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A Brief History of the Zonta Club of: Christchurch South

 

CLUB CHARTER September 1979
The Zonta Club of South West Christchurch Area, later re-named the Zonta Club of Christchurch South, was initially organised and sponsored by the Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury, under SOM Chair, Annette Prier, during the Zonta International p residency of Evelyn De Wit.  Read more


CHARTER MEMBERS

    • Glen Price President*
    • Neroli Kennett Vice President
    • Lyn Jones Corresponding Secretary
    • Pauline Daly Recording Secretary
    • Leanne Tattle Treasurer
    • Sheila Bailey Board
    • Indrani Bedi Board
    • Ann Stoddart Board
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MEETINGS & COMMITTEES

Initial meetings were held at the University Staff Club. Since 1981, meeting venues have included Heatherlea, Elizabeth House, the Cotswold Inn, Latimer Lodge, the Canterbury Club and the Russley Golf Course Club Rooms. We hold eleven meetings per year, usually featuring an interesting speaker. We produce a monthly letter emailed to members and run a club website/Facebook page. Within the club, we have service, membership, programme and status of women/international committees. In addition, we have a committee that organises our annual Young Sports Person of the Year Awards.


ADVOCACY 
Members are regularly kept aware of local and International Zonta-related advocacy issues and informed about Zonta International and ZISVAW projects by the Status of Women/ International Committee. All c lub service projects are considered for their relevance to enhancing the status of women and Zonta’s biennial objectives. A club representative regularly attends local National Council of Women meetings. The c lub frequently makes submissions, often through District 16, and sometimes directly, to government agencies, about issues affecting women , such as trafficking of women and girls and the closure of the Salisbury School for Girls.

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SERVICE & FUNDRAISNG
Early major projects included an annual f ashion parade and an annual art exhibition, the latter initiated in 1981 fro m an id e a put forward by foundation club member, Margaret Watling. Both of these projects ran for a number of years. In December 1991, after much input from member, Beverley Hair , the c lub initiated the Quinn’s Young Sportswoman of the Year Awards. Over the past 25 years, this has developed into the annual Sportsperson of the Year Awards, a prestigious occasion, with both male and female entrants from secondary schools throughout Canterbury. In 2013, 130+ entries were received, the highest number to date submitted.

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THE CLUB HAS RECENTLY SUPPORTED THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS WITH FUNDRAISING OR SERVICE

    • Alzheimers Canterbury
    • Autism New Zealand
    • Aviva-Safer Houses
    • Battered Women’s Trust
    • Birthright
    • Camp Quality*
    • Endometriosis New Zealand (District Project)
    • New Zealand Gynaecological Foundation (District Project) Otautahi Women’s Refuge
    • Ronald McDonald House
    • Christchurch Women’s Refuge
    • Teen Parent Schools (District Project)
    • Woman2Woman Zimbabwe
    • YWCA
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COMBINED CLUB PROJECTS
Christchurch South frequently combines with other local Zonta Clubs to work together on projects to enhance the empowerment of women. Combined club activities have included funding a dialysis vehicle for the Kidney Foundation, two celebrity debates to establish the annually-awarded Zonta International Canterbury Tertiary Scholarships, a combined Zonta donation of $5000 to the Kate Sheppard National Memorial Appeal (1992) Read more


SPONSORING & MENTORING NEW ZONTA CLUBS
In 1988, Glen Price and Ann Skilling began organising a new club in Timaru as a service project of the Zonta Club of South West Christchurch Area, with the new Zonta Club of Timaru holding its charter dinner on July 5th 1989. On November 17th 1993, the charter dinner for the Zonta Club of Ashburton took place, attended by Glen Price as Chair of the Interclub SOM committee. Anne McMurtrie and other club members were also involved with the formation of the Zonta Club of Christchurch East.


DISTRICT 16 PROJECTS
The club has enthusiastically supported all District projects, including Teen Parent Schools, the ME Programme administered by the Endometriosis Foundation, Women’s Refuge, the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation and, currently, the Sophie Elliott Foundation. Through a connection with Christchurch South Zontian, Anne Trappitt, a relationship was formed between Zonta and the Heart Foundation for its Go Red for Women campaign. Club members participate in all District conferences, Area w orkshops and forums, with some attending Zonta International conventions.


DISTRICT OFFICE
The Zonta Club of Christchurch South has provided two district g overnors, Mary Kincaid 1994-1996, and Anne McMurtrie, 2010-2012. A number of other Christchurch South Zontians have also held district office. In 1983, club member, Dr Joan Chappell, was elected to the executive committee of Zonta’s associated organisation, the National Council of Women. In 1984, Glen Price became a rea 4 d irector and c hair of the District Bylaws Committee. From 1990 to 1992, Mary Kincaid was area 3 Director, becoming lieutenant governor during Joan-Mary Longcroft’s governorship (1992- 4) and district governor (1994-6). Read more


INTERNATIONAL
Glen Price has been a member of the International Resolutions Committee (1980-82) and of the Bylaws/Resolutions Committee (1982-84). Dr Joan Chappell represented Zonta International at the International Federation of University Women’s Conference in 1986. In 1985, the Zonta Club of Christchurch South nominated Val Sarah (Ballarat, Australia) for the office of international president and Jeanne Edgar (Christchurch-Canterbury) for the International Nominating committee. Read more


CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE
In 2012, in a true example of Zontian sisterhood, the combined Zonta clubs of Auckland came to the assistance of Christchurch Zonta clubs, then implementing planning for the District 16 Conference in Christchurch, by organising and hosting the Christchurch District Conference in Auckland. It had become obvious that on-going earthquake after-shocks and a shortage of accommodation would make it impractical to host the conference in Christchurch. The 2017 District Conference is again scheduled to be held in Christchurch.


LIST OF CLUB PRESIDENTS 1979-2014

  • Glen Price 1979-1980
  • Neroli Kennett 1981-1982
  • Sheila Bailey 1982-1983
  • Lyn Russell 1983-1984
  • Gillian Scoggins 1984-1985
  • Mary Kincaid 1985-1986
  • Jane Lancaster 1986-1987
  • Linda Nutt 1988-1989
  • Elaine Mayo 1989-1990
  • Ann Skilling 1990-1991
  • Lyn Russell 1991-1992
  • Diane Blackburn 1992-1993
  • Pat Campbell 1993-1994
  • Jennifer Familton 1994-1995
  • Anne McMurtrie 1995-1996
  • Bev Hair 1996-1997
  • Norma Hancock 1997-1998
  • Elizabeth Mathias 1998-1999
  • Jocelyn Johnstone 1999-2000
  • Pat Hopping 2000-2001
  • Linda Nutt 2001-2002
  • Cheryl Moffat 2002-2003
  • Pam Brian 2003-2004
  • Pam Brian 2004-2005
  • Shona Steele 2005-2006
  • Chris Mathews 2006-2007
  • Wendy Almond 2007-2008
  • Wendy Almond 2008-2009
  • Simonette Boele 2009-2010
  • Pam Brian 2010-2011
  • Jan Fortune 2011-2012
  • Marilou Crequer 2012-2013
  • Marilou Crequer 2013-2014
  • Marilou Crequer 2014-2015

ZONTA CLUB OF CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH INC. SOME OF THE FUNDS DONATED FROM 1980 – 2014 

Abuse Prevention $14400
New Hope Group – Rotary Hoe $200 Afghanistan Appeal $1403
New Horizons for Women Trust $250
Aged Peoples Welfare Council – piano $800 Niger Project $962
Amelia Earhart $10968
NZ Gynaecological Foundation $1700
Angel Fund $500Read more

Compiled by Author/Historian:  Jennifer Loughton (District Historian), Marilou Crequer, Sue Clark and others.