Message from the President...

Ladies of the Zonta Club of Franklin Area,


We now have our new website up & running, THANKS to the dedication of our Treasurer, CONNIE GRUBERMANN. How cool is this? There is a lot of local information and the site is user-friendly. We can now add "Webmaster" to the list of Connie's duties.


The year 2010 began with a January program in recognition of the Amelia Earhart

International Scholarship. The donated books, "You Can't Do That, Amelia!" by Kimberly Klier was a big success with the public & school libraries.


Thanks to all for your participation in the recognition of International Women's Day and Zonta Yellow Rose Day on March 8th.


On April 24th we look forward to the Area 2 Meeting hosted by the Zonta Club of Charleston in South Carolina. We encourage all to attend. This is a great opportunity to network and make new Zonta Friends.


Coming in May, we will induct several new members and club officers. AND, that means the annual ART & CHOCLATE charity event is soon approaching. This year's event is scheduled for August 7th, 2010 at the Rabun Civic Center. Start soliciting now for those table sponsors, art & gift certificates and food donations. The proceeds will benefit KIDS Place for many needed services for the children and families of Macon County. Everyone should be assigned to a committee and attending the planning meetings.


We have the advantage of attending a Zonta International Convention held in the United States this year in June. The San Antonio Convention will gather Zontians from all over the world. Mark your calendar and lets all plan to attend.


Yours in Zonta Service,


Peggy Milton, President

Zonta Club of Franklin Area, NC

News Articles...

March 8 proclaimed Yellow Rose Day

Thursday, 04 March 2010, The Macon County News


Franklin Mayor Joe Collins signed a resolution this week (above) declaring Monday, March 8, 2010 as Yellow Rose Day in celebration of International Women's Day and in honor of the women and girls of the Town of Franklin and Macon County. The Franklin Area Zonta Club presented the resolution at Mondays regular town meeting.


Since the early 1900s, International Women's Day has been celebrated in the United States and around the world as a day when women are recognized for their contributions and achievements. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments and for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.


"In our own community," states the resolution, "women continue to serve in leadership roles and to makes significant contributions, economically, politically, socially and spiritually. The Town of Franklin wishes to recognize International Women's Day and the women and girls of our community, for their past, current and future contributions and accomplishments. To accomplish this goal, it is fitting to adopt the Yellow Rose as a symbol both of International Women's Day and of the contributions and accomplishments of women and girls in Macon County, North Carolina, now and in the future."


The resolution states that in other parts of the world, women do not have all the rights and opportunities that women have in the United States. On average, worldwide, women receive 30 to 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. In some countries, women are denied education and the right to work outside the home. Women also continue to be victims of violence. Rape and domestic violence continue to be significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.


Zonta International works globally and locally to help women overcome barriers to equal education, health care, legal rights, credit and employment through education, service and advocacy programs funded by Zonta International Foundation.

Yellow Rose Day March 8

Friday, 05 March 2010, The Franklin Press


Zonta Club of Franklin joins members worldwide in celebrating International Women's Day on Monday, March 8. Zonta works globally and locally to advance the status of women. The Town of Franklin declares that day to be Yellow Rose Day. This Resolution recognizes and supports many accomplishments and contributions of the women and girls of the Town of Franklin and Macon County to the community, now and in the future. Pictured are Zonta Club of Franklin members Linda Foster, past-president; Michaelle Runken, past-president; Mayor Joe Collins (seated), Peggy Milton, president; and Connie Grubermann, treasurer.

February 22, 2010




On March 8, 2010 we are looking forward to celebrating the 101st International Women's Day (IWD) in our local community and the world.


The first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1909 and became a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. In 1975, the United Nations sponsored International Women's Day and encouraged all to look back on past struggles and accomplishments of women, but more importantly to look ahead to untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women!


Amazingly, it has only been 90 years (1920) since women have received the right to vote in the United States. Many women in our global community still struggle today and are denied the right to vote or contribute in many ways to their own governments, their own education and their own health. On March 8, women and men of the world will stand in solidarity to express the desire for individual human rights, as well as the desire for peace and the end to violence.


I am also writing as a proud member of the Zonta Club of Franklin, NC. Our founder of this Club, Donna Taurel, was a very special woman who reminded us all of women's potential in both our local and global communities. Sadly, last year on March 8, (also IWD), Donna passed away. This letter is a memorial to Donna's life and encouragement to all women that we can do great things! Let us all celebrate the women in Macon County and our world this March 8, 2010.


Signed by


Linda Foster, Past President of Zonta Club of Franklin, NC

PO Box 54

Franklin, NC 28744


The Zonta Club of Franklin completed 29 clothing comfort kits as a local service project. The "Comfort Kits" are specifically for victims of rape who are treated at the Department of Emergency Services at Angel Medical Center. Franklin Detectives usually keep the victim's clothing for evidence after each patient is treated by the Emergency Department. Zonta learned of the hospital's need for the clothing kits, as the victims were given only paper pajamas to wear home. The Club collected new clothing and assembled the 29 kits, some for summer weather and some for winter. Each Kit has one pair of summer wear, or winter wear, a sports bra, panties, socks, a comb, toothbrush and toothpaste. On March 9th the Zonta Club assembled the final kits, labeled each kit as to size, summer or winter, and added the toothbrush and toothpaste so they were complete and ready for delivery. The following day, Arden Dismuke, project chairman delivered the completed kits to David White, RN, Director of Emergency Services. Zonta thanks Larry Barbles, DDS, for the toothbrush and toothpaste donation, and Judy Turner of Town Hill Clothing for the summer Capri's donation. When the need was identified within the community, Zonta acted promptly to meet that need. Zonta Club is all about women helping other women.

(Submitted by Arden Dismuke, Zonta Club of Franklin Member)