A Brief History of Prominent Zonta Member:
Leona Gibb, Club of Marlborough
Leona was a founder member and Vice President 1973 -75. She became president and held other roles within the club over the years.
Area 4 Director 1980 – 82
This was when Area 4 covered all the South Island and extended through the Mana, Lower Hutt areas to Manawatu. Leona wrote regular newsletters.
In June 1981 Leona was on the slate of candidates for election as Lt Governor.
1984 – Leona attended ZI Convention in Sydney with June Bell and Rita Workman. Leona along with her Australian counterpart was co-Chair of the Transport Committee. The Marlborough contingent were amused to have this responsibility, coming as they did from a small town with no public transport!
Whilst at the Sydney Convention and staying at the Carrington Apartments, Leona decided to have a bath. Imagine her horror when she pulled the plug and the water went all over the floor of the bathroom. I’m afraid Rita and June just laughed their heads off before going to her aid. A blocked pipe was fixed the next day.
Chair of United Nations Committee 1988 – 1990: This was during Sue Laidlaw’s governorship and afterwards Leona was asked by Cherry Raymond to stay on in this position.
Minute Secretary 1989 : Attendance & Fellowship Committee
1992 Attended Convention in HongKong: After continuing to present UN matters to D16 Zontians, Leona attended the Hong Kong convention and met Augusta Meyer, the Zonta International UN Chair. It was soon after that D16 Governor Joan Mary Longcroft asked all D16 clubs to establish a UN committee.
Leona had a long, busy and rewarding association with Zonta until the club disbanded in 1994.