Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
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.
Elizabeth Fry 1780-1845
Elizabeth Fry was an English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist. She has often been referred to as the "angel of prisons.”
Prompted by a family friend, Fry visited Newgate Prison in 1813. The conditions she saw there horrified her. The women's section was overcrowded with women and children, some of whom had not even received a trial. The prisoners were confined in small cells where they slept on straw.
In 1816, she founded a prison school for the children who were imprisoned with their mothers. In 1817, she helped found the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate. This association provided materials for women so that they could learn to sew patchwork. This allowed skills to develop, such as needlework and knitting, which could offer employment when they were released. She promoted the idea of rehabilitation instead of harsh punishment.
She campaigned for rights of women at Newgate Prison who were transported through the streets of London in open carts, often in chains. She visited prison ships and persuaded captains to implement policies to ensure each woman and child would get a share of food and water on the long journey.
Elizabeth Fry worked with other prominent Quakers to campaign for the abolition of the slave trade. From 2001–2016, Fry was depicted on the reverse of £5 notes issued by the Bank of England.
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.
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.
Zonta Club Meetings
Next Meeting Sept 11, 2019
We have moved!
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
Zonta Club awards Women in Technology Scholarship
Lt to Rt: Amy Foote, Director MESA COC; Ivonne Lopez, Scholarship reciepent; Darleen Lyons, Beth Heiserman and Nicole Miller, WIT committee
Ivonne Lopez, a student at College of the Canyons, has been awarded a $1,500 Women in Technology Scholarship, the first of its kind offered by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley and Zonta International. In keeping with society’s advancing technology, ZI has created this scholarship to encourage women to pursue careers that support technical achievement world-wide.
Ivonne’s educational goals are to obtain her Accredited Associates Degree from COC, and pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Science. She states that she has “structured her professional goals to be organic and flexible to change”. She wants to be involved with a number of projects that aim to combat climate change and accumulate the knowledge necessary to follow the most efficient path in truly making a difference with a life goal to combat climate change.
Ivonne plans to develop software for the public education of energy consumption,develop robust predictive software using machine learning, help develop more customized software for collaborative research, and use data analytics to optimize the efficiency of sustainable energies such as wind, tidal, geothermal, solar, nuclear, etc. The algorithms are limitless!
A recipient of several prior scholarships, Ivonne is Secretary for the Math Engineering Science Achievement program at COC and she is starting a campus club that will serve to help others through fundraising to help girls obtain an education in underdeveloped countries. This is a perfect fit for Zonta.
Zonta Club is proud to honor this vivacious young woman with this scholarship to assist her as she journeys through obtaining her education and life’s goals. Ivonne’s application will be forward to Zonta District 9 for consideration of $2,000 and a potential$8,000 awarded from Zonta International – a total of $11,500.
News from Zonta International
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.
Development Database and Donor Services Manager
Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events
Come join us for the 9th Annual LUNAFEST, a fun evening of films inspired, directed and produced by women, benefiting SCV Zonta Club. This year we have VIP and General Admission tickets available. Everyone will receive popcorn and a goodie bag from our sponsors.
Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street, in downtown Newhall on Friday Sept 13
Doors open at 5:45pm for VIP and 6pm for General Admission.
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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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Dessert First Nov 8, 2019
Announcing our newest event to celebrate Zonta International's 100th anniversary on Nov 8, 2019. The event will be held at Merceds-Benz Valencia. Ticker price $100 which includes an opportunity ticket for our drawing. This event is a must!
More information coming soon including how to purchase tickets.
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Thank you to our Sponsors
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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.