In keeping with this mission, local Zonta members have always been incredibly supportive of the girls and teens enrolled in the Circle Program. Zonta members Cheryl Dorfman and Micheline Roy recently visited the Circle office to donate funds their club raised on behalf of the Circle girls and teens. In addition, they brought us a collection of warm hiking socks for TAP, our high school leadership “Teen Adventure Program.” The teens in TAP are planning a week-long camping and hiking adventure trip into the White Mountains this coming summer, so the socks will be put to immediate good use.
The Circle Program has always shared a direct synchronicity of purpose with Zonta International. The Circle Program is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide girls from low income families with new opportunities to develop the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. Circle does this by offering girls a unique combination of adult and peer support delivered through residential summer camp and year round mentoring programs. Currently, over 90 girls and teens are participating and they come from 32 towns in central and northern New Hampshire including the Greater Concord, Plymouth and Laconia areas.
The Zonta Club of Southern Maine (including members from New Hampshire and Maine) are part of the 1,919 clubs worldwide that make up Zonta International. Zonta is a women’s organization (of over 30,000 members in 67 countries) with a mission to advance the status of women of all ages through service, advocacy, fellowship, and educational programs. According to the Zonta Club of Southern Maine, “The main objectives for Zonta are to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women. [The women of Zonta] believe that a better world can only be a reality when women have access to all resources, and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men, when every woman is able to achieve her full potential.”
Photo: Zonta members Cheryl Dorfman (left) and Micheline Roy (right) deliver a check to Circle Program Executive Director Kathleen Kearns (center).