Zonta Club of the Black Hills Blog

  • July 09, 2015 10:54 AM | Deleted user

    In the mid 1870s, thousands of pioneers flocked to the rumors of gold, struggling across the wide expanse of prairie in their quest to fulfill dreams of a better life. They wanted strong, healthy families, farms and businesses, and the kind of success that afforded them the chance to live comfortably, luxuriously even.

    Aboard covered wagons and on foot they traveled for weeks, months sometimes, with little more than a hope to keep them moving forward. Thirst, hunger, exposure and disease claimed the lives of many, but their dreams would not be defeated. Their futures were at stake, and the futures of the next several generations. The answer to their prayers, their brighter future, lay somewhere off the horizon in a dreamland of wealth and success - the Black Hills of South Dakota.

    Gold had been discovered there just after the Custer Expedition and the promise of untold wealth offered by nuggets large and small all over the Black Hills was the star upon which many young Americans hung their hopes. In 1874 miners were discovering and claiming plots of land along Black Hills creeks, making small fortunes in placer gold - the loose gold pieces generally found mixed with sediment and rock in creek beds and streams.

    Many fortunes were made, and dreams built on the placer gold that settled to the edge of the mining pan. Homes, businesses, families, and whole communities were financed by settlers and prospectors persistent in their vision of a better life. Fearless of the wild frontier, devoted to the work required, those early Americans risked it all to bring lives they could only imagine to the America they already loved.

    According to legend, one such young American - Henri LeBeau, a goldsmith from France - fell asleep believing he was dying of thirst and starvation, and dreamt of a mountain stream with grapevines growing on its banks. When he awoke, he discovered just over a nearby rise, the stream and grapevines of his dream. In his endless gratitude for his life saved, he devoted his talents as a goldsmith to creating jewelry featuring the grapes, leaves, and vines that adorned the banks of the stream.

    This tale of determination and success is forever immortalized, in the signature rose, green, and yellow gold of the grapes and leaves featured in Black Hills Gold jewelry. 

    Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman employees create stunning jewelry accessories through a process that can require up to 40 different manufacturing steps; a few dating back to the early 1800’s.  Many of the 40-plus steps also include the handcrafting by US citizens who are skillfully trained by Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman or bring their skills with them that they learned from past generations.  Working just 30 miles from the Mt. Rushmore monument honoring our Founding Fathers – Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln - these skillfully trained artisans produce a wide variety of traditional and contemporary styles carrying the world renown designation of Black Hills Gold.

    To this day, the legend of Henri LeBeau as well as several of the traditional Black Hills Gold Jewelry manufacturing steps live on in fine jewelry pieces exclusively crafted by Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman. 

  • July 05, 2015 5:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    That’s right. With our fabulous speaker, humorist Diana Jordan, leading the way, we’re encouraging attendees to “Unleash Your Super Powers” during the 32nd Annual Zonta Expo, scheduled from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

    Jordan, a stand-up comedian, motivational speaker and cancer survivor, will entertain and empower from a “Fun, Female and Fearless” perspective. Jordan comes to us with recommendations from such notable celebrities as Oprah, who called her “One of the funniest people on the planet,” as well as Dr. Oz and even the late comedian Robin Williams.

    Diana is also the author of the bestselling book, “A Wife’s Little Instruction Book,” which has been translated into five languages. She was also nominated by the American Comedy Awards as one of the Top Five Female Comedians in the country.

    We can’t wait to hear what Diana has to say.

    But the Zonta Expo has even more to offer. This annual event includes an array of vendors with a focus on women and a style show. Expo attendees will have the opportunity to network, sign up for fantastic door prizes and partake in some fabulous food.

    Best of all – all of this fun is for a great cause.

    Zonta of the Black Hills uses our annual Expo to continue our support of nonprofits that support women in our community as well as nationally and internationally. Click here to see past benefactors of 2014 Expo funds.  

    You can get your advance tickets for the Zonta Expo later this summer from any Zonta member or at our website. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

    Zonta Club of the Black Hills, a member of Zonta International, is an organization of local businesswomen, whose mission is “To empower women through advocacy and service through international and local collaboration, networking and community service.” Members work together to advance the status of women worldwide. 

    We’ll see you at this year’s Expo. 

    Lynn Taylor Rick, Zonta Club of the Black Hills

  • May 19, 2015 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Linda Lea Viken joined Zonta Club of the Black Hills 35 years ago.  Throughout her tenure, she has served in many positions, including Club President. Linda Lea diligently maintains the Club Standing Rules and assists with legislation pertaining to all levels of Zonta.  She is a true advocate of the ideals of Zonta.

    Linda Lea actively promotes and supports women and is a champion for the rights of women, not only in her community but across the country.  She has had a varied career, starting out as a classroom teacher and currently practicing as an attorney.  She has served in the South Dakota legislature (twice).  She served on the South Dakota Commission on the Status of Women.  She has served as a Magistrate Judge.  She is continually active in her Professional Associations, serving on a number of boards and in advisory capacities for organizations assisting women, children and families.

    In September of 2014, she was recognized by the United States Senate, and to quote (in part) Senator Tim Johnson’s presentation to the President, he said…”she is a steadfast advocate for women, especially in the area of domestic violence and working to establish and maintain rights for women who need legal protection and services.  She has significantly increased the awareness and education of the general public and the media on legal issues affecting women.”   Senator Johnson congratulated this Zontian on her well-deserved recognition as South Dakota Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2014-2015.

    A great role model, mentor, leader, friend and Zontian, Linda Lea is very deserving of this prestigious recognition.                                 

  • May 18, 2015 5:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mary Kaiser, Jessica Larson, Carrie Christensen, Traci Fitting, Karen Kierstad, Carrie Martinez, Marina Schad, Shirley Hehn & Susan Jones

       Zonta Club of the Black Hills recently held its annual meeting.  Newly elected officers and board members for FY 2015-2016 include: 

    President:  Mary Kaiser, Regional Health

    President Elect:  Jessica Larson, Beardsley, Jensen & VonWald Law Offices

    Vice President:  Kylie Riggins, Viken & Riggens Law Firm

    Recording Secretary:  Karen Kierstad, Aflac Insurance

    Corresponding Secretary:  Carrie Martinez, First Interstate Bank        

    Treasurer:  Carrie Christensen, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP

    Assistant Treasurer Meals:  Traci Fitting, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP

    Assistant Treasurer Expo:  Traci Fitting, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP


    Dani Doran, South Dakota Tech

    Shirley Hehn, Retired from Nursing

    Laura Hovey Neubert, Rapid City Library Foundation

    Susan Jones, Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital, PC

    Anna Quinn, The HOPE Center

    Marina Schad, The Real Estate Group, Inc.


  • May 18, 2015 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the Zonta Club of the Black Hills annual meeting on Thursday evening May 14, 2015, members were recognized for their membership anniversaries.  Milestone anniversaries included two 30-year members and one 35-year member.  

    2015 Member Anniversary Recognition

    FIVE YEAR MEMBERS:  Vicki Farrens, Sue Heil, Somer Kingsbury, Jessica Larson, Audrea Martin and Elizabeth Tice Eiesland

    TEN YEAR MEMBERS:  Jodi Enderson Lawrence and Andrea Hovey

    FIFTEEN YEAR MEMBER:  Tracy Manning Egge

    TWENTY YEAR MEMBER:  Shirley Hehn, Sue Hencey and Margo Julius

    THIRTY YEAR MEMBERS:  Gogie Enstad and Jo Prang (31 years)


  • April 17, 2015 3:22 PM | Deleted user

    Youth & Family Services’ Kids Fair celebrates children and their families. This signature YFS event drew more than 11,483 people in 2014.  If you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you don’t want to miss the 2015 Kids Fair!

    I would like to invite you to help with Kids Fair.  The success of Kids Fair depends not only on the financial generosity of our sponsors, but also on the willingness of community members to give of their time.  Volunteers ensure that children have an exciting and safe experience at Kids Fair.  Volunteers assist with attractions, activities, and booths and ensure a warm and inviting experience for every visitor.

    The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center hosts the event from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 24; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Children under the age of six months get in free and admission for all others is just $5 per person, per day.

    Volunteer shifts are:

    Friday, April 24,         8 a.m. to noon and 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Saturday, April 25,   8 a.m. to noon and 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Sunday, April 26,     11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Contact Darcie Decker, for more information at 605.342.4195 or ddecker@youthandfamilyservices.org  or visit our website: www.youthandfamilyservices.org.

  • March 31, 2015 11:19 AM | Deleted user

    Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City was founded in Rapid City in 1965. YFS Girls Inc. serves girls ages 6-17, and  provides fun and exciting educational and recreational activities all year long.

    Its programs highlight community action, sports, health, careers and life planning. This programs also celebrate our members’ culture and heritage, and encourage the girls to develop self-reliance and life skills.

    YFS Girls Inc. center-based and age-appropriate activities are implemented in a challenging and creative environment. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM.

  • February 15, 2015 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In celebration of Amelia Earhart month we invited a representative from the Civic Air Patrol to our January 2015 program meeting. The following information was provided to our Club:

    Do you want to fly? Do you want to honor and serve America? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the US Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

    You’ll find cadet life exciting if you enjoy flying, leadership training, obstacle courses, model rocketry, teambuilding, hiking & camping, earning rank & awards, search & rescue, exploring aviation careers and making friends.

    You must be at least 12 but not yet 19 to join as a cadet. CAP also offers opportunities for adults.

    On average, cadets meet one night a week for two hours and enjoy special events one Saturday each month. In summer, you can attend a week-long camp.

    Annual dues and uniform expenses will total about $100. Other fees may be required for weekend and summer events.

    As a cadet, you are never obligated to join the military, but 10% of all Air Force Academy cadets got their start in AP.

    Adult volunteers, fingerprinted and screened by the FBI, chaperone all cadet activities.

    The benefits of cadet life include develop leadership skills, test-fly potential careers, solidify your moral values and succeed in school.

    To learn more, contact CAP at gocivilairpatrol.com
  • February 15, 2015 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Working Against Violence, Inc (WAV) is a non-profit United Way organization. Since 1978, WAVI has been assisting domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Our staff provides support services, court advocacy, ER response, community education, safety planning and 24-hour emergency shelter. Our volunteers aid in ER response, shelter repairs, child care and much more. WAVI also partners with law enforcement, Victims’ Assistance and the State’s Attorney’s Office to provide comprehensive advocacy for all our clients. In 2013 WAVI served over 2,000 clients, with 592 clients staying in our emergency shelter.

    Each of our clients carries their own stories – stories of struggle, trial, overcoming, set-backs, brokenness, healing and much more. Here is one such story, as told by a Case Manager. “I began working with Marcy* at the end of May. She came to shelter with her three children and one on the way. Marcie had been in and out of a DV relationship with the same man for over seven years. She stated she was scared and didn’t know what was going to happen. She explained the distress she was in because she knew she needed to raise her children on her own. While working with Marcy, she enrolled in college, continued working and is in the process of obtaining her own housing. She attends financial literacy classes and agreed to obtain counseling. Although there are setbacks, Marcy says she is remaining positive and will keep moving forward.”

    Thank you for your support of WAVI. Together we can work to create a community free of domestic abuse and sexual assault through advocacy, education and support services!

    *Name changed

  • February 15, 2015 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Our Zonta Club of the Black Hills was chartered on October 12, 1950. Our first President, Helen Jane Gormley-Hare was a local dermatologist. An elaborate dinner was held to commemorate the event, complete with an ice sculpture “Z”. The event was held at the Alex Johnson Hotel, which still stands today in much of its original form.

    Early service projects included donation and delivery to public sites the “Dreypacks” which were used to diagnose diabetes. In 1955 two mental detention rooms were equipped at the Bennett-Clarkson Memorial Hospital. In 1960, Father Pire’s ANNE FRANK Village for War Torn Children was given care packages and cash donations from club members. In 1965 cash gifts were presented to the Boys Club Building Fund, and to Girl’s State.

    Even up until 1971, when blood glucose monitors were in use, but expensive, club members were still delivering up to 19,000 “Dreypacks” which cost the club $460.00. From the 1971 results, 196 people were deemed to be “reactors” which meant they had diabetes.

    Ruth Hanson, a nurse anesthetist, was President of the Club in 1971-1972. She was also the first ZONTIAN of the YEAR in 1976-77. She later became chair of the newsletter and Club Historian. Much of what we know about the club’s history from its charter to now is because of what Ruth saved, stored, and took pictures of during many of our meetings and events. Our newsletter was called the PAHA SAPA ZONTIAN, of which PAHA SAPA is the Sioux Indian word for the Black Hills. The earliest excerpt from the PAHA SAPA ZONTIAN we have on file is dated August 16, 1964, Vol III, No. 3, with Ruth Hanson as the Editor.

    In 1970, the club gave money to the Drug Forum, Boy’s & Girl’s State. In 1975, an original program was started to lend hospital equipment to those in need of recovery at home. By 1980, the club was funding Women Against Violence, which is now known as WAVI (Working Against Violence). We continued to sponsor Boy’s & Girl’s State.

    In 1982, the needs of our community had grown, so our club began to plan a unique event that would benefit businesses, enhance the lives of working women, while earning funds for those that had projects worthy of our funds. By 1985, we contributed funds to the following: BH Workshop-Special Olympics, WAVI, Hospital Pediatrics, Boy’s & Girl’s State, and a program for Sexually-Abused Children.

    In 1986-88 biennium ZI “Double Five” contest our club achieved a gain of 10 new members per biennium, and was awarded a $50 discount price off the registration fee for the 1988 ZI Convention.

    So for the past 32 years, our club has used the ZONTA Woman’s EXPO as an annual fundraiser with various themes, formats, and concepts along the way. It continues to involve women-owned and woman oriented businesses and is an effective and exciting way to recruit new members. Our club has fluctuated in membership from 40-80 members over the past 30 years.

    We have received numerous awards from Community organizations for gifting them with funds. There is the Certificate of Appreciation from Dr. Manlove, President of Wellspring, Inc. for being “part of the solution in 1996 as he developed a program for troubled youth. We received the WAVI “Spirit of Peace” award in 19… We had pledged $5,000 for 5 years towards the “ZONTA” Board Room in the lower level of their new building.

    Between 1990 and 1993 our ZONTA WOMAN’S EXPO was earning the club between $14,000-$19,000 a year after expenses. We started taking applications for the funding locally, in addition to donating to the Amelia Earhart ZI fund and to UNIFEM annually from 1990-1993. In 1998, we had 1000 EXPO attendees, 110 booths at $100 rental fee, and $19,582 in ticket sales.

    We have had two past District 12 Governors from our club, Lois Demos and Dorothy “Bunny” Tyler. We also were proud of our District 12, as we have a PAST INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT, Amy Grubbs.

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Zonta Club of the Black Hills • President: Jo Prang
PO Box 8163
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709 • (605) 390-8250 • E-Mail: zontablackhills@hotmail.com

Charter No. 0246 • District 12, Area 1 • Organized October 12, 1950
A member of Zonta Club International