The Zonta Club of Akron, Barberton & Cuyahoga Falls presented donations to three local charities at its annual service meeting Wednesday at Fairlawn Country Club.
Representatives receiving checks for $2,500 each were: Yvette McMillan, director from Harvest Home, the women’s division of Haven of Rest Ministries; Laura Conley, director of Adult Focus, which houses The Verna Trushel Displaced Homemakers’ Scholarship Fund at The University of Akron; and Megan Ward, shelter manager for the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties.
In other business, the club elected two new directors to its board, which is chaired by Zonta ABC President Terry Lueck, a professor of communication at The University of Akron. Newly-elected directors are: Lana Bascetta of United Disability Services, and Brandy Kohut, a senior engineer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
In addition to supporting the three local charities, the club contributed $2,500 to the Zonta International Service Program, which for more than 50 years has supported education, health, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women in more than 20 countries. Zonta ABC’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 13, 2013, helped raise the $10,000 to benefit charities that work to advance the status of women.
The Zonta Club of Akron, Barberton & Cuyahoga Falls celebrated its 60th anniversary on April 25, 2012. The club is a local chapter of Zonta International, which was founded in 1919. Zonta is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Zonta International has consultative status at the United Nations, and there are more than 1,200 clubs in 64 countries with over 33,000 members. Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy." Those who are interested in more details are invited to visit the Zonta International website www.zonta.org or to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about local membership.
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