The ZONTA CLUB OF BALLARAT Inc. was sponsored by the Zonta Club of Melbourne and organised by Elizabeth Lucas, OAM. It was chartered in 1978 on United Nations Day October 24, a date considered propitious given Zonta's consultative status with the United Nations and representation at UN sites in New York, Paris, Geneva and Vienna. Interestingly, two other Zonta clubs share the same Charter date - Lugano, Switzerland chartered in 1964, and Nancy in France, chartered in 1966.
The CHARTER DINNER was held at Craig's Royal Hotel in Ballarat on April 3, 1979 with 37 Charter Members. International President-Elect Dr. Shirley Schneider of Springfield Ohio in the USA presented the Charter to President Val Sarah, before Zontians and guests from all over Australia and New Zealand, and two Zontians from Canada including Dorothy Thompson of the ZC Hamilton 1, Ontario who organised the first 12 Clubs in New Zealand and Australia in the 1960's and 1970's.
HOW DOES OUR CLUB FIT IN WITH ZONTA INTERNATIONAL?
Zonta is a unified organisation with a suite of offices in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA, just outside Chicago, and operates through a very simple structure. An International Board communicates with members through a system of management at Districts, Area and Club levels.
Our club ID is 23-4-0863 - district 23, area 4, club 863. There are currently 32 districts in Zonta. Each member has an individual identification number for direct communication. There is a highly motivating level of communication, with regular contact via the Zontian Magazine, monthly e-newsletters direct from ZI headquarters, district newsflashes and club newsletters.
WHAT DOES OUR MEMBERSHIP MEAN TO US?
It gives us the opportunity to
belong to an organisation advancing the status of women through service and advocacy
network with a diverse range of like-minded leaders and achievers here and overseas
develop personal skills and undertake leadership roles
enrich our own lives by helping others in a positive way, locally and globally
recognise and support women of achievement, of all ages
HOW DO WE OPERATE?
we enjoy friendship at monthly dinner meetings with informative guest speakers
we engage in decision-making on pertinent issues at committee meetings
we participate in a rich variety of events, at which partners and friends are welcome
INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE? PLEASE CONTACT US!
For information about dinner meetings, financial obligations and forthcoming events, please contact -
Zonta Club of Ballarat,
P.O. Box 1223, Bakery Hill,
Victoria, Australia, 3354.
Phone: 0439 711 451