The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey celebrated Zonta’s 100th Birthday with storytellers and the presentation of a special award

The Zonta Club of Harrisburg Hershey, District 3, celebrated Zonta International’s 100th birthday on 14 November 2019.

Members and guests enjoyed a trip down memory lane as “Zonta Storytellers” and shared Zonta’s history beginning with Marian de Forest in 1919.

The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey was one of 62 clubs to receive a Zonta International Centennial Anniversary Grant. The club’s US$5,000 grant went to support Shalom House in Harrisburg and its program “Voices of Hope.”

Shalom House Executive Director Denise Britton attended the centennial celebration and was also awarded the prestigious District 3 Centennial Champion Award. The club was honored to have District 3 Governor Joanne Gallos attend the celebration and present the award to Denise.

The social hour concluded with the group singing a rousing version of “Happy Birthday” to Zonta as Club President Elaine Weinert and Joanne Gallos blew out the candles on the birthday cake.

District 17 draws national attention for Centennial Walk

District 17 Area 05 Zonta clubs hosted a Centennial Walk on 9 November.

Information about Zonta and the event were shared broadly by local media. A one-pager story was featured in the PhilStar on 17 November.

The PhilStar is a daily newspaper with nationwide circulation. Members were interviewed by PTV4, and it aired on national tv.

The City Government of Taguig took drone footage of the event as well.

Zonta Club of Abidjan ensures centennial icon is seen across the city

Celebrating Zonta’s 100 years, the Zonta Club of Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, District 18, organized a caravan of 100 taxis, many of which featured an image of the centennial icon.

The club also hung images and signs around the town to draw attention to Zonta International’s work.

Balloons in Zonta’s centennial icon color and golden “100” balloons were released into the air by a group of club members. They also celebrated with events with students at a nearby college and an award ceremony.

See more photos here.

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:

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.