Zonta Club of Botany Bay from 1994
Zonta Club of Botany Bay was formed in 1994 by Zonta Club of Sydney and subsequently chartered in June of that year with 32 members. The charter president was Beverley Davies OAM, and was mentored by Shirley Graham from ZC Sydney. Unfortunately, many of the Charter Members did not follow through with their commitment to Zonta after the first year. Those who did commit were instrumental in the development and growth of a very pro-active club.
Within the first 6 months, Zonta Club of Botany Bay had been inspired by a guest speaker, Vanessa Lambert, who spoke about post-operative support following Breast Cancer surgery. This lead to the development of a crescent shaped cushion to be used for supporting the arm after breast surgery. This project has continued with the club making approximately 500 items per year for local hospitals. The benefits of these cushions were quickly evident to other Zonta clubs who also adopted this project. In 2001, Zonta Districts 23 & 24 accepted the Breast Care cushions as District Projects and this has continued to the present time.
Each year since 1995 ZCBB has organised very successful Young Women in Public Affairs Awards involving the local schools. The quality of students has been outstanding with four winners, Elise Fisher, Katerina Jovanoska, Daniella Mraovic and Athena Savvas receiving District awards. Three of these girls, Elise, Daniella and Athena, went on to win a ZI award. Three of our YWPA winners are now active Young Professional members of the Zonta Club of Botany Bay while they finish their University studies.
Sponsoring a young girl at the School of St Judes in Tanzania has been part of the ZCBB support for women in education. Some members have visited the student and the club has supported the school in many ways.
Women in local refuges have been supported with the club providing funding for bedlinen, diaries, children’s clothes and bedding as well as toiletries donated through various sources. A financial grant was allocated to a refuge to support the children with homework help and computer use.
Since 2003, ZCBB has assembled birthing kits which were sent to various countries. In the past 3 years we have been packing the kits at local high schools and have been able to teach the Year 9 students about the need for the birthing kits in some communities.
ZCBB funds have also been used to the following:
The club has been successful in gaining grants & sponsorships from various institutions to cover the cost of some of our projects. It has also been successful in developing grant proposals for refuges and other service providers. Membership numbers have fluctuated over the years but it has been a very vibrant mix of members who have worked with enthusiasm and friendship making for a very ‘Can Do” approach to help fulfil the mission of Zonta International
The Zonta Club of Botany Bay is part of Zonta International and as with all clubs aligns its objectives with Zonta International in:
Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professional women working together to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Founded in 1919 as the vision of some 600 women in the USA, Zonta International has blossomed into an organisation which today engages the mind and spirit of over 30,000 women and men in more than 1200 clubs located in 67 countries around the world. Zonta International is proudly non-partisan and non-sectarian, with members from a diverse range of cultures and professional backgrounds. As Zontians in District 24 (covering most of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory) we voluntarily apply our time and talents working co-operatively, locally and globally, on a variety of service projects and advocacy initiatives, to advance the economic, professional, educational, health, legal and political status of women.