Zonta Club of Caloundra City Inc.

On the 8th November 2018, we will be celebrating 100 years of Zonta International, currently in 65 countries, with over 31,000 members worldwide. We attended our Zonta International Convention on the 1st July, held in Yokohama, Japan, the keynote speaker, The Right Honorable Helen Clark, ex Prime Minister of New Zealand. Our past District 22 Governor, Ans Van Erp proudly carried the Australian flag. 

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EMPOWERING MEMBERS TO BECOME LOCAL ADVOCATES!

ZONTA IN CALOUNDRA

One of the most attractive areas in Australia, Caloundra City is within an hour’s drive of Brisbane and is the gateway to the Sunshine Coast.  Caloundra City lays claim to ten of Queenslands most popular patrolled beaches as well as beautiful rain forests, and numerous botanical, environmental and national parks.

We reflect a cross-section of the Caloundra community – with representatives from a broad range of businesses and the professions. Our ages range from twenties to eighties and we live between mountains and ocean, rain forest and marine life. The Zonta Club of Caloundra City is dedicated to advancing the status of women locally and globally, to serving our community and the world at large through service and advocacy. We offer the opportunity to achieve personal and professional growth in a nurturing and supporting environment.  

Our commitment to improving the status of local women is challenging in one of the most rapidly growing parts of Australia. We target raising several thousand dollars annually to fund:

Rise Project: For local women who are victims of domestic violence.

Breast Care Cushions: Supplied to most hospitals and distributed by Breast Care Nurses, these cushions provide comfort to women (and men) in the post-operative phase of breast surgery.  The Caloundra Sewers and Quilters have assisted in the past to make these sought-after cushions which are often a turning point in helping the recipient feel more positive.

Drainage Bags: As per the Breast Care Cushions these are used for support of drainage bags post breast surgery and have been found to be invaluable by patients.

Love Choices Brochures: A small brochure distributed in schools, containing small hints to assist in evaluating the potential for a bad relationship and contact details of help if required.

Shoe Boxes of Love: Essential and luxury items are placed in beautifully wrapped shoe boxes for women living in drought or flood affected areas, in regional Queensland.

Domestic Violence Brochures: A small brochure with hints/tips/contact organisations and phone numbers distributed to Domestic Violence victims at Court Houses.

Toiletry Bags in Schools: To assist students who are in a temporary situation of having to stay with friends due to an unstable/threatening situation at home.  They include soap, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, shaver/shaving cream, etc. in a carry bag.

Birthing Kits: Every ninety seconds a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth; approximately 515,000 women annually. For every woman who dies, another thirty incur injuries and infections, which are often painful, disabling, embarrassing and lifelong. Nearly two million birthing kits have been sent to developing countries so far!

Amelia Earhart Bursary: A Bursary given to girls in Year 12 who are planning to study, science, engineering, mathematics or aeronautical studies at tertiary level.  The Bursaries are awarded annually and may be used at any University or College.

Equity Bursary: A bursary awarded annually to support and encourage a young woman, in her first or second year at the University of the Sunshine Coast, who has experienced educational disadvantage because of her personal circumstances.

Joan Ford/Judy Henzell Bursary: A bursary awarded annually to a female Business Student in her first or second year at the University of the Sunshine Coast, who meets the necessary criteria.

BOARD MEMBERS (for 2018/2019 term of office)

President                     Simone Ricketts
Vice President             Pam Hall
Secretary                     Lyn Colautti & Marie Muller
Treasurer                     Carmel Sullivan

PROJECTS/COMMITTEES (for 2018/2019 term of office)     

  • Finance and Fundraising
  • Service
  • Membership
  • Advocacy
  • PR & Advertising

CLUB MEETINGS

Monthly dinner meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month at a restaurant in Kawana – 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm. We have the occasional guest speaker and our dinner cost is $35. Monthly raffles support our administration. We commence our meetings with fellowship overlooking the water and encourage prospective new members to visit at least 2 meetings prior to joining.

ENQUIRIES re MEMBERSHIP or to attend a meeting or to make enquiries about joining Zonta International please send an email or make a phone call to our Chair of Membership, Cathy Govey on 0488 283 555. Our Zonta year starts 1 June and attendance at monthly and committee meetings is mandatory.

To find out more about the activities of Zonta Clubs throughout our District click here or phone Bev Bellett on phone: (H) 07-5477-0986 or email: caloundra@zontadistrict22.org

Join us!!