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Newsletter of the Zonta Club of Bunbury Inc.
 Edition #67 March 2017

President: Kimberley Robbins
Editor: Nan Martella 

International Women's Day Breakfast 2017

Finance & Fundraising Committee celebrate another successful event with guest speaker Samantha Ridgway.

President's Message


Service & UN

Membership & Program

PR & Communications

Finance & Fundraising

District & Area News
International Focus

President's Message

Our first meeting back this year had us learning about the Chinese New Year. I am a dog in the Chinese zodiac and my element is Gold - Conservative, desirable, cautious, and always ready to help others. I see the same element “always ready to help others” in all Bunbury Zonta members. Throughout my past year as president, I have asked for help many times and have received  without hesitation, the help I have asked for.
These past few weeks I have met and heard from inspiring women who have achieved their dreams through hard work, determination and passion. I was proud to hand out our annual “Woman in a Non-Traditional Trade” award at the South West TAFE awards presented at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. There were many inspiring people on the night. I had the pleasure of attending the Zonta Club of Peel’s International Women’s Day Breakfast where the speaker Belinda Beatty spoke of the labels we carry around but are, and should not be defined by. Belinda spoke in such an inspiring way that it had the listeners still thinking about what she said hours later.
The Zonta Club of Bunbury’s International Women’s Day Breakfast guest speaker was just as inspiring. Samantha (Sam as she likes to be called) Ridgway taught us not to judge a book by its cover. A model and Rocketeer, beauty and brains, Sam talked about overcoming domestic violence from her mother, the tragic loss of her sister and the barriers she had to knock down to achieve her dreams and follow her passion for science and the environment. Sam was the embodiment of The International Woman’s Day theme “Be Bold for Change”. I am looking forward to hearing about Sam’s future endeavours. I’d like to say what an amazing job our Finance and Fundraising Committee did for our IWD breakfast. The venue was great, the food good and plentiful, and a lovely morning all round.
Keeping that theme in mind – Be Bold for Change – Take Action to Make a Difference, I would like to congratulate Iceland on wanting to eliminate the gender pay gap by 2022. Men and Women will now be paid equally. Big employers will have to show certification of equal pay for equal work. Iceland’s parliament will introduce the equal pay legislation this month.
Let’s all continue to take action and make a difference.

Advocacy Committee
Chairman Tyril Houghton

The following video link provides interesting information about the need to engage young males in the issues affecting women and girls, so that the future is brighter for all. Each young male was asked to reflect on issues affecting the important women and girls in their lives.
International Women’s Day: Sydney Boys High School’s powerful feminist video
Also included in this link is a short video at the bottom with a series of brilliant women who have achieved the status of being ‘first’ to achieve a particular role within Australian society.
Stickers for Public Toilet Doors
This project is still being pursued to provide vital information to females re access to help if affected by sexual assault or family violence.
Homelessness and the impact on women and children
Without a home, many women and their children are forced into couch surfing or living in their cars. Gaining suitable accommodation is difficult, as the waiting list is long.
Our committee is researching and gathering information.  Our intention is to submit a letter to the Board  for endorsement, then presenting  to club members for ratification, prior to being  sent to relevant Ministers at both State and Federal levels of government.  In this way we will raise the issue with policy makers.

Service & UN Committee
Chairman Linda Brown

Pictured above is President Kimberley Robbins with the winner of our TAFE Women in Non-Traditional Trades Award Sallie Brittain at the TAFE awards night in March. (Photo credit: Henderson Photographics}
We received the following message from Sallie: 
Hi, I would love to thank you all for my award at the recent south regional Tafe award night! To win the Zonta women in non traditional trade award was a huge achievement for me and something I will always cherish! Thank you again, Sallie
Applications for our Area 3 JMK Scholarship are due on the 12th May 2017. Please spread the word about this prestigious award. The application form is available on our website - click here.

It's also that time of year when we start looking for outstanding High School students for our Young Women In Public Affairs Award.
Applications will be going out at the beginning of Term 2 (April 26th) with completed applications due on 23rd June. If you know of any girls in Year 11 or 12 who are active in Leadership and volunteering in the community, please let them know and ask them to apply. Details are already available through our website. We will look forward to meeting  our nominees for 2017 at our August meeting.

The Service Committee is busy finalising dates for our events and activities this year and once everything is set we will enter it on the Club calendar.

Membership & Program Committee
Chairman Jill Lynn

Jottings from February

Our club celebrated the first Dinner Meeting for 2017 with a distinct Chinese influence present. Guest Speaker was Amanda Yip (pictured left with club member Helen Hemsley), Coordinator of Bunbury’s Inaugural Chinese New Year Festival. Amanda, from a mixed heritage of Chinese and Hungarian parents, spoke of her family’s experiences living in a community where there was little support for, or knowledge of the Chinese culture when her parents first arrived in the 1960’s. The desire to educate the public about Chinese customs and culture became a passion for Amanda.    This culminated in February 2017 with Bunbury’s Chinese New Year Festival. It had a decidedly ‘hands on’ approach with many activities presented. The Festival was well received by the Bunbury community despite difficult weather conditions. For the uninitiated the Chinese Lion Dance was a standout feature of the program. Amanda and her committee were much encouraged by the success of the event for future years.
Following this informative session all members were given a list of the Chinese Zodiac symbols or Sheng Xiao and asked to identify in which year they were born, and to determine their animal symbol. Characteristics of each symbol were then revealed to members. It was good fun topped off with the wisdom written in Chinese Fortune Cookies. Click here to view photos taken on the night.

Welcome to Helen

At the March Dinner Meeting, Helen Punch was inducted into the Bunbury Zonta Club. Helen was introduced to Zonta by Nan Martella and inducted by past president Jan Greive. Her many interests and talents will be an asset to the club. Members will recall Helen entertaining us with her beautiful harp music at our Area 3 Founders' Day Dinner last year.

As a professional harpist, Helen enjoys playing at special events and functions. She has played at various locations and venues in the south west from Margaret River to Bunbury, and also in the Perth metro area. Helen also has a special interest in therapeutic harp music and currently provides music therapy at SolarisCare and at St John of God Hospital, Bunbury.

We extend a very warm welcome to Helen.

PR and Communications Committee

Chairman Sue Kerr
 The  PR&C Committee continues to promote happenings between the club and general public. We are hoping through our efforts we will attract more members and make our fundraising a little easier as people get to know who we are and what we stand for.


Thank you to members who have contributed to our monthly newsletter. This helps make our publication easier to put together. A special thanks to Nan Martella who is overseeing the newsletter publications. 


Our strategy is to promote knowledge and understanding within and outside our club of the objectives, goals, accomplishments, projects, and events we pursue. 


Jo Wittorff has continued her strong performance in looking after our Facebook page, most recently, photos from the International Women's Day breakfast. We find that this is a productive way to keep our members and supporters informed and up to date with relevant information about club events. Please note: Entertainment Book can be purchased through our Facebook page.

Club gifts 

We continue to provide club members with a small momento of Zonta at each meeting with the Club Calendar the 'gift' at our March meeting.

Excellent Media Coverage

Coverage of our International Women's Day Breakfast by radio, television and newspaper was fantastic this year - we couldn't have asked for more! See the Finance and Fundraising Report for details.

Finance & Fundraising Committee
Chairman Diane Tate

The Finance and Fundraising Committee has been busy over the past several months organising our Club’s annual International Women’s Day Breakfast.
The event held on Sunday March the 12th at the Mercure Sanctuary Golf Resort showcased this year’s theme “Be Bold for Change”, and we certainly were. Purple and white balloons adorned the tables to replace the usual Zonta burgundy and gold ones and strategically placed green balloons near the stage set off the International Women’s Day colours.

An audience of 250 attendees enjoyed a delicious breakfast and the ambience of the open setting of the function room overlooking the golf course whilst listening to our very interesting guest speaker, Samantha Ridgway. Sam, a Certified Level Three Rocketeer, PhD student, Classic model, wife and mother of four boys talked about her amazing life of “ups and downs”.

This year our Club’s IWD event received excellent media coverage: Triple M conducted a radio interview with Sam Ridgway on the 8th March and GWN television showcased our local projects that evening. A half page photographic coverage in the Bunbury Mail after the event was the icing on the PR cake!

The Sundowner at Nan and Charlie Martella's home the night before the breakfast to welcome Sam was a great night. Many thanks to Nan and Charlie for their continued hospitality.

Our Zonta Club of Bunbury raised $4,339.45 on the day which will financially assist our local and international projects. We thank our generous sponsors for their continued support.

Click here for lovely feedback received about IWD from a school leader.

District & Area News

Bunbury Members at the Area Workshop

Area 3 Workshop - 25th March 2017

55 Zontians gathered at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus for the annual Area 3 Workshop hosted by the Zonta Club of Swan Hills with Area Director Jo Wittorff. The theme of the day was 'Moving forward, together' and information, strategies and tips from each of the six Area 3 clubs assisted in developing this theme. The interactive workshop after lunch provided further opportunities to share ideas. Special thanks to inspirational guest speaker Bella Burgemeister from Bunbury (pictured left) and  our members Karen Mazzella and Jan Greive who had particular 'jobs' and represented our club well. 

Governor Judy Gorton provided updates from International and District and also delivered Lt Governor and Membership Chairman Jane Adornetto's Membership presentation entitled  'A Vital Zonta Club Life'. Valuable information gathered by Jane through Exit Surveys to past members gave an insight into why these people left our clubs - something for us to work on!

Zonta International Focus

UN Commission on the Status of Women provides roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy

29 March 2017

UN Commission on the Status of Women provides roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy

UN Member States recently committed to ensure women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, as well as women’s right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieving sustainable development. This strong pledge to women’s economic empowerment came at the closing of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), the two-week meeting that concluded on the 29 March. Read more on agreed conclusions.

Source: Zonta International website       (Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown)

International President Sonja has reminded us that the 2018 Convention in Yokohama will be here before we know it! It's not too far for us to travel so let's start saving our cents and aim for a large contingent from our club to be there! It's a wonderful experience. Check out the Convention page on the ZI website.
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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