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Newsletter of the Zonta Club of Bunbury Inc.
 Edition #66 January 2017

President: Kimberley Robbins
Editor: Nan Martella 

Mother Christmas!

Charter member Josephine Spaull at our December club meeting with her Christmas cherries and chocolates that she gives to members every year!

President's Message


Service & UN

Membership & Program

PR & Communications

Finance & Fundraising

District & Area News
International Focus
Area Workshop: Sat. 25th March

Hosted by Area Director Jo Wittorff and the Zonta Club of Swan Hills

President's Message

November 2016 saw a successful White Ribbon Day held across the country. The Zonta Club of Bunbury advocated at the Bunbury Forum where the white ribbons were handed out and some donations given. Two members also advocated in Bridgetown with great success.

Members showed their vast knowledge of Christmas Carols at our December meeting and got into the spirit wearing the colours of Christmas.
I hope everyone had a very merry but safe Christmas and a Happy New Year.

There is much to look forward to in this coming year through Zonta service and fellowship. Our Sunday in the Park was a great success at our new venue. We were delighted to welcome a group of Zontians and friends from the Peel Club.  We have our International Women’s Day breakfast, workshop, awards and conference to come in 2017. I know I am looking forward to attending these events and hope to see many other Bunbury Zontians doing the same.
Kimberley Robbins, President

Advocacy Committee
Chairman Tyril Houghton

A very successful community White Ribbon day was held on Saturday 26th November. Our ribbon makers included 15-17 year old students who were disengaged from school and attending the Jobs South West Training general education course. People living at the Ocean Star Nursing Home also contributed.

Many of the ribbon recipients spoke of their experiences with domestic violence either directly or indirectly. There was lots of positive feed-back about the need to talk openly about Domestic Violence and that it should not be a stigma to seek help.

Thank you to all members who participated in our White Ribbon Day activities. In Bunbury, $401 was donated.  Ingrid Hilario and Josephine Spaull advocated in Bridgetown, raising $156, making a total of $571 for the club. This was combined with individual monetary gifts from club members and a total of $746 was donated to the SW Refuge. 

Lee Mead coordinated the Bunbury day. Both venues displayed posters organised by Tyril Houghton, using the same design as our Walk in My Shoes campaign, stating that Zonta Says NO to Domestic Violence. Many Zontians, in their communications with both men and women noted a heightened awareness of the need for prevention of Domestic Violence. A number of brothers or fathers of abused women, stated a need for this to become a focus of public policy. 

In another Forum "It's no Secret" conference on domestic violence hosted by Waratah, Karen Mazzella  managed a display promoting Zonta saying "No" to domestic violence.

Service & UN Committee
Chairman Linda Brown

Pictured above from left: Service Committee Chairman Linda Brown, Alyssa Hawkins and Club President Kimberley Robbins

The Zonta Club of Bunbury presented Alyssa Hawkins with its inaugural ECU Women in Engineering Award for Excellence on 13th December at a dinner at the Highway Hotel.
Alyssa is certainly a deserving recipient of this award. She is also the first recipient of the South32 Worsley Alumina Scholarship for engineering students studying at ECU’s South West Campus.

Alyssa has completed a year of study in Bunbury, but must now move to Perth where she will complete her degree at ECU’s Joondalup Campus. Our $500.00 award will assist Alyssa in her move. Helping young people continue their education is one of the challenges our community faces, and it’s a need our club wishes to help address. We also wish to encourage young women to undertake degrees in science and engineering.

Membership Committee
Chairman Jill Lynn

Christmas Dinner Meeting 
Partners and guests were invited and enjoyed a delicious Christmas meal with a guest speaker and entertainment.
The Guest Speaker, club member Karen Mazzella, spoke of her family’s great adventure when she was a teenager. In 1979 the Parmelia Yacht Race from Plymouth in England, to Fremantle was planned to celebrate 150 years of European settlement in Western Australia. The family had to sail their yacht from Fremantle to Plymouth to begin the race. Karen spoke of the many trials and highlights of this long journey. It was difficult for the audience to comprehend the magnitude of such an undertaking today, let alone forty five years ago. Access Christmas Meeting photos here.

Entertainment and hilarity was provided later in the evening, organised by Jo Wittorff with Francesco Mazzella on the guitar.  Groups participated in some competitive round robin singing of Christmas Carols and songs.

Congratulations to Jo and George Wittorff who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on January 9th. It was a very special milestone with the whole of their family present, including son Vaughan who lives in the UK.

e- Cookbook
A reminder that the Membership Committee is anxious for members to submit a tried and true favourite recipe, together with a photograph, so that work can begin on this project to ensure that it is ready in time for our '2017 ZIF night'.

PR and Communications Committee

Chairman Sue Kerr
The committee has been using different mediums to reiterate the objectives of Zonta to members and to publicise club activities. A Christmas card was gifted in December, and prior to this, members received bookmarks, and some poetry written by victims of abuse.
We also aim to provide visibility for our club's accomplishments by maintaining up to date information on our Website and Facebook page and by sending media releases with photographs to the local newspapers.
Preparation for the  club's history book to be ready for Bunbury Zonta club's 30th birthday is coming together. In response to feed-back from members, we are aiming to produce an historical snapshot of our club over the last 30 years for our members to enjoy and appreciate how far we have come.
In 2017 we intend to continue giving our members small mementos which relate to the theme of the club meeting as a way of promoting the wonderful work we do in our club and in the wider Zonta community. 
All testimonials available have now been uploaded onto our website (click here to access), showing prospective members why we joined Zonta and why we stay. This year we will catch up with the few members who have yet to contribute. In the meantime, here are a couple more testimonials for you to enjoy:  

Finance & Fundraising Committee
Chairman Diane Tate

December Fundraising Events

The Committee has been busy organising events for 2017 as well as facilitating two initiatives introduced by Jo Lewis. The Rotary Club of Bunbury was approached by Jo and Nan, whose husbands are Rotarians.  The  Bunbury Rotary Club was keen on joining our club in a couple of projects rather than donating money for Birthing Kits only. This culminated in our club becoming involved in the Rotary Boat Raffle and the Rotary Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings. We sold 38 raffle books and made $380.The winning ticket was sold from one of the books we sold.
The Rotary Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings in Bunbury was a huge success. The Bunbury Rotary members set up and brought down the marquee and provided the food and drinks on the day. 18 Zontians and three husbands volunteered their time. The exercise resulted in a record-breaking amount of $1,440.00 being raised for our club. We hope this partnership can become an annual event.

January Fundraiser

Our fundraiser, “Music in the Park” at Evedon Park in Burekup was very successful.  The ambience and fun had by everybody was excellent.  Feedback was extremely positive. Evedon Park owner Tony Jenour and son Chris with the help of the chef Jason gave us every support and we are grateful for their help. View more photos here.


Our International Women's Day Breakfast on Sunday 12th March 2017 at the Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort is looking good. Our guest speaker, Samantha Ridgway, Level 3 Rocketeer, Classic model, PhD university student, wife and mother promises to be an interesting presenter and we can rely on the Sanctuary to provide a delicious breakfast once again. Tickets will soon be available at La Femme at the Bunbury City Plaza Shopping Centre and are already available online through our website and Facebook pages. Click here to purchase.


After the success of the 2016-2017 Entertainment Book sales our club has decided to facilitate this fundraiser again. Lesley Morgan and Sue Footner will be the coordinators so get in early and put your orders in.

District & Area News

Thank you to club members for their actions in supporting the Zonta says No campaign. We have had the most productive and active campaign ever in District 23. Thank you again.

It is time to plan and develop our program for the 2017 Advocacy in Action in our clubs for 2017. The Zonta International website is a good resource for planning and I encourage you all to access the support documents. I am interested in what you will determine as your club’s specific action in improving the lives of women through your actions in advocating for change. We have had a strong emphasis in District 23 raising awareness re Domestic Violence. Zonta International has a strong focus on the Istanbul convention which has as its remit preventing and combating violence against women.
I look forward to our ongoing work together in this important and far reaching focus in Advocacy.
Naomi Reschke
Chairman District 23 Advocacy Committee

New Club for D23

Congratulations and a warm welcome to members of the Zonta Club of Mitchell, the newest club in District 23, Area 4. The club was officially welcomed by Zonta International on the 13th December 2016 and is now awaiting its Charter Dinner.
Well done to members of the Zonta Clubs of Kyneton and Wangaratta who have been involved in the Sponsoring, Organisation and Mentoring roles needed to start a new club. A fantastic effort!
Image: Lt Gov Jane Adornetto at a function with members of the Zonta Club of Mitchell.
(Photo: Courtesy of Jane Adornetto)

Congratulations Lennie!
The Zonta Club of Bunbury congratulates Zonta Club of Perth Zontian Lennie McCall AM, on being named a Freeman of the City of Nedlands for her outstanding work for the community, WA Historical Society and innovative work at the State Library. The honour was conferred by the Governor of WA Kerry Sanderson at a ceremony in Nedlands in November 2016.

Zonta International Focus

President Sonja's New Year Message


In her Blog on the 4th January, Zonta International President Sonja Hönig Schough reflected on 2016, is looking forward to another year of empowering and advocating for women worldwide. (Image from ZI website)

Access President Sonja's message here

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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