Meetings

Longford Park Village

 

Meet & Greet:6.15pm
Dinner:6.45pm

1st Wed of the Month
1 Longford Park Drive
Takanini, Papakura
Contact Us if you'd like to come along.

Zonta South Auckland Club History

The Zonta Club of South Auckland Inc was established on 7 July 1977 with 46 members, three of whom remain members to this day. The first president of the club was Noeline Walsh. At the time of the establishment of the club, there were 25,000 members in 48 different countries and by 2002 (our 25th anniversary) there were over 35,000 members worldwide.

Noeline Walsh, Joan-Mary Longcroft QSM (Auckland Zonta), June Read and Catherine Grey

 

Noeline, June and Catherine have given more than 100 years combined service to South Auckland. An amazing contribution from three special women.

A stall at an Ardmore fun fair was the first ever Zonta fundraiser, with money raised going to a quadriplegic who required a new wheelchair. In 2005, over $10,000 was raised to support the gynecological unit at Middlemore hospital, Teen parenting and other Zonta charities. The South Auckland club also sponsored, organised and mentored the establishment of East Auckland and Thames Zonta clubs.

In 1979, the South Auckland club conceived the idea of an education fund to promote education and training with mature women. Denise Heaton was the first recipient in 1983 and received a study grant. In November 2005, various Zonta districts celebrated milestones ranging from 35 – 40 years in New Zealand. In July 2007 Zonta South Auckland celebrated its 30th anniversary.

 

International History

In early 1900’s, playwright and journalist Marian de Forest conceived the idea of creating a strong network of women in executive professions who would work to take their rightful place in the professions alongside men. 

 

Marian de Forest

Zonta International Logo

By March 1919, five women organised to achieve this mission and chartered the first Zonta club in Buffalo, New York, USA. Membership grew rapidly to 600 members in 9 Zonta clubs. These members were among the first college educated women in America.

In November 1919 a constitution and bylaws were created, and the name “Zonta” was selected, which means honest and trustworthy in Indian Sioux language dialect. The name was later changed, and the club colours of mahogany and gold were chosen at the first Zonta executive session in 1920. In 1930, the first European club was created in Vienna, Austria. That same year saw Zonta International incorporated in the state of Illinois, USA.

With membership increasing, the organisation focused on service function, and began supporting relief efforts around the world. In 1923, Zonta contributed financially to the care of 115,000 orphans in Turkey. As technology evolved, Zonta clubs sprang up globally, and international service projects increased.

In 1928, equal education for girls became the organisation’s priority with the adoption of a vocational education service project in the USA. Zontian’s provided information about their jobs for a centralised job bank available in high school libraries, colleges and universities.

Zonta launched the Amelia Earhart Fellowship program in 1938 to commemorate the aviator and Zontian Amelia Earhart. Throughout the 1930’s, Zonta grew to 130 clubs in 6 countries, and continued to push for gender equality in employment. By 1944 the club endorsed the elimination of gender discrimination in job opportunities, and sought the right for women to serve with the military.

In 2005, Zonta celebrated 85 years of service with over 35,000 members in 68 countries. Today the organisation still continues to fight for women’s rights through local and global projects. Each year, Zontians donate thousands of hours of time, and millions of dollars to support the cause.

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