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Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley Honors Marjorie Cavanaugh

LUDLOW — The Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley, a member of Zonta International, was chartered in 1991 with a small group of women who wanted to volunteer their time, talent, and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objectives.

Since that time, the club has contributed to improving women’s lives and empowering them so they can develop to their full potential. They’ve also worked on projects to raise awareness on issues of domestic violence, homeless women veterans, trafficking of women and children, and suicide prevention in Western Mass.

In November of each year, the club celebrates its Founders Day by giving an award to a woman in the greater Quaboag area who exemplifies the ideals of Zonta International. Recent past recipients include Mary Reardon Johnson, Kathy Picard, Yoko Kato, Anne Gobi, and Bonny Rathbone. This year — its 25th — the club has chosen to give this honor to one of its founding members, Marjorie Cavanaugh.

According to club President Mary Knight, “Marge is the epitome of a leader and role model to many, as a Korean War veteran, one of the first women postmasters in Belchertown, first female commander of AmVets Post 74, tireless volunteer at the senior center, the Palmer Domestic Violence Taskforce, Three Rivers Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Palmer Tercentennial Committee — just to name a few of her interests. She was the second president of the Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley, has served in every board position, and is the first to volunteer for any committee assignment. She also makes a difference in the lives of her family and friends, new and old.”

The public is invited to celebrate Zonta of Quaboag Valley’s 25th anniversary and honor Cavanaugh on Monday, Nov. 14 starting at 5:30 with a reception and dinner at Ludlow Country Club. RSVP by Nov. 6 is appreciated. Either send a check ($30 per person) payable to Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley, with names of all attendees, to ZQV, P.O. Box 1034, Belchertown, MA 01007-1034, or e-mail [email protected] with the names of all attendees and pay $30 per person at the door (cash, check, or credit card).

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