A Brief History of the Zonta Club of: Tauranga

Chartered 7 September 1988
Charter presented at Café 100, Baycourt, Tauranga, 24 September 1988 Anne Tabak was Charter President and Kathy Webb was Charter Secretary

Feature Events and Fundraisers include:
Art Auctions
Golf Tournaments
DIY Ladies Charity Events International Women’s Day Breakfasts Garden/Art Festivals
Making Breast Cancer Cushions ’Relay for Life’ support
Hosting ‘Election Question time’
Pink Ribbon & White Ribbon Day Activities Garage Sales
Movie Nights Market Stalls

Projects Supported include: 
School for Young Parents Life Education Trust
Duffy Books in Homes Breast Cancer Support
Valerie Webster Scholarship (inaugurated in 2005)
Young Women in Public Affairs
Women’s Refuge Shakti Refuge
Superdockets – message on back of supermarket docket with Helpline contact details to Refuge
Zonta says NO campaign
Literacy BOP

Convention Attendees include:
Christine Grant Lois Hellings Val Webster
Frances Wilcockson

Notable members:
Val Webster -­‐ District Governor when District 16 was both Australia and NZ
Several members have held the position of Area Director including; Alison Wilson, Pat Costello, Lois Hellings & Susanne Doerner.
Gail McIntosh (present President) is a former MP & presently a City Councillor Paula Thompson was CEO of Tauranga District Council

We nominated Jane Sargison for an Amelia Earhart Scholar and she became ‘Engineer of the Year’ in Australia in 2012

We have put forward to District 16 Danika Hotham from Papamoa as Young Woman in Public Affairs in April 2014

The Club belongs to National Council of Women

Anecdotes and individual member comments:

Q. What have you enjoyed?
Getting results with lots of laughs, fellowship, wide age group of members, organising the 21st Dinner, working on the Garage sales especially loved working with the younger women, enduring friendships, Conferences – the sharing, information and meeting other Zontians, on-­‐going fellowship, fun and laughter – heart-­‐warming to hear, results of money after hard work, supporting and encouraging younger women, avoiding being President!, preparing the Newsletter, Dinner meetings.

Compiled by Historian:  Judy Entwisle