Zonta Club of Szombathely celebrates Zonta’s 100th anniversary throughout the year

The Zonta Club of Szombathely, District 14, joined Zonta International in 1991, the first in Hungary. Throughout the 28-year history, 55 women have volunteered for longer or shorter periods. The three founding members have been with the club from the beginning.

The club’s activities are organized around four fundamentals:

  1. It represents the values of Zonta, the fact that women’s rights are human rights, that they need to be done to eliminate gender inequality, both globally and locally.
  2. It patronizes the disadvantaged and the abused women.
  3. It supports mothers in need, talented young people (Christmas package, medication catering, scholarship).
  4. It provides: implements regular projects year after year, two of which are joining ZI projects (YWPA, ZONTA SAYS NO).

For Zonta’s 100th birthday, the club published a bilingual anniversary edition called ÉLETKÉPEK/ CLUB-LIFE. Printed and pdf versions of this publication have been sent to the District 14 archives.
They chose “harmonious relationship” as the theme of their Rose Day in March, which is a music-literary show: with the title BEING A PARTNER.

In District 14’s “100 Zontians – 100 Role Models” project, two of the club’s members introduced themselves.

At the anniversary events of the Zonta clubs in Hungary in September, they presented our Életképek / Club-Life publication in Veszprém.

Finally, the club’s centennial commemoration was held on 18 October. In the main square of Szombathely, club members formed the word Zonta together with 100 students holding colorful umbrellas to pay tribute to the founding ladies.

Foundation Ambassador Margot Fleck introduced Zonta International Foundation activities. Club members presented their anniversary publication and the program was accompanied by widespread interest in the local press. Local television also produced a movie summary, seen below.

In the news: Zonta Club of Iloilo City II plants 100 mangroves for 100 years of Zonta

Strong and empowered women of Zonta Club of Iloilo City II, Philippines, District 17, planted 100 mangroves to mark Zonta International’s 100th anniversary.

Zonta Centennial Walk, the six-kilometer walk and mangrove planting activity on Nov. 9, was comprised by members of Z and Golden Z Clubs of Zonta Club of Iloilo City II as well as the students and teachers of St. Therese MTC College. The walk started from Barangay Nabitasan, Leganes to Katunggan Eco Park where each of the 100 mangroves was carefully placed in its own spot among the mangroves in the sanctuary.

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Zonta Club of Roseburg Area celebrates centennial with child marriage awareness-raising display

In honor of Zonta’s 100th anniversary, the Zonta Club Roseburg Area, USA, District 8, is spreading awareness about child marriage with a display at its local library.

In the United States, at least 207,459 minors were married between 2000 and 2015. Eighty-seven percent of these minors are girls.

The club is in the state of Oregon, where children 17 years of age can marry with parental consent. According to Frontline, 3,284 children were married in Oregon between 200 and 2014. With 31 per 10,000 married, the state is 15th when ranked from most to least child marriages.

In the news: Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent honors sisters with family legacy of empowering women with Centennial Anniversary Award

The Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent, Canada, District 15, is celebrating its centennial year by presenting awards to a group and an individual to recognize their commitment to empowering women in our community.

The Ursuline sisters of Chatham-Kent received the Zonta International Centennial Community Award at a special Zonta anniversary event 9 Nov. at St. Paul’s Congregational Church. Zonta (Chatham-Kent) President Joyce Reissner and Zonta District 15 Governor Joy Smith from Michigan were on hand to present the award to Ursuline leaders Sr. Sheila McKinley and Sr. Theresa Campeau.

Reissner said the award is well-deserved for the Ursuline Sisters, who have a proven record of empowering women.

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Zonta Club of Central Tuguegarao honors Zonta’s 100th anniversary with 2-day celebration

​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.

In the news: Zonta Club of Johnson County celebrates 100 years of service by honoring local women

One hundred years ago, Zonta International was founded in Buffalo, New York, during a time when women had professions, but did not yet have the right to vote. 

To celebrate women’s achievements since then, the Zonta Club of Johnson County hosted a luncheon Friday to specifically honor women in Johnson County who were the first to fill a service role.

Zonta Club Johnson County President Dianna Ward welcomed guests, including past and present members of Zonta.

“We are so pleased to have you with us today to celebrate Zonta International’s 100th birthday,” she said. “Zonta Clubs in 63 countries are having events today similar to this. The celebration follows the sun from New Zealand to Hawaii, over 47 hours.”

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Hawaii Zonta clubs receive proclamations in honor of Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary

The Zonta clubs of Kauai and Hanalei in Hawaii, District 9, received three proclamation readings for Zonta International’s Centennial Anniversary from County of Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami, Kaulana Finn, Representative for Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Councilmembers Felicia Cowden and Mason Chock.

A proclamation presentation was held at the County of Kauai’s Moikeha Building on Thursday, 7 November. 

District 2 takes on multiple projects to celebrate Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary

In anticipation of Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary, District 2 undertook several projects.

A contribution was made to Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association to support the building of a permanent memorial/museum, which will honor the suffragists who endured harsh conditions and abuse to win voting rights for American women.

The memorial will provide awareness and education about how their courage, methods and commitment led to the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The name of Zonta District 2 will appear on the memorial.  

A wooden and brass flaming torch was created bearing the District 2 logo and centennial icon, plus a list of club names, numbers and join dates. The torch was passed from club to club in reverse charter order, remaining with each club for a month. The oldest club had the honor of bearing the torch to the District Conference, which was held in the Olympic town of Lake Placid, NY, where the Zonta Club of The Adirondacks meets.

Each club held centennial celebrations in their hometown during their time with the torch. To see images of the torch passing, search #Zonta100yearsD2 on Twitter and Facebook.

Since early education of women and girls is essential in the pursuit of gender equality and empowerment of women, Zonta International District 2 Governor Irene Orton started a book blog, where reviews and recommendations are posted in hopes that clubs would undertake a local service project to make these books available to women and girls in their communities.  

Several district 2 clubs created a brief video showcasing the history of their club, which appears on their website and the Zonta District 2 YouTube Channel. Snippets of these videos are included in a longer, 26-minute narrative and look back at the world when Zonta was formed and District 2’s role in Zonta.

The celebration continued with a Centennial-labeled sparkling white wine produced by Lakewood Vineyards, a business owned by a member of the Zonta Club of Watkins Glen-Montour Falls. 

Lastly, all of the district’s clubs chose a decade from the 100 years of Zonta to present a delightful centennial women’s fashion show at the District Conference. It was fascinating to see the evolution of women’s fashion trends.  

Zonta Club of Brooklyn honors Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary with campaign to register female voters

The Zonta Club of Brooklyn, the first club chartered in the Centennial Anniversary Biennium, celebrated Zonta’s 100th with a service project.

The USA club from District 3 unveiled a campaign called “Votes for Women,” with the goal of undertaking non-partisan voter registration drives. On Saturday, 9 November, club members set up a Zonta table at one of their local farmer’s markets.

They registered voters and informed people about Zonta, its global mission, and their local efforts. As a result, 30 voters were registered and club members spoke with a number of people who expressed interest in attending future meetings.

Club members found it to be a great way to celebrate Zonta’s mission in the past 100 years and a woman’s right to vote, and pivot Zonta toward a strong future by recruiting new members.

Zonta Club of Leer-Ostfriesland celebrates Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary aboard local ferry

The Zonta Club of Leer-Ostfriesland in Germany, District 27, celebrated Zonta’s Centennial Anniversary on Friday, 8 November, on the AG Ems ferry “MS Ostfriesland.”

Members were joined by partners and members of participating parishes and supporters of their club project, which received the 2018 German Engagement Award “Moje Tieden – against women age poverty in East Frisia.”

With musical support from Oliver Jüchems and Holger Billker, fresh coffee and cake and BINGO with Dietmar Müller-Dunkmann, guests enjoyed a three-hour-long entertaining boat trip on the most modern ferry of the shipping company “AG Ems.”

This high-class event was made possible by the generous support of many sponsors from the cities of Emden, Leer and Aurich, where the club is based. With more than 170 registrations for this completely free event, pick-up service included, the Zonta Club of Leer-Ostfriesland was delighted with the high response.

“We were so filled with joy! They were strangers to us and everyone had a smile on their faces, a jolly good mood, joy and so much more, “commented President Ute Watermeyer. “Thanks ZONTA!”

As a farewell, each guest received a fragrant, handmade soap—lovingly packaged and labeled with a Zonta Club of Leer-Ostfriesland labelas a small reminder of the beautiful trip.