District 20’s yearlong centennial celebrations culminate with event at Helsinki City Theatre

District 20 celebrated Zonta International’s 100th anniversary throughout 2019 in various ways.

The district, which includes Finland and Estonia, created a social media campaign that ran throughout the year, with a different theme for each month. The themes included education. women’s health, violence against women and human rights. The districts Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages were filled with information on the theme as well as Zonta International and how it has empowered women in the last 100 years.

The district also held the Yellow Rose Campaign of “ZAU” (Zonta Advances U) was during 2019. The ZAU Campaign, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Zonta International, aimed to encourage girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and correct the distorted division into men’s and women’s work. As a result, the worth of a “woman’s euro” will be increased in the future.

The district’s clubs implemented the campaign in 2018–2019 through collaboration with LUMA Centre Finland in Finnish and Swedish. This network of universities aims at inspiring and encouraging children and young people – our “future makers” – to take interest in and study mathematics, science and technology with the help of the latest innovations in STEM education.

On 8 November, more than 300 people attended “Zonta International 100 years – good life for girls and women” at Helsinki City Theatre. Guests included Zontians, non-Zontians and stakeholder participants.

The program covered many crucial aspects of lives of girls and women with well-known speakers from Finland and the U.S. The program was as follows:

  • Music from the Musical Little Mermaid: Sonja Pajunoja (Ariel), Actor, singer, Helsinki City Theatre
  • Opening of the Event: Zonta International 100 years: History, Present and Future, Salla Tuominen, Director 2018-2020, Zonta International & Zonta International Foundation
  • Greeting of Zonta International: Mari McKenzie, Treasurer / Secretary 2018-2020, Zonta International & Zonta International Foundation
  • Zonta International District 20’s Historical Timeline: Lea Helle, Governor & Eeva Larjomaa, Chair of History Committee
  • Exploitation of the Married Child: Shattering the Silence: Donna Pollard, Founder, Survivors’ Corner
  • Woman’s Perspective on Climate Change: Marja Järvelä, Professor emerita
  • Music from the Musical Little Mermaid: Alek Pèrez Lahtinen (Pärsky), Helsinki City Theatre
  • Female Genital Mutilation as a Continuation of a Violent Tradition: Meeri Koutaniemi, Journalist and photographer
  • Greeting of the Minister: Thomas Blomqvist, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality
  • Mini Panel Interview / Focus on Women and Girls: Helena Ranta, Professor emerita and Interviewer Kaius Niemi, Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat
  • ZAU Campaign Donation: Maija Aksela, Director, LUMA Centre Finland, professor, University of Helsinki
  • Lea Helle, Governor and Vuokko Skyttä, Chair of Service Committee
  • Closing of the Event: Salla Tuominen, Director 2018-2020, Zonta International & Zonta International Foundation

The recording of the seminar is available here:  https://zonta.fi/zonta100/helsinki-juhlavuoden-seminaari-8-11-2019/

The district also launched its history timeline on 8 November.

District 20 members are looking forward to the next 100 years of Zonta as Zonta International will be needed in the future too.

Zonta Club of Cleveland’s Centennial Anniversary Grant supports program to fight human trafficking

The Zonta Club of Cleveland was one of 62 clubs to receive a Zonta International Centennial Anniversary Grant. The club’s US$5,000 grant went to support a community street outreach program run by the Renee Jones Empowerment Center in East Cleveland, a high-incident suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

Renee Jones Empowerment Center is devoted to preventing human trafficking and sexual exploitation by actively engaging the community in anti-trafficking efforts and educating service professionals, law enforcement, educators, students, parents, and the community on the realities of this growing crime.

Project Red Cord Night Out is a call to action. The main goals and objectives are to make trafficking victims aware of the broad spectrum of services which are available, to involve neighbors and community agencies and make them aware of the nature of the trafficking problem.

By partnering with Renee Jones Empowerment Center, the Zonta Club of Cleveland fulfilled the first objective of Zonta International: improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women through service and advocacy.

Members of the Zonta Club of Cleveland participated in the street outreach in September, October, November and December. Club members filled 200 Zonta bags with essential hygiene items such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and provided them to women who stopped by. They also handed out non-perishable food items such as cans of chicken noodle soup and tuna fish, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and healthy snacks.

Mumbai Zonta clubs celebrate the centennial anniversary at festive, music-filled event

The Zonta clubs of Bombay I Bombay III in India, District 25, celebrated Zonta’s 100th birthday with the event, “Zonta Centennial Melody Night,” on 2 November at Jai Hind College Auditorium in Mumbai.

The evening was attended by Zonta International Centennial Committee Member Hsin Hsin Yang of Taiwan, her husband, Gan-dih King, and Shu-Ian Chiu and Yen-ju Chao of Zonta clubs in Taiwan. Zonta District 25 Area 2 Vice-Director Zareen Delawar Hussain, representing Bangladesh and Nepal, also attended.

It was an evening filled with Western & Bollywood songs by Hijackers Orchestra and dances ranging from Indian folk Dances to modern steps. The dance performers were students of Lady Engineer High School and Girton High School, teachers of Feel the Dance Academy, and crew of Monarch Entertainers, choreographed by Zonta member Monica Raheja.

The dances conveyed Zonta’s commitment to saying “No” to violence and women empowerment. There was also a blindfolded solo Indian dance. Guest Artist Delzad Doctor presented a fusion dance with Kathak by co-dancer Pooja.

Governor-Elect Errick Elavia welcomed and introduced honored guests and presented special mementos to them. Jam-e-Jamshed and Parsiana were recognized for their 30 years media partnership to project Zonta’s service and advocacy to their readers in India and abroad.  

Firuza Sena, Zonta District 25 Area 1 Vice-Director representing India and Sri Lanka, introduced service partners of the Zonta Club of Bombay III. The club’s Centennial Community Award went to SNEHA, received by Director Dr. Nayreen Daruwalla, and Save the Children India, received by Director Jyoti Nale. Doctor was also celebrated with a memento.

Length of Membership Awards were presented to Gulshan Patel (30 years), Freny Paghdiwala (40 years), Havovi Dotivala (47 years) and Tanaz Tarapore (56 years).

Hsin Hsin Yang was appreciative of Mumbai Zontians’ commitment to Zonta’s goals. She had gifts for both Zonta clubs and all Zontians of Bombay. 

Hamburg Zonta clubs joined by mayor and 500 guests in grand centennial celebration

The five Zonta clubs in Hamburg, Germany, District 27, gathered for a celebration of Zonta’s centennial anniversary on 12 December in Hamburg, where the 2022 Zonta International Convention will be held.

During the event, held at Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce, First Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher delivered an address to the audience of more than 500 people.

Mayor Tschentscher recognized Zonta’s achievements at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

“Women’s rights are human rights. That makes Zonta always clear, directly with its own campaigns. For example against genital mutilation, forced marriage and violence against women, but also through participation in international organizations,” he said. “Genuine equal opportunities in all areas of life is the prerequisite for a social climate in which violence and discrimination—even in a hidden form—have no acceptance. Thank you very much for your work and congratulations on the 100th anniversary!”

Special guests of honor included Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz and journalist Meike Winnemuth. Queen Silvia of Sweden and Germany’s first lady, Elke Büdenbender, also sent greetings ahead of the event.

The event raised €18,000 (approximately US$20,000), which will go to the Zonta International Foundation to support the Ending Child Marriage project.

Click here to view more photos from the event.

German Zonta clubs celebrate centennial anniversary in Frankfurt am Main

On 11 November, 10 German Zonta clubs gathered to celebrate Zonta’s centennial anniversary at the Römer, one of Frankfurt am Main’s most important landmarks. 

The event hosted 300 guests, including Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz, Frankfurt-am-Main Mayor Peter Feldmann.

President Susanne and the mayor gave speeches, both concluding that if women and girls receive more education, equality will be greater and the world will become a better place.

District 2 includes clubs virtually in its centennial celebration

District 2 celebrated Zonta International’s centennial anniversary at Governor Irene Orton’s home.

All clubs were invited to participate virtually to toast to Zonta’s 100th birthday.

The Zonta clubs of Glens Falls, Albany, Upper Hudson,  Ottawa, Montgomery-Fulton, Skaneateles and Syracuse were represented at the celebration, which culminated with the sharing of vignettes from the “What is the Woman’s Rights Movement.”

Zonta Club of Wangaratta Inc celebrates centennial with dedicated bench and dinner event

The Zonta Club of Wangaratta Inc in Australia, District 23, dedicated a bench in their community as part of their celebration of Zonta’s centennial anniversary.

The plaque on the bench said, “In memory of those who have been touched by domestic violence. 100 years Zonta International Project” and included the phone number for the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counseling Service.

The club also hosted a centennial dinner, where their Woman of the Year Award was given to Maree Timms.

Zonta Club of Sendai I celebrates Zonta’s 100th birthday with special meeting

The Zonta Club of Sendai Ⅰ in Japan, District 26, organized a special meeting commemorating Zonta’s 100 birthday. The theme was “Getting to know Zonta deeply” and attendees enjoyed a delicious box-dinner.

The event began with an introduction of the club’s service activities. A project recipient then gave her report, followed by a video made by District 26 about Zonta’s history.

Bendigo celebrates 100 years of Zonta, 39 years in Bendigo and Women of Achievement

Thirty-nine years ago, the Zonta Club of Bendigo in Australia, District 23, joined the global Zonta family with the sponsorship of the Zonta Club of Melbourne. Heather Winderlich, charter president, laid the foundations for a strong club focused on achieving the ideals of Zonta.

On Friday, 15 November, the club hosted an evening that showcased what it has achieved over the past 39 year and Zonta’s accomplishments in the last century. It also thanked its 23 Women of Achievement.

For the last few years, the club has asked the community to nominate women who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in their community. As a result of her service, the community is a better place to live. This could be a visionary leader, a volunteer or a mentor. Club members continue to be inspired by the outstanding women that are providing so much in bettering the lives of all.

The club also awarded two very special centennial awards: Community Award to Greater City of Bendigo Mayor, Margaret O’Rouke and Champion Award to Sue Brown, charter member.

Past awardees and nominees:

Willi Carney (special Women of Achievement Award recipient in celebration of the club’s 20th year)

Recipients: Karen Riley, Val Campbell and Gayle Maddigan

Recipients: Katherine Legge, Kaye Graves and Margaret Keech

Recipients: Sei Sei Mu Thein, Cathy Steele
Nominees: Jan Boynton, Johanna Spehr, Karen Whillance, Lauren Randle. Louise Scott, Anita Jack, Heather Ridge, Jac Torres-Gomez

Recipients: Julie Oberin and Margaret Singe
Nominees: Judy Stewart, Kathy Tuohey, Jenny Rainsford, Laura Dusseljee