Zonta Fleurieu - Our Club our Members
Fleurieu Women supporting, caring, empowering Women and our community
Zonta International was introduced to the Fleurieu Peninsula when Michele Howell Price, a member of the Zonta Club of Adelaide, moved to the area. With the support of Dr Heidi Taylor and the enthusiasm of other Adelaide Club members a preparatory meeting of prospective members, quickly followed by an organisational meeting, resulted in the club status being awarded on 27th March, 1978. The Charter was then presented by the Zonta International President, France de la Chase Mutin at a dinner at the Hotel Victor on 8th May, 1978.
Of the 32 charter members, four are still active, and enjoy supporting this wonderful club today. Jane Bohnsack, Margaret Dent, Elaine O'Shaughnessy and Faye White are to be commended for their many years of service to the club.
From it's commencement the Club leapt into service and fundraising. To gain acceptance from the local service clubs, a team was formed to ride in the first Heart Foundation Cyclethon in September in the first year of the club. Later in the year strong representation was made at the local Combined Service clubs dinner in October, Zonta was the first Women's Service club to take part in what is now an annual dinner with representatives from all service clubs in the region. The Zonta Club of Fleurieu Peninsula continued to grow and develop with many new service and fundraising initiatives being successfully implemented. Donations have been made to support local and international projects, with the emphasis on those which improve the lives of women and girls. Our current ongoing projects include making and distributing Breast Care Cushions to hospitals for mastectomy patients, assembling Birthing Kits to help prevent maternal and neonatal deaths in Third World countries as well as other projects in the local area.
In August 1985 our club took up the cause of women in the area of literacy. This led to a meeting of representatives from Zonta clubs across the state, and the Combined Status of Women group began to hold regular meetings. This group is now called the Advocacy group which helps to identify issues which affect women and girls, report back to clubs and work towards influencing change.
By contributing funds to the Zonta International Foundation our club helps support overseas projects run in partnership with the United Nations, to improve the health and education of women and girls and empower them to realise their full potential.