Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
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 Dec 12, 2018
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. December meeting will be at the Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Pl, Santa Clarita CA
Centennial Anniversary Grants
In honor of 100 years of Zonta service and Zonta International’s centennial anniversary in 2019, Zonta International has launched its Centennial Anniversary Grants program. These one-time grants of up to US$5,000 each will recognize charitable organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in their local communities. Zonta International will award up to US$300,000 in grants to deserving organizations from any of the 63 countries in which Zonta currently has active Zonta clubs. More information available at www.zonta.org/centennialgrants
Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events
The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
In order for more women to be represented in key decision making positions worldwide, we must encourage young women to pursue careers or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government and volunteer organizations and further their education with these aims in view.
‘Public affairs’ refers to all aspects of community life where decisions have to be made about issues which relate to and affect those communities in which people work and live.
Women in Service Celebration March 16, 2019
Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley invites your organization to participate in our 35th Annual Women in Service Celebration. The event will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at The Oaks. This program encourages organizations in our community to recognize women throughout the valley who through their leadership, have made a difference.
Sierra Pelona Wine Festival April 6, 2019
Reyes Winery is hosting the 7th Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival on Saturday April 6, 2019 from 12pm-4pm (with VIP entrance at 11am). The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association is an organization that brings together the talents and resources of its members, partners and community to promote the production and appreciation of fine wines grown or produced within the Sierra Pelona Valley AVA and surrounding areas. Nestled in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of Southern California, just 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, the Sierra Pelona Valley’s untouched natural beauty provides the perfect environment for burgeoning vineyards, boutique wineries, tasting rooms, and outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy a day of discovery and relaxation exploring the area’s fine wineries, tasting rooms, events, and hiking trails.
This year's event is benefitting the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley
News from Zonta International
In September 2017, and following up the direction approved by the 2016 Convention, 2016-2018 Zonta International President Sonja Hönig Schough announced Zonta International’s support for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, a global movement that aims to mobilize 1 billion men to accelerate the achievement of gender equality. Through innovative online, offline and mobile phone technology, HeForShe identifies and activates men and boys in every city, community and village around the world.
Recognizing that gender equality is not a women’s issue, but a human rights issue, it provides education and tools to help men and boys to identify what matters to them and what they will do to contribute to gender equality. Individuals, organizations and students can take advantage of the tool kits that facilitate the transition from awareness to action, and thus increase the participation and commitment of men and boys to change the world and to achieve gender equality in this 21st century!
Zonta clubs are encouraged to use the HeForShe platform to engage men and boys in their communities to join Zonta International as equal partners in our mission to empower women and girls and achieve gender equality.
Follow these five easy steps to run a HeForShe commitment drive in your local community.
- Visit the HeForShe website to familiarize yourself with the campaign.
- Create an action plan.
- Identify who you will approach in the community – government officials, civic and business leaders, firemen, policemen, teachers and others.
- Set a schedule and assign members to different roles.
- Prepare talking points on the HeForShe campaign and why Zonta International is engaging men in support of the HeForShe campaign. Be sure to include information about Zonta International and your local Zonta club.
- Create an action plan.
- Download print-ready HeForShe posters and social media assets to support your actions and share with the men you speak to.
- Use a tablet or laptop to invite men and women to make the commitment at www.HeForShe.org or use commitment cards or the commitment sheet provided in the HeForShe toolkits.
With nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 63 countries all over the world, we can make a significant impact in raising awareness and engaging men and boys to achieve gender equality.
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
One in three women in the United States has been a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner and one in five women in the United States has been raped in her lifetime. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), landmark legislation first passed with bipartisan support in 1994, provides critical support for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA was included in a spending bill passed in September; however, the bill only granted a short-term extension until December 7th.
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) Introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 6545) in July 2018. H.R. 6545 supports the continuation of essential programs and services under the original VAWA while providing for critical improvements. We urgently need your help in galvanizing support for H.R. 6545 from more Members of Congress.
Join the Zonta USA Caucus in supporting H.R. 6545 and contact your representative today to urge them to support reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Thank you for taking action on this important issue!
Members of the Zonta USA Caucus
Zonta Club announces Human Trafficking Goals
Human Trafficking is our educational and advocacy target for 2018-19. We will focus on teenage girls in Santa Clarita who are the most vulnerable to be trafficked. Foster youth including emancipated youth and incarcerated teens at Camp Scott.
LifeForward for Teens:
At Camp Scott 40% of the girls are victims of sexual abuse or exploitation. No minor is ever detained for human trafficking or sexual exploitation, they are the victims. By investing our time and experiences with the young ladies our goal is to increase their confidence and self-worth so that their vulnerability to accepting the lies of traffickers will decrease.
Fostering Youth Independence:
Our members are encouraged to become “FYI Allies” to the girls in the program who are currently in foster care or are emancipated youth. The Allies will guide and encourage the young women as they pursue a post-secondary education, we will be providing personal care kits for the young women, through out the year, as well as gift cards for their holiday stockings.
We also plan on Adopting 2 young women for the holidays.
The 16 days of Activism – Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.
The seven red dresses will again come to life in trees around Santa Clarita in early December. These dresses represent women in our town who lost their lives because of domestic violence. When hung up the wind begins to move them and creates a haunting and moving image as reminder that we should “ Stand up and Speak up” if we suspect there is domestic violence.
Thank you to our Sponsors
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.