Category Archives: Club Administration

5 New Inductees at June Meeting

Excerpts of President’s Report 06/13/2011

Hastings inducts Robin Messenheimer, Elaine Christian, Alison Lee, Tonya Ozone and Ida Ferris.

Barbara A. Hastings

First, I wish to tell you that it is indeed an honor for me to preside over this group.  The mission of Zonta—to me—is the most important mission in the universe today.  I believe it is the vehicle to solving most of the world’s ills.  We can start in our own backyards.

I pulled a small group together to go over our last strategic plan, and selected these objectives to be a primary focus for at least the first year of this biennium.

  1. Foster a positive image of Zonta in our community and a better understanding among current members and prospects.  Iʻm sure that you, like me, talk to friends about Zonta and they just donʻt know anything about it. Yet weʻre nearly 100 years old.  Some secrets should not be kept!
  2. Membership retention at 90%.  Our membership committee and immediate past president did an excellent job. With the induction tonight, we have 40 members.  We began the 2010-11 year with 35 members.  Onward!
  3. Well-informed membership that participates.
  4. Combine service and advocacy at the local level.

I want to thank Tonya Ozone, one of our newest members, who’s agreed to take on public relations tasks of keeping our website and blog updated and helping us keep in touch with each other.  Tonya has prepared a brief questionnaire to find out the best ways to communicate with our membership. We will be hounding each of you until we have all responses.

We will put a lot of emphasis on the Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee—which Zonta International has made one of the three required standing committees, along with Membership and Service.  I’m happy to announce that Pat O’Toole has agreed to chair, and will be ably assisted (and it was how I got her to say yes, by Kathleen Nielsen.)   If you have any interest in this group, contact Pat or me.

Julie Tulang has agreed to continue as Service chair, and to support the concept of small acts of service — little things money-wise or time wise, that two or three of us can do in the name of Zonta.

Karolyn Lundkvist, our new UN committee chair, will give us a 2-minute update at each meeting on status of women and girls in the world.  If you run across some important news, please forward it to Karolyn. We’ll be posting her reports on our blog so if you miss a meeting, you won’t miss the update.

With concurrence of a majority of the board, we’ve nominated Mele Spencer, our area director, as a candidate for the nominating committee for District 9.

Jane M. Klausman Scholarship:Iʻve been asked to announce that Anna Hidano was selected. Thanks to Pat O’Toole and Debbie Shigehara who handled the review and selection. Hidano attended Hilo High School.  She was in the Business Education Partnership program.  She earned first place finishes in 2007 and 2008 High School Market Plan Competition, a statewide competition.  In college she is studying economics  with a double minor in business and Asian studies.  Her goal is to pursue graduate education in an international business field.    She says that eventually she would like to return to Hawaii to live, work and raise a family.

Lastly, Iʻd like to thank each and every one of you IN ADVANCE for saying yes. Saying yes to giving some of your time—we will try to keep it very reasonable—to helping change the lives of women and girls in our world.

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April: Officer Elections; Victim Awareness

At its regular monthly meeting, Zonta Club of Hilo elected a slate of officers for the next biennium which begins June 1.

Barbara A. Hastings was elected president; Janice Higashi, first vice president; Sheila Evans, secretary; Jan Haraguchi-Abundo and Karolyn Lundkvist, directors.  Ellen Aoki,  second vp and director Bev McCall remain on the board.  Bonnie Geiger will fill the unexpired treasurer post.

Terri Lum, Kathleen Nielsen, Lisa Faulkner Inouye and Phyllis Shinno at April meeting. Lum and Inouye spoke on victim awareness.

As part of National Child Abuse Awareness Month, National Crime Victim Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  Zonta Club of Hilo hear from
Lisa Faulkner Inouye who spoke about the development of the County of Hawai’i Office of the Prosecuting Attorney’s federally funded project to develop a “Comprehensive Strategy for Juvenile Justice.”  Over 100 persons from across the Island convened to help develop this community-driven plan.

One of the outcomes of this effort was the determination of Four Priority Risk Factors faced by Hawai’i County youth:  Availability of Drugs, Family Management, Family Conflict, and Early and Persistent Anti-Social Behavior.  These Risk Factors are the focus of community efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency in Hawai’i County, and remain the guideposts for the Prosecutor’s Office involvement in prevention and education activities.

The group also heard form Terri Lum, Director of the East Hawaii Children’s Justice Center addressed the history and development of Children’s Justice Centers across the nation and in Hawaii, and the need for a safe place for child victims of sexual assault, severe physical violence and child witnesses to crime to be able to talk about what happened.

She described the Center’s operations and the community and agency involvement that helps to keep the Center going, and the sad fact that sexual assaults continue to occur, that children are often victims of someone they know, and that there continues to be a need for places like the CJC.

The next meeting is May 9, 5 p.m. fellowship; 5:30 meeting starts.  Installation of officers; Guest Speaker, noted Honolulu volunteer and medical missionary, Nancy Pace, M.D.

Note: On April 23, Zonta Club of Hilo will do its annual Weinberg Friends project, supporting Neighborhood Place of Puna.

Hilo Zontian Elected Area Director

Mele Spencer, Area Director

PRESS RELEASE — (Hilo, Hawaii—June 15, 2010)—Mele Spencer of Hilo was elected to the Zonta International – District 9 Board, covering Arizona, California, Hawaii, one city on the Mexican border, Nevada, and Utah.  Spencer will represent Hawaii’s six Zonta Clubs for 2010-2012.

Kathleen Nielsen, President of the Zonta Club of Hilo said Spencer follows “a long line of Hilo Zontians who have assumed duties at the district level.  Her leadership will insure the direct link between Zonta International, District 9 and the Hawaii Zonta Clubs.”

“In this austere time,” Spencer said,  “women and children are the most likely to be affected by economic turndown.  Zontians must focus resources on those in need and continue to advocate for them.”

Spencer and her spouse, Joseph, operate a plant and tree farm in Pana’ewa Hawaiian Homes Farm Lots.  She is the president of the Keaukaha Pana’ewa Farmers Association, and is a former program manager for USDA, Rural Development.  She has been a member of Zonta Club of Hilo for 12 years.

Zonta International and its local clubs advance the status of women around the world through service and advocacy.  Individual clubs develop local programs and priorities that are consistent with the overall goals of Zonta International.

The Zonta Club of Hilo provides four annual scholarships, participates in a variety of projects including support of robotic programs in our schools, Hale Ohana shelter, Weinberg Friends program and advocates on issues affecting women. This year the Hilo chapter is focusing on a Weinberg project at the Neighborhood Place of Puna, to help women in need.  The club is one of 1,200 clubs with 31,000 members worldwide in 67 countries and areas.

Zonta International is a recognized NGO with United Nation status and supports service projects in Rwanda, Guatemala, El Salvador and Liberia.  The organization raises more than $3 million annually to support international projects.

Membership is available to executives and professionals committed to advancing the status of women through service and advocacy.  Information on Zonta International and the Zonta Club of Hilo can be found on www.zonta.org or www.zontadistrict9.org, or calling Ellen Aoki, membership chair, at 808-959-9098.

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2009-11 Zonta Club of Hilo Officers

Kathleen Nielson, president, and Wendy Karimoto, 2nd vice president, are painting (or playing) at recent Weinberg work day.

Kathleen Nielson, president, and Wendy Karimoto, 2nd vice president, are painting (or playing) at Weinberg work day.

Current officers for the Zonta Club of Hilo:

President, Kathleen Nielson (to May 2011)

1st Vice President, Irene Nagao (May 2011)

2nd Vice President, Wendy Karimoto (May 2010)

Secretary – Eleanor Hirano (May 2011)

Treasurer- Wilma Matsumura (May 2010)

Directors: Susan Lee Loy (May 2010);  Bonnie Geiger and Jane Kawachi (b0th May 2011.)

Captains:  Team A – Lynne Kushi;  Team B – Wilma Matsumura; Team C – Jane Kawachi; Team D – Ellen Aoki.