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Zonta Club delivers roses to female residents at Ave Maria

Zonta Club of Jamestown members are shown with Ave Maria Village CEO Tim Burchill. The club presented yellow roses to female residents at Ave Maria. Zonta members are, from left, Penny Briese, Felicia Sargeant, Paulette Ritter and Kendra Kruger.

Members of the Zonta Club of Jamestown celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 by delivering yellow roses to all of the female residents of Ave Maria Village.

March 8 was International Women’s Day. Initiated by the Suffragettes in the early 1900s, the first International Women’s Day was first formally celebrated in 1911. The theme for this year’s 2018 International Women’s Day is “Press for Progress,” with the goal for this year being to bring increased awareness to equal rights for women.

In honor of International Women’s Day, each year on March 8 the Zonta International Foundation celebrates its Rose Day. This is a day to celebrate the women who have paved the way for other women through service, advocacy, education, politics and business. In appreciation of the women we admire, those who have stood beside us in our endeavors, Zonta members worldwide are encouraged to honor special women in their lives on Rose Day with a tribute and/or a donation to the International Zonta Foundation’s Rose Fund. These funds are used for scholarships and awards given to women who are making a difference in this world.

The Zonta Club of Jamestown honored all of the women at Ave Maria for their lifetime contributions to the world, be that as homemakers, educators, businesswomen, lawyers or even legislators, with a yellow rose, the symbol of Zonta, thanking them for making this a better and more equal world for all women.

Don’s House of Flowers provided the yellow roses.