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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!

Well wishers fill Zonta Hilo’s event to honor Helene Hale

About 75 people attended the dinner to honor Helene Hale on United Nations International Women’s Day Monday (March 8, 2010.) For Hilo on a Monday, that’s proof of the fantastic draw that Ms. Hale, who will be 92 later this month, commands.  Zonta Club of Hilo organized the honor.

Hilo Zontians and Zonta District 9 Advocacy Chair Kolua Seiko (left of Hale.)

Mayor Billy Kenoi  spoke of her tireless (actually he said ‘indefatigable’) efforts to make the world a better place;  Elroy Osorio, who served with her as elected county officials,  said there are politicians and there are statesmen, and Helene Hale has always been a statesman.

Members of  the United Nations Association Chapter  that she started in Hawaii were on hand,  with members of the League of Women Voters of which she is a dedicated member.  Each organization, including the YWCA of Hawaii Island, spoke of Ms. Hale’s contributions.  She was the first woman executive in Hawaii government since Queen Liliuokalani; the first African American elected to office in Hawaii; she battled in the state Legislature for her Puna district. She went to Beijing in the ‘90s with the League of Women Voters to participate in the U.N. Forum on Women.

Zontians honored Ms. Hale with the Rose Award for her lifetime of service.  Zonta Club of Hilo is part of Zonta International whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide.

Kolua Seiko, Zonta International’s District 9 Advocacy Chair, who works on Zonta’s and the UN’s initiatives to reach the world’s women, took part in honoring Ms. Hale.  Seiko was in Hawaii to address Zonta’s Area 7 Workshop on Kauai over the weekend and flew over to attend the Hilo event.

More photos:

Councilmember Dennis 'Fresh' Onishi was among those who spoke at the event.

Mayor Kenoi with Hale and RJ Hampton.

Flanking Hale are Zontians Dawn Pung, Julie Tulang, Jan Higashi, Karolyn Lundkvist, Mele Spencer and in back, Barbara Hastings. Pung is former Zonta Area 7 director, Spencer is director-elect and Tulang is a past district governor. Photos by Bo-Goran Lundkvist.

Hilo Zontians complete 2-year service project

More than 25 Hilo Zontians and friends spent a morning of service at the shelter. Of course, not all stayed for the photo!

More than 25 Hilo Zontians and friends spent a morning of service at the shelter. Of course, not all stayed for the photo!

During its biennium 2007-09, Zonta Club of Hilo adopted the Hale Ohana Domestic Abuse Shelter in Hilo.  This two year intense service followed two earlier projects at the shelter.  The biennium service included hands-on work at the facility, donating sturdy chairs and other household items, and “Restart Kits” for families forced to start over with no household essentials.

Zonta Club is also provided packs of undergarments for women, boys and girls, since the families often escape with nothing.

The hands on work netted a $10,000 Harry and Jeanette Weinberg grant for the facility.  It is the fourth time in six years that Zontians earned a Weinberg grant for the shelter.

Sherry Bracken reported on it for Hawaii Public Radio.  Listen here :

http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/news/hawaii/bisle_27.mp3

There was also a story and photos in the Hawaii Tribune Herald here:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/articles/2009/05/24/features/features01.txt