Longford Park Village


Meet & Greet:6.15pm

1st Wed of the Month
1 Longford Park Drive
Takanini, Papakura
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March 2106


March meeting 2016 

Zonta South Auckland celebrated International Women’s Day with a Zonta Rose Day meeting - an opportunity to present a yellow rose, a Zonta symbol, to local women who have made outstanding contributions to their local communities.
This year, the club recognised four women, Betty Jackson, Margaret Swift, Shirley Maihi and Catherine Grey.
Betty Jackson of Bombay has spent 40 years living in and around Bombay nurturing a wonderful garden which she has always enjoyed sharing with the community. Her orchids have provided a warm welcome for many a new resident in the area. She has worked at the IHC shop in Pukekohe since 1970 and has made countless bottles of pickles and jams over the years to sell there, all from the fruits of her garden. Now over 90, she lives at The Palms but continues to fill her week up with activity as always including still working one day a week at the shop.
Shirley Maihi , the Principal of Rongomai School, was unfortunately not able to be present to receive her rose but her amazing contribution to the lives of thousands of families and school children in the community was shared with the members. She has always considered the wider needs of the school in many innovative ways such as establishing day care centres to enable women to go to work. Her goal has been to maximise learning opportunities for children and valuing the individual.
Margaret Swift of Pukekohe has been involved in a multitude of organisations over the years from the District Council, to Guides, AFS, Swimming Club, Board of Trustees, the Hospice and many others. She continues still these days to drive patients to appointments and delivers meals on wheels. Margaret feels strongly that women should be able to do anything they want to and following on from the women who fought for women’s suffrage we should “keep the ball rolling”.
Catherine Grey, was a founding member of the Zonta Club and for 38 years has worked on fundraising for women’s projects particularly for the Study Awards which Zonta give out each year to local women to assist in their ongoing education. She was a very able professional and ran her own physiotherapy practice for many years. Assisting women to achieve their potential has always been a prime interest of hers and she is a Life Member of the National Council of Women. Catherine considers that much progress has been made in our generation particularly for working women but women’s issues are still right up there in importance.
We value this opportunity to recognise these women and thank them for their contribution to our community.