Z Club

Z Club 2015

Our Boulder PantherZ Z Club worked very hard last year supporting their school, their community and even reaching out to groups around the world.  Their hard work paid off with recent recognition by Zonta International.  They placed 2nd for the Emma L Conlon Award which is given out annually to three Z Clubs from around the world.  The contest recognizes clubs whose projects and programs best express the ideals of Zonta International and the Z and Golden Z Club program through local and international service and advocacy to empower women worldwide.

They will receive $500 from Zonta International to use towards a service project next year. Congratulations PantherZ!

 

 

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The Boulder PantherZ  Z Club stays very involved in their club, their school and their community. They have weekly meetings that include speakers, service projects, trips and just bring together.  This year our club has been involved in a number of projects to support women and girls both locally and around the world.

 

Zonta Says “NO”

 

zsn spot 3The Boulder PantherZ   Z Club worked hard to Say NO to Violence Against Women.  They began by creating a :30 second spot that appeared on Panther TV in Boulder High School. They have also set up empty shoe exhibits in two display cases in the school.  These shoes each symbolize victims of violence and through painted messages and  signage tell the statistics of violence around the county.

In December they joined our Share-a-Gift team to help distribute gifts to families in need. They helped to translate and provided a smile and holiday cheer.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Valentines in progress

Valentines in progress

We were very excited to partner with Women Work Together  for a Valentine’s Day Project. They are a group of Boulder, Colorado women who have forged a relationship with Guatemalan women to help young girls stay in school. The Z club made 45 heart valentines (in Spanish), collected books in Spanish and even made a video greeting. They are being hand carried to our new friends by Wendy Baring-Gould, WWT’s program director who traveled ti visit a Guatemalan school. Now the PantherZ anxiously await replies. A display was created in the school lobby to let everyone in Boulder High School know about this wonderful partnership.guatemala display

Over the last three years the PantherZ have volunteered for Care Connect delivering fruit baskets to shut ins,  distributed toys at Boulder’s annual Share-a-Gift and supported EFAA . They have helped our club sort and label some 2000 books for distribution through our Little Lending Libraries. They organized an event around the National Day of Service and created valentines for delivery to the local safe house, shut ins and teachers at Boulder High School. They

The display tells the whole story.

The display tells the whole story.

have also visited Metropolitan State University in Denver and Front Range Community College.

attending immigration rally

To learn about the democratic system our members attending a get-out-the-vote rally on the CU campus.

2015-16 Officers (l to r) Nallely Monreal Ordaz, Adela Aguiree, Claudia Ibarra and Gabby Lopez

2015-16 Officers (l to r) Nallely Monreal Ordaz, Adela Aguiree, Claudia Ibarra and Gabby Lopez

Michelle Carpenter, Boulder High Spanish teacher,  the group’s advisor explains our impact like this:

“The Zonta mentors encourage self-development via education by helping the PantherZ Z Club participants to see themselves and their future in a new light.  Students now have someone with whom to discuss educational and career goals and dreams and to help guide them through the bewildering maze of college applications and decisions. Because of this, their school experience takes on more relevance and importance, and the idea of going to college becomes a real possibility.  Together, mentors and students have worked on scholarship applications and college visits.  The young ladies have a greater sense of confidence in their academic goals.”  

marta, gaby and emily

Z clubs promote service to benefit their school, community, and the world. They develop leadership skills and good character, and strive for scholastic achievement. The Z Club program was initiated in 1948 by Zonta International.  In 2013 the Zonta Foothills Club worked with Boulder High School to build membership and in January 2013 the Boulder PantherZ was chartered and its 12 founding members inducted. Since that time our club has inducted ten or more girls each year.

The Z Club is one element in the Foothills Club’s Zonta EducateZ project. Our club is excited by the opportunity we have to make a real and lasting positive impact in the lives of these intelligent and aspiring young women. By serving as mentors, we are fulfilling the key Zonta International goal of advocacy and empowerment for girls here in our own community.

 

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