Zonta & Vera Bradley
Donation to Guardian House
Picture: Left to right: Cheryl Hage Perez, Executive Director of Guardian House, Tina Tuomela, Manager of the Vera Bradley Outlet store, Joy Brook Bundrick, Assistant Manager at Vera Bradley, Lorraine Abess, Vice President of the Zonta Club of Glens Falls, and Michelle Straight of the Veterans Housing Coalition.
At a recent club dinner meeting, the Zonta Club of Glens Falls presented the Guardian House of Ballston Spa with a significant donation organized by the Vera Bradley Outlet, Lake George and the Club.
The Guardian House is part of the Veterans & Community Housing Coalition serving numerous upstate counties including Warren, Washington and Saratoga . The Guardian House is a refuge for homeless female veterans who are struggling with reentry into our society. It is the only such facility in upstate NY, and currently has a fundraising effort to build a house for women veterans with children.
Vera Bradley, in conjunction with Zonta’s representative Lorraine Abess, ran a buy one/donate one promotion on blankets and presented a carful of Vera Bradley blankets and products to the Guardian House representatives at the dinner.
Celebrating 45 Years - Joan Grishkot
Joan Grishkot was recognized by Zonta International for 45 years of service to Zonta. President Frances Bowen and Vice President Lorraine Abess present Joan with the Certificate.
Donna Dolly presented with Zontian of the Year Award
The Zonta Club of Glens Falls presented Donna Dolly with the Zontian of the Year Award. The Past Presidents select a Club member who has exemplified the ideals of Zonta through service and advocacy for the advancement of women.
Donna has chaired the Service Committee for a number of years. This Committee provides in kind service to local charities through the donations of members, as well as monetary support.
Her artistry has an outlet through the baskets she creates for the Silent Auction at the Golf Tournament. This fundraiser is an essential component of Zonta’s fundraising efforts.
New Member Inducted
The Zonta Club of Glens Falls recently inducted Laura Conway to membership. The ceremony was conducted by Area Director Susan Senegal at the monthly meeting at The Bullpen, in Glens Falls. Laura is Assistant Vice President of marketing for Jaeger & Flynn, Vice President of the Warren County Cornell Extension and a member of the ARCC Women’s Business Council.
Joining Susan in congratulating Laura is District Governor, Irene Orton.
Tammy Dishong was inducted into the Club at the January Dinner Meeting. Tammy became interested in Zonta as a vender at the Country Fair. She works for the State in Albany and creates wonderful jewelry. Welcome Tammy
Her sponsor is Jennifer Frigolette.
Zonta Local Service Committee
Our Local Service Committee presents grants to several projects who align with the mission of Zonta to improve the status of women: Rachel Gartner with the Catholic Charities Organization, Leigha of Guardian House. Members of the Local Service Committee include Chair: Donna Dolly and committee members Dawn Judkins, Cherie Coe, Cindy Fitzgerald, Peg Hurlburt, and Betty Gancher.
Each month, the members of the Zonta Club of Glens Falls do an in-kind donation. In October, members brought donations for Victory's Closet, including kitchen items, small appliances, bath towels, sheets, personal hygiene items, and baby items. Victory's Closet is run by Catholic Charities with help from Soroptomist volunteers and assists local domestic violence survivors with starting over. In November, about sixteen bags full of these items were dropped off to Victory's Closet by members of the local service committee, who got to take a tour! We are proud to support this important resource in our community.
Last Updated: 4/2/2020