Zonta District 9 Advocacy Projects


  • District Projects
  • Legislative Awareness
  • United Nations
  • Foundation Ambassador

District Projects

The District Board voted at their 2/1/14 meeting to make Zonta Rose Day and Denim Day District Advocacy Projects.

We are encouraging clubs and members to support Zonta Rose Day on March 8 by doing one of the suggested activities here and by wearing Denim on Denim Day, April 23 (more info here).

In April or May, for a District Service Project, we would also like clubs to collect items (toiletries, clothes, purses, blankets, etc..) for a women shelter and donate it in the month of April or May.


Zonta International Foundation (ZIF), the official charitable foundation of Zonta International, advances and sustains Zonta's global service and advocacy programs.

Every year, ZIF provides more than US$1 million for programs and projects that benefit thousands of women around the world. Through the Foundation, Zonta International helps women and girls overcome gender barriers to educational and professional advancement; provides opportunities for women to earn higher wages and achieve economic independence; ensures that women and children have access to quality, affordable health care; and strives to end violence against women while helping survivors rebuild their lives.

The Zonta International Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization supported solely by contributions from Zonta clubs, Zontians and friends of Zonta International around the globe who share a commitment to advancing the status of women worldwide. The affairs of the Foundation are managed by its Board of Directors who also sit on the Board of Zonta International.


International Service Program supports projects that seek to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, and/or health status of women in developing countries or countries in transition.

ZISVAW Program supports projects that seek to reduce the incidence of violence against women and girls by changing personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behaviors.

Amelia Earhart Fellowships - Fellowship for women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and engineering.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship for women pursuing undergraduate and Master's degrees in business management.

Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award established to encourage more young women to participate in public and political life by recognizing them for their volunteer leadership and dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs for high school, college and university students that focus on leadership development, career exploration and service to promote the status of women.


District 9 Foundation Ambassador Goals for 2010-2012:

1. Communicate the importance at the club level the support of Zonta International's Service Projects
2. Commit to District 9 ranking to move to #1 in donations to our Zonta International Foundation
3. Commit to raising $250,000 for our Zonta International Foundation
4. Collaborate and Communicate information about Zonta International and the importance of our Foundation by sending out direct monthly email blasts to all members
5. Communicate through Facebook, YouTube our 2010-2012 goals and monitor the success of our fundraising for our International Service Projects
6. Collaborate by contributing an article in the Quarterly District 9 Newsletter

The District 9 Ambassador to the Zonta International Foundation is Cassandra Mandeville, Zonta Club of Irvine.


                            D9 Sets 100 Percent Goal For International Donations 

It’s not often that a club has a member elected as President of Zonta International, so Karla Edwards, president of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, decided to return the favor when club member Dianne Curtis was installed in San Antonio. Edwards has set a goal that 100 percent of her club’s 70-plus members will donate to Zonta International during her 2010-11 term of office.
Now Edwards has issued a challenge to all District 9 clubs to do the same, and ZI President Curtis (a club member in Santa Clarita and District 9) has responded by promising that all clubs which meet the 100 percent mark will be invited to a special ZI Foundation reception at the International Convention in Torino, Italy.
“The amount of the donation is not important,” Edwards explained. “Each member should give according to her own ability. However, by donating to Zonta International, we hope each member will take a personal interest in Zonta’s international service projects and promote the club’s ideals on more than just a local level.”
To meet her goal, Edwards commissioned club member Cheryl Wasserman to create a “Do It for Dianne” poster (attached). The poster was introduced at the Santa Clarita club’s January meeting with a red background indicating that just over 30 percent of club members already are ZI donors. Wasserman expects the red indicator to move up to 50-60 percent at the February meeting.
Once the club meets its 100 percent goal, the full Zonta logo on the poster will be outlined in red. To make sure that the word gets out to all club members, Edwards plans to make personal calls to a few of the club’s longtime members who are ill or otherwise unable to make it to regular club meetings.
The "Do It For Dianne" campaign is in line with the District 9 Foundation goal of "everyone a bronze" for the 2010-2012 biennium. 


Zonta Presents International Women in Business Award
Submitted by Pat Willett

Attendance at the January business meeting of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley read like “Who’s Who of the Zonta World,” as district, area and international dignitaries gathered to present a $5,000 international Jane M. Klausman Women in Business scholarship to Linda Magara. Linda, who expects to graduate from The Master’s College in May, was first selected as the local scholarship winner, then represented the local club in District 9 and Zonta International competition.

Linda plans to return to her native Uganda for the summer, then start work with an Orange County investment firm in the fall. Zonta International President Dianne Curtis reminded Linda that one of ZI’s current service projects is to curb acid burning in Uganda, and she challenged Linda to help Zonta spread the word and help women of the world eradicate this terrible practice.

District 9 Governor Laura Peters attended the meeting to present Linda with an additional $1,000 as District 9 scholarship winner, reminding Linda that there are several Zonta Clubs in Orange County that would welcome her as a member when she returns to the U.S.

“My parents were speechless,” Linda said, when she told them of her award. “This money has helped me be able to graduate next semester.” Her long-term goal is to return to Uganda and establish a financial literacy center to build curricula and teach children, youth and adults the techniques and ethics of sound financial management.

Marianne Cederlind, chair of the local club’s Klausman Scholarship Committee, and Santa Clarita Mayor Marcia McLean, also a club member, also took part in the presentation.