Local author seeks charity benefit with new book
Local author and former News Tribune reporter Michelle Brooks put her knowledge of Mid-Missouri history into her new book “Interesting Women of the Capital,” which was released Monday.
Proceeds from the book, in part, will be donated to the Zonta Club in Jefferson City to benefit its Second Chance Scholarship.
A former reporter, Brooks said she was grateful for the time she spent in the profession, as it gave her the knowledge and skills she needed for this project. By collecting research for articles over the years, she said, she learned many new types of information that she eventually planned to present.
“Working for the newspaper for so long on story projects, I met different people who were maybe secondary or tertiary in the story I was working on, but I always said, ‘Oh, I need some help. ‘learn more about them, “” Brooks said. “Then once I left the newspaper business and had some time to do my own research, I was able to to pick up. “
Brooks said that by examining history, she found many interesting women whose stories have been forgotten or overlooked. This helped her decide to continue her research on the topic, feeling that it would be fun to find more of these stories and document who they were about.
Brooks later came up with the idea of helping the Zonta Club through its Yellow Rose Luncheon, which is the organization’s fundraiser to benefit its Second Chance Scholarship. Due to concerns about COVID-19, the organization has been unable to host the lunch in 2020 or 2021. About half of the proceeds from the book will go to the organization’s scholarship fund.
“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to become a partner? Brooks said. “This book is about women who have made their way (through) perhaps troubled circumstances; and, at the same time, the scholarship aims to help women who are looking to improve themselves.
Founded in 1908 in New York City, Zonta is an international organization that recognizes women and their achievements with multiple efforts to help them around the world. With many small clubs across the United States, the Zonta Club of Jefferson City works with professional, retired, and still active women who have made efforts to improve the lives of women locally, across the country, or across the country. world.
“In Jefferson City we do things like the Yellow Rose Luncheon that helps provide second chance scholarships, we have a group of high schools that do all kinds of service work, and then we work with, for example, Habitat for Humanity, ”said Representative Donna Deetz. “Each time a new family comes into a Habitat home, our service committee provides them with baskets of basic necessities. It is therefore always a question of helping women to promote themselves, for the benefit of their families and the community in general.
The local Zonta club has awarded scholarships to 88 recipients since 2000, Deetz said. With a scholarship fund totaling approximately $ 500,000, former recipients used the scholarship to return to school for a graduate or undergraduate degree. Understanding the difference this can make, said Deetz, the organization is happy to offer its assistance to women over the years.
Brooks said she is very proud of the work she has contributed to the Zonta Club; However, she is not alone in her efforts to benefit charity. Proceeds from the book will also benefit the Friends of the Missouri State Museum, at the request of guest author Carrie Mackey Hammond, who wrote a chapter in the new book.
Along with “Interesting Women of the Capital,” Brooks’ book “Hidden History of Jefferson City” is scheduled for release on July 19.
Brooks said she takes pride in her work and the rich history of Mid-Missouri. As she continues her work, she hopes to continue bringing more information to the community.
“It’s an opportunity to learn more about lesser-known people in our history,” Brooks said. “Maybe people they would have heard of in other stories, but who didn’t know their full story or the extent of who they were. Hopefully, those will be illuminating things that only add to Jefferson City’s history.