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ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Club recognizes 12 women
April 13, 2018

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The Zonta Club of the Adirondacks's First Annual R.O.S.E. Award Ceremony in honor of International Women's Day was held on March 8 at Heaven Hill Farm.

March 8 is International Women's Day, which was first celebrated in the early 1900s and is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide. It is also Zonta Yellow Rose Day. In the days of the suffragist movement, supporters of women's voting rights wore a yellow rose on their lapel, while those who were opposed this right wore a red rose.

On March 8, Zontians worldwide are encouraged to distribute yellow roses as they reflect upon the achievements of women everywhere.

R.O.S.E. stands for Recognition of Service and Excellence, and the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks was thrilled to recognize 12 wonderful women. The local women lauded at this year's R.O.S.E. event represent the best in all of us - in areas from advocacy and youth empowerment to health care and the arts, and beyond. Each one of them is an example of the positive influence one woman can have on a community and was nominated by a member of the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, which is thrilled to recognize them for their dedication, professionalism, courage and kindness.

Awardees were presented with yellow roses and a certificate of recognition at a coffee hour at Heaven Hill Farm, as a small outward sign of admiration and appreciation for their many efforts as a valued community member in the High Peaks region.

The awardees are listed alphabetically below: Wendy Beeman of Jay; Ruth Hart of Lake Placid; Linda Hudson of Keene Valley; Georgia Jones of Lake Placid; Kaysie Kyler of Saranac Lake; Johnna MacDougall of Saranac Lake; Patti McConvey of Wilmington; Kristin Makrin of Saranac Lake; Amy Pasco of Bloomingdale; Vanessa Pillen of Saranac Lake; Mary Rooks of Saranac Lake; and Linda Shaw Young of Lake Placid.

In addition to honoring these 12 wonderful women, the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks was also pleased to announce a substantial charitable donation in honor of women everywhere with its first international gift of $2,000 to the Zonta International Foundation. This donation will go to support the international work that Zonta does with its partners like UNICEF and UN Women. The projects it will support in this cycle include ending child marriage in Niger, ending human trafficking in Nepal, and treating obstetric fistula, a socially and physically debilitating child birth injury in Liberia.

It was so heart-warming to look spend a morning with a dozen wonderful women who give love and support to others in this Adirondack community. In the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Congratulations to our first dozen R.O.S.E. winners!

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