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Lockport Union Sun & Journal Press Release
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Release published August 23, 2021

Zonta's Phantom Ball aids Save the Michaels

The Zonta Club of Lockport New York, Inc. recently presented

Save the Michaels of the World, Inc., with the funds collected from

Zonta’s 2021 Phantom Ball.

The money will be used at Save the Michaels’ House of Hope

Niagara Recovery Center in Lockport, where support services

and recreational activities are offered to recovering addicts and their families.

Zonta president Carol Spedding said the club is

“grateful for the support the community provides in its mission of

empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.”

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Lorraine Sparks, left, Zonta Club search committee chair,

Julie and Avi Israel, the founders of Save the Michaels of the World,

and Carol Spedding, Zonta Club president.

Lockport Union Sun & Journal Press Release
Release published July 2021

Zonta Club of Lockport Holds

Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Five area graduating High School Seniors were recognized

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021, by the Zonta Club of Lockport for their

extraordinary academic achievement, and notable contributions

to their communities.  The steadfast University bound Seniors and

their proud parents were honored guests at the annual event held

at the Lockport Town and Country Club.

Each year the Zonta Club of Lockport hosts community supported

fundraising events in order to facilitate scholarship awards. 

A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed. 


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Esteemed Students row one: Gabrielle Colton, Anna Meyers, Faith Lunn, and Megan Wawrzynski; missing Emma Fitch

Zontians row 2: AC Rogers; Brenda Ulrich; Beverly Federspiel; Donna Kleinhans

Lockport Union Sun & Journal Press Release
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Release published March 6, 2021

Zonta Club honoring 6 women on Yellow Rose Day

Monday, March 8th, is International Women's Day, an occasion

marked by women’s groups around the world. The day is also

commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many

countries as a national holiday. It's a day when women on all continents,

often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic,

cultural, economic and political differences, join together

in celebration of women.

Zontians have joined efforts and taken action to achieve

gender equality and provide opportunities for women and girls

for the past 100 years, and in conjunction with International Women's Day,

Zonta Club of Lockport celebrates the achievements of

individual women by observing Yellow Rose Day.

Every year on March 8, the club bestows yellow roses on select

local women to recognize their commitment to service and leadership.

This year's recipients are Carolyn Moore, Krista Isherwood, Tracy Tomaino,

Cherie Larson, Jeannine Bower and Karen Rayhill.

Zontians have concentrated on the significant and debilitating

impacts that violence against women has on the women,

their families and community. The organization's Zonta Says No

to violence against women campaign mobilized the majority

of its members, who stood up and collectively

condemned all forms of violence against women.


Among its global initiatives, Zonta denounces violence

against women and girls, aims to close the gender gap

in education and pledges to end child marriage.

International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political and

social achievements of women. This year's theme is #ChooseToChallenge.

Zonta projects will meet the organization's objectives of inspiring change and improving the status of women and upholding justice and human rights.

To learn more, visit the Zonta International website or go to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. For more information about the Zonta Club of Lockport, call membership committee member Lisa Weinstein at 434-7862.

Lockport Union Sun & Journal Press Release

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Release published November 25, 2020

Zonta says 'no' to violence against women

Today through Dec. 10, members of the Zonta Club of Lockport are

participating in daily activities to support Zonta International’s

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign.

Globally, one in three women experience physical or sexual violence,

mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls

is one of the most pervasive human rights violations.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, evidence has shown escalation

of all types of gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence. 

Reports UN Women, “This is the Shadow Pandemic growing

amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it.”

As COVID-19 cases continue to burden health services,

essential services including domestic violence shelters and

helplines have reached capacity. More needs to be done to

prioritize addressing violence against women in COVID-19

response and recovery efforts, Zonta says.

In Niagara County, arrests stemming from violence against women

totaled 1,740 in the first six months of 2020. That is 24 more cases

than in the same time frame last year.


The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is the county’s sole provider

of rape crisis response and counseling, advocacy and crisis housing;

its 24/7 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline

provides phone counseling, support, and referrals for

emergency shelter or housing.


The hotline number is (716) 433-6716.

Protection from violence is an inherent human right, Zonta International says.


To learn more about the local campaign to protect women from violence, visit

For more information about Zonta International and opportunities

to join the global organization of executives and professionals

working to advance the status of women worldwide, visit

Lorraine Sparks (left) and Charlene Bower (right), members of the Zonta Club of Lockport, do their part to raise awareness of Zonta International's "Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women" campaign.

Through December 10, members of the Lockport chapter are participating in daily activities in support of the campaign, from posting signs and social media messages to saying prayers and obtaining official proclamations.

Lockport Union Sun & Journal Article
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Article released August 22, 2020
Written by John D'Onofrio

Honest and trustworthy, 100 times over: Lockport Zonta Club marking a century of service to the community

Lockport Zonta Club is marking a century of local service

You can't miss the Lockport Zonta Club.

They're in those beautiful flowers you drive by every day, glancing at and probably admiring.

They're in the food and gifts handed out over the last holiday season to those less fortunate than ourselves.

They're in the medical equipment you need at Eastern Niagara Hospital.

They're in that house built by Habitat For Humanity.

They're in that kitchen that taught you how to cook.

They're in those who've gone to college through the aid of a scholarship.

And most especially, they're in those beautiful women who make the club possible and viable in the community.

The Lockport chapter of Zonta — a Sioux Indian word that means “honest and trustworthy” — was recently recognized as one of the 10 oldest Zonta clubs in the world.

On Nov. 5, the all-women club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as a chapter virtually. 










​Zonta Club president Carol Spedding said the Lockport chapter currently has 26 members. They meet on the second Tuesday of each month, normally at Lockport Town & Country Club, but since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they've been meeting at Day Road Park.

Zonta International was founded in 1919, at the height of the woman's suffrage movement. The club's goal was to foster education and advocate for women.

“We've raised funds for Youth Mentoring Services, the Salvation Army, Dale Association, YWCA — you name it,” Spedding says of the Lockport chapter.

“We raise money and donate funds towards charities and scholarships and we maintain the gardens at Locust and Washburn streets as well. I joined because I felt I wanted to give back to the community, so I got involved.”

According to past president Charlene Bower, Lockport Zonta Club was the first organization to adopt a city park.

“We adopted Ida Fritz's garden at Locust and Washburn and now there's 29 gardens over the last 25 years all across the city that began with Zonta in 1995,” Bower said. 

“I'm glad I joined the club (in 1987). We've done so much good in this community and I've met so many wonderful people. This club has done a lot of good for Lockport and for the world.”

Other endeavors that Zonta has assisted include new mammography equipment for Eastern Niagara Hospital, a new training kitchen for the Dale Association, literacy programs at Lockport Public Library, and construction of a Habitat for Humanity house on Corinthia Street.

One of the more interesting aspects of the Lockport club over the years was its annual Fashion Show fundraiser, co-sponsored by Flora Hatch. Club historian Jane Wendel said modeling wasn't always the easiest volunteer work.

“Fashion shows were it,” Wendel recalls. “They'd throw all these clothes on you and say things like, ‘Jane, your arms are too short.’ We were out at the Best Western and they put us in this dressing room at one end of the hallway. We had to kick off our shoes and run down to the other end just to be on time. It was grueling.”








​​​A major focus of the Lockport club is funding academic scholarships for women. These include a one-year scholarship for Liberal Arts study, two two-year scholarships for attendance to Niagara County Community College, a one-year scholarship for a Niagara County student who has been an active participant in the 4-H program and a two-year scholarship for a mature woman returning to college study.

The Lockport Zonta Club was established with 33 active members on Nov. 5, 1920.

Its first president, Iva Holdridge Bridge, was a charter member. Others were Araminta Adams, Emmeline Armer, Frances Barrows, Clara Bartram, Margaret Beckwith, Emma Boye, Elizabeth Carey, Olive Carter, Gertrude Culver, Janet Drake, Mabel Donner, Anna Ehrenberg, Belva Flagler Elliott, Alice Haines, Edith Harbaugh, Laura Harwood, Lucy Humphrey, Dr. Mary Hurlburt, Mabel Lanckton, Bernice Merritt, Zelma Monroe, Grace Moody, Annie Robertson, Eloise Watters Scheid, Agnes King Stoney, Eleanore Taylor, Mary Dora Taylor, Maude Burt Tully, Maude Van Horn, Chrissie Ward and Margaret Williams.

Zonta International was founded just a year earlier in Buffalo. Lockport's was the 11th Zonta Club established and, today, is the seventh "oldest" chapter still in existence. There are 1,200 chapters today in 63 countries. 

The current club vice president is Donna Kleinhans, its secretary is Kelli Rae Alaimo and the treasurer is Mary Ann Bernard. Directors are Dianne Cross, Sue Mawhiney, Gretchen Powers, Adriana Rogers and Brenda Ulrich.​

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Past Presidents of Lockport Zonta Club got together for a photo downtown recently as the club prepares to mark its 100th anniversary in the fall. 

From left are Sue Mawhiney, Dianne Crosse, current President Carol Spedding,

Jane Wendel and Charlene Bower.

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Dressed to the hilt in this photo from a few decades ago, four woman who took part in the annual Lockport Zonta Club Fashion Show fall fundraiser. 

From left are Esther Prudden, Jane Wendel, Joan Couples Starke and Barbara Alexis.