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A Brief History of Prominent Zonta Member:
Lynne Lagan, Club of Auckland North Shore

lynne Academic Qualifications:
BA: Management Auckland University 1999
MBA: Massey University 2003
National Certificate in Real Estate

Work Experience:
Hotel Industry 1975–1989
Contract Management 1990-2005
Real Estate 2005 – still enjoying

Zonta District 16
Joined 2005
Membership Chair 2007-2011
Club President 2011-2013
UN Chair District 16 2013-2015

I am a proud New Zealand Citizen. On my mother’s side our first ancestor arrived in Christchurch in the late 18 Century as the chaperon for his sister who was to be a governess. My great great great grandfather (father’s side) came out as a Fencible Soldier and landed in Onehunga. My paternal grandmother was Danish. I grew up in Auckland 1 of 4 children with whom I am still very close. We were always surrounded by aunts and uncles and lots of cousins. I believe family is the basis of solid citizenship. I have been married to Dan for 41 years and we have 2 sons one who lives permanently in London (married 2 small boys) and our other son lives in Chamonix – a vegan mountain climber (in a relationship). We also have a daughter Jai who lives locally.

I am lucky enough to live near Takapuna Beach and walk it daily (mostly) I enjoy a healthy lifestyle but am not fanatical about sport. I believe I have an enquiring mind and an outgoing personality. As such the fellowship of Zonta is important to me.

I first heard of Zonta when I was a member of BPW and organised jointly with the five women’s service clubs on the North Shore, a finance seminar for interested women locally. When BPW closed on the Shore I joined Zonta. I have always been interested in the advancement of the status of women and am especially passionate about the good Zonta does in their International projects and advocacy.

This passion was ignited when I attended the 2012 ZI Convention in Turin. Listening to the reports of our advocacy in Liberia (Obstetric Fistula Program) and Rwanda (HIV Prevention) and advocacy (Safe Cities for Women) over the past biennium was inspiring.

Hearing the experiences of our international awardees from Young Women in Public Affairs, Jane Klauseman and Amelia Earhart was also stimulating. With their award money they went out into the world and made a difference. And to see 2,500 committed Zontians in one auditorium, all committed to making an improvement to “The Status of Women” worldwide is an experience I would highly recommend.