Each year, the Zonta Club of Jamestown recognizes three women from our area whose activities and leadership in the community help to fulfill Zonta’s mission, which is to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. Recipients for 2020-2021 include Laurie Beckerink, Diana Butcher, and Kimberly Lombard Theses honorees joined a Zonta Zoom meeting in January to accept their awards, plaques, and yellow roses.
Laurie Beckerink, a lawyer with Lewis and Lewis PC, spoke about her work with the 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes Ministry, a local organization that she founded. The organization gathers and distributes food and snacks for the weekend, to children in our local schools. The ministry began with Clymer and Sherman schools, and has developed programs at Bemus Point, Panama, and C.C. Ring Elementary. The bags of food are added to the children’s backpacks on Fridays, so that there is something for them to eat over the weekend. Besides this valuable program, Laurie, in her career as a lawyer, has advocated for children and women who have suffered abuse. She also serves as Town Justice for Clymer where she lives with her husband and two children.
Diana Butcher is the Program Director of the Anew Center, with the Salvation Army. The Anew Center is a program for women who have suffered domestic violence and need a place to stay, often with their children. Diana has served in many roles for 22 years, and has influenced many women who have come through the program. She is also a certified Rape Crisis Counselor, and a certified Trauma Counselor.Diana continues to help other non-profits with fundraisers and especially with awareness events. The Anew Center has so many different programs dealing with emergency help, legal and financial services, counseling, community education, children’s services, housing and support services. Diana has her hands full overseeing the programs and staff. She lives in Hamlet, NY with her husband.
Kimberly Lombard is the Associate Vice President, Grants Management, for Evergreen Health. Evergreen Health Service provides HIV+ case management, medical and mental health services, housing and transportation assistance and nutrition services. Kimberly is involved with all the services committed to helping people lead healthier, more stable and self sufficient lives, and helping to reduce or eliminate substance abuse. Kimberly is the mother of 2 middle school girls who are very active, so she is also a dance, Girl Scout and band Mom. She is a weekly guest on her husband, Lee John’s radio program on SE93. She is also on the board of Lucille Ball Little Theater, and the Mental Health Association, and is a member of the Jamestown Pride Committee.
The Zonta Club of Jamestown is part of a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. Zonta International celebrated its 100 th anniversary in 2019, with the first club formed in Buffalo, NY. This year, 2021, Zonta Club of Jamestown, the 12th club formed, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in November. For more information about Zonta, visit zontajamestown.org.