Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events & News
New Board Leadership Installed
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita recently held their annual installation of officers and board. Zonta International District 9 Governor, Britt Vaughan, installed the new officers, board, and Foundation trustees. Also in attendance was Gloria Salas, Area 3 Director and Lieutenant Governor Elect. Nicole Miller was presented certificates from the US Congress, State of California, County of Los Angeles and City of Santa Clarita recognizing her service and dedication to the club and Zonta International. Immediate past president, Beth Heiserman, was the host of this event held at Salt Creek Grille.
The incoming officers for the next biennium 2022-2024 are, President Nicole Miller; Vice President, Beth Ann Ryan; Secretary, Colleen Marrese-Reading; and Treasurer, Fran Fiel. Also installed were board members Cherise Moore and Phyllis Walker. Foundation Trustees include Lois Bauccio, Alicia Estrada, Gloria Mercado-Fortine, Barbara Meyer, Cherise Moore, Christine Sexton, Patrice Rifkind, Nicole Miller and Beth Ann Ryan.
Every year, the past presidents get together to create this event. They choose a theme that is befitting of the upcoming president. Nicole frequently talks about her backyard birds, and love of the outdoors, hiking and birdwatching.
This year’s theme was “The Zonta Trailblazers and Birdwatching Club." During the installation, the past presidents, Foundation trustees, and nominating committee wore orange bandanas tied around the neck for exploration and trailblazing, and to show their important status. The incoming board wore the orange bandana to be visible on the hiking trail, as they help to blaze new trails. In addition to the orange bandana, the secretary was presented a handbook identifying important species, and a diary for keeping notes. The treasurer sported the orange bandana of this special Club, a pocket calculator as well as a tiny pocket abacus to keep track of the number of the special birds she will see along the trail. Our vice president will wear her new orange bandana to keep the President on track with her hiking and birdwatching, along with a trail map and a pair of binoculars to guide her along the trail. Our Trail Leader and Supreme Bird Watcher, President Nicole Miller will need many tools to help her in her task to lead the Zonta Trailblazers and Birdwatching Club on track and secure in its mission to find as many rare SCV birds as possible. To that end, she received an easily identified backpack so that the Directors and Officers can see her as she strides ahead on point, a signature orange bandana, a Ranger Hat to mark Nicole as the leader, and a walking stick to keep her steady. Inside the backpack is a catalogue of local birds, a trail map of SCV trails, a pair of binoculars, a camera to photograph the birds found, some trail mix to snack on to keep up her strength, and some water to renew her stamina as she hikes the SCV Trails.
As Nicole begins her second term as President, her choice is unique, because Zonta SCV has recently changed to a biennial leadership format. That means that Nicole will serve an unprecedented three years. Hikers know that to be “on point” is to lead the hike. Nicole is ready and prepared to be on point for our committees, on point for our team and on point for our club.
Every president has had a theme throughout her year and Nicole’s theme is Positive Foundation, Healthy Growth. Combined together, Nicole holds the intention of Positive Foundation to refer to creating a space where we come together, in inclusion and support, where we are present, affirming and kind. This space that we create will be our base upon which we will build up our members, our club, and our impact in our community. With a plan of healthy growth, we will utilize our positive foundation to benefit us in a healthy way. We will do this by growing and developing as individuals, increasing our capacity and resources with additional club members, and evolving our committees and work in such a way that expands our reach and impact in the community.
Positive Foundation, Healthy Growth – this is Nicole’s vision for how we will reach our goals and build a better world for women and girls.
Every year, since 1993, we honor one member for the extraordinary service to our organization during this event. Cindy Kittle was honored as Zontian of the Year. Cindy’s has been an active member many years and served as President 2009-2010. She has served as chair of numerous committees, but the highlight for our club is that she brought Lunafest to the SCV. True to the title, “Zontian of the Year”, Cindy created a new event for our club in 2021 to celebrate our 10th anniversary of Lunafest. Literally from the ground up she developed and pulled off an outstanding fundraising event, Zonta Celebrates Women in Film, which included developing a new relationship with local women in our film industry and honored them in a glittering awards event, produced the screening of the 2021 Lunafest films at our local Laemmle Theater, and followed up the evening with a Saturday conference for local young women who want to get into the film industry which received unparalleled publicity for the club. We are so proud to recognize and honor Cindy as Zontian of the Year.
2022 Zontian of the Year - Cindy Kittle
Cindy Kittle was selected as Zontian of the Year for 2021-2022. Cindy’s involvement in our Zonta club is long. She has been an active member many years and served as President 2009-2010. She has served as chair of numerous committees, but the highlight for our club, she brought Lunafest to the SCV. Cindy was responsible for contacting LUNAFEST in 2011 to get permission for Zonta to be the only nonprofit to show the films in Santa Clarita.
True to the title, “Zontian of the Year”, Cindy created a new event for our club in 2021 to celebrate our 10th anniversary of Lunafest. Literally from the ground up she developed and pulled off an outstanding fundraising event, Zonta Celebrates Women in Film, which included developing a new relationship with local women in our film industry and honored them in a glittering awards event, produced the screening of the 2021 Lunafest films at our local Laemmle Theater, and followed up the evening with a Saturday conference for local young women who want to get into the film industry which received unparalleled publicity for the club. All during the midst of a pandemic when most members of the club had not seen each other in person for nearly 2 years!
To pull off the event, Cindy worked with her dedicated co-chair, Fran Fiel, who did the complicated logistics for the event, and several club members who supported the event in various ways. She demonstrated extreme leadership and dedication, driving back and forth from Texas and wearing out the welcome mats of friends who let her stay with them for extended over-nights. She met with the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles who gave the club financial sponsorship for the club’s first time. She met with filmmakers and studio executives and secured support and sponsorships. The workshop she created has been selected by ZI as a service project to be highlighted at the 2022 Zonta International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, selection which signals the event as a candidate for a special award at the convention, a first for our club.
The work Cindy did for WIF is truly unparalleled. Sponsorships, ticket sales, marketing, a fun and innovative event that helped Zonta shine and gain respect in the community, and much much more were accomplished by her efforts.
Cindy has also served on the Zonta Club of SCV Foundation, District 9 Finance Committee as well as a member of Zonta International Investment team. She has remained active in our club despite her move to Texas a few years ago. She has designed several Zonta Installations (notable: Snap, Crackle, Pop for Nicole Miller and Woodstock for Chris Miller). She is a major donor to ZI, and she keeps an active relationship with numerous club members in clubs throughout the district, as well as globally.
Cindy has been a dedicated volunteer and donor to The Domestic Violence Center and Single Mothers’ Outreach. She supports the Boys & Girls Club of SCV and other charities. She is a longtime member of Rotary 5 of Los Angeles.
Congratulations Cindy, you are a shining star to us!
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