A Brief History of Prominent Zonta Member:
Lyn Farry, Club of Metropolitan Dunedin
Lyn was born and educated in Southland and was Dux and Head Girl at Southland College. She moved to Dunedin to pursue a career as a primary school teacher. While a student in Dunedin she met her future husband, Malcolm, who was studying at the Otago University School of Dentistry.
It would be some years before Lyn married her husband. In the intervening years she taught in Wellington. While there an
opportunity presented for her to experience high fashion modeling. She subsequently combined her two careers – modeling and teaching. The pinnacle of her modeling career was winning a New Zealand wide contest run by the New Zealand Wool Board to model and speak at conferences on the West Coast of America. On returning Lyn and Malcolm settled in Dunedin where Malcolm had a dental practice. A growing family of eight children became a full time occupation for Lyn for many years to follow. As the family grew Lyn became involved in their education, chairing kindergarten, school committees and the local school Board of Trustees.
Lyn’s love of sport saw her appointed to a leadership role in sports administration at Kavanagh College. She was also appointed as a selector/coach for College and Otago Age-Group netball.
Lyn was on the organizing committee for the integration of Dunedin’s two Catholic High Schools. She designed the school uniform that brought together the culture of the two schools. That uniform is still current. In 1996 she was one of two lay people appointed by the New Zealand Bishop’s Conference to serve on the Board of Holy Cross College, a Catholic Seminary for priests.
In 1997 Lyn became a charter member of the Zonta Club of Metropolitan Dunedin and took on the role of vice-president. From the outset, Lyn saw Zonta with its focus on raising the status of women, as a unique opportunity to become involved in the community both locally and internationally. She embraced Zonta with enthusiasm and commitment fulfilling many roles of responsibility. She was club President 1999-2000 and served on the club board on more than one occasion. She has chaired several club committees.
Lyn’s interest in fashion became the catalyst for her starting the club’s Annual Evening of Extraordinary Fashion in the year 2000. She chaired this committee for the next nine years, raising significant funds for local charities.
In 2013 Lyn was approached to head a committee to organize the public launch of the book, “Sophie’s Legacy” written by Lesley Elliott and Bill O’Brien, an account of the horrific murder of Lesley daughter Sophie. In was from this connection that the Sophie Elliott Foundation was born. Lyn was a prime mover behind the Zonta Clubs of Metropolitan Dunedin and Manawatu submitting the successful application for consideration as the District 16 Biennial Project for 2014-1016. District Governor, Janette Irvine, then asked Lyn to be the District Project Co-ordinator for this project.
Lyn is also a member of the Dunedin School of Art Advisory Board, is a Directory of a Fine Art Gallery, and a director in family businesses. Lyn acknowledges the support and inspiration of her husband, Malcolm, in all that she does.