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April 18, 2022 - 11:08pm
posted by Press Release in Batavia Zonta Club, news.


Press release:

The Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee County is partnering with the Episcopal churches of Genesee County to assist evacuees relocating to Western New York.  The churches are collecting donations to fill “welcome boxes” which outfit rooms in new housing.  The Zonta Club has committed $3,000 in service funds to support this effort.  Donations will be given to Journey’s End Resettlement project in Buffalo for distribution.  Zonta President, Patti Pacino, noted that, “We really felt the need to help the women and their families in whatever way we could as they try to rebuild their lives.  A couple of our members were familiar with what the Episcopal churches were doing and it made sense to join with them in providing assistance.”

Zonta International is a global service organization which ranks as the largest NGO supporter of UN Women programs.  With clubs in over 65 countries, Zonta works to advance the status of women and girls through education and advocacy.  Zonta International was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, NY; the local club was chartered in 1958.

For those interested in donating to this effort go to https://episcopalpartnership.org/afghan-refugee-resettlement-efforts-expand-congregations-can-prepare-welcome-boxes/ and click on “inventory for welcome boxes.”  Please call 585-343-6802 to schedule drop-off time at St. James, Batavia.

Submitted Photo: The Ven. Deacon Diana Leiker, Amy Swanson, Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee County, Jo-Ann Bestine, St. James Episcopal Church, Batavia.

January 16, 2017 - 12:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Zonta Club, Americorps, batavia, news.


In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, groups all over are engaging in MLK Day of Service activities, and in Batavia, Americorps and Zonta Club of Batavia came together in the Senior Center this morning to work on a couple of charitable projects.

Volunteers created birthing kits to be shipped to women in Africa and they created book bundles to give to needy children.




October 22, 2015 - 2:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Zonta Club, batavia, domestic violence.


Dozens of members of Zonta Club of Genesee County gathered at the Dibble Family Center on Wednesday to stuff care packages with food and household items to give to victims of domestic violence.

Pictured are members of the committee, Ann Marie Brade, Mary Barnard, Beth Kemp, Heather Parker, Rhiannon Hawley, Patti Pacino, Kristen Elkins, and Karen Crittenden.

June 15, 2011 - 11:03pm
posted by Suzanna Friedman in batavia, education, Batavia Zonta Club.

This evening, 10 young women who are about to graduate from high school were awarded scholarships totaling well over $5,000 from the Batavia Zonta Club.  

Kasey Edgerton, from Oakfield-Alabama High School, who was described as “a scholar, an actor, a feminist…a volunteer,” was awarded the Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship.

Kasey will study English and Japanese at SUNY Albany with plans to become a teacher of English as a Second Language.

The Winnie Legg Business Award was given to Amy Schmidt, who will begin her studies in International Business at Elmira College after graduating from Batavia High School. As she wrote in her application, Amy enjoys traveling abroad as well as interacting with people of different cultures and hopes to incorporate these interests in her career.

Aimee Hurlbut, also a student at Batavia High, was awarded the Muriel Pies Art Scholarship. 

Aimee plans to study in a 2+2 program through Genesee Community College and Roberts Wesleyan College, where she will major in Business Administration and Graphic Design. A recommendation letter from her coach explained that, “(s)he feels that she must not only take time to improve her own life but also to improve the lives of others.” 

The Sis Babbage Scholarship for music was awarded to Maryssa Peirick from Batavia High School, who will study Vocal Performance at SUNY Fredonia in the fall. Maryssa aspires to sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera. 

She wrote, “I know that perseverance and dedication are what will make me successful.”

Justine Saraceni of Notre Dame High School was given the Education Scholarship. 

Justine will study Childhood and Special Education at St. John Fisher College. She was described as being very active in the community, including extensive volunteer work. She was quoted as having written in her application, “I need to be willing to fight through any obstacle that comes my way.” 

A Batavia High School Student, Nicole Guilds, was presented with a Math & Science Scholarship. She will study Nursing at Genesee Community College, with plans to transfer to D’Youville College.

Nicole aspires to work in the oncology ward of a hospital like Women’s and Children Hospital in Buffalo. She wrote that she “will be able to educate less fortunate women.”

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