On January 24th in celebration of International Day of Education, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley hosted their newest Z Club’s installation, Canyon High School.
“Changing Course, Transforming Education” is this year’s International Day of Education theme. Its purpose is to strengthen and welcome the revival of effective education. Covid-19 has created a generation who has suffered in the way they learn where educational institutions had to cancel classes, activities, and clubs. Now there is hope they will continue in this new normal and enhance their education.
The club’s president, Nicole Miller, presented the installation on Zoom and live on Facebook. In attendance, were many Zonta notables. Zonta International President, Dr. Sharon Langenbeck congratulated the newest Z Club with a very moving speech. In addition, Dianne Curtis, Past International President, Debbie Angwood, District 9 Lt Governor and Gloria Salas, Area 3 Director offered comments.
Also in attendance was, fellow Zontian, past Mayor and city council member Marsha McLean. Linda Storli, Assistant Clerk of the William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board and Shellie Holcombe, Principal at Canyon High School participated. Assistant Principals at Canyon High School Timothy Hopper, Ilona Anderson, Jaime Foderaro, and Wendy Aird were there also. Dr. Cherise Moore, member, William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board also shared a few extraordinary words welcoming the students of Canyon High School to the Z Club program.
Maria Cooper and Ryanne Meschkat, Canyon High School Z Club advisors, introduced the Z Club board and installed the officers and members of the Z Club. Each student received a yellow rose, and other items.
The Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley is proud to sponsor the Canyon High School Z Club and will provide these students with guidance and mentoring to provide opportunities to improve the lives of women and girls here locally and internationally.
Along with Zonta International, the local club believes that young women and men are important to achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls around the world. To do this now and for generations to come, we must invest in youth development and mentor young leaders.
Zonta encourages young people to prepare themselves to assume roles of responsibility and leadership in the world. Through the opportunities Zonta provides, we hope that Z Club members will strive to promote fellowship and understanding among all people of the world.
These student Z Clubs are intended to offer opportunities for young people to develop communication and leadership skills, promote career exploration, and encourage members to participate in community, school and international service projects.
President Nicole Miller quoted Amanda Gorman, American Poet and activist, and National Youth Poet Laureate, in her inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb”: “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
At the end of the presentation, Gloria Salas, on the behalf of District 9, welcomed the students of the Z Club of Canyon High School into Zonta with an emotional ending to the evening.
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Z Club Committee is comprised of Vice President Beth Heiserman, Dr. Cherise Moore, and Nicole Miller. If you are interested in learning more about the Z Club service project, please visit our website at www.scvzonta.org/z-club/.