Amelia Earhart - Zonta Club of Milwaukee

Zonta Club
Jan. 2015
Zonta Milwaukee Club Officers
Donna Kahl-Wilkerson, President
Carol Cline, President Elect
Victoria Frazier, Vice-President
Diane Lindsley, Treasurer
Judith Lehman, Secretary
Club Board
Maria Bellman
Karen Hunt
Barbara Fitzgerald
Helen Ludwig
Elizabeth Stull
Joann Comodore
Foundation Board Officers
Cheryl Lucas-DeBerry, President
Christine Todd, Vice-President
Pam Knackert, Treasurer
Lori Peterson, Recording Secretary
Connie Thoma, Corresponding Secretary
Foundation Board
Cheryl Nowak
Missy Creevy
Jackie Beaudry
Susan Koepsell
Bulletin Editor: Delanie Reese
([email protected])
For more information on Zonta Milwaukee, visit
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Zonta Club of Milwaukee Dinner
Celebrating Amelia Earhart, Zonta Member
Speaker: Rose Dorcey is an instrument-rated private
pilot, mother of two and grandmother of two. A current
magazine writer and retired business owner, Rose serves
as president of the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame,
from which she’ll draw stories for her presentation. She
and her husband, John, reside in Oshkosh,
More info on Amelia Earhart: See page 3.
Meal Choices: Regular Meal – Stuffed Pork Chop &
Banana Split Cake
Vegetarian Option – Stuffed Green Pepper
Italian Community Center (I.C.C.), 631 E. Chicago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
5:30 PM - Social
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Speaker
Cost: $30 per person, includes tax and tip
RESERVATIONS: Please call Helen Ludwig
(414-321-0078, Extension 114)
or email her at [email protected] with the cancellation of your
standingreservation or any call-in reservation by 9:00 am on
Monday, January 26, 2015.
President’s Message...
Greetings Milwaukee Zontians;
Here we are!!!...2015!! Another club year to
commit ourselves to the advancement of women
everywhere!! Our first meeting for this service
year will be on January 28, 2015 at the Italian
Community Center (ICC) at 6pm.
This month is Amelia Earhart Month. As we
remember this esteemed woman, let’s
concentrate on her character. She was a focused
and determined woman who did not allow
others to dampen her spirit or her dreams. She
was brave by confronting the double standards
of her day; defying the prevailing role of women
coming into the 20th century; subtly, but
consistently exercising the resilient strength of
women. These are attributes we want for all
women in the world. Her love for people was
shown through her work with people in dire
circumstances, her hope for the future was
shown through her adventurous spirit and love
of flying and her example for women continues
to speak for every woman, everywhere.
- Donna Kahl-Wilkerson
Amelia Earhart
January is when we celebrate Zonta Member Amelia Earhart, an American
aviation pioneer and author. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across
the Atlantic Ocean and received the U.S.Distinguished Flying Cross for this
record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying
experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an
organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue
University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel
women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was
also a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the
Equal Rights Amendment.
During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a
Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the
central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career
and disappearance continues to this day.
In honor of Ms Earhart’s passion for aviation, we will learn about Wisconsin
aviators from a speaker from the Experimental Aviation Association.
There will also be an opportunity to send donations to the Amelia Earhart
Fellowships Program, which was launched in 1938. Ellen Parks, then serving as
Zonta International President, remembered, “At that time few women
considered a career in aerospace engineering, yet not one voice of doubt was
raised as to the success of such a scholarship.”
Fashion Show Update
It’s time to create and expand your guest list for the 2015 Zonta Fashion Show Fundraiser. Our
annual event not only raises funds to support the work we do on behalf of women and girls, it
raises awareness and opportunity for those in attendance to be involved in a very personal way.
YOU are the key. Your dedication is evident. Your passion is contagious.
Just a few ways to be involved:
Invite friends, family, neighbors, and everyone you talk to.
Fill a table (or more)
Create a themed basket for the raffle
Talk to your employer (past and present) about sponsorship
Volunteer to assist with day-of activities
Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Marriot West, Pewaukee, WI
Service Corner
Holiday Gift Drive
76 Neu-Life youth at the Gwen T Jackson Elementary School received holiday gifts from
Milwaukee Zontians at their annual holiday celebration on December 17. Zonta received
special recognition in the program and the 4-5 Zontians present received hugs and
applause from children and their families. The program included several songs and poem
readings from the youth.
Thanks to Cheryl Nowak and Joni Reese for coordinating the gift-giving and the delivery.
ARTREACH Pilot Program
We are piloting the ARTREACH program to educate youth about human sex trafficking.
A dozen or so youth will collaborate to put ideas to canvas in January. We expect that we
will have three or four paintings with anti-human trafficking messages to showcase by the
end of February. We are aiming to have reception/event(s) to showcase the artwork and
raise community consciousness about the dangers of human trafficking for our
Milwaukee youth. First steps will be within Neu-Life’s African History Month (February)
and a Zonta meeting TBD.
Respectfully submitted,
Donna Neal, Service Chair
Save the Dates
2014-2015 Club Meeting Dates – Normally the 4th Wednesday of the Month
3/18/15 3rd Wed due to facility scheduling
6/2015 TBD
Other Important 2015 Area 2 and District 6 Dates
March 7th: Zonta Zing – Madison
March 13th: IWD – Janesville
April 18th: Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser – Milwaukee
April 25th: Area 2 Workshop - Madison
April 28th: Tribute to Women – Beloit
Oct 9-11th: 2015 Fall Conference
PR Communications Update
Please make sure all members have their correct email on This is imperative as those emails
are used for communication from ZI, and communication from District. A District 6 newsletter is
forthcoming and the ZI email list will be used for distribution. Stay ‘in the know’ by making sure your
email addresses are up to date. Club lists were distributed at Fall Conference that represent what is
currently on file at ZI. Donna has a copy if you want to check!
The PR Communications Committee is an extension of the Club and all other committees!!! Aspects
include supporting activities for Service, Advocacy, Membership, Fashion Show and other committees
or activities that may need PR or communications efforts. Today we primarily focus on publishing the
monthly newsletter, maintaining the Zonta Club of Milwaukee Website, Facebook, and most recently by
adding a Twitter account. Please engage us to help you get your message out. Newsletter articles are due
on the 7th of each month.
Laureen Wood
January 14th
Judith Lehman
January 24th
Karen LeSage
January 31st
Membership Corner
Thanks again to Nell and George Kendrick for hosting our club holiday get together. Fun, food and visiting were
enjoyed by all.
We hope to install Deb Koller, a friend of Carol Cline’s and Gloria Jones, Nell’s friend at our January meeting.
Please invite any potential members you might have to our January meeting as we celebrate Amelia Earhart month.
Donna Kahl-Wilkerson and I will be attending an Area 2 Membership “Club Hall” meeting in Janesville on Sat. Jan
24, if anyone else in interested in joining us please let us know.
By Pam Knackert
Meet Our Member Pam Knackert
Pam joined Zonta in 1985 through Marge Holzbog with whom she worked at
Miller at the time. She has been Club president and held other committee chair
positions and served as District 6 treasurer for 4 years in the 90’s.
Her business career entailed working in the marketing and marketing research
areas at Rexnord, Miller Brewing and Schwarz Pharma and then she changed
careers and worked at Pius XI High School in their development area before
she retired.
She enjoys travelling with her friend Bruce, walking and reading. She has
attended numerous Zonta conventions including Hong Kong and Hawaii.
Her current volunteer commitments besides Zonta are the New Berlin Food
Pantry and a board position at the Milwaukee Catholic Home on the eastside.
She has an older sister, two older brothers and several nieces, nephews and
grand nieces and nephews all over the country.
Meet Our Member Krista Betts
Krista Betts is a marketing specialist at Waukesha Bearings
Corporation. She moved to Milwaukee last January from Chicago,
where she spent six years at the National Parent Teacher Association
as proofreader/copy editor and promotional writer/editor and three
years at SmithBucklin coordinating marketing and communications
for professional associations.
She has a Bachelor’s in English and U.S. History from Calvin College
in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a Master’s in English from Pennsylvania
State University, and a persistent love of working with the English
She spends her free time reading, cooking, playing volleyball,
crocheting, and watching a little too much television, particularly
British crime dramas.
Meet Our Member Cheryl
Cheryl has been referred to as a “vibrant presence”, she is fun loving, comfortable to be
with, and yet professional.
Cheryl has over 18 years of experience in the areas of human resources program
development, leadership, customer service and diversity. She is an entrepreneur, owned
and operated a successful training consultancy specializing in effective communication
techniques and leadership skills. She has designed, developed, and facilitated training
programs both nationally and internationally.
Cheryl received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the
University of Tennessee, and her Master’s degree in adult education from Carroll College.
Cheryl joined Zonta in 2004, she joined because of the opportunity to help women
around the world.
Cheryl membership affiliations include the American Society of Talent Development,
Human Resource Association, and the Leaders Forum
Cheryl’s enjoys reading, hanging out with her grandsons, and shopping (especially for
Meet Our Member Joann
Joann Harris-Comodore is married and the mother of one daughter. She is a “Zontian Nubie”. She has been a
member of the Zonta Club of Milwaukee for approximately 18 months. During this time, she has been busy
increasing her knowledge and understanding of the Zonta International Club mission, structure, and service.
Joann attended the Bi-Annual International Zontian conference held in Orlando, Florida in June and the Annual
fall conference in Columbus, Indiana in October.
Joann joined Zonta because of its strong focus on service and advocacy for women.
Born in the (Delta) Mississippi, Joann moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family in 1968. She received her
education in Wisconsin, a Bachelor of Science from Mount Mary College in Business & Nutrition and her Master’s
in Business and Health Care Administration from UW-Madison.
Joann’s background is in Healthcare, working for over 25 years with United Healthcare aka Unicare Health, Inc.,
providing administrative oversight to several area nursing homes, as Area Director and or Nursing Home
In 1995, Joann left the corporate umbrella, and became self-employed. She established Residential Living Services,
Inc., and began operating assistant living facilities offering assistant living residential alternatives to elderly and
developmental disabled adults.
In 2000, Joann broadened her scope of service to include Neu-Life Community Development, Inc., a
Not-for-Profit, afterschool youth program. Neu-Life has 3 sites and provides a variety of after school programs for
youth between the ages of 3-20. Programming includes but is not limited to: Academic Enrichment, Life Skills,
Community Action Projects, Youth Advocacy, Art Education, Service Learning & Entrepreneurship…
“We Care” is not only Residential Living Services & Neu-Life’s motto but is the epitome of who Joann is! Joann
takes great pride, pleasure and satisfaction in working with, caring for and developing individuals to their fullest
2015 Scholarship Competitions
The Zonta Club of Milwaukee offers three college scholarship opportunities for young women and college students living
in and/or attending accredited schools in southeastern Wisconsin including: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington,
Racine and Kenosha counties.
A brief overview of each of these scholarships is presented below with links to their respective applications.
Should you have any additional questions about these scholarships, please contact us at
[email protected]
Young Women in Public Affairs
$1,000 + $1,000 + $4,000
Aimed at pre-university or pre-college students (ages 16-19), this tri-level (club/district/international) scholarship competition was designed to encourage
more young women to participate in Public Affairs and Political Life.
Applicants must show their active commitment to volunteerism, and provide evidence of their volunteer
leadership achievements, as well as their dedication to advancing the status of women worldwide.
The Zonta Club of Milwaukee awards a $1,000 scholarship and forwards the winner’s application to Zonta District 6 for consideration in terms of an additional $1,000 scholarship award.
The district winner’s application is then sent on to Zonta International for consideration in terms of one of the ten $4,000 international scholarship awards.
Complete applications are due on or before March 15, 2015.
JMK Women in Business
$1,000 + $1,000 + $7,000
Women studying business at the undergraduate or master’s level at an accredited college or university, who show outstanding potential in their chosen field of
business, are eligible to compete in this tri-level (club/district/international) Jane M.
Klausman Women in Business Scholarship competition.
Zonta Club of Milwaukee applicants must either be a Southeast Wisconsin Resident enrolled in any local or out-of-state accredited college or university, or be
an Out-of-State Student attending an accredited college or university in the six-county greater Milwaukee metro area.
In addition, applicants must have achieved or surpassed “junior” status by June 15, 2015 to be eligible
The Zonta Club of Milwaukee awards a $1,000 scholarship and forwards the winner’s application to Zonta District 6 for consideration in terms of an additional $1,000 scholarship award.
The district winner’s application is then sent to Zonta International for consideration in terms of one of the twelve $7,000 international scholarship awards.
Complete applications are due on or before June 15, 2015.
Women in Science/Technology/Engineering/Math
Women majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) who show outstanding potential in their chosen field are eligible to apply for this
$1,000 scholarship offered by the Zonta Club of Milwaukee.
Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and demonstrate intent to complete their chosen program.
Applicants must either be a Southeast Wisconsin Resident enrolled in any local or out-of-state accredited college or university, or be an Out-of-State Student
attending an accredited college or university in the six-county greater Milwaukee metro area.
In addition, applicants must have achieved or surpassed “junior” status by June 15, 2015 to be eligible.
Complete applications are due on or before June 15, 2015.