District 9 Conference Kauai Hawaii Oct 4-6, 2019

Hawaii is calling!  Our District 9 Zonta Conference will be held on the island of beautiful Kauai.  All members are encouraged to attend to learn more about Zonta, District 9, meet fellow Zontians from around the district and have good time.

Registration is now open for the hotel and the conference.  Click on the link below for more information.


Welcome, Marilyn Del Bianco from Manila

On July 2, the SCV Zonta Club welcomed, Marilyn Del Bianco. She is the President of the Zonta Club of Mandaluyong-San Juan 1 in Metro Manilla Philippines. She met Sharon Langenbeck, Zonta International President-Elect 2018-2020 at our convention in Yokohama Japan July 2018. Marilyn has a son that lives in Santa Clarita and told Sharon that when she comes to visit him, she would like to meet our club.

Dianne Curtis, Past Zonta International President 2010-2012, graciously invited members of the SCV Zonta club to her home for a social to meet another Zonta president. It is always so wonderful to meet fellow Zontian’s around the world to see what amazing projects they do for their community. Marilyn shared that their club started in 1952. They have a project that began many years ago called, “Zontaville” in Mandaluyong City. It is a housing community that helped the underprivileged have affordable housing in the Philippines.  She mentioned they raised the funds for this project by community donations, Christmas bazaars and other fundraising events.

They also have a pavilion named after them at a local hospital that specializes in helping women. Plus, the many scholarships they give out annually to women and girls.

At the end of the evening, Barbara Meyer, president of the SCV Zonta Club gave Marilyn a SCV Zonta centennial glasses as a thank you for visiting us and sharing all about her and her club.

4th of July Parade 2019

November 8, 2019 marks Zonta’s centennial anniversary. The SCV Zonta Club started celebrating by having about 25 members walking together wearing “Zonta Says NO Orange” in the Santa Clarita Valley’s 4th of July Parade in Old Town Newhall this year. The club honored Sharon Langenbeck, Zonta International President Elect 2018-2020 as the Parade division 3 Marshall. She rode in a 1964 skylight blue Ford Mustang convertible owned by one of our members. Following us was a City of Santa Clarita trolley decorated by “Zonta Says NO” banners with many Zontian’s waving to crowd.

The route took us thru downtown Newhall, eventually ending at Hart Park.  A BIG thank you to City Council member Laurene Weste for asking the City of Santa Clarita provide us with a trolley. The weather cooperated that day and was not blazing hot as normal.  Most of us were able to walk the entire 2.3 mile parade route.
The entire parade is available on SCVTV .  We are at the 1:17 hour mark if you do not want to watch the entire 2:05 hr parade.

Zonta Club Foundation Installs new Officers and Trustees 2019

Zonta Club of SCV’s Foundation on Monday, June 17 at the Valencia Oaks Club House installed new Officers and Trustees.

Foundation Installation 2019


After a festive dinner, our keynote speaker Adele Macphearson, spoke on the history and goals of the Zonta Foundation. She shared a wealth of information as a Zontian who had been instrumental in establishing our Foundation in 1998.

We then said goodbye to our outgoing Foundation Trustees: Christina Sexton, who served for 4 years from 2015-2019, and Cathy Gundy who completed her first term of 2 years from 2017-2019. Each received a “hardy Chrysanthemum” and plaque as a token of appreciation.  They were integral to the workings of the Foundation and will be greatly missed!

Following the farewells to our outgoing Trustees, we welcomed 3 new Trustees who will be starting their 2-year terms of office:  Lois Bauccio, Adele Macphearson and Barbara Cochran.  In addition, Francine Fiel was re-elected to complete a second 2-year term. All received a Zonta rose to commemorate their initiation.

Finally, Darleen Lyons installed our Foundation officers for the 2019-2020 year.  They are:  President – Terry Kanowsky, Secretary – Lois Bauccio and Treasurer - Francine Fiel.  All and all a wonderful evening of fellowship and official business ensuring that Zonta continues to fulfill our important mission to "Improve the Status of Women" long into the future.





July BBQ Social

Zonta is having a BBQ!

Join us on July 10 at the home of Suzie Alziebler for an evening of fun and friendship.

This is a POTLUCK, please contact Suzie to let her know what you are bringing.


June 2019 Business Meeting a SUCCESS!

Our first business meeting of the new Zonta year was a great success. Barbara was a little nervous, but she did a great job.   Barb says "Thank you to all for making her first meeting a good one."

Several important items were on the agenda, updated standing rules, Lunafest budget and the report of the Strategic Planning meeting.  Barb and her board are ready to go.

Also committee sign sheets were passed.  Everyone needs to sign up.  Barb reminded us if there is no chair, we will not have the committee.  So it is important for everyone to get involved!

Zonta holds annual Installation 2019

Everything Popped Out Popcorn!

On May 22, 2019, Zonta members and guests popped out in large numbers to salute Debra Blakely for her service as Club President for 2018 - 2019 and to install Barbara Meyer in the position for 2019 - 2020. With a theme built around Barb’s love of popcorn in all forms and flavors.

Sharon Langenbeck, Zonta International President-Elect and SCV club member installed the Club officers, board, and foundation trustees.

The popcorn theme was carried out in the decorations.  Thanks to Erica Bird for the two GIANT popcorn boxes that served as our grand entrance.  Then Kim Kurowski’s A-1 Party filled them with white and yellow balloons. There were multiple popcorn boxes on each table, some with small white flowers and others with real popcorn. The latter were emptied long before the buffet dinner was served.

A tradition at this event is naming the Zontian of the Year. This year, past president Judy Penman was selected to recognize her three terms as Club President. Long known as the easiest Zonta committee to chair, the Club’s past presidents produce this event every year focusing on a theme related to the incoming president.

2019 Annual Strategic Planning Meeting

On May 15, the Zonta Club of the SCV held their annual strategic planning committee meeting. The evenings topics were membership and committee structure.

Barbara Meyer, president elect of our club welcomed all the members and encouraged them to participate in the meeting. This meeting is vital to the success of our organization and can be both exciting and challenging.

Cathy Gundy, the new 2nd vice President of membership discussed with the committee three topics; member retention, growth and participation. All the committee members gave positive input to the discussion.

Beth Heiserman, the 1st Vice President of programs discussed committee structure. Participation in the various committees is imperative to assure the club’s existence. Participation on all committees is essential. Without committee chairs and committee members a committee will not exist. The committee helped restructure the current committees for the 2019-2020 year.

Barbara Meyer ended with that the meeting was very successful and that there should be a plan of action. Lets Just do it!

Everyone came away from the meeting feeling renewed and energized.  We are ready for a new year!




Zonta Club hosts annual Area 3 Seminar 2019

On May 4, 2019, the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita hosted an all day seminar for sister clubs in District 9 Area 3. Clubs from Porterville, Burbank, Antelope Valley and Conejo Valley all gathered to hear the latest news about Zonta International Projects, Membership, Leadership and our goals to increase fundraising and recruit new members as possible future leaders at Club and International Levels.

Emphasis was placed on the Need for Zonta Clubs to grow in the United States and new Clubs to be mentored by existing Clubs.

Speakers included President Elect Sharon Langenbeck, Governor Ann Banks, Historian Nickie Bonner and Gloria Salas, Brittany Vaughan, Lori Montigel and Ela Pandya.

All of these women brought interesting information to us and it was a chance to talk to so many Zonta members in our
District. A great learning experience for all!

Next District 9 Area 3 meeting will be hosted by the Zonta Club of Burbank in 2020. Watch for the details!!

Girls Robotics joins Zontians at monthly meeting 2019

What, besides chaos, do you get by mixing 8-12 year old girls with Zontians in a big hotel? A roaring good time! On Wednesday, April 10, 7 young girls from the Boys and Girls Club attended Zonta’s monthly business meeting to demonstrate their skills in building and programming Lego robots. The robotics program, sponsored by Zonta for the past ten years, introduces the girls to the mysteries of math and science. The girls shed their nervousness within moments and shrieks of joy and laughter broke out as robots raced across a special mat or followed a black line. Even speaking into a microphone or performing real-time programming projected onto a big screen failed to intimidate the kids. The Zontians, perhaps twenty-five in number, were amazed—perhaps delighted is a better word. The good news? The robotics demo will take place again next year!

It was a lot of fun and the girls thanked all the Zontians for the Lego robots and the support.


Fun with Chocolate! 2019

We all had sweet time at Zonta’s first ever Candy Making Class Fundraiser. The event was an inspiration of generosity and fundraising. Nancy Olmos of Clarice’s Cake and Candy Supplies in Newhall donated some group classes last year to a fundraiser. The classes were bid on (separately) by Zontians Patrice Rifkind and Pat Warford. Instead of inviting their friends for a party, they decided to invite their friends for a fundraising Confectionary Extravaganza!  The event was well attended with 16 candy loving contributors. Nancy and her assistant Patty were sweethearts and taught us how to make filled chocolates, peanut butter cups, chocolate covered cherries, chocolate dipped Oreos and chocolate mints - all with a choice of milk, dark or white chocolate! And we also went home with 2 pounds of Chocolate Swag each!!
All this and we raised over $400 for the conference fund! What a Delicious Event!

Remembering Russ Cochran, husband of long time member Barbara Cochran

Russell T. Cochran
Aircraft Mechanic, Combat Medic, School Administrator, Community Volunteer 

Longtime Santa Clarita Valley resident Russell T. "Russ" Cochran actively affected the lives of seniors, children, alcohol and drug abusers, domestic violence victims, and musicians since the 1970s.

He was born in Ontario, CA, on March 27, 1932. He lived mainly in foster homes until he was 15 when he moved in with his aunt and uncle. During his time in foster care, he was a ward of the court, and a judge gave Russ a violin and paid for lessons for him to make sure he was active and not running the streets. That began his music career in Kings County — singing in choirs and playing in symphony orchestras as he matured into adulthood.

He was a pilot in his younger years and earned a living as an aircraft mechanic. He enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served as a combat medic in Japan until he was released in 1952. He never finished high school but earned his GED, attended Chafee College and Long Beach State, and subsequently obtained his PhD in School Administration from USC.

He began his school administration career in 1955 serving as teacher and principal in numerous elementary schools in Barstow, San Leandro, Hanford and Saugus until he retired in June 1992 after 24 years in the Saugus Union School District.

His community involvement included:

  • Founder and President of the Santa Clarita Valley Community Health Council, 1972 (with assistance of business leaders in the community who realized there was a lack of medical services in the Santa Clarita Valley)
  • County Mental Health, 1972-1974: Initiation and development of a Grant to fight Substance Abuse in SCV
  • Founder and President of Board of Directors, Santa Clarita Valley Coalition on Substance Abuse
  • Founder of the COC Symphony Orchestra
  • Board of Directors, SCV Boys & Girls Club
  • Board of directors of Child & Family Center
  • Founder of SCV Senior Center
  • President of Board of Directors of Committee on Aging
  • Board of Directors of North L.A. County Coalition on Substance Abuse
  • Chairman of Newhall Advisory Board for Urban Development
  • Member of Interagency Task Force on Substance Abuse for L.A. County
  • Member of Alcohol Task Force for L.A. County
  • United Way Budget Committee Region I, North L.A. County

As a result of his community involvement, he met Barbara Stearns in 1973, and they married in Las Vegas in 1996. They played golf, loved music, traveled to dozens of countries, enjoyed European river boat cruises, rode motorcycles, went glider flying and treasured Friday dinners with friends. He was a member of the Elks and the Old Farts Flying Club, a model airplane club. He built and flew model airplanes for over 40 years.

Russ adored Barbara's children, Chuck (deceased), Diedre and Scott, and they have six grandchildren and six great grandchildren living in Palmdale and Virginia.

After a doctor diagnosed Russ with pneumonia on January 16 during a house-call visit, he was admitted to the hospital. In late February, while still in Henry Mayo Hospital, when Barbara told Russ she was going to donate $10,000 in his name to the SCV Senior Center, Russ was too weak to talk, but approved the action with a smile. She made this announcement at the Senior Center's Celebrity Waiter Dinner.

Russ passed away peacefully four days later, on February 27, one month shy of turning 87. The donation was a final fitting gesture for a quiet, private man who had not only given life to the Senior Center but also to many other causes in this community.

Zontian Peggy Edwards honored by Los Angeles County


Zontian Peggy Edwards was recently named Los Angeles County 5th District Woman of the Year.  Peggy was honored for her work with Bridge to Home, the homeless shelter in Santa Clarita.  Congratulations Peggy!

Centennial Anniversary of Zonta International

November 8th, 2019 is the Centennial Anniversary of Zonta International ... what an amazing accomplishment!!

Our first local event, first of many, to celebrate this special accomplishment is an entry in the SCV 4th of July parade. We will march/walk to show that Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.  We are doing this to recognize our milestone Centennial and to promote our local club!
The committee would like everyone to wear the same orange Zonta shirt.  The goal is to have a sea of ladies, ... and men and children ... wearing orange,  walking along the parade route, carrying orange balloons! We want to make a big orange splash!
Zonta International has a logo shirt at a reasonable price. I have a list of the members who signed up at the March business meeting.
If you would like to sign up to purchase a shirt or change your order ... let me know.  All orders are final.
The shirts are 100%  pre-shrunk cotton in a ladies tapered cut.


A small, medium. large  and X-large are $12.95.  2 XL are $15.95 and 3 XL are $17.20
I will place a group order on April 17, 2019.  The shipping costs will be split between the number of people ordering.
Please join us in the 4th of July parade, and in purchasing a shirt that we will wear for the parade and through out our Centennial year.
You can order your own shirt directly from ZI if you wish  Here is the link.  http://www.zontastore.com/accessories/garments/zonta-says-no-tee.html
Take care

Connie Worden-Roberts Remembered

Connie loved cooking.  Connie also loved Zonta.  Connie was a long time member of our Zonta Club having held many positions especially chairwoman of the Zonta Tribute.  She loved that event!

Connie passed away in 2014.  City Council member Laurene Weste recently brought all of Connie's cookbooks to city hall so that anyone who love Connie could have a piece of her heart.  Everyone could browse thru her cookbooks and take any they wanted.  There were lots of them!

Inside each cookbook was a letter from Laurene and a remembrance of Connie.  Read more about Connie here.





Zonta Zing Jan 17, 2019

Zonta Zing, the club’s annual orientation meeting, was a fun and informative meeting for new and long-standing members alike.

Zonta Zing 2019

Thanks to Board Member and Past President, Pat Warford, the meeting was held at what seems like the club’s second home, the beautiful Valencia Hills Club House on Thursday, January 17th.  Following a lovely selection of hors d’oeuvres, snacks, desserts, and of course, Zinfindel, the committee organized a round robin of presentations regarding topics of interest for all Zontians.  Presenters included Darleen Lyons, Dianne Curtis, Lois Bauccio, Adele Macpherson, Phyllis Walker, and Alicia Estrada. Topics included were Foundation, Fundraising, Zonta International, Girls Robotics, Advocacy, and Scholarships.  Following introductory remarks by President, Debra Blakely, President-Elect, Beth Heiserman, 1st Vice President, presented a wonderful Powerpoint on Zonta. Barbara Meyer did a great job of keeping the discussions flowing.  Many thanks go to the members of the committee who provided the food, decorated the tables, and created audio-visual and graphic enhancements. The real highlight of the evening was welcoming prospective new members as well as those Zontians who have joined the club since our last orientation.  Welcome aboard, Ladies!

Zonta Holiday Party 2018

Zonta Holiday Party 2018

37 Zontians and UnZons celebrated the Holidays on Sat. Dec 8th at the home of Suzie Alziebler.  Party guests donated gift cards and needed personal hygene supplies for our Advocacy Projects foster girls  and also our local homeless shelter.

An afternoon of visiting, feasting on a tritip and chicken buffet and yummy desserts ended with pictures in front of the Christmas tree.   Special thanks to the Holiday committee for all the wonderful desserts they made.  They were delicious.

Also special thanks to Chuck Willett and Geoff Campbell for bringing guests up and down the hill.

A visit with Zontians from Kaliningrad, Russia 2018

Thank you to all of our members who came out to Barb's house and supported our last minute social on Oct 30, to meet Liudmila from Kaliningrad. A special thanks to Sharon Langenbeck, our ZI President-Elect for asking us to host such a special opportunity to meet a fellow Zontian from so far away. Sharon met her in Yokohoma, Japan at the 64th Zonta International Convention and mentioned she would be visiting Santa Clarita in the fall.


She had a wonderful presentation for us and shared the special projects they do.  The club of Kaliningrad started in September 2004. They promote the health of children, the members of their club and the Club of Essen partnered on a joint project and Doctor of Medicine, Bettina von Falkenhausen, trained specialists in the educational sphere in Kaliningrad. They participate in JMk and YWIPA.  The Zonta club of Kaliningrad is implementing projects aimed at raising the status of women in our society and protecting the family. Their club is rendering assistance to Kaliningrad's regional Women's Crisis Center. the women who happen to be in a difficult situation in their life, experiencing physical violence at home will stay and live at the Center with their children.

New Human Trafficking Project announced

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.

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

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.


JR's Comedy Club Social 2018


Zontians Having Fun!


Lots of Laughs!!  Laughter filled the room  at JR’s Comedy Club  located in Mimi’s Restaurant on Magic Mountain Parkway on Saturday evening, October 20, 2018.   Over 25 Zontian’s and guests attended  for a fun night of fellowship and dining - followed by hilarious stories presented by Ron Kenny and Marty Ross accompanied by two guest comedians.  Everyone left feeling relaxed from an enjoyable event.


October 2018 Business Meeting

Oct 2018 Business meeting

Members of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley held their latest meeting at the Holiday Inn in Valencia.  Toni Wade was inducted as our newest member.  Also, Edna Dimataga-Fernandez, who was a member in 2011, rejoined our club.  Welcome both Toni and Edna!

Beth Heiserman, 1st Vice President, presented a short program on the history of our club.  It was fun to see old pictures of our members and try to guess who they are!  Thank you Beth for putting this together.

The surprise of the evening, was having two club members, Jeanne Mayberry and Jamie Russell, who live in Bakersfield attend our meeting.  It was very pleasant surprise.  Thank you for coming!  We capped off the meeting with a photo with our two Bakersfield member front and center.

Color Me Mine Social 2018


Zontians recently gathered for a fun evening of painting!  About 20 Zontians and friends, met at Color Me Mine on Town Center Drive, where we all picked out our ceramic piece we wanted to paint.  Then the fun began. 

Thank you to Heather and Stacy, they were outstanding. They were so helpful to everyone as we all needed help. A couple of the pieces were difficult to paint and they were so kind to extend our stay so that some of the ladies could finish their creative pieces.

We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Zonta Club of SCV Color Me Mine Social/Fundraiser. Our Socials & fundraising committee did an amazing job to organize this wonderful event.

Everyone got to enjoy being creative while having snacks and wine. There were so many choices to choose from like; a clock, piggy banks, bowls, measuring spoons, dog biscuit jar and so many other cute items. Some of us had a hard time deciding. Several of us can't wait to go back and create another item. We saw some very creative pieces from the ladies; a mug, cookie jar, tea light holder, doggy bowl, popcorn bowl, chip n’ dip plate and more.


Zonta Summer Jazz and Blues Concert 2018

One of the great Santa Clarita summer traditions is the Friday night Valencia Jazz & Blues Summer Concert Series.  The longest running privately hosted annual series in our valley (this year is the 19th!) selects a different charity each week to receive the proceeds of the free event.  On Friday night, July 27th, Zonta was selected as the featured charity.  According to Barbara Myler, CEO of Summit West Public Relations and producer of the event, our club set a participation record as 17 Zonta volunteers (plus three Unzons, Ken Rifkind, Lee Lodes, and Geoff Campbell) joined the fun and excitement! 

But after all, volunteering is what we do best, and our members had a blast hustling drink orders for the crowd who were enjoying fabulous Wolf Creek Beer and other libations as the incredible Kelly’s Lot played an irresistible combination of favorite cover tunes as well as remarkable original songs.  You could see our Zonta servers wrestling over the urge to dance while remembering how to pronounce “Hefeweizen”.  We were grateful when a guest asked for white wine!

Under a full moon in beautiful Valencia, Zontians earned nearly $250 in tips for our fabulous club. Many thanks to Zonta member Patrice Rifkind of Audiology Associates, an event sponsor, for making the arrangements, and Barbara Myler for her generosity.  And after all, what could be more fun on a hot July night than to meet great new neighbors while listening to wonderful music and volunteering for Zonta?

Zonta Club holds 2018 Summer Social at Reyes Winery


The beautiful Reyes Winery in bucolic Agua Dulce was the setting for the 6th Annual Zonta Club of SCV’s Summer Social on Sunday, July 22nd.

Club Vice President, Beth Heiserman, an executive at the winery, and her committee of Zontians including Sue Hayward, Barbara Meyers and Darleen Lyons, prepared and served a delicious array of summer dishes as the winery poured its premium, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay, among other special vintages.

As a special surprise, guests were treated to the delightful live music of the local band, Sierra Highway, who played their special take on Americana acoustic, folk, Irish, bluegrass and fiddle tunes.  

Despite the summer heat, the club and guests kept cool under a pavilion set on Reyes’ spreading green lawn surrounded by grape-laden vines.  What a great day of fun and friendship!  All proceeds supported the Zonta Club.

Zonta Foundation Annual 2018 Meeting

Under a welcoming pergola at the home of Terry Kanowsky on July 12th, Zontians gathered for the foundation’s 20th Annual General Meeting.  Kanowsky, long-time member of the Zonta Club and in-coming Foundation President, presided over the meeting. A wonderful dinner was provided by members of the outgoing foundation board.

Each year, members of the Zonta Club of SCV gather to review annual financial statements and other business matters unique to the foundation.  While both club and foundation are registered, non-profit entities, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization that holds a tax identification number and fiduciary responsibility for Zonta SCV.  Because of the foundation, Zonta can offer tax receipts to its donors and file special 990 tax returns reserved for tax exempt entities, maintain investments, and   Zonta members are interested in various banking and budgetary information that gives them a snapshot of the group’s financial status.

In addition to fiscal information, the meeting featured a key-note presentation regarding the history of the foundation given by Lois Bauccio who announced the upcoming 20th anniversary of the foundation which was founded on August 18, 1998.  The highlight of the evening was an installation of the new foundation board and trustees presided over by Adele Macpherson.  The new Foundation Board is comprised of Zontians Terry Kanowsky, Barbara Meyer, Christine Sexton, Susan Hayward, Nell Campbell, Francine Fiel, Cathy Gundy, Mary Ree, Judy Penman, and Debra Blakely.



News from Zonta International Convention

Dr. Sharon Langenbeck elected Zonta International President Elect
Zonta International just concluded their biennial convention in Yokohama Japan.  The highlight of the convention was the election of our very own Dr. Sharon Langenbeck as Zonta International President Elect.  Dr. Langenbeck will assume the President of Zonta International at the next convention July 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition Sue Hayward was recognized for recruiting 12 new members into our Zonta Club between 2016-2018.  We are so proud of Sue.

Zonta Club holds annual 2018-2019 planning meeting

Members of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita met at the Savia Center in Newhall on June 23rd to chart the club’s course for the new fiscal year.  Under the direction of President Debra Blakely, SCV Zontians had round table discussions on community service projects and fundraising ideas, among other important aspects of club involvement.  As a result of the vibrant conversations, the group is excited to continue serving underserved women and victims of domestic violence through the Life Forward Workshops and the community awareness program called The Red Dress Project, a haunting reminder of those victims in the SCV who have died from domestic violence.

A host of other service ideas will be investigated by ad hoc committees.  These will include the possibility of mentoring newly emancipated foster care girls, helping senior women navigate their medicare/medical allocations, and a host of other worthwhile service ideas.

Fun and informative fundraising events will take place including Lunafest (fall of 2019), a salute to women filmmakers, and Women in Service, Zonta’s signature event honoring amazing women who volunteer in our valley.  Also, for the 2nd consecutive year, Zonta has been selected as the recipient of the proceeds from the fabulous Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival at Reyes Winery.

Debbie Blakely and her 1st Vice President, Beth Heiserman, will head out soon to Yokohama, Japan for Zonta’s International Convention.  Be watching for photographs!  They will bring back a host of new service initiatives for worldwide and local attention in keeping with our mission of “Empowering women locally and worldwide.”


2019 Zontian of the Year - Judy Penman

Super-active club member and three-time club past president Judy Penman as Zontian of the Year at the annual installation dinner recently at the Oaks Club in Valencia.

Judy as been a member of our Zonta club for 27 years  and has held every position except treasurer. She chaired the 2018 & 2019 Women in Service Celebration brunch and was honored for her consistent support of Zonta's mission of helping all women and children locally and internationally.

In the community, she has been involved with most non-profits in the SCV, starting with Zonta and then Domestic Violence Center, where she is the longest living member of the board for 13 years and president for three years.  She then joined the board of Circle of Hope and served three years as president, continuing with that non-profit as secretary and fundraiser. Judy also joined the WISH Foundation board, serving the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District. She then joined the Assistance League, where she served on the board for four years, two years as philanthropic vice president, and two years as first vice president of resource development.

And if that is not enough, she also ushers at the local Performing Arts Center and is on the board of the Senior Center Advisory Committee, where she is fundraising chair. An active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, she chaired that organization's annual auction for several years.

One of her nomination forms said, "Judy volunteers because she believes in helping others, however she can. She has been volunteering since she arrived in Santa Clarita, after meeting the dynamic women in Zonta who got her involved in all other events in the community. Judy believes that receiving this award from her peers is one of the best awards she would ever get, as she goes into a new chapter of her life."

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. In making the presentation, committee chair Sue Hayward also announced two honorable mention recipients—Beth Heiserman and Francine Fiel.

2018 Zontian of the Year - Darleen Lyons

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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.

2017 Zontian of the Year - Barbara Meyer

barbara 2017 zontian of the year

2016 Zontian of the Year - Sue Hayward