Category Archives: Service

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!


655 Pencils & More for Africa

Two suitcases filled with school supplies for children in Africa have been packed up and sent to Honolulu today.

Hilo Zontians bought or collected:
655 pencils
28 packs colored markers
23 rules/protractors
45 pens
230 erasers
4 boxes colored pencils
65 boxes crayons
45 pencil sharpeners
7 flutophones
17 scissors
10 bookbags
miscellaneous items

They will be delivered to Nancy Pace, MD, who spoke to our Club in June.  Nancy does medical mission and other work in various world tough spots.  She said for some of the children, it will be their very first pencil.  We will keep you posted on  details of exactly where the supplies go in Africa.

Jane M. Klausman Scholarship 2011

Anna Hidano, Zonta International Club of Hilo Klausman Scholar

The Zonta Club of Hilo has awarded the $1,000 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship to Anna Hidano, a senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She is majoring in Economics with a minor in Asian Studies and expects to receive her BA in May of 2012. Ms. Hidano was born in Hilo, HI and is a graduate of Hilo High School where she was Student Association President. She was recognized by the Business Education Partnership (BEP), earning three BEP awards during her participation in the program. She also won first place awards in the 2007 and 2008 High School Market Place Competition, a statewide competition. At Saint Joseph’s University she is an At Large representative for the student senate. She will be president of the economic club and has been accepted in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the school’s economic honor society. In addition she is secretary of the Asian Student Association. She has a goal to pursue a graduate degree in an international business field. She would like to return to Hawaii to work, live and raise a family. She believes that she can play a positive role in the local community.

Zontians support elementary science

In an effort to promote study of science in youngsters, particularly girls, Zonta Club of Hilo sponsored BrushBot Family Focus Night Wednesday (Oct. 27) at Waiakeawaena Elementary School.

Zontians Eleanor Hirano, Dawn Pung, Amy Iwamoto, Irene Nagao, Barbara Hastings and Bev McCall were on hand to watch the kids do experiments to find the center of gravity and to build toothbrush robots.  McCall is also principal of Waiakeawaena.

Zonta Hilo Hears about Heifer International

When women around the world have control of income, it tends to be used for the family,” said Wendy Peskin, who worked as a fundraiser for Heifer International. When men have economic control “it’s not that way.”

Heifer International works mostly with women in rural areas, often where men are absent.  Its mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty


Peskin talks about international self reliance.


and to care for the earth. Beginning with heifers more than 60 years ago, the group has branched out to many types of animals and been providing families with a source of food and training, rather than short-term relief. Millions of people in 128 countries have benefits from these gifts that promote self reliance.

“Pass on the gift,” Peskin said, is a cornerstone of the Heifer program.  “If you get a cow, the first calf must be raised and passed on,” she said.  Generations and generations of animals have been passed along, “that has an enormous multiplying effect.”

It also has the effect of giving a poor person the dignity to pass on athe gift to someone else, she said.

Heifer International does not send people into the countries to handle the training and gifts.  “They hire people in the area,” Peskin said.  When a village woman exhibits leadership skills, Heifer is likely to train her as a para-veterinarian so she can serve her community.

Peskin said when a woman has an income, its likely she will no longer uffer at the hands of an abusive husband. Often, she said, the woman’s initiative creates meaningful work for her husband in tending the food crops sustained by the gift animal.

Part of the Heifer training, she added, is centered around issues of gender.  Frequently men are victims of their cultural milieu.  During gender workshops, the men and women detail their day’s activities.  The men are often surprised by what the women do.

Heifer also promotes sending girls to school through a “girl child education fund.”

Go to to see how you can help with a gift as small as $10.

Zonta Club of Hilo Inducts New Members


Nagao, McCall and Aoki


Bev McCall, elementary school principal, pictured here with Irene Nagao and Ellen Aoki, was inducted into the Zonta Club of Hilo at the October program meeting.  At the September meeting, Jan Haraguchi-Abundo, a sales promotion officer, was inducted.

The inductions are part of Zonta Club of Hiloʻs membership drive.

Watch video on “Century’s Greatest Injustice”

Ladies: offers the following video: 18 minutes.  Sheryl WuDunn who, with her husband Nicholas Kristof, (both journalists) wrote Half the Sky. The presentation is called: “Our Century’s Greatest Injustice.”

Click here to view the presentation

Some notes I gleaned from the presentation:

Between 60 and 100 million missing females in the world. Demographers have shown, missing in current population. In the last half century more girls “discriminated to death” than all the people killed on all the battlefields in the 20th century.

One of best ways to fight discrimination and poverty – bring girls into the workforce and/or educate them. Educated women – have fewer children.  Educated men, only a slight reduction.

Women and girls aren’t part of the problem.  They are the solution.

Sex trafficking – at peak of slave trade 1780s   80,000 slaves from Africa to new world. Today 800,000 (10 times) are trafficked across international borders (doesn’t include those within borders.)  $40,000 in today’s money – a slave’s worth back then. Today, you can buy a girl trafficked for a few hundred dollars.

Maternal mortality – 1 woman dies every 1.5 minutes in childbirth around the world.  Poor rural females, mostly.

Others – devastating  injuries; most devastating,  obstetric fistula, tearing that leaves woman incontinent, and often left to die.  (Zonta International has a project in this area.)

Larry Summers, when he was chief economist at World Bank, said, “the highest return on investment in the developing world is in girls education.”

Little bits of help can be transformative.

Please take the time to view this 18-minute, excellent presentation.

Barbara Hastings

Zonta International Accepting Scholarship Nominations

Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs Awards recognize young women for demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations. The 2011 District YWPA recipients will receive US$1,000; five international recipients will be selected from the district recipients to receive additional awards of US$3,000 each.

There have been a few changes to the eligibility criteria for the 2011 Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Those changes our outlined below.

• Applicants must be 16 to 19 years old.
• Applicants must be living or studying in a Zonta district or region at the time of application.
• Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of the following:
• Experience in local or student government
• Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs

• Advocating on behalf of Zonta International’s mission to advance the status of women worldwide.

Applications for the 2011 Young Women in Public Affairs Award are now available on the Zonta International website. Please note that the application has been revised and make sure that all applicants use the 2011 version.