A Brief History of Prominent Zonta Member:
Margaret Campion, Club of Wanganui

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My neighbour, Muriel Beard, a former president and charter member of the Wanganui Club, invited me to join Zonta in 1990. We were country people and my profession was registered as “farmer”; later as company proprietor, then as teacher.

I have been fully involved in all aspects of the club since accepting Board nomination in 1993. I have served as President, Vice President, Secretary, been responsibility for Membership, Status of Women and Service and on the Nominating Committee. I have been newsletter editor three times; 2005 -06; 2008 -09 and most recently 2013 to 2015.

As Status of Women committee, I submitted a nomination for Joan Morrell, a charter member and renowned bronze sculptor, for an Honours Award. (She was awarded QSM in 1995) I also liaised with schools to encourage participation in the Young Woman in Public Affairs award and for some years, represented Zonta at the Wanganui Branch of NCWNZ.

I was President from 2003- 2005. During my term, the Wanganui Club hosted Lynn McKenzie’s Conference at Wanganui Collegiate School in 2003 and following severe flooding and storm damage the Wanganui district experienced in February 2004, we matched the $1000.00 donation from the Metropolitan Dunedin Club. I liaised with Rural Women NZ and we presented ‘feel good’ gift packs containing various vouchers and products to 18 seriously affected, deserving rural women to enjoy.

Between 1996 and 2006, I took a lead role in organising the Zonta Fashion and Design Award, our club’s most significant project, held annually over a 20 year period. The ‘make and model’ event for school students grew in size every year and was a very time consuming project for members.

From 1997 to 2000 I co-ordinated the Christmas Gift Appeal, sponsored by the Wanganui Chronicle. While members enjoyed the wrapping sessions, much time was spent sorting gifts for various age groups, liaising with community groups and distributing gifts – always at a busy time of the year!

I led the Scholarship committee from 2001. $500 was awarded annually to a 2nd or 3rd year Fashion and Design student at Wanganui UCOL until 2004, then a mature female student at the Hospitality and Catering School was supported in 2005.

I have attended four Zonta Conferences, numerous Forums, participated in most Club activities such as making toilet bags for Women’s Refuge, cushions for breast cancer, planting to prevent coastal erosion, manning the gear tent for the annual River Fun Run and helping to arrange several UNIFEM breakfasts.

I have always been most appreciative of the friendships, opportunities and support gained through my membership of the Zonta Club of Wanganui.