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Newsletter of the Zonta Club of Bunbury Inc.
 Edition #65 : NOVEMBER 2016 

President: Kimberley Robbins
Editor: Nan Martella 

Celebrating Founders' Day

Governor Judy Gorton, 2016 Area 3 Woman of Achievement, Mavis Steenson and Sandra Burns, Zonta Club of Perth President at our Area 3 Founders' Day Dinner in Bunbury.

President's Message

Service and UN


Membership & Program

Finance and Fundraising

PR and Communications

Area & District News

International Focus

President's Message

We have had yet another busy two months with another great effort by our finance and fund raising committee and the annual quiz morning being enjoyed by many.
Service and UN donated books to child care centres through literacy week.  Our “International Night” for the October dinner meeting was a lot of fun with members all looking lovely in colours from flags around the world.
The Zonta Club of Bunbury hosted the Founders Day Dinner and Woman of Achievement Awards. A lovely night was had by all. We heard about three amazing women who volunteer their time to service and advocacy and educate and support women worldwide.  The winner was Mavis Steenson. We only heard from three out of hundreds of woman worldwide who go unrecognised for their voluntary contribution to advancing the lives of women.
This month also saw the annual Birthing Kit Assembly day. Many volunteers turned out to help assemble 1600 kits, a new record for our club and a great afternoon chatting as we worked with a lovely afternoon tea following.
We can all feel proud of our own achievements and the difference we make every day.

Service and UN Committee

Chairman Linda Brown
Congratulations to all concerned in assembling 1,600 Birthing Kits.
Click here for the full story and images.


As part of Literacy Week in September, Club Members Diane Tate, Lynette Wynne and Linda Brown visited the Carey Park Child and Parent Centre.
The Centre's Coordinator, Deb Woods, gave a great overview of the work done at the centre, and it is a cause that aligns closely with the interests of Zonta. 

The Centre runs playgroups at Carey Park, Maidens Park, Dalyellup and Tuart Forrest Primary schools, which are all areas of high need.  In addition to getting children "Kindy Ready" they take the opportunity to identify any special needs or issues and refer families to relevant specialists such as Speech, OT, and Child Health Nurse. The strong links to the schools are reinforced by Dalyellup and Tuart Forrest schools providing a qualified Education Assistant to attend the playgroups and help the transition to school.

Needless to say the Book Bags we donated were a great hit with the children. They were beautifully presented and the families were excited to select one to take home. One little girl was so thrilled by the "Spot" book in her bag she sat down to read it straight away.

Advocacy Committee

Chairman Tyril Houghton

Three posters for White Ribbon Day will highlight the plight of women suffering Domestic Violence at the displays planned at Bunbury Forum and Bridgetown on Saturday 26th November. Josephine Spaull and Ingrid Hilario will advocate in Bridgetown. Thank you to all participants especially Committee Members Tyril Houghton, Lee Mead, Lorelle Klumpp and Joy Frisina. Our orange vests will be a stand out. 

On Friday 25th November Karen Mazzella will staff our Zonta display at the National Conference  on domestic violence -“It’s No Secret” - organised by Waratah. 200 delegates will  attend. Once again this raises our profile within the community and provides vital, up to the minute information. Amanda Whittle will be at our stand during lunchtime on 24th November.
Access more information here.

Membership & Program Committee

Chairman Jill Lynn
International Night  
Members attended the October meeting dressed in the colours of a flag of their choice. It was a wonderful sight, entering into the spirit of the evening. Many stories were enjoyed as to why members chose their respective flags. Competition winners were Sue Unwin and Jo Lewis.
There was also a quiz focusing on South America including Zonta’s participation there.
Guest Speaker was Rita Ghasseb who left Syria twenty years ago to start a new life with her husband in Australia. She spoke of her family leaving Lebanon to escape war and to settle in a peaceful Syria. Unfortunately her family are still in Syria and unable to leave. Rita and her family are left with the pain and helplessness of the situation. 

So much in 5 years!
Also in October, a five year service award was presented to Linda Brown by President, Kimberley Robbins with the citation being read by Amanda Whittle. The club congratulated Linda on her very active role and achievements within the club in such a short time. Congratulations Linda.

November Meeting 
As part of our club’s focus on domestic violence, Paula Honeykat, Waratah Family and Domestic Violence Crisis Response Officer was invited to speak at our November Dinner Meeting. Paula gave an interesting insight into dealing with a client using a realistic scenario and demonstrating the way services are put into operation according to need. Paula also spoke about the Safe Home project where everything possible is done to keep the victim and family home and the perpetrator is removed from the scene. 

Much Valued Zontian
Popular Zontian, Lesley Morgan, received a citation honouring her fifteen years of service to the Zonta Club of Bunbury. Lesley is a very active member of the club and few events are ever held without her presence. Her ability to sell raffle tickets at any Zonta fund raiser is legendary.

Zonta Stalwart
With great pleasure Bunbury Zontians recently acknowledged and celebrated Nan Martella’s twenty years as a Zontian. Nan has always been an extremely active member of the Bunbury Club and has held a great number of positions within the club and her home is a familiar venue for many Zonta functions. Apart from club level she has held a significant number of positions at District Level and also served in a position at International Level during the Melbourne Convention.
Woman of Achievement in Education
Congratulations to club member Tyril Houghton who was recently acknowledged by the Education Department of WA for her hard work and dedication to her staff and students. A great honour - well done Tyril!
Access information on Tyril's Award here.

Finance & Fundraising Committee

Chairman Diane Tate


1. Raffle


The Rotary Club has supplied 40 raffle books to our club and each Zonta member will be given a book of 10 tickets to sell. They are $2.00 each and $1.00 for each ticket is coming back to our club. 


2. Bunnings Sausage Sizzle - 3rd December


3. Music in the Park Sunday 22nd January 2017

4. Breakfast - 12th March 2017

International Women’s Day Breakfast Sunday 12th March 2017:  Guest speaker will be Samantha Ridgway.  Venue,  Sanctuary Golf Course.  Read more about our Keynote speaker

PR and Communications Committee

Chairman Sue Kerr
The PR committee is very focused presently on getting the message out about the ZONTA causes. In the last few weeks we have had articles in the local newspaper about ZONTA, including that we contributed funding towards the special therapy table at Dot's place to support cancer victims.
We are continuing to advertise and promote ZONTA on the local Facebook page including stories about Literacy Week, Days for Girls, the quiz morning, the Founders' Day dinner and the birthing kit assembly day.

As a way of promoting the ZONTA message we have been giving members small gifts. So far this financial year the PR committee have given members personal ZONTA business cards, thank you cards, the ZONTA club information brochures and some poems about domestic violence written by victims. 
The PR committee is organising to post something relevant to the Zonta Says No Campaign on our Facebook page every day during the "16 days of Activism” from the 25th November to the 10th December. We ask members to share these posts with their facebook friends, so that the Zonta Says No message is spread further afield.
Thank you to members - your testimonials are terrific and we’ll be posting them on our website, so that they circulate one by one, in a continuous loop. We also plan to publish them in future editions of the Zontact. Your testimonials are presently getting typed up and will be used for our future online communications.
Further Testimonials here

Deadline for next Zontact:  I would appreciate  up to date information from your committees by December 22nd

Area & District News

2016 Founders' Day Dinner

Area 3 Women of Achievement Finalists at the Founders' Day Dinner in Bunbury on the 5th November.
From left: Brenda Dawes, Governor Judy Gorton, Mavis Steenson & Nonie Browner.
Access full information here.
Zonta Club of Peel
Congratulations to the Zonta Club of Peel members who presented a cheque for $12,252.27 raised at the 2016 Golf Day Fundraising Event at the Mandurah Golf Club. The funds will go to UWA to help continue the great work they do in researching breast cancer. 

Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs
Best wishes to PNS for their forthcoming Celebrity Tray project exhibition and auction day - such a great effort to fund raise for domestic violence victims. 
Click here to find out more.

Zonta Club of Dunsborough
Six Bunbury Zontians attended the Zonta Club of Dunsborough's Melbourne Cup Luncheon on the 1st November. Congratulations to Dunsborough Zontians on a terrific event!
Jane M Klausman Scholarship - District Winners
Governor Judy Gorton recently announced that we have two District recipients of the Jane M Klausman Scholarship this year. Congratulations to Gemma Tually our Area 3 Jane M Klausman Scholarship recipient, and Rachel Chong from Area 5.
More news about our two District winners will be featured in the December District Newsflash.

 Adelaide Flinders turns 35!

Congratulations to the members of the Zonta Club of Adelaide Flinders
whose  club will celebrate its 35th anniversary on the 7th December.
We send our best wishes for a wonderful night of celebrations and reminiscing.

Zonta International Focus

Zonta International's first magazine of the 2016-2018 biennium will soon be in our mailboxes and it is now available online. Take the time to read all about our new Zonta leaders, goals and  projects - it's a fantastic bumper edition!

Centennial Anniversary 2019 

As the Centennial Anniversary is one of the focal areas in the biennial goals, the Centennial Anniversary Committee will work with the Zonta International Board to plan and implement Zonta’s centennial anniversary celebrations. Two members of our District (pictured below) have important roles on this committee. Our Governor has also appointed a District Committee and this was reported in our recent District Newsflash.
Beryl McMillan, Zonta Club of Melbourne on Yarra Inc, past D23 Governor, has served on Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation Boards and on international committees. Beryl is Chairman of the Centennial Anniversary Committee.
Past International President Val Sarah AM, DSJ, Zonta Club of Ballarat, is Co-Chairman of the Centennial Anniversary Committee and will focus on Zonta’s history.
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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