The Zonta Club of the Southern Black Hills recognized International Women’s Day, which is on March 8, by giving yellow roses to volunteers with Grace of the Pines Hospice in Hot Springs. The volunteers from left are Martha Beck, Volunteer Coordinator Barb Olmick, Lila Heck and Dave Bailey. Not shown are Beth Hickok and Korrin Bishop, both of Custer, and Pearl Barber of Hot Springs. (Cathy Nelson/Fall River County Herald)
By Cathy Nelson
HOT SPRINGS - The Zonta Club of the Southern Hills celebrated “International Women’s Day,” which is on March 8, by presenting yellow roses to the volunteers with Grace of the Hills Hospice in Hot Springs. Among the volunteers was one man, Dave Bailey, who could not be left out even though the special recognition was for International Women’s Day. Some of the volunteers were not able to make it out for the presentation because of the snowy weather.
“Every year we choose a group of women who are helping the community through their work and empower them by acknowledging their work,” said Ebun Adelona, who is a Zonta Club member. “This practice counters the cultural devaluation of women’s work and signals the importance of women’s work.”
The yellow rose is the Zonta flower and represents friendship. Zonta’s motto is “Empowering Women Through Service and Advocacy.” Zonta will celebrate its 100-year anniversary in November. The local club was chartered in May 1995 and currently has 14 members and a host of volunteers who assist them with projects. Their projects include fundraising for WEAVE (Women Escaping A Violent Environment), the acquiring of a mammography machine at the Custer Hospital, empowerment forum, Luna Fest, which is a film festival of movies by, for and about women, and a variety of scholarships.
“This year we chose to honor hospice volunteers who lovingly support patients and their families through the journey of transition,” Adelona said.
Grace of the Pines Hospice provides end of life care for those who are terminally ill. That care is provided in the home, where the people live, including nursing homes or assisted living in Fall River, Custer and Oglala Lakota counties. The costs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Hospice provides home visits by nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain and volunteers as agreed upon in the plan of care. As the need increases so do the care services. Hospice also provides the medical equipment necessary to ease the burden of care at home and provides needed medications.
Grace of the Pines Hospice is located at 145 N. Chicago St. in Hot Springs. For further information call 605-745-4967. The website is www.graceofthepineshospice.com.
Zonta’s meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Edward Jones conference room at 27 N. Sixth St. in Custer. For more information contact Kris Zerbe, 605-673-4092.