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The Zonta Club of Austin invites you to join us for lunch and dialogue with local authors.
Tickets are $50 (tax deductible portion of ticket is $25).
Books will be available on site.
Peggy Kelsey The Afghan Woman’s Project
Peggy Kelsey received degrees in social work and education before undertaking extensive world travels. A professional photographer and resident of the Austin area since 1980, Peggy was privileged to meet with a delegation of 14 Afghan women who passed through Austin, Texas in the fall of 2002. The strength, humor and resiliency of the women she met was contrary to the media image (at the time) of Afghan women as helpless victims. This dichotomy inspired Peggy to create the Afghan Women’s project and in August and September of 2003, Peggy spent 6 weeks in Afghanistan and returned with portraits and stories of 40 Afghan women.
Angela Smith Steel Drums and Steel Band: A History
Angela Smith is a native Texan and award winning writer and working musician. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas and is a former reporter for the Associated Press. Executive Director Emeritus of the Writers' League of Texas, Smith is now a full-time freelancer. When she's not writing, editing or gigging as a pan player, cellist or pianist, you can find her gazing through a telescope at star clusters, galaxies and nebulae, talking politics, or working on her next book ROCKING' WOMEN DRUMMERS: A HISTORY for Scarecrow Press. Angela is a long-time member of the Zonta Club of Austin.
John Fincher Hooray for Pete; Broken Wings and Mended Dreams
John Fincher is an entrepreneur with over thirty years of business experience having started, bought, merged and sold companies. John was a founder in a startup company that grew to 50 million dollars in revenue in a five-year period as he managed five of the business locations in the southwest. After the business sold to a Fortune 500 company, John provided sales and marketing consulting. Later after buying and merging one last company, he decided to help others achieve their goals by providing business brokerage and merger and acquisition advisory to entrepreneurs looking to sell their companies. John is currently serving as the President of the Texas Association of Business Brokers Austin Chapter.
Although creativity often helps get deals to the finish line, John primarily exercises the right-half of his brain with creative writing. To date, two of his children’s books have been published and he plans to start his own publishing company for two other children’s books already written as well as an adult religious fiction book. John’s other interests include church related activities, golf, reading, music, an avid sports fan and spending time with his family and friends.
Larry Simons Journey to Wholeness
Larry Simons rose from humble beginnings in Texas to become a highly successful and respected salesman in the corporate world. Beloved by family, friends, and colleagues, Larry is known for his eternal optimism, personal integrity, positive attitude and unwavering faith. Larry was also the survivor of four family deaths by suicide, including those of his father, uncle, stepfather, and precious daughter, Cammie. Larry and his wife Debbie live in Austin, Texas.
When & Where
Zonta Club of Austin
The Zonta Club of Austin was organized on May 30, 1951. The club provides service to the Austin community by funding services that help women and children; provides scholarships to young women in business, public affairs, and contributes to graduate level fellowships for women in Aero-space engineering fields. The club also raises money for International service projects to advance the status of women worldwide.
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.