavy6pxveir/AABxQmdNHsUCkSm0LHsVD_o3a?dl=0. Please note that there are two images for you to use. One of the images references Sustainable Development Goal No. 8. Please use this option in instances where people are familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You can find additional information about SDG8 and the other SDGs at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs.

Many other like-minded organizations also take actions around Equal Pay Day and the gender pay gap. We encourage you to cooperate with these organizations when appropriate, following our policies and guidelines on Affiliation with Other Organizations<http://www.zonta.org/Portals/0/PDFs/New%20PDFs/Policies/Affiliation%20with%20Other%20Organizations%20Policy%20Feb%202014.pdf>. Taking actions with other organizations, or scheduling your club actions on the same date as the activities of other organizations, will ultimately strengthen our advocacy efforts.

Here are some additional resources you may find useful as you plan your actions:

*         European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/gender-pay-gap/index_en.htm

*         Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): http://www.oecd.org/gender/data/genderwagegap.htm

*         The World Bank: http://datatopics.worldbank.org/gender/

*         UN Women: http://progress.unwomen.org/en/2015/

*         Institute for Women's Policy Research: http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/the-gender-wage-gap-by-occupation-2014-and-by-race-and-ethnicity#sthash.J0TMbkiu.dpuf

Please share this information with your area directors and club presidents. Send any questions and/or report back on your activities to advocacy@zonta.org<mailto:advocacy@zonta.org>.

Best regards,

Megan Radavich
Director of Programs & Advocacy

Service Projects Submitted to ZI's Service Recognition Award!
Ann Hefenieder, Service Chair

District 12 Submitted the District ("Silent Witness") and 3 Club projects to Zonta International for consideration for the Zonta International Service Recognition Award.  Congratulations!
 District 12 Project
"Silent Witness"– 11 of 21 Clubs participated from October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
Description:  Clubs participate by creating awareness in communities by displaying silhouettes (Silent Witness) with domestic violence stories taken from local newspaper accounts.  In addition, clubs also focused on the prevention of root causes by presenting an educational powerpoint for use in male oriented groups, such as Exchange or Rotary.

 Club Projects:
Zonta Club of Greeley
"NECCAT" – NorthEast Colorado Coalition against Trafficking
Zonta Club of Greeley is utilizing professional skills to transform and support a local coalition to fight trafficking:  Northeast Colorado Coalition Against Trafficking (NECCAT); providing meeting set-up, chairing, communication, website, email and materials development.
Meeting monthly since January, NECCAT includes 7 local and regional law enforcement, and 32 community based service agencies.  The meetings focus on resources, victim service protocol, issue priority and responses.  A highlight was a weeklong event at University of Northern Colorado supported by iEmpathize, Truckers Against Trafficking exhibit, Boom video and a large press conference.  Three newspaper releases, including a front –page story of a member/survivor plus two radio shows followed.

Zonta Club of Douglas County
Zonta Club of Douglas County, compelled to lower the deaths due to domestic violence.  Without a central place to distribute educational resources, the Club created an illustration depicting a women (named Zoe), child and pet in crisis.  The Zoe poster covers three principals of abuse.  The club shows this poster at its meetings, fundraising events and is now in a permanent display in Castle Rock's downtown garage of a dramatic display of "silent witnesses" to domestic violence.
Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County
Zonta EducateZ
Zonta EducateZ empowers at-risk women/girls through literacy, college preparedness and leadership.  In addition to all the club's work in chartering the first Golden Z club, inducing 19 new member into the Panthers Z club and having a very successful Zonta Says no event, the Foothills Club:
  • Raised $7500 endowing Zonta EducateZ scholarship for at-risk women completing higher education.  Awarded 2 scholarships
  • Distributed 2000+ books to 9 Free Lending Libraries and launched Boulder Courthouse Library for families in crisis, and
Donated $1,750 to Teen Parenting and 40 computers to at-risk graduates.

Flatirons Golden Z Club Chartered in January 2016
by Deedee Boysen, Z and Golden Z Club Coordinator
The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County welcomed the newly formed Flatirons Golden Z Club into Zonta and District 12 on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the home of Zontian Christie Maurais in Longmont, Colorado.  Foothills Club President, Marta Lindrose conducted a special chartering ceremony that was both inspirational and informative.  Parents and family members of the Golden Z Club, District 12 leaders, and Foothills Club Members participated in a candlelit ceremony, which was simultaneously translated by Michelle Carpenter, Boulder High School Panther Z Club advisor and Foothills Zontian, so that guests could follow the dialogue.  District 12 Past Governor Sheila Davis, presented the official charter to the members who were present, and congratulated the new Golden Z Club members.  Area 3 Director, Ann Hodgson was present, as was District 12 Z and Golden Z Club Coordinator Deedee Boysen, who also congratulated the newly formed club. 
Pictured below (left to right): 
Anna Ramirez, Pearl Lopez, Karla Trujillo, Marta Lindrose (Zonta Foothills Club President) Elsy Zavala, District 12 Past Governor Sheila Davis, America Juarez, Johanna, Kelly Carbajal, Andrea Chavez, Christie Maurais (Golden Z Club Advisor)

Jane M. Klausman Scholarship
Kathy Hyzer, JMK Coordinator


Recruitment posters and applications for the 2016 JMK Scholarship  will be sent to club Presidents and Area Directors as soon as the application appears on the International Web Site.  New this year, there will be two posters that can be easily printed and personalized. One will be for clubs that do offer the JMK Scholarship and can be posted at local colleges and universities. The second poster will be for clubs that do not offer a scholarship, but would like to offer the opportunity for local students to apply for the District Scholarship.  Applications can only be submitted through a Zonta club, and cannot be submitted directly to District. 

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