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Decade by Decade

The History of the Zonta Club

of Frederick, Maryland

 
The Zonta Club of Frederick, Maryland was organized and chartered by the Zonta Club of Washington in 1930
District 3   Area 3   Zonta International

The 1930’s

The Zonta Club of Frederick was organized and chartered in 1930 under the aegis of the Washington, D.C. club.  The 15 charter members included two educators, a physician, a public health nurse, two musicians, several business owners, and, of course, artist Helen Smith, who remained an active member until her death in 1997 at the age of 103.  Within a year the club membership had climbed to 24. The club met for dinner weekly at the Barbara Fritchie Tea Room in downtown Frederick.  Since the club had been publicized as a service organization, it was immediately asked to contribute to the Frederick County Emergency Relief Fund.  In response, each member agreed to donate one day's pay a month for three months.  The first major project undertaken by the fledgling group was a prenatal clinic for indigent women of all races, which operated out of the Federated Charities Building.  Dr. Ethel Brandfield, a member of the club, conducted the monthly clinic free of charge.  She was assisted by another member, public health nurse Florence Garner.  In addition to medical screening, Zonta provided gowns and supplies for the patients and layettes for the babies.  The clinic continued for 11 years until it was transferred to the Frederick County Health Department.  Over those years, 1200 visits were recorded, with 438 patients treated. In 1935, Helen Smith was honored by Zonta International with a bronze plaque for providing the winning design for the cover of the magazine "The Zontian".  In 1938, the club instituted an annual Donations Day to benefit what was then called the Frederick County Emergency Hospital.  Huge quantities of canned and fresh food were gathered in order to stock the pantry.  In addition, money was collected from other philanthropic organizations in order to purchase equipment and make repairs.  Such coveted items as an electric ironer, heater and floor polisher, as well as a dumbwaiter, a piano and paint for the ground floor were donated to improve the lives of hospitalized patients and their caretakers.  In 1938 Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund, in honor of the famous aviatrix.  The Fellowships were to assist graduate women to continue their education in the field of Aeronautics.  Once Zonta International adopted this fund as a continuing project, all clubs were asked to contribute, thus establishing a precedent for the many international projects that were to follow.    

The 1940’s

 With the advent of the Second World War, Frederick County Zontians geared up for the conflict abroad, supporting the war effort by participation in the American Women's Voluntary Service (AWVS) and the American Red Cross.  From 1943-1946 Zonta Club members sold $22,991.65 in war savings stamps and bonds.  The club also wrote letters to the families and friends of Frederick boys killed in action overseas, and sponsored one day of the Red Cross Mobile Blood Donor Unit. In 1946 the club adopted an 11 year old Dutch girl named Loekie Deikman at a cost of $180.00 a year.  Gifts were sent and letters exchanged until she finished school and became a teacher in Amsterdam. In 1947, the club began to sponsor a playground Arts and Crafts show under the aegis of the Frederick County Recreation Commission, thus beginning an association that continued through today as "Art in the Park."Then, as now, Zonta financed the prizes and acted as judges.  In 1948, the club sponsored a series of radio broadcasts on careers for women.  In addition, teas for High School juniors and seniors were held, providing the students with an opportunity to talk with business and professional women.  Also in 1948, the club made its first pledge of $500.00 to the Frederick Memorial Hospital Building Fund.  There would be more in the years to come! The decade closed with the 28th Zonta International convention in Quebec, Canada, where the theme was Community Leadership in a World Crisis.  The two Frederick delegates apparently left the convention with a renewed commitment to the importance of fostering world peace.  The Zonta Club News of April, 1950 reported on the convention and offered this challenge: "The world and all can be forever blest, If men will learn to value what is best, And learn to strive not for themselves alone But each for all, and all for everyone."

The 1950’s

 Nineteen fifty marked the collaboration of the Frederick Zonta Club and the Business and Professional Women's Club of Frederick, who joined forces to fund a full tuition scholarship at Hood College.  Shin Hyung Kim, from Seoul, Korea, was selected as the recipient, one of the first international students to attend Hood College.  Shin was the protegee of Mrs. Ethel Underwood, an American missionary in Korea who was accidentally killed, and whose daughter attended Hood.  In appreciation for the club's kindness, Shin's mother sent a black lacquered jewelry chest to each of the clubs'presidents. In 1952, Mary Condon Hodgson, a Frederick Zontian whose name graces art spaces at both Hood and Frederick Community College, was named "First Lady of the Year", an award given for outstanding civic, religious and community service.  She was the first woman in Frederick to be so honored.  In the mid-fifties, under the direction of Mrs. Hodgson, the Frederick Zonta Club began assisting the Esther Grinage Kindergarten for Colored Children, holding Christmas parties and providing books, blackboards and playground equipment. The project continued until Kindergartens were incorporated into the curriculum of the local school system.      

The 1960’s

 In the early 1960s, Zonta helped with the remodeling efforts of the Montevue Home, by furnishing a room.  It was then that Zonta began the practice of befriending a resident and remembering her with gifts on her birthday and other special occasions.  This practice continues today through the efforts of Doris Beachley.   In 1962, Zonta once again utilized the services of the Foster Parents Plan to adopt a Greek child, 10 year old Thelmelena Gati.  We continued her support until 1969, when she married.  Our last foster child was another Greek girl, Dmitra Panagoyannopou, age 11, whom we adopted in 1969 and supported through the mid-1970s.  Nineteen sixty two was also the year that the Ramallah Training Center for Women in Jordan was established by the United Nations Relief Agency.  This center was chosen by Zonta International as an ongoing project, to which our club contributed substantially.  In addition, Frederick Zonta club pledged a second gift - this time $1,200 - to the Frederick Memorial Building Fund where Bess Schroeder, Frederick's first Zonta President, served as Chairman of the lady Board of Managers.  One of the most significant years during this decade was 1969, the year that Elizabeth Remsberg became a member.  Elizabeth is currently our oldest active member, and active is the appropriate word.  Elizabeth's contributions of leadership, fundraising and international networking are legendary.  As the hostess of our annual July picnic, Elizabeth always invited most of Middletown - all of them dear friends - to put our fundraiser over the top. As a tireless traveler, Elizabeth visited six continents and most of the countries of the world, making friends and establishing connections with clubs in Finland, Norway, New Zealand, Argentina, Kenya and Chile, to name a few.  But Elizabeth didn't just establish those connections; she maintained them through faithful correspondence.  Thanks to Elizabeth, our small club in Frederick became known around the globe!
  In October of 1990, the Ruth Oltman House for transitional housing of abused women and children was opened.  The house was named for Zontian Ruth Oltman, who was one of the founders of Heartly House, the women's shelter.   The Frederick club was proud to provide $1000 to furnish a guest room, and plant welcoming flowers on the grounds.   Also in 1990, Zonta International established the Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship.  Competition would begin with the local clubs and progress through the District and International levels.  Later in the decade, another scholarship with similar competitive levels was established for business majors.  Our club has awarded one scholarship annually for each of these competitions, but our first Jane Klausman Women in Business scholarship was special, since it went to Gretchen Duthoy, daughter of member Laura Duthoy.   In 1992, Donna Lane was elected District Governor, after which she was elected and then re-elected International Treasurer for two succeeding biennia.  She became the International Foundation President in 1997 - the same year that member Dorine Kenney was named International Parliamentarian.         

The 2000’s

  The decade and the millennium began with a festive 70th birthday celebration which included many visitors and dignitaries.  By 2001 congratulations were once again due Donna Lane, who was elected to a two-year term as president of Zonta International Foundation.  More congratulations went to Zontian Nancy Bodmer, president of the New Carrolton Manor Land Trust, who published her fourth book about historic Buckeystown.   In 2002 we celebrated International Women's Day and Zonta Rose Day by presenting the women of Heartly House with four dozen yellow roses.  This gesture, in conjunction with similar Zonta activities the world over, was designed to raise awareness of the need to eliminate violence against women.  Another event in support of women occurred in 2003 with the opening of the Women's Center at Frederick Community College.  Thanks to the efforts of Anne Lynn Gross and other supporters, a Breast Canter Research Room will be housed within the Center.  Also in 2003 we were pleased to l earn that our Jane Klausman winner, Heidi Duthoy, went on to win the District award as well.  Imagine our delight when our 2004 winner, Teresa Lamb, did the same! Another highlight of 2004 occurred at the opening ceremonies of the Zonta International Convention in New York City, held on July fourth.  Frederick Zontian Anne Lynn Gross sang an a capella rendition of the Star Spangled Banner - in English, of course - and then went on to sing the National Anthem of Sweden - in Swedish - in honor of International president Margit Webjorn.   The 2005 celebration of our 75th anniversary was a gala luncheon, with each table devoted to a decade of our past, and decorated with mementos of our club from that decade.  Some Zontians even dressed the part!  A succession of club members delivered brief highlights of their assigned decade.  Zonta International president Ellen Bittner addressed the group, which included former scholarship winners and Frederick’s first female Mayor, Jennifer Dougherty.   In August of that year we learned that our Young Woman in Public Affairs winner, Elizabeth Greene, had received the District 3 award as well, and in December we began the tradition of “adopting” needy nursing home, Heartly House or other social service recipients.  Gifts were purchased and brought for wrapping at our Christmas pot-luck dinner, hosted by Christmas decorator extraordinaire, Laura Duthoy.  In March of 2006, Zonta Rose Day was recognized by a donation of books to the women of the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, continuing the tradition of offering support to area women in difficult life situations.  May of that year brought a happier occasion with the celebration of Elizabeth Remsberg’s 100th birthday.  Elizabeth was presented with a framed certificate of recognition for her 37 years of service to Zonta, followed by a beautifully decorated birthday cake.  In July, Zontian Barbara Brittain was honored by Governor Robert Ehrlich, who cited her service to the Frederick County Department of Social Services, whose Board she chaired, as well as her contributions to the community as the Director of  Families Plus!  In 2007, the Frederick Zonta Club embarked on an effort to increase our outreach to girls.  We began preparation for an event which would pair high achieving high school or first year college students with accomplished professional women acting as mentors.  This effort culminated in 2008 in our first Women of Achievement Dinner.  Six Gold Award girl scouts were paired with women in executive positions in the girls’ areas of interest.  Commissioner Jan Gardner served as our guest speaker for the evening.  The event was repeated in 2009, with Frederick County Delegate Sue Hecht as our featured speaker.  A new tradition and a valuable addition to our efforts on behalf of women had been established.  Our 80th anniversary year got off to an auspicious beginning with the birth of the first baby born to an active Frederick Zontian.  Avery Jean-Anne Brown was born on February 28, 2010 to member Jacque Brown.  We were pleased to welcome a potential new member!  In May of 2010 the club held its 80th anniversary celebration.  The program featured a dinner in which Zontians shared a brief description of one or two current service activities with  prospective members.  The evening culminated in an audio/visual presentation of Zonta’s international service programs, and a rousing “Happy Birthday” rendered in song.  Members of the Frederick Zonta Club were happy to share our pride in reaching this historic anniversary, knowing that after 80 years of service, our commitment still endured.

The 1970’s

In 1970, the Zonta Club of Nairobi, Kenya was formed.  When famine struck in 1973, Elizabeth Remsburg visited the Nairobi club and presented their president with a check from the Frederick Zontians to help relieve the suffering and malnutrition among the women and children.   In 1975, our club decided to participate in the Downtown Frederick Safety and Beautification Project.  Zonta underwrote the cost of a lighted, planted traffic island at the site of the fountain on 7th and Market Streets.  The idea originated with Elizabeth Burket, who was an Alderman and Zontian at the time.  A plaque commemorating our gift can still be seen at the site. In the late 1970s, two of our members achieved special recognition.  Mary Storm was elected District 3 Governor for 1976-78, and Helen Smith created her beautiful illumination of the Zonta Code.  Her creation not only brought our club great distinction, but served as a fundraiser at events around the world.

The 1980’s

The 1980s began with our participation in the Zonta International Open House following the convention in Washington, D.C.  Six members of the Frederick club served as convention hosts and two members entertained foreign delegates in their homes.  In 1985 we again served as hosts - this time at the District Conference held at the Frederick Sheraton.  We were able to present each attendee with a print of Helen Smith's Clustered Spires painting.  These prints, along with the Zonta Code and Miss Helen's later rendering of Winchester Hall, have served as fundraisers for the past 20 years.   In addition to these activities, several events occurred in the 80s that had long -lasting effects.  In 1982, Elizabeth Remsburg presented Zonta International with a framed print of Helen Smith's illuminated Zonta Code.  The painting still hangs in Zonta International headquarters in Chicago.  In 1984, our club held its first fashion show/luncheon.  By the early 1990s this event had become our major fundraiser, especially after the introduction of a silent and vocal auction of donated items.  In 1985, Frederick Zontians joined with others to help plan the first Frederick Women's Fair, an annual event in which we continue to take part.  Also in 1985 Helen Smith undertook the restoration of the huge mural on canvas entitled "Scales of Justice" which she had painted in 1924.  To accomplish this task, the 91 year old "Miss Helen" had to work on the floor of the attic in City Hall.  Today it hangs proudly again in the refurbished building.   Lastly, in 1987, we established the Helen Smith Art Scholarship at Frederick Community College.  Christine Conko, who has become a local artist of note, was the first recipient of the $500 award.  In addition, it was during the 80s that our club one again made a commitment to help fund the Hospital Expansion and Modernization Fund.  We pledged $1000 to be paid over four years.  It must have helped, because they are still expanding and modernizing today!   In the 1980s, the Frederick Zonta Club was given special recognition on several occasions for activities on the District level.  But it was also a decade of personal recognition for Frederick Zontians as well.  Both Elizabeth Derr and Ann Mossberg were honored as Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women's Club in 1982 and 1983 respectively, and Donna Lane was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce.  Helen Smith was selected by the Frederick Jaycees as the Outstanding Senior Citizen of Frederick County in 1985, and Ruth Oltman was similarly honored in 1987, as well as receiving that year's Human Relations award.  In 1989, Helen Smith received honorary degrees from both Hood College and Mount St. Mary's College, in r ecognition of her long career in Frederick County.  To cap off the decade, Donna Lane, who had already served as District Treasurer, was elected District Lt. Governor for the 1990-92 biennium.      

The 1990’s

In 1998 an opening of the Collection of Art and papers by Helen Smith, was held at Hood College.  Later that year, 18 pieces of her art brought $4000 for the purpose of publishing a book illustrating her work.  In November of that year, the finished product, entitled "Frederick's Legacy:  the Art of Helen L. Smith" was offered for sale.   The 1990s brought some occasional surprising recognition as well.  In 1994 we were given five awards at the District Conference for outstanding contributions on the District level.  In 1995 Zonta Club of Frederick was honored by a special stamp cancellation recognizing our 65 years in Frederick.  In 1999 we received a monetary gift from a woman who had been a scholarship recipient in 1971!  Since the original grant had helped her to attend graduate school, we used her gift to provide a one-time scholarship of $500 to a woman pursuing a graduate degree at Hood.  Sometimes a modest gift has a way of bringing unexpected results!

The 1990’s continued

Nineteen ninety-four was a very special year for Helen Smith and for all of us who joined her at Hood College for a grand 100th birthday celebration.  Another jubilant celebration occurred in 1995 when Miss Helen served as Grand Marshall for Frederick's 250th anniversary parade.  Willard Scott, a network television personality, featured Helen in a brief spot on national television.  We were all very proud to be part of Frederick - and Helen's - big day.  Miss Helen's death in 1997 was a blow to all of us, but it did not diminish the devotion of her many fans. 
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Decade by Decade

The History of the Zonta Club

of Frederick, Maryland

 
The Zonta Club of Frederick, Maryland was organized and chartered by the Zonta Club of Washington in 1930

The 1930’s

The Zonta Club of Frederick was organized and chartered in 1930 under the aegis of the Washington, D.C. club.  The 15 charter members included two educators, a physician, a public health nurse, two musicians, several business owners, and, of course, artist Helen Smith, who remained an active member until her death in 1997 at the age of 103.  Within a year the club membership had climbed to 24. The club met for dinner weekly at the Barbara Fritchie Tea Room in downtown Frederick.  Since the club had been publicized as a service organization, it was immediately asked to contribute to the Frederick County Emergency Relief Fund.  In response, each member agreed to donate one day's pay a month for three months.  The first major project undertaken by the fledgling group was a prenatal clinic for indigent women of all races, which operated out of the Federated Charities Building.  Dr. Ethel Brandfield, a member of the club, conducted the monthly clinic free of charge.  She was assisted by another member, public health nurse Florence Garner.  In addition to medical screening, Zonta provided gowns and supplies for the patients and layettes for the babies.  The clinic continued for 11 years until it was transferred to the Frederick County Health Department.  Over those years, 1200 visits were recorded, with 438 patients treated. In 1935, Helen Smith was honored by Zonta International with a bronze plaque for providing the winning design for the cover of the magazine "The Zontian".  In 1938, the club instituted an annual Donations Day to benefit what was then called the Frederick County Emergency Hospital.  Huge quantities of canned and fresh food were gathered in order to stock the pantry.  In addition, money was collected from other philanthropic organizations in order to purchase equipment and make repairs.  Such coveted items as an electric ironer, heater and floor polisher, as well as a dumbwaiter, a piano and paint for the ground floor were donated to improve the lives of hospitalized patients and their caretakers.  In 1938 Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund, in honor of the famous aviatrix.  The Fellowships were to assist graduate women to continue their education in the field of Aeronautics.  Once Zonta International adopted this fund as a continuing project, all clubs were asked to contribute, thus establishing a precedent for the many international projects that were to follow.    

The 1950’s

 Nineteen fifty marked the collaboration of the Frederick Zonta Club and the Business and Professional Women's Club of Frederick, who joined forces to fund a full tuition scholarship at Hood College.  Shin Hyung Kim, from Seoul, Korea, was selected as the recipient, one of the first international students to attend Hood College.  Shin was the protegee of Mrs. Ethel Underwood, an American missionary in Korea who was accidentally killed, and whose daughter attended Hood.  In appreciation for the club's kindness, Shin's mother sent a black lacquered jewelry chest to each of the clubs'presidents. In 1952, Mary Condon Hodgson, a Frederick Zontian whose name graces art spaces at both Hood and Frederick Community College, was named "First Lady of the Year", an award given for outstanding civic, religious and community service.  She was the first woman in Frederick to be so honored.  In the mid-fifties, under the direction of Mrs. Hodgson, the Frederick Zonta Club began assisting the Esther Grinage Kindergarten for Colored Children, holding Christmas parties and providing books, blackboards and playground equipment. The project continued until Kindergartens were incorporated into the curriculum of the local school system.      

The 1940’s

 With the advent of the Second World War, Frederick County Zontians geared up for the conflict abroad, supporting the war effort by participation in the American Women's Voluntary Service (AWVS) and the American Red Cross.  From 1943-1946 Zonta Club members sold $22,991.65 in war savings stamps and bonds.  The club also wrote letters to the families and friends of Frederick boys killed in action overseas, and sponsored one day of the Red Cross Mobile Blood Donor Unit. In 1946 the club adopted an 11 year old Dutch girl named Loekie Deikman at a cost of $180.00 a year.  Gifts were sent and letters exchanged until she finished school and became a teacher in Amsterdam. In 1947, the club began to sponsor a playground Arts and Crafts show under the aegis of the Frederick County Recreation Commission, thus beginning an association that continued through today as "Art in the Park."Then, as now, Zonta financed the prizes and acted as judges.  In 1948, the club sponsored a series of radio broadcasts on careers for women.  In addition, teas for High School juniors and seniors were held, providing the students with an opportunity to talk with business and professional women.  Also in 1948, the club made its first pledge of $500.00 to the Frederick Memorial Hospital Building Fund.  There would be more in the years to come! The decade closed with the 28th Zonta International convention in Quebec, Canada, where the theme was Community Leadership in a World Crisis.  The two Frederick delegates apparently left the convention with a renewed commitment to the importance of fostering world peace.  The Zonta Club News of April, 1950 reported on the convention and offered this challenge: "The world and all can be forever blest, If men will learn to value what is best, And learn to strive not for themselves alone But each for all, and all for everyone."
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Decade by

Decade

The History of the

Zonta Club

of Frederick,

Maryland

 
The Zonta Club of Frederick, Maryland was organized and chartered by the Zonta Club of Washington in 1930

The 1930’s

The Zonta Club of Frederick was organized and chartered in 1930 under the aegis of the Washington, D.C. club.  The 15 charter members included two educators, a physician, a public health nurse, two musicians, several business owners, and, of course, artist Helen Smith, who remained an active member until her death in 1997 at the age of 103.  Within a year the club membership had climbed to 24. The club met for dinner weekly at the Barbara Fritchie Tea Room in downtown Frederick.  Since the club had been publicized as a service organization, it was immediately asked to contribute to the Frederick County Emergency Relief Fund.  In response, each member agreed to donate one day's pay a month for three months.  The first major project undertaken by the fledgling group was a prenatal clinic for indigent women of all races, which operated out of the Federated Charities Building.  Dr. Ethel Brandfield, a member of the club, conducted the monthly clinic free of charge.  She was assisted by another member, public health nurse Florence Garner.  In addition to medical screening, Zonta provided gowns and supplies for the patients and layettes for the babies.  The clinic continued for 11 years until it was transferred to the Frederick County Health Department.  Over those years, 1200 visits were recorded, with 438 patients treated. In 1935, Helen Smith was honored by Zonta International with a bronze plaque for providing the winning design for the cover of the magazine "The Zontian".  In 1938, the club instituted an annual Donations Day to benefit what was then called the Frederick County Emergency Hospital.  Huge quantities of canned and fresh food were gathered in order to stock the pantry.  In addition, money was collected from other philanthropic organizations in order to purchase equipment and make repairs.  Such coveted items as an electric ironer, heater and floor polisher, as well as a dumbwaiter, a piano and paint for the ground floor were donated to improve the lives of hospitalized patients and their caretakers.  In 1938 Zonta International established the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fund, in honor of the famous aviatrix.  The Fellowships were to assist graduate women to continue their education in the field of Aeronautics.  Once Zonta International adopted this fund as a continuing project, all clubs were asked to contribute, thus establishing a precedent for the many international projects that were to follow.    

The 1950’s

 Nineteen fifty marked the collaboration of the Frederick Zonta Club and the Business and Professional Women's Club of Frederick, who joined forces to fund a full tuition scholarship at Hood College.  Shin Hyung Kim, from Seoul, Korea, was selected as the recipient, one of the first international students to attend Hood College.  Shin was the protegee of Mrs. Ethel Underwood, an American missionary in Korea who was accidentally killed, and whose daughter attended Hood.  In appreciation for the club's kindness, Shin's mother sent a black lacquered jewelry chest to each of the clubs'presidents. In 1952, Mary Condon Hodgson, a Frederick Zontian whose name graces art spaces at both Hood and Frederick Community College, was named "First Lady of the Year", an award given for outstanding civic, religious and community service.  She was the first woman in Frederick to be so honored.  In the mid-fifties, under the direction of Mrs. Hodgson, the Frederick Zonta Club began assisting the Esther Grinage Kindergarten for Colored Children, holding Christmas parties and providing books, blackboards and playground equipment. The project continued until Kindergartens were incorporated into the curriculum of the local school system.      

The 1940’s

 With the advent of the Second World War, Frederick County Zontians geared up for the conflict abroad, supporting the war effort by participation in the American Women's Voluntary Service (AWVS) and the American Red Cross.  From 1943-1946 Zonta Club members sold $22,991.65 in war savings stamps and bonds.  The club also wrote letters to the families and friends of Frederick boys killed in action overseas, and sponsored one day of the Red Cross Mobile Blood Donor Unit. In 1946 the club adopted an 11 year old Dutch girl named Loekie Deikman at a cost of $180.00 a year.  Gifts were sent and letters exchanged until she finished school and became a teacher in Amsterdam. In 1947, the club began to sponsor a playground Arts and Crafts show under the aegis of the Frederick County Recreation Commission, thus beginning an association that continued through today as "Art in the Park."Then, as now, Zonta financed the prizes and acted as judges.  In 1948, the club sponsored a series of radio broadcasts on careers for women.  In addition, teas for High School juniors and seniors were held, providing the students with an opportunity to talk with business and professional women.  Also in 1948, the club made its first pledge of $500.00 to the Frederick Memorial Hospital Building Fund.  There would be more in the years to come! The decade closed with the 28th Zonta International convention in Quebec, Canada, where the theme was Community Leadership in a World Crisis.  The two Frederick delegates apparently left the convention with a renewed commitment to the importance of fostering world peace.  The Zonta Club News of April, 1950 reported on the convention and offered this challenge: "The world and all can be forever blest, If men will learn to value what is best, And learn to strive not for themselves alone But each for all, and all for everyone."
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