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.

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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.

 

Zonta Club Meetings

Next Meeting Nov 14, 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. November meeting will be at the Holiday Inn Express, 27513 Wayne Mills Pl, Santa Clarita CA

Latest News

Zontian of the Year is named

Darleen Lyons with her award

Super-active club member Darleen Lyons was named as Zontian of the Year at the group’s annual installation dinner recently at the Oaks Club (formerly the Tournament Players' Club) in Valencia.

Darleen has served the club as club treasurer for eight years, has been club president in 1993 and 2006, and has served as both first and second vice presidents of the club. She also has been an active member of the club's Tribute, Lunafest and Golf Tournament committees, and was active in former club activities such as Rent-A-Santa, Healthy Woman's Day and Healthy Kids Club.

On the Zonta International level, Darleen served as District 9 treasurer for four years and was a member of Zonta International's Service Committee. She and her husband, Bill, have revitalized the Girls Robotics program that Zonta sponsors at the local Boys & Girls Club.

In the community, she has been an active supporter of the SCV Boys & Girls Club auction and science hours, AT&T Golf Tournament, host family for international students, SCV Senior Center's Celebrity Waiter dinner, Wine Auction and Home Delivered Meals kitchen volunteer, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Downtown Newhall's Western Walk of Fame. She has been named volunteer of the month for the Senior Center in 2016 and Volunteer of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club twice, in 1986 and 2015.

"A member since 1988, Darleen has been a committed Zontian—always at major fundraising events doing check-in for Zonta and (community) fundraising events," says her formal nomination. "She is a member that gets things done. She does not complain and works efficiently behind the scenes. She truly loves Zonta and the community."

Zontian of the Year is selected from member nominations. The final winner is selected not only for her leadership in Zonta, but also in the way she represents the club in the local community. The final selection committee is composed of former honorees.

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Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Upcoming Events

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

Zonta's 99th Birthday

Happy 99th Birthday to Zonta International!

Nearly 100 years ago, founding member Marian de Forest dreamed of an organization that would bring together women in executive positions and help them reach their rightful places in the professions that rarely had women leaders. On 8 November 1919, delegates from the first Zonta clubs met to form the "Confederation of Zonta Clubs."

Since the creation of Zonta International, our members have dedicated the last century to empowering women, both in and outside of Zonta.

Zonta International first members

Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women

Join us and say NO to violence against women and girls worldwide

16 Days of Activism
25 November - 10 December

"Violence against women is a worldwide pandemic - it crosses every social and economic class, every religion, race and ethnicity. At least one out of every three women worldwide have experienced violence during their lifetime. We in Zonta International cannot accept this – we need to use all our energy to eradicate violence against women locally and internationally through service and advocacy."

Sonja Hönig Schough
Zonta International President

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.

 

Take Action   

 

Thank you for taking action on this important issue!

Sincerely,

Members of the Zonta USA Caucus

 

Zonta Club announces Human Trafficking Goals

City of Santa Clarita presented Zonta with a proclamation declaring Oct Domestic Violence Awarness Month. Several Zontians attended the council meeting wearing their "Zotna Says No" shirts.

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 human/sex trafficking. 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.

 

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

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Vision

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.