The Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau is pleased to announce that our Women of Achievement Luncheon will be held Friday, November 18, 2016, at the Plaza by Ray’s. Last year more than 400 people attended our luncheon, with proceeds of more than $18,000 to advance the status of women in our community and throughout the world.
In addition to giving back, our luncheon allows us to honor and recognize local women for their accomplishments and contributions to our community. Each year we present a Woman of Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Celebration Award. We also recognize local scholarship recipients.
We are pleased that our Lifetime Achievement honorees are the three charter members that founded the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau in 1976: Naomi Newman, Mary Scherer and Mary Greaser. Mary Scherer was office manager at Metropolitan Life Insurance for over 39 years. Mary Greaser was Director of Accounting for 48 years at Saint Francis Medical Center and still volunteers there. Naomi Newman was Payroll Supervisor in the Accounting Department at RB Potashnik Company for 38 years. She is still co-owner of Glendale Assisted Living. We thank all three of these ladies for their support and guidance over the last 40 years and look forward to working with them for many years to come.
Our Celebration Award recipient is Megan Boudreaux, founder of Respire in Haiti. Megan was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and never considered becoming a missionary or founding a nonprofit. In the Spring of 2010, she went to Haiti with Sister Martha Ann Abshire. She returned to Haiti in August 2010 and walked up Bellevue Mountain which gave her a view of the poverty and devastation in the country. She dreamed of returning to Haiti permanently to start a nonprofit specifically to help the children of Haiti. Today, Respire Haiti has 500 students in first through ninth grade and employs one hundred Haitians. From a series of dreams, Megan triggered a movement that affects hundreds of lives every year.