Excerpts of President’s Report 06/13/2011
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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Well-informed membership that participates.
- 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.