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Monday, January 24, 2011


Last Thursday I had the great honor of speaking at the Everett Golf and Country Club to the local Zonta chapter.  Each year their club celebrates Amelia Aerhart by inviting a woman flyer to speak at their January luncheon. This year--- it was me! Such an honor. And yes--- Amelia was a Zontian!

Amelia Aerhart

Judith Strand, the Program  Chair for the Zonta Club of Everett, opened the door to an amazing organization that I never knew existed. They were a delightful group and made my first speaking engagement such a pleasure.

As these women introduced themselves they said, "Hello, my name is.... and, "I am...." I am a doctor. I am a writer. I am a CPA. I am! Their strength, wisdom, and intelligence filled the room.

Then it occurred to me that because of these women, and the 31,000 other Zontians worldwide, that there are women in the world today who can say, "I am!"


Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 31,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 65 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta's mission and objectives.


  • To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
  • To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions.
  • To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.
Zonta International, its districts and its clubs are nonsectarian and nonpartisan.

"About Zonta International" and "Objectives" were cut from their website, and pasted to this post. To learn more about Zonta, please click  Here

I'm excited to say that my new friend, Jean Ann French, invited me to join the new Kirkland chapter. Yes, I am going to be a Zontian!  Thank you all for a fantastic experience, I'm looking forward to many more! Life is all about giving back, and you're living strong. 31,000 strong!

But first I have to perform RTGS - Recurrent Training Ground School today.

Announcement: This weekend I finished the final revision of my novel, Flight For Control. My grandson slept and I stayed up all night, but it's done! Tomorrow I can start on my series.

Have a wonderful day!

~Enjoy the Journey


  1. Many congratulations on becoming a Zontian and on being asked to speak at the annual luncheon! Fantastic. I'm going to look into Zonta--thank you for the link.

  2. That sounds like so much fun! They sound like a fantastic organization. I am can be such a powerful statement! Good for you for joining them, and for finishing your novel! Whoo hoo! Here's hoping RTGS goes smooth and easy.

  3. Congrats on finishing the novel! It's such a strange feeling to finish something that you've worked on for so long. Now you can start editing.

  4. Thanks for the comment Linda! I'm thinking you should join. You'd love it. We could do meetings together.

  5. Thanks Heather! I'm pretty excited. And I just finished RTGS... 4.5 hours faster than anticipated! Yeah.

  6. Hey Horsie, Thank you so much for the comment. It is a strange feeling... but feels good. And, finished means I've done numerous revisions and edits. It's done! Okay, what does done mean? Yes, there will be a typos. But, I cannot see them. I'm having my hubby and a friend read and point them out. Fresh eyes make all the difference!

  7. It was a delight to meet you at the Zonta Club of Everett event. I am sorry I did not take more photos of the afternoon, but we did post you on the home page of our web site We were the ones honored to have you speak and congratulations on joining Zonta. Fondly, Helen Kendall

  8. Thank you so much Helen! I too wish I had pictures.

  9. I posted a comment a couple of days ago, but I don't think I know how to use this medium or I don't select a correct profile. Tell me what I'm doing wrong. I'm sure that I said I am THRILLED that you are joinging the E-King-Co. Zonta Club. I threw up a temporary website last night at
    Jean Ann French, Pres. Zonta EKC

  10. Jean Ann, you've jumped into the new technology of blogging! Way to go. Everyone... meet Jean Ann, my Zonta leader.


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