Friday, April 20, 2012

Club Facts

Chartered on December 1, 1959
Meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday
Meetings are held at the Bartow Civic Center in Bartow, FL

The Zonta Club of Bartow has been making "pillowcase" dresses for young girls in Haiti. So far they have spent two Saturday workdays on the project and have completed 17 dresses. They are planning another workday to complete several more which are partially completed.

The most recent workday was at the home of Melissa Calandros. Four sewing machines and an ironing board and cutting table enabled everyone to have a part in the project. Others working that day were Hazel Sellers, Nancy Carrier, Mariann Holland, Pat Wright, Wilma Till and Mary Frisbie.

The club has arranged for a church group which is going to Haiti soon to deliver the dresses.

Some of the dresses have begun as actual pillow cases, but most have begun as a yard or so of fabric plus notions. All are of sturdy fabric, many with pockets. They have shoulder ties which help them grow with the girls.

The Zonta Club is seeking more members. Women who have experience in managerial positions or are professionals are invited to contact Mary Frisbie ( or Wilma Till ( for more information. The club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Citizens Bank meeting room at 7 p.m.

Melissa Calandros (standing) helps Pat Wright thread a sewing machine. Beyond them are Nancy Carrier, Hazel Sellers and Wilma Till. Nancy Carrier (left), Pat Wright (center) and Melissa Calandros pose with a couch-full of dresses completed on the recent workday by the Zonta Club of Bartow. Chelandra Fulse is delighted to model one of the dresses completed by the Zonta Club.