For two days, on November 8-9, the Zonta Club of Central Tuguegarao, Philippines, District 17, joined the whole world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zonta International. There were new members installed and loyalty awards were given to long-time members. Plus, approximately 400 people joined in the Zonta walk and Zumba dance and the club’s marker in the city was unveiled.
On the first day, the club inducted 12 new members who come mostly from the fields of law and business, now making the club membership 59 strong. Additionally, 15 members who have been with the club for 10 years or more were recognized.
The ceremony served as a fellowship night for all the members who were graced by the presence of the Guest of Honor and Installing Officer, Mrs. Gina Luna-Bermudo, a very empowered woman who initiated the establishment of the first-in-the-region school for special children. Her message was so inspiring that it brought most of the members to tears as she narrated her life story of rearing two special children, rising above it, and becoming an advocate in spreading Autism awareness.
On the second day, despite the intermittent heavy rains, the club gathered about 400 participants who came together in teal blue shirts for the Zonta Walk. Most of them were law students, local courts, government agencies, and members of private organizations who paraded around town and made known the club’s advocacy efforts. After the walk, the participants regrouped and participated in the Zumba dance.
As the final activity for the day, club members unveiled the marker that was installed along one of the city’s major thoroughfares, which is visible to everyone especially those working in the government offices. In the evening, an LED light congratulating Zonta was displayed at the city center.
Overall, the event was a success as the club was able to generate funds for a contribution to the Zonta International Foundation. With all these activities, the club ultimately made its name visible in the city again, and familiarizing the people with its advocacy and service activities.