Category Archives: Leadership

Hands Not for Hitting • Operation HIRE Education: Advocacy & Service Committees Bustling

•  Advocacy Plans United Nations Meeting Program
•  Teams C & D: Holiday Party & Auction Plans Underway

Ladies:  Many things to report and I want to personally thank those who are

Zontians and preschoolers at the “Hands…” project.

leading the action!

We hope each of  you plans on attending the Monday, October 8th meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Naniloa.  The Advocacy Committee has planned a meeting focused on the United Nations and I anticipate it will be both informative and exciting.

Teams C & D have sent out a “Save the Date” for Sunday, Dec. 2  holiday dinner and auction. If you are on one of those teams, please pitch in if you can.  It is well-organized (thanks team leaders and mentors) so your time won’t be wasted.

The HIRE Education training session was a terrific display of Zonta talents — Robin Messenheimer, Lucy Maloney and Julie Tulang are the leads and have crafted a great workshop series for the clients of Hope Services.  Gail Takaki has raised a high bar for trainers with her plans for the first evening session. (Oct. 10).

Other sessions Oct. 17 and 24. We’ll be working with recently homeless women to help them prepare resumes, apply for jobs and be interviewed.

We could use a few more members to act as mentors because not everyone can make all three sessions.  The committee is hoping to have one member for each Hope participant.   Eleanor Hirano, Irene Nagao, Wilma Matsumura, Jan Haraguchi-Abundo, Tonya Ozone, Elyse Morishita, Katie Lambert, Barbara Hastings, Julie, Robin and Lucy attended the prep meeting.

The Hands Are Not for Hitting project is underway. We hope our work with these preschool children helps spread a culture of domestic peace.  Session at HCC’s preschool Sept. 25 was so well orchestrated, Zontians got in, read the book, did the hand prints, cleaned up and got out in record time!

D9 Conference Report: Women Leadership

There was something special and inspiring to be at the Zonta International District 9 conference among women of like minds when word came of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to three women.

Even before the announcement, there had been a strong endorsement for Zontians to view “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a documentary film on the Liberian women who brought an end to the civil war there.  Two of the three women Nobel peace winners are involved in the Liberia recovery.  For more information about the film link here.  For information on the Nobel peace prize winners go here.

Standing: Weiland, Neumiller, Hastings. Sitting: Spencer, Foissette

From Hawaii, there were 5 participants at the D9 Conference: Area Director (and Hilo Club member) Mele Spencer, former district Governor Karen Foissette (now a Honolulu Club member), Linda Weiland, president of Honolulu Club, Edie Ignacio Neumiller of Kauai Club and myself. Mele, by the way, has been elected to the D9 nominating committee.  She is well-regarded in D9 Circles.

Our Hawaii group is determined to set up at least-quarterly Club presidents videoconference meetings with Mele.

Snippets from the Conference:

  • Membership remains the biggest issue for Zonta International.
  • What younger members want:  More service projects; service projects that can be completed quickly; social media; exposure of projects on social media.
  • Whatever a Club does should be evaluated against our mission—Advancing the status of women.  That doesn’t mean you can’t take on other efforts for community, particularly children, but those should be in addition to, not in place of projects directed at women.
  • We need to use technology to enhance participation in meetings at all levels.  You don’t always need to be physically present.

Lois Frankel, Ph.D., Corporate Coaching International, was a keynote speaker. She is author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office; Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich; See Jane Lead and other books. Her website: www.drloisfrankel.com Highlights from her talk:

A woman leader must be a leader for your time. The times are changing. “We still think of powerful women as an anomaly.”–she quoted Margaret Atwood

Women lead all the time, Frankel said, they just don’t call themselves leaders. She asked the audience why that’s so.  Reasons that were called out;

  • We don’t what to be seen as arrogant
  • Push back from other women
  • We were not raised to it

Dr. Frankel said “command and control” leadership no longer exists. It will sabotage you. There is a feminization of leadership going on across the globe.

“We’ve reached turning point,” she said. But the numbers don’t show it. Right now, only 9 of 190 countries are run by women, and women make up about 13 % of legislative bodies. (It has been estimated elsewhere that it takes 30% of women in a legislative body before the female impact matters.)

“We (women) have track record,” Dr. Frankel said, we are just too modest to put it out there. We need to elevate ourselves. (Aside: I thought of this when Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an interview with the New York Times, said she is prepared because she’s been preparing both inside the country and out. She was confident, rather than modest.)

Dr. Frankel said our EQ–emotional intelligence—is more important than  IQ.  Emotional intelligence involves self awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. The new brand of leadership is collaborative, networked, personal, teaching, fosters others to speak up, is flexible and reaches out.

Dr. Frankel outlined eight ways to help women be effective leaders:

  1. Articulate your vision.
  2. Develop your strategy.
  3. Resist perfectionism.
  4. Choose the hill you are willing to die on. (Pick your battles.)
  5. Get to the point. (First thing should be most important that you say.)
  6. Practice 7:1 rule.  Seven positive to one negative feedback.
  7. Manage meetings effectively.
  8. Build leadership brand. (That means defining it and selling it.)

I’ll make every effort to post more D9 Conference information as time allows.
Cheers,
Barbara Hastings

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.

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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