Club cel­e­brates its good deeds of many years

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Lots of vis­i­tors, as well as past and present mem­bers joined the Zonta Club of East Auck­land’s dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion on Oc­to­ber 27.

The event marked the spe­cial 30th an­niver­sary of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and also its an­nual awards cer­e­mony.

Eight char­ter mem­bers helped cut the beau­ti­ful fruit­cake bear­ing a Zonta yel­low rose.

Robyn Fox, the club’s ad­vo­cacy di­rec­tor, says the mem­bers are de­lighted to have served the How­ick and Paku­ranga com­mu­nity for three decades.

‘‘We’re ex­cep­tion­ally proud of the con­tri­bu­tions we’ve made in ways both great and small,’’ she says.

‘‘Our focus has al­ways been ad­vo­cat­ing for women and girls and we con­tinue to do this.’’

Be­sides sup­port­ing na­tional and in­ter­na­tional projects that ad­vance the sta­tus of women, the club also backs com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing the So­phie El­liot Foun­da­tion, East­ern Refuge So­ci­ety, and Bel­ly­ful.

In re­cent years, it ini­ti­ated schol­ar­ships for women in ed­u­ca­tion to make a dif­fer­ence in their life chances.

The birth­day is a ‘‘very sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone’’ for the club, mem­ber Gay Gal­lagher says, who also holds the New Zealand Zonta Z Club chair.

‘‘We’d love to en­cour­age younger pro­fes­sional and busi­ness women to join the Zonta cause to en­sure our club can con­tinue for an­other 30 years.’’

The achieve­ment of five East Auck­land women and girls were ac­knowl­edged at the event.

The Founders’ Day Award went to Veron­ica Arnold for her work at the Pe­ga­sus Unit of Paku­ranga Col­lege; Bar­bara Astill re­ceived a Ser­vice Ap­preci- ation Award; How­ick Col­lege’s Inka Pleiss is re­cip­i­ent of the Year 12 Lead­er­ship Award, while the Pres­i­dents’ Schol­ar­ship Award goes to Amy Davis to help with her sec­ond chance in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Sara Khatau, of Ma­cleans Col­lege, is awarded Young Women in Pub­lic Af­fairs and says she feels ‘‘very hum­bled’’.

‘‘At­tend­ing the award cer­e­mony and hav­ing had the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to sto­ries about how the club was founded 30 years ago made me ap­pre­ci­ate how far women have come in such lit­tle time.’’

‘‘Our focus has al­ways been ad­vo­cat­ing for women and girls and we con­tinue to do this.’’

Joan Swift, June Hieatt, Pamela Lewis, Fiona Buchanan, Tr­ish Coyle, Colleen Hughes, Joan Wil­liams and Sue Miller.

PHO­TOS SUP­PLIED

Sara Khatau and Zonta Dis­trict 16 (NZ) gover­nor Janet Hope.

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