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  • February 15, 2015 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In celebration of Amelia Earhart month we invited a representative from the Civic Air Patrol to our January 2015 program meeting. The following information was provided to our Club:

    Do you want to fly? Do you want to honor and serve America? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the US Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

    You’ll find cadet life exciting if you enjoy flying, leadership training, obstacle courses, model rocketry, teambuilding, hiking & camping, earning rank & awards, search & rescue, exploring aviation careers and making friends.

    You must be at least 12 but not yet 19 to join as a cadet. CAP also offers opportunities for adults.

    On average, cadets meet one night a week for two hours and enjoy special events one Saturday each month. In summer, you can attend a week-long camp.

    Annual dues and uniform expenses will total about $100. Other fees may be required for weekend and summer events.

    As a cadet, you are never obligated to join the military, but 10% of all Air Force Academy cadets got their start in AP.

    Adult volunteers, fingerprinted and screened by the FBI, chaperone all cadet activities.

    The benefits of cadet life include develop leadership skills, test-fly potential careers, solidify your moral values and succeed in school.

    To learn more, contact CAP at gocivilairpatrol.com
  • February 15, 2015 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Working Against Violence, Inc (WAV) is a non-profit United Way organization. Since 1978, WAVI has been assisting domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Our staff provides support services, court advocacy, ER response, community education, safety planning and 24-hour emergency shelter. Our volunteers aid in ER response, shelter repairs, child care and much more. WAVI also partners with law enforcement, Victims’ Assistance and the State’s Attorney’s Office to provide comprehensive advocacy for all our clients. In 2013 WAVI served over 2,000 clients, with 592 clients staying in our emergency shelter.

    Each of our clients carries their own stories – stories of struggle, trial, overcoming, set-backs, brokenness, healing and much more. Here is one such story, as told by a Case Manager. “I began working with Marcy* at the end of May. She came to shelter with her three children and one on the way. Marcie had been in and out of a DV relationship with the same man for over seven years. She stated she was scared and didn’t know what was going to happen. She explained the distress she was in because she knew she needed to raise her children on her own. While working with Marcy, she enrolled in college, continued working and is in the process of obtaining her own housing. She attends financial literacy classes and agreed to obtain counseling. Although there are setbacks, Marcy says she is remaining positive and will keep moving forward.”

    Thank you for your support of WAVI. Together we can work to create a community free of domestic abuse and sexual assault through advocacy, education and support services!

    *Name changed

  • February 15, 2015 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Our Zonta Club of the Black Hills was chartered on October 12, 1950. Our first President, Helen Jane Gormley-Hare was a local dermatologist. An elaborate dinner was held to commemorate the event, complete with an ice sculpture “Z”. The event was held at the Alex Johnson Hotel, which still stands today in much of its original form.

    Early service projects included donation and delivery to public sites the “Dreypacks” which were used to diagnose diabetes. In 1955 two mental detention rooms were equipped at the Bennett-Clarkson Memorial Hospital. In 1960, Father Pire’s ANNE FRANK Village for War Torn Children was given care packages and cash donations from club members. In 1965 cash gifts were presented to the Boys Club Building Fund, and to Girl’s State.

    Even up until 1971, when blood glucose monitors were in use, but expensive, club members were still delivering up to 19,000 “Dreypacks” which cost the club $460.00. From the 1971 results, 196 people were deemed to be “reactors” which meant they had diabetes.

    Ruth Hanson, a nurse anesthetist, was President of the Club in 1971-1972. She was also the first ZONTIAN of the YEAR in 1976-77. She later became chair of the newsletter and Club Historian. Much of what we know about the club’s history from its charter to now is because of what Ruth saved, stored, and took pictures of during many of our meetings and events. Our newsletter was called the PAHA SAPA ZONTIAN, of which PAHA SAPA is the Sioux Indian word for the Black Hills. The earliest excerpt from the PAHA SAPA ZONTIAN we have on file is dated August 16, 1964, Vol III, No. 3, with Ruth Hanson as the Editor.

    In 1970, the club gave money to the Drug Forum, Boy’s & Girl’s State. In 1975, an original program was started to lend hospital equipment to those in need of recovery at home. By 1980, the club was funding Women Against Violence, which is now known as WAVI (Working Against Violence). We continued to sponsor Boy’s & Girl’s State.

    In 1982, the needs of our community had grown, so our club began to plan a unique event that would benefit businesses, enhance the lives of working women, while earning funds for those that had projects worthy of our funds. By 1985, we contributed funds to the following: BH Workshop-Special Olympics, WAVI, Hospital Pediatrics, Boy’s & Girl’s State, and a program for Sexually-Abused Children.

    In 1986-88 biennium ZI “Double Five” contest our club achieved a gain of 10 new members per biennium, and was awarded a $50 discount price off the registration fee for the 1988 ZI Convention.

    So for the past 32 years, our club has used the ZONTA Woman’s EXPO as an annual fundraiser with various themes, formats, and concepts along the way. It continues to involve women-owned and woman oriented businesses and is an effective and exciting way to recruit new members. Our club has fluctuated in membership from 40-80 members over the past 30 years.

    We have received numerous awards from Community organizations for gifting them with funds. There is the Certificate of Appreciation from Dr. Manlove, President of Wellspring, Inc. for being “part of the solution in 1996 as he developed a program for troubled youth. We received the WAVI “Spirit of Peace” award in 19… We had pledged $5,000 for 5 years towards the “ZONTA” Board Room in the lower level of their new building.

    Between 1990 and 1993 our ZONTA WOMAN’S EXPO was earning the club between $14,000-$19,000 a year after expenses. We started taking applications for the funding locally, in addition to donating to the Amelia Earhart ZI fund and to UNIFEM annually from 1990-1993. In 1998, we had 1000 EXPO attendees, 110 booths at $100 rental fee, and $19,582 in ticket sales.

    We have had two past District 12 Governors from our club, Lois Demos and Dorothy “Bunny” Tyler. We also were proud of our District 12, as we have a PAST INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT, Amy Grubbs.

  • January 05, 2015 11:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Zonta Club of the Black Hills is proud to unveil our new website - 2 years in the making!  Some of the site is still under construction but we are constantly adding interesting content.  We hope you enjoy the site and tell our sponsors that you saw their logo here!  Return soon for more news about Zonta Club of the Black Hills and organizations and causes that we support.

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Zonta Club of the Black Hills • President: Lisa Wesolick
PO Box 8163
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709 • (605) 721-7230 • E-Mail: zontablackhills@hotmail.com

Charter No. 0246 • District 12, Area 1 • Organized October 12, 1950
A member of Zonta Club International