We have turned 35!  Zonta Caloundra City Inc. was chartered on 14th February 1989 and has met continuously since then. At least 5 members have over 20 years of service. General meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 1800 at the Mercure Hotel, Birtinya. The work of the club is guided by a yearly  plan.

We also have a website- zontacaloundra.com.au

2022-2024 BOARD

President- Kathy Grudzinskas
Vice President- Anne Godfrey
Secretary- Vanessa Ewin
Treasurer- Marilyn Wayling
Finance and Fundraising Co Chairs – Lyn Colautti, Dorothy Barnes
Membership Chair – Mary Henzell
Service Chair – vacant
Advocacy Chair- Bev Barton


These have included:

  • Advocacy for issues affecting women and children on the Sunshine Coast- currently homelessness and domestic abuse are top of the list.
  • Volunteering and awareness raising in the Community – for example the 16 Days of Activism, and issues including Child Marriage.
  • Fundraising events including International Women’s Day  and the Rise to the Challenge lunch
  • RISE Project (Restart in a Safe Environment) and RISE 2- commencing in 2010 to provide safe short term transitional housing for families affected by domestic abuse- commenced with fundraising for the first two properties ($90,000 in 90 days), and now with an expansion of an additional 8 homes .  Our partnership with Coast 2 Bay and the Salvation Army has made this a successful service model.
  • Breast Cushions– for people post breast cancer surgery- we fund and make these items with over 200 cushions being delivered to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital each year.
  • Birthing Kits– supporting women to give birth safely in third world countries
  • Support for the Better Together Housing project- providing options for single women to meet and discuss potential shared housing
  • Diaries to clients at Iluka Centre at Christmas time
  • Shoeboxes of Love to women in rural and remote locations.Mentoring of young people through Z clubs in Sunshine Coast schools
  • Mentoring of young people through Z clubs in Sunshine Coast schools

Our bursaries  include

  • Amelia Earhart Award – to support tertiary study in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Equity Bursary for a student at University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Joan Ford/Judy Henzell Business Bursary- to support women in tertiary education at the University of the Sunshine Coast.


We welcome enquiries – https://zontadistrict22.org/contact-us/ You will then be contacted by someone from our membership committee. This is followed by an informal meeting with a member of the Board, and you will be invited to attend 2 to 3 Dinner meetings before applying to join, enabling you to see the Club functions and its activities.

Should you decide to apply for membership, an application form must be completed and submitted to the Membership Committee for assessment, then presented to the Board and Members.

All members are assigned to subcommittees and there is an expectation of active involvement and support of club activities.