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2019 Red Dress dates announced

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is proud to announce that the club’s Days of Activism will highlight the “Zonta Says No” campaign to end domestic violence by once again featuring the incredible Red Dress Project throughout the Santa Clarita area for one week from December 1st through December 7th, 2019.

This impactful project will display seven red dresses representing each of the seven women who have died at the hands of domestic violence and family abuse. This will be the fifth year that Zonta will be presenting this display. For the first time this year, there will be a red vest and necktie representing a young man who was killed violently at the hands of a domestic abuser.

The dresses hang in an area around an information table.  As they flutter in the breeze, they are a haunting reminder of the lives that are no more.  Viewers will be able to talk to volunteers who can direct them to help, and they will be given informative cards to take away as a reminder of the experience.  The card presents a convenient phone number in case visitors would like to continue the conversation around domestic violence with other professionals.

The schedule for the Red Dress Project display will be held following this schedule:

Sunday, December 1st, 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saugus Swap Meet (Soledad Canyon)

Tuesday, December 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Valencia Court House (Valencia Blvd.)

Thursday, December 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Honor Grove (COC Valencia Campus)

Saturday,December 7th,8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,Newhall Farmers Market(Library car park)

We encourage all our SCV neighbors to stop by during this season of love and sharing to consider this devastating community problem and take a moment to consider the lives that have been lost to Domestic Violence right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

 

One hundred years ago, a small group of pioneering women came together in Buffalo, New York with a vision to help all women realize greater equality while using their individual and collective expertise in service to their community.

Their vision became Zonta International, an organization that has grown to more than 29,000 members in 63 countries, working together to make gender equality a reality for women and girls worldwide.

November 8, 2019 marks Zonta’s centennial anniversary. We will celebrate each of the remaining 100 days until our anniversary by highlighting 100 women from around the world who have made a difference.  A new biography will be presented each day.

100 Years.  What an accomplishment!  We hope everyone has enjoyed our 100 famous women celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zonta International.  It has been fun reading and learning about them.  This was an idea I thought of and had no idea of the amount of work involved.  At first it seemed easy, but……..!  Thanks to the Zontians who did the research for these extraordinary ladies, Dianne Curtis, Past Zonta International President; Adele Macpherson; Suzie Alziebler; Beth Heiserman and myself.  I also want to give a huge thank you to Patrice Rifkind for her proof-reading and to my husband, Bill Lyons for all the editing.

There is one more item Zontians might be interested in. Who are the Zonta International Past Presidents?  How many are there? Click here to find out.

Darleen Lyons

Webmaster

City of Santa Clarita Honors Zonta Santa Clarita Valley and Zonta International

On Tuesday evening, November 12th, the outside of Santa Clarita’s City Hall was bathed in orange light, while inside Orange balloons flanked the City Seal, and the Council Chambers were flooded with a celebratory sea of orange and maroon as 21 tee shirt wearing Zontians filled the front seats of the Council Meeting.  Among the collection of women leaders was Zonta International President-Elect, Sharon Langenbeck and on the dais was Zonta member, Mayor Marsha McLean.  The celebration was in honor of the Centennial Anniversary of Zonta International and the 45th Anniversary of the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The color orange symbolizes Zonta’s anti domestic violence campaign, “Zonta Says NO”, and the club selected that important advocacy program to represent it during this important milestone event.

Not only is Zonta SCV known for service programs, scholarships and grants that benefit women and girls through service, advocacy, and awareness, but it has been known throughout its history for helping charities throughout the valley through hands on volunteerism.  Too numerous to mention are community charities that have thanked the club for its commitment to comprehensively improving the quality of community life.

Mayor McLean recognized the local club for outstanding community service throughout its 45 years.  She also outlined the founding of the original Zonta way back in 1919 in Buffalo, New York.  That original band of Zonta Sisters, all professional women, sought to continue the suffrage movement to ensure that the rights of women, first in America and then abroad, would continue to strengthen and reach equality.  Today, Zonta boasts 30,000 members throughout 67 countries, worldwide.  On this night, the Mayor presented club President, Barbara Meyer, with a beautiful City Proclamation commemorating the two anniversaries.

After the Zonta members crowded onto the dais to shake hands with all five Council Members, photographs were taken for posterity.

The event closed with the announcement from the Mayor that the Council Meeting would be closed in memory of our dear Zonta sister, JoAnn Rodriguez, who passed away after a long and valiant battle with COPD a few weeks earlier.  It felt really good to have JoAnn present with us, and as such the celebration was truly complete.  We thank the City of Santa Clarita Council Members for making the evening so memorable.

Zonta Club morns loss of a member

We are saddened with the loss of long time Zontian, Jo Ann Rodriguez, who passed away on October 25 after a long battle with COPD.

Jo Ann joined Zonta in 1999 and served as club president twice and held every leadership role in the club.  She also served as District 9 Treasurer for four years. She had a passion for Zonta’s mission of improving and empowering the lives of women and girls, both locally and internationally.   She was named named Zontian of the Year in 2005.  Jo Ann was the Parliamentarian Extraordinaire. However, her favorite program was our Healthy Kids Club, which was in partnership with Sam Dixon Health Clinic in Val Verde.  She served as chair of the program for many years.

Jo Ann loved live theater, traveling … but most of all she adored her husband Don, the love of her life and she loved spending time with her family.

She will be truly missed by all of us and we are proud she was a member of our club.

 

Used MAC computers needed

Have an older MAC computer or laptop that you are not using any longer?  Girls Robotics is looking for a few that we can use to program our Lego Robots.  Please contact us if you have one to donate.

The 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.

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Founded in 1974, SCV Zonta is a dynamic organization of more than 60 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 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 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 ZI President from 2010 to 2012.  Currently, Sharon Langenbeck serves as International President-Elect.

 

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Next Meeting Dec 11, 2019

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

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Zonta International recognizes Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley

On behalf of the Zonta International Foundation, thank you for the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley‘s dedication and generosity to the Zonta International Foundation during the 2016-2018 Biennium.

None of our good work is possible without the generosity of Zonta clubs.  We appreciate all of your efforts. Together, we empower women and girls, through our education programs, our international service and ZISVAW projects, and through our belief and investment in them.  Your donations help women and girls transform into stronger, more confident, and responsive world citizens.  On behalf of all of the women and girls touched by ZIF, we thank you.

As a token of our gratitude, a special image has been created to use on your website and fundraising materials to showcase your commitment to the Zonta International Foundation.

We ask that you use the attached image only in this context.  When posting the image, it is best not to stretch, skew or change the image in anyway, but it can be resized to fit your needs.

If you have any questions regarding the use or posting of your image, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Again, thank you for your club’s impressive efforts during the 2016-2018 Biennium.

Kind regards,

Eva Mikos

Development Database and Donor Services Manager

Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation

Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events

Women in Service May 2, 2020

 

 

Our 36th Annual Women in Service event is coming up on May 2, 2020. Sand Canyon Country Club.  Mark you calendars.  Last year we were sold out

 

 

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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.