Zonta clocks up 25 years

PAST and present members of the Zonta Club of Gawler came together to celebrate the group’s 25th birthday last Wednesday night.

The club’s original charter members were on hand on the night to cut a birthday cake in recognition of the quarter-century milestone, while the group also presented its ‘Women of Achievement’ awards.

Zonta also inducted its new board members, with outgoing president Patricia Dent handing over the reins to Chris Frick.

Mrs Dent said the night was an excellent celebration of the club’s history.

“It was great to see these women who had first put all their time and effort into Zonta to bring it to Gawler,” she said.

“There were lots of people who hadn’t seen each other for a while, which was lovely.”

Mrs Dent said Zonta wished to hold its Women of Achievement awards ceremony – which recognised local women who were a visionary leader, a community member/volunteer and a mentor,

across younger and senior demographics – on the night, after a long time between drinks.

“The fact that we don’t have it every year makes it a bit prestigious; it gives people the chance to think of somebody,” she said.

The Zonta Club of Gawler, which is growing in membership, will now look ahead to celebrating the centenary of Zonta clubs across the globe next year.

It will also continue its ongoing advocacy and fundraising, with its current focus on a project to help young girls in Madagascar.

 

Photo credit: Neil Jacobs, Church Hill Photography

 

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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