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.
Dessert First is coming 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!
Just Dessert, wine, beer, spirits and coffee pairing. Spectacular silent auction and an drawing to drive a Mercedes for 100 hours including a travel package.
Read more and make your reservations here
Simone de Beauvoir 1908-1986
Writer and Philosopher
Simone de Beauvoir was born January 9, 1908 into a bourgeois Parisian family. Her father was a wealthy banker and her mother a legal secretary who once inspired to be an actress. After World War I ended, the family struggled financially, but as devout Catholics, her parents sent Simone to a prestigious convent school. In her early teens, she lost her faith and remained an atheist for the rest of her life.
After completing an M.A. from the University of Paris, de Beauvoir taught until she could support herself solely on the earnings from her writings. De Beauvoir wrote novels, biographies, an autobiography, and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues.
She became known for being not only a writer, but also an intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist.
Her notable works are She Came to Stay, written in 1943 and The Mandarins, published in 1954. She also is known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.
De Beauvoir was bisexual and her relationships with young women were controversial. Her license to teach was revoked due to accusations she had seduced a 17 year-old pupil in 1939. In 1977, she and much of the era’s intelligentsia signed a petition to abrogate the age of consent in France.
De Beauvoir died of pneumonia in Paris at the age of 78.
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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.
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 Oct 16, 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 receipent; 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.
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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.
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Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events
Dessert First Nov 8, 2019
This year, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita presents our first ever “Dessert First,” a Centennial event on November 8, 2019, Zonta International’s 100th anniversary. The event will be held at Mercedes-Benz of Valencia.
What is Dessert First? Just what is says, having Dessert First. In the best of most worlds….dessert should always be eaten first! We will have the best desserts from the finest in the Santa Clarita Valley and it will be paired with fine wine, spirits, beer (yes beer) and coffee. We love dessert and we love wine, so it is a win-win event for everyone. We will also have music, a silent auction, and let’s not forgot all of those desserts.
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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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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.