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Dr. Sharon Langenbeck becomes Zonta International President
I am just Sharon
Dr. Sharon Langenbeck, member of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, was installed as Zonta International President on July 17, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Zonta International Convention to be held in Chicago, was cancelled. However, thanks to virtual media, Zontians from around the world were able to watch the installation of officers via Zoom. We are so proud of Sharon. As one of our members, Patrice Rifkind stated, "First you went into a STEM field as a career at a time that so few women have done or even wanted to. This really helps girls and women since they are able to look up to you as a role model. Then you joined the Zonta club, further helping girls and women to succeed. Then, when you might have relaxed with such success achieved in your career - THEN you become the International President of Zonta to continue an even greater degree of inspiration for girls and women. Wow!" Wow is correct. Sharon is the first Zonta International President to be an Amelia Earhart Fellow. In Sharon's words, "I am just Sharon"
Click on the link below to listen to Sharon's remarks. https://www.facebook.com/ZontaClubofSCV/videos/757642304994407
August 26, 1920
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest. In 1848 the movement for women’s rights launched on a national level with the Seneca Falls Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women’s rights movement. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony and other activists, raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. After a lengthy battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
During America’s early history, women were denied some of the basic rights enjoyed by male citizens.
For example, married women couldn’t own property and had no legal claim to any money they might earn, and no female had the right to vote. Women were expected to focus on housework and motherhood, not politics.
The campaign for women’s suffrage was a small but growing movement in the decades before the Civil War. Starting in the 1820s, various reform groups proliferated across the U.S. including temperance leagues, the abolitionist movement and religious groups. Women played a prominent role in a number of them.
Meanwhile, many American women were resisting the notion that the ideal woman was a pious, submissive wife and mother concerned exclusively with home and family. Combined, these factors contributed to a new way of thinking about what it meant to be a woman and a citizen in the United States.
Seneca Falls Convention
It was not until 1848 that the movement for women’s rights began to organize at the national level.
In July of that year, reformers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York(where Stanton lived). More than 300 people—mostly women, but also some men—attended, including former African-American slave and activist Frederick Douglass.
In addition to their belief that women should be afforded better opportunities for education and employment, most of the delegates at the Seneca Falls Convention agreed that American women were autonomous individuals who deserved their own political identities.
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley
Providing hands-on service delivery while supporting the work, dreams, and goals of others to improve the lives of women, our members find the right niche to meet their interests, time commitment, and financial support.
Along the way, our community and world benefit from our efforts and amazing life-long friendships are nurtured.
Founded in 1974, SCV Zonta is a dynamic organization of professional women working together to advance the status of women in the Santa Clarita Valley through service, advocacy and awareness.
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is a proud member of Zonta International, an organization with more than 29,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta clubs in 61 countries and geographical areas. Zonta International has consultative status with the United Nations and is the means by which we participate in service projects around the world.
Members of the local club provide leadership to a number of community-based organizations in the SCV. Within Zonta International, local members have served at all levels. Dianne Curtis was Zonta International President from 2010 to 2012. Currently, Sharon Langenbeck serves as International President 2020-2022.
Zonta Club Meetings
Next Meeting will be announced when the Safer at Home order has been removed. Thank you for your understanding.
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley welcomes people that are interested in furthering our mission of empowering women through service and advocacy. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We meet at the Courtyard by Marriott, 28538 Westinghouse Pl, Santa Clarita CA
Campaign for Sharon
To celebrate the installation of Sharon Langenbeck, District 9 Zontian, as Zonta International President, the Santa Clarita Valley Zonta Club Foundation is proud to announce “The Campaign for Sharon”. We are honored to also announce that Dianne Curtis, Past Zonta International President, is serving as Honorary Chair of the Campaign. We ask you to please join us in this effort.
Sharon Langenbeck – a strong and outstanding leader on the global stage – will be installed as President of this great international organization. What’s more, she represents District 9!
We couldn’t go to Chicago to witness her installation, but we can honor her in an even more meaningful way. Won’t you please join us in funding an Amelia Earhart Fellowship in Sharon Langenbeck’s name through “The Campaign for Sharon”?
As a young engineering student, Sharon was a two-time Amelia Earhart Fellow. Her AE Fellowships meant so much to her studies and subsequent success in a male-dominated career, that ever since then she has dedicated every possible moment to Zonta’s mission with special commitment to the AE Fellowships. Knowing that this campaign will allow another young woman to receive this significant financial support, means a great deal to Sharon. It means even more that the gift comes from her own club and district.
We are well on our way to our $10,000 goal, but we need your help. District 9 and Zontians from all over the world can take us over the top! The campaign will end on July 31st, with a celebration of success to be announced in August. Knowing she has her District’s support will be an inspirational start to Sharon’s biennium.
Please see the note below with instructions on how to join us today! Your gift of any size will be deeply appreciated. Thank you for your generosity and for joining us in honoring our newest Zonta International President!
Here is how you can make a gift to this exciting campaign today:
Send your check made payable to Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Foundation to: Fran Fiel, Treasurer
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Foundation, 23742 Lyons Ave., #220117, Santa Clarita, CA, 91322
Click the button below to pay using PayPal
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events
Painting with a Twist August 20, 2020 6PM - Virtual Event
Please join us for a new and fun event VIRTUALLY to raise money for a great cause in our community, Zonta Club of Santa Clarita!
This is an open to the public event.
What is Painting with a Twist?
Everything will be supplied, paint, smocks, help and there will be lots of fun!
Guests can pick up take home kits on Tuesday August 18th between 3 and 5 pm. These kits will include everything you need to paint your masterpiece at home!
Located at Painting with a Twist, 24201 Valencia Blvd, Ste 3422, Santa Clarita
Make your reservations now for this unique and fun filled evening.
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Gift Certificates are also available for friends, family and even you, if you cannot join us virtually on Aug 20. Use this link to purchase your gift certificates
Make your reservation here
Fall Social at Reyes Winery Sept 20, 2020 2pm
Lunafest is coming!
Coming soon to a "Drive-in" near you! Watch here for more information.
Women in Service postponed. Watch here for new date in spring 2021
Our 36th Annual Women in Service event is coming up on November 14, 2020. Sand Canyon Country Club. Mark you calendars. Last year we were sold out
For more information click here
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Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights
and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.
In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.