NEXT MEETING: 2nd Monday in January 2014.
Shoppers made an Impact!
- Specialty items made in Malawi and Uganda to benefit local nonprofits
- Crafts made by and for refugees resettled in Pioneer and Quaboag Valleys
- Imported Italian Olive Oil
- Handmade Pottery, Jewelry, Knitted Wraps/Shawls, Scarves, Birdhouses
- Theorem Paintings, Photography, Stained Glass and Original Works by Local Artists
- Local Honey and honey-infused products
- Locally Crafted High End T Shirts
- Poinsettias & Other Holiday items
Ludlow Country Club 1 Tony Lema Drive, Ludlow, MA
Hearty Appetizers and Desserts, Coffee, Tea and Cash Bar
Entertainment by Deborah Deschamps
Cost $15 / Person
Toys and books were collected at the event to benefit children spending the holidays in shelters
November 25 Zonta Says NO!
What is the significance of November 25th? That date has been declared by the UN to be the International Day for the Elimination of VAW and in addition, kicks off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which end on 12/10/13.
The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
- Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
- Strengthening local work around violence against women
- Establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
- Providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
- Demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
- Creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley Meeting Dates at the Ludlow Country Club, Ludlow, MA ~~ 5:30 Social 6:00 Dinner. Guests are welcome! RSVP by the Wednesday before the meeting with an email to
November 11 CLICK HERE for more Founders Day Pictures
Yoko Kato, DV Activist and Motivational Speaker,
Named Founder’s Day Recipient for 2013
Western MA ~ Yoko Kato of South Hadley has been chosen by the Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley to receive its 2013 Founders Day award. She will be honored with a reception and dinner on Monday, November 11, 2013 starting 5:30 pm at Ludlow Country Club, 1 Tony Lema Drive, Ludlow, MA.
On Jan. 11, 1993, Sherry Morton and her 18-month-old son Cedric were stabbed to death by Sean Seabrooks, Cedric’s father. The day is still seared into the soul of Morton’s mother, Yoko Kato. Kato turned her tragedy into a benefit for the public through her tireless work fighting domestic violence. She, along with former Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel and Assistant District Attorney Susan Loehn, even visited Japan to speak out about domestic violence against women there.
Ms. Kato currently serves on a number of Boards, including Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Center, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, and Safe Passage Women’s Shelter. As a domestic violence advocate, she participates in antiviolence projects and has lectured to groups of all sizes on how to help identify potential victims and explain how violence affects families. Ms. Kato has been profiled in books and magazine articles, and has been honored many times both here and in Japan for her work. And she will be honored again on November 11th as the Founder's Day recipient of the Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley.
The public is invited to join us in honoring Yoko Kato. RSVP by October 31, 2013 please. Either send a check ($20/pp) with names of all attendees to Ann Cormier, 146 Jim Ash Road, Palmer, MA 01069 or email Ann at
with names of all attendees and pay $20/pp at the door.
The Founders Day award is given annually to a woman in the greater Quaboag area who exemplifies the ideals of Zonta International, a global organization of professionals working together to advance the status of women and girls worldwide through service and advocacy. Past recipients of the Founder’s Day award include The Honorable State Representative Anne Gobi, Bonny Rathbone, Nancy Fletcher, Gertrude (Trudy) Canterbury, Kathleen Conley Norbut, Janice Marciniec, Mary Ann Rigali, Tess Pelissier and Janice Kucesicz.
It is especially fitting that Yoko Kato is the honoree this year, as the club participates in an initiative called "Zonta Says NO". “We can't and mustn't ignore the fact: violence against women and girls is still pervasive in all kinds of countries and societies. It’s in our back yard. Zonta International has been committed to its prevention and eradication for many years. In 2013, as the UN's Commission on the Status of Women focuses on fighting violence against women, we support the initiative with "Zonta Says NO", a worldwide campaign saying no to violence against women. Do not look away. Join us!" - ZI President Lynn McKenzie.
The Zonta of Quaboag Valley is part of Zonta International. Local projects of the club include raising awareness on issues of domestic violence, homeless women veterans, trafficking of women and children, and suicide prevention in Western MA. Members include residents of Palmer, Ware, Wilbraham, Hampden, Ludlow, Chicopee, Springfield, Westhampton, Amherst, Belchertown, Westfield and Sturbridge. For additional information visit the club’s website at zontaqv.org or email: