Incredible classes, incredible instructors coming in from all across the country. Incredible affordable registration fees. All these classes and MORE at ZNE ConvenZioNE, April 29 - May 3, 2009.Click here to learn more and register today! We have scholarships available as well as an amazing recession buster "pay what you can plan." Become a part of this amazing celebration of creativity, today!
A little slideshow to let you know how much you are thought of, cared for, and loved by your fellow ZNE members.
xoxo - Chel
Dear Heart Karin -
I wanted to share with you my piece on Strength - inner strength, strength we derive from others, strength we accept from All There Is. May strength continue to flow to you through this journey, imbued with all the love and caring that I know is surrounding you.
Elisabeth - a Zne sister
Words fail me now, but may you find peace in that you have a wonderful support group. Maybe this scene of Ocean Beach in San Francisco will help...
Peace out, Phylis
Faith can come in many forms and Friends can to. May God bless you in your struggles and may you have a smile in your heart knowing you are loved. Becky Loyall
The piece I selected for Karin is called, "The Shelter of His Wings"
- Sally Smith
Always remember that there is a fighter inside you. My very best wishes to you for a speedy and complete recovery.
Be strong, we are thinking of you,
love Emma Fashukon
One of my inspirations in life is to go outside and Kiss the Rain. Kindest regards,
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.
We need donations! Start sending them in! Every donor will be acknowledged on the ZNE ConvenZioNE website (www.ZNEcon.com), and on the Art, Paperie and Pleasantries website (http://www.ArtandPaperie.com), as well as in print in the ZNE ConvenZioNE 2009 printed program.
These donations will be used to market YOUR business. Include business cards or flyers with your donations. They will also be used to fill goody bags and door prizes at the event. A minimum of 10 bags of prizes will be sent out to the arts and local media along with a press release. This is an amazing opportunity to get your product / gift / gift certificate in front of the exact targeted market you want to reach.
Ready to participate? Here's the deal:
You do NOT have to be a ZNE member for most donations:
Please send a product sample/s of any size and in any quantity (note that it behooves YOU to send as much as possible, so that as many people as possible are exposed to your product.)
Ensure that your name and email or website address are clearly printed on the product and/or include business cards and/or flyers along with your donation.
We are happy to accept gift certificates as your product "sample" - but they must be straightforward gift certificates (IE, not percentage off or buy-one-get-one free).
IF you are sending in a tangible product sample, you MAY also include a coupon for a discount "off" of your products.
Donations of promo postcards are fine if they have a blank space for writing, on the back side.
Donations of JUST coupons or promo flyers with discounts included are fine, but you MUST be a ZNE Member to donate just coupons/flyers with no tangible product. (To join ZNE, please see our main website - http://www.ZNEart.com).
PLEASE SEND YOUR DONATIONS FOR ZNE CONVENZIONE ASAP TO:
1152 Crellin Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Ensure that you label the packaging and/or include a note specifying that what you are sending is a GOODY BAG DONATION.
Thanks everyone! I can't wait to start aknowledging all our wonderful gifts!
(Any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below!)
ZNE CONVENZIONE CLASS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! GO CHECK IT OUT! We have full five day registration packages, one day registration packages, dozens of classes to choose from with instructors flying in from all over the country, incredible evening programs and wonderful field trip add-ons!
ZNE Member dues are used to pay for our many website associated
fees, such as hosting, domain names, extra storage space to accomodate
our many photo galleries, ad-free layout pages, and trademark related
In addition, we allocate a large part of our member generated income towards our many philanthropic and We-Care programs.
This holiday season, ZNE is pleased to once again lend money through KIVA:
What Is Kiva?
We Let You Loan to the Working Poor
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website,
empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the
The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When
you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend
to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great
strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves,
their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan
(usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track
repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to
someone else in need.
Kiva partners with existing expert microfinance institutions.
In doing so, we gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from
impoverished communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in
choosing qualified entrepreneurs. That said, they are usually short on
funds. Through Kiva, our partners upload their entrepreneur profiles
directly to the site so you can lend to them. When you do, not only do
you get a unique experience connecting to a specific entrepreneur on
the other side of the planet, but our microfinance partners can do more
of what they do, more efficiently.
Kiva provides a data-rich, transparent lending platform. We
are constantly working to make the system more transparent to show how
money flows throughout the entire cycle, and what effect it has on the
people and institutions lending it, borrowing it, and managing it along
the way. To do this, we are using the power of the internet to
facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively
expensive. Child sponsorship has always been a high overhead business.
Kiva creates a similar interpersonal connection at much lower costs due
to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery. The
individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and
are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them money.
This month, ZNE provided the final funds needed to complete a loan being made to Cecilia Anaba, in Ghana.
Cecilia is 32 years old, married and the mother of three children,
all of whom are in school. She lives with her family in Tema, where she
has worked as a seamstress for five years. She specializes in women's
clothing, and makes a wide range of garments that can be worn at
weddings, funerals and other occasions. She also sells bottled water as
a source of extra income. Cecelia has applied for a loan to buy
additional supplies such as linen, threads and thimbles. Her goal is to
increase her income by improving her output and efficiency. She plans
to use the increased income to provide her children with high-quality
education. She is a member of the “Nyame ye” (or God is Good) Group.
Members help each other secure and repay loans.
So, a great big THANK YOU to each and every ZNE Member, for
making our We-Care programs possible. May you all have a joyous and
prosperous holiday season and New Year.