The Zonta Club of Brisbane East Inc was chartered as a Club of Zonta International on 13 March 1989.
The Club meets in the Meeting Rooms under the Bulimba Library on the third Monday of each month (except January) commencing at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. We aim to have our business meeting finished by 9.00pm. If you would like to be invited to a Monthly Meeting please send an email with your contact details.
Club members are women in business and the professions, as required under the rules of Zonta International, with membership drawn from both the public and private sectors.
The Zonta Club of Brisbane East supports the Zonta International Service Projects as well as a number of local organisations. A major beneficiary of our fundraising activities at the local level has been the Skin Bank at the Royal Brisbane Hospital which received $20000 as a result of the Club’s 10th Birthday Fund Raising Dinner and Auction.
Club members provide “hands-on” service and non-monetary donations of books, clothing, business equipment, Christmas gifts and decorations. We support women and their children receiving temporary housing support in a Women’s Refuge after fleeing from a domestic violence situation.
Our Club members make Zonta Breast Care Cushions which are delivered to the Mater Private Hospital and other hospitals for giving to women who have had breast surgery. The Club gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance provided by the Mater Chicks inPink which assists our fundraising to continue with this project which sees in excess of 800 cushions made and distributed by our Club each year. The Club also has a regular commitment to provide Drainage Bags to the Mater Private Hospital as another example of our “hands on” service..
The Club also provides scholarships of $750 per year over a three year period to encourage and support a Grade 12 girl from Balmoral State High School to undertake tertiary education. This scholarship, the Beverley Farley Zonta Scholarship, is named to recognise the contribution made to our Club by Beverley, a Club Charter Member and Past President who was Principal of Balmoral State High School. Club members have approved a similar scholarship to be awarded annually to a Grade 12 refugee or migrant girl student from the Yeronga State High School. Using a grant from the Brisbane Airport Corporation the Club has sponsored our scholarship winners to participate in the mentoring program run by QUT Women in Technology.
Other local organisations who have previously received assistance from the Club include: The Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS), a women’s refuge, the Sexual Assualt Response Team at the Logan Hospital, ZigZag and the Rape and Incest Survivors Support Group.
In the past we have also supported Dress for Success and the ATSI Women’s Legal and Advisory Service and the Womens Legal Service.
Our Club has combined with other Clubs in the Area to raise funds for Area Service Projects such as a research scholarship at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, support of the Cervical Cancer Unit and area support for the Skin Bank.
Our fundraising activities have included Charity Dinner Auctions, Art Shows, Antique & Collectible Fairs, Crazy Whist playing, Movie Nights, Golf Days, Cake and Slice Drives, Wine Tastings and various raffles/Art Unions and Sausage Sizzles and High Teas.
In 2016 our Club invited other Zonta Clubs to contribute to the funding to train facilitators to introduce the LoveBites program across some further 40 schools in 2017. This program is a program designed for Year 9 and 10 students covering domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and complements the Respectful Relationships program. It was also favourably referred to in the Not Now Not Ever Report. The training of 64 facilitators was funded by the Zonta Clubs taking part and a Grant received from EPIC Assist.
Each year the Club conducts a campaign to raise awareness of the incidence of Violence Against Women and promote the Zonta Says No campaign. This campaign culminates in November/December each year. In 2016 the Club had numerous orange silhouettes of women (plywood cut-outs) prominently displayed in businesses on the south side of Brisbane promoting the message that violence against women is not acceptable. We also issued a statement via our Facebook page on each of the 16 Days of Activism highlighting the various forms violen can take and providing statistical information on the issue. For our 2017 campaign we have invited other Brisbane based Zonta Clubs to join with us in a concerted campaign in partnership with the Brisbane City Council to take this issue to the next level. on 28 February 2017 we addressed a meeting of Brisbane City Council seeking BCC support to wrap a council bus or city cat, light up council infrastructure orange in November/December and support posters and billboards throughout the city.
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Members of the Zonta Club of Brisbane East Inc support the Zonta International Say No Campaign to End Violence Against Women. To read more about this campaign or register your support Click here.