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New board named

The new Zonta Club of Brisbane board was installed at our May Annual General Meeting.

The board will take up its role in June 2023 and the new board includes:

President – Sandra McLean

First Vice President – Jane Keating

Second Vice President – Lesley Chenoweth AO

Treasurer: Lisa Worner

Secreatary: Kate Rose

Directors: Grace Townsend, Louise Ryan, Susan Scott.

The Meeting also accepted the Club’s Annual Report 2022-23 which is here.

Zonta Club of Brisbane welcomes and supports its new board which will work with the Club’s committees to carry out key activities across advocacy, service, fundraising, communications, membership and fellowship.

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Advancing women!

The countdown is on for the opening for nominations for the Zonta Club of Brisbane Advancement of Women Award.

Start thinking now about nominations for the award which open on 5 July.

This is the second time we have offered the award, with the inaugural award won in 2019 by Cathy Hunt, Executive Producer of Women of the World Australia. The award recognises a person who, through their leadership, work or advocacy, is progressing the status of women by either creating new pathways for women, facilitating women’s advancement along existing pathways, or advancing the interests of women through other endeavours in social, community, economic, academic, political or work environments.

The Award provides $5,000 to the winner who will also beoffered a year of collaboration with members of the Zonta Club of Brisbane Inc.

It is open to persons of any gender who are on the path of helping women and who can use the funds to leverage the effect of their work. It seeks nominations from a broad base. For example, the recipient could be an administrator, scientist, teacher, business or industry leader, police officer, community worker, fundraiser or a pioneer in their field.

So start thinking now and get ready to apply when applications open on 5 July from the Zonta Club of Brisbane website.

For more information on the Advancement of Women Award go here


International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day Sunday March 9, the Zonta Club of Brisbane created an IWD2020 Zonta display at the store. Five members – Janet Prowse, Judith Anderson, Sandra McLean, Susan Scott and Susan Davies staffed the display about Zonta’s projects.

It was a great opportunity to both raise the profile of Zonta and also International Women’s Day which had a theme this year about #EachforEqual.

It was terrific of Bunnings Newstead to invite us to have the stand and they donated $150 in store vouchers as a thank you. We used one for a raffle prize and sold tickets to Bunnings patrons.

And the results? Bunnings was grateful, we created more awareness about Zonta and we made a few dollars for our service fund.

Two “learnings”: few people carry cash any more and we now have the start of a portable “What is Zonta” display to be used at our events and Sizzling!


Tour of the New Woman Exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane

Saturday 14 September, lunch at Shingle Inn.

Eleven guests, including members, former member and friends participated in a most enjoyable guided tour of the New Woman Exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane followed by lunch at the Shingle Inn. The exhibition was hosted by Sallyanne Atkinson AO, Club member and Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane who added so much to the tour because of her personal knowledge of artists and those who were painted. The exhibition includes a portrait by former Club member and portrait artist, Lola McCausland of Dame Annabelle Rankin who was the first woman from Queensland elected to parliament and the first woman to become a federal government minister. 


Dinner meeting October 2nd 2019

As we begin planning our special project for 2020, ‘Homelessness in Older Women’, we were delighted to have Karen Lyon Reid (CEO) and Jennifer Clarke (Board member) from The Lady Musgrave Trust join us at our Club dinner meeting this week to talk about the work they are doing to support vulnerable and homeless women in Brisbane and neighbouring areas. Women over the age of 55 is the fastest growing category of people either on the verge of or actually experiencing homelessness. No woman should be unsure about where she is going to sleep tonight.