Amelia Earhart Fellowship
The 2023 AE Fellowship applications are now OPEN!!!
Applicants need to register to access the documentation needed to complete their submission. All applications must be completed in English and submitted online with all materials by 15 November 2022, using the following link https://zontainternational.awardspring.com/, to be considered.
Help spread the word and encourage women studying at the Ph.D./doctoral level in aerospace engineering or space sciences to apply. The universities and industries where eligible applicants may be found include aerospace, aeronautics, astronautics, and mechanical engineering, astrophysics, geology, physics and astronomy. Contacting your local universities, tapping into your professional and social networks, and simply sharing the flier widely is the best way to get started.
For more detailed information on the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, visit the Zonta International website at Amelia Earhart Fellowship (zonta.org)
AE Fellowship Coordinator and former AE Fellow
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
The D23 JMK Fellowship winner’s application will be forwarded to ZI by 15 October for consideration for the 2022 international awards. Materials for the 2023 round will be available on the ZI website in January 2023.
JMK Women in Business Scholarship Coordinator
Women in STEM Scholarship
The former Women in Technology Scholarship pilot finished in the 2020-22 biennium and was not planned to run this biennium. Following a motion passed at the Zonta International Convention in Hamburg, the name has been changed to Women in STEM to better reflect the breadth of women’s roles in STEM careers. Applicants should be enrolled in at least the second year of an undergraduate program through the final year of a master’s program at the time the application is submitted to the local Zonta club.
The closing date for District 23 to submit applications to Zonta International is 15 Sept 2023. Clubs
should consider if they wish to give an individual club award before forwarding applications
to District 23. This award may take the form of either a recognition award or a financial reward.
The relevant page on the ZI Website (zonta.org) will be updated during October 2022. Further information on the criteria for application and an application form will be available by the end of 2022.
Dr Prue Cowled
D23 Women in STEM Scholarship Coordinator
Young Women in Public Affairs Award
The D23 award winner for 2022 was Mia Salomon from Ivanhoe Girls. Grammar School, nominated by the Zonta Club of Melbourne of Yarra. Mia spoke about her leadership involvement and ambitions at the club’s August meeting after being introduced by D23 WPA Coordinator 2020-22, Yvonne Lockwood. Mia was thanked by Kay Stewart, D23 Governor, and presented with her certificate by D23 Governor 2020-22, Sandra Burns (see photo below)
Information pertaining to the 2023 awards is available on the Zonta International website under the Tools tab – Award, Scholarship and Fellowship Tools. As well as the application form, there are many materials to assist clubs and their YWPA Chairs are working with the schools in their areas to promote this award. It is an excellent opportunity for visibility and to plant the seed for membership growth.
Applications, including associated additional documents, should be sent as one PDF file to email@example.com
- Consider press releases to publicise the award in your community.
- Send emails to school principals and school counsellors to elaborate on details of the YWPA Award. Maintain personal contacts with school principals and school counsellors. Follow up to provide more information and guidance on how to complete the application form.
- Reach out to other youth and community organisations to find applicants.
- Use the collateral developed by Zonta International e.g. posters.
D23 YWPA Awards Coordinator
Birthing Kit Project
BIRTHING KIT FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA (BKFA) – Celebrating a Zontian’s Vision
‘A world in which all women have access to a clean and safe birth’. Was it achievable? Could something as small as a birthing kit that is held in the palm of your hand save a woman’s and baby’s life? Joy O’Hazy and the Zonta Club of Adelaide Hills believed so and started making and distributing these kits in 1999. By 2006, 30 countries had received kits from the 100,000 assembled annually, with 2.4 million having been made by Australian volunteers, instigated by Zontians. During 2020/2021, 89,700 kits were sent to Africa, Haiti, South Asia, and Papua New Guinea.
BKFA, in partnership with the three Zonta districts in Australia, has launched an initiative to recognise organisers of Birthing Kit Assembly Days (Zontians and community partners), by presenting them with badges identifying them as 'Champions'.
Presidents of all clubs, please forward details of organisers and the number of kits made between 1999 and 2009. The Assembly Day organisers, our Champions, who have been instrumental in promoting and facilitating this program, will be recognised at the Area Workshops. Please send this to the Area Birthing Kit Coordinator (where relevant) with a copy to me. Celebrate your successes with milestones, such as 5000 or 10,000 kits, with photos on social media and local community papers.
All clubs will receive a hard copy of the 2022-2021 BKFA Annual Report with important information to help you promote your assembly days. There is also a letter from Adrian Harris, Business and Operations Manager BKFA, with suggestions to enable clubs to gain sponsorship and donations to fund their kits. This is timely with COVID having prevented many clubs fundraising to their previous levels and as a result the number of kits at $5 each has often had to be reduced.
Corporate networks seeking tax deductable donations can use one of the three options below.
Becoming a BKFA member is a great way to support the cause – just $30 for an individual and $70 for a club or corporate membership. Visit their website https://www.bkfa.org.au
- Option 1 – Make a tax deductable deduction direct to the Zonta Club. BKFA to provide tax deductable receipt on request.
- Option 2 – Zonta Club to set up a MyCause page and provide a link to the Corporate body or others as required. Donation can go direct to the specific project as specified by your Zonta Club.
- Option 3 – Donate directly to BKFA via the QR code on the postcard (include relevant Zonta Club/AD as reference when making donation for accounting purposes).
Many clubs have forged partnerships to fund and assemble kits. I would love to hear of your success stories and promotional activities. Working together we can ‘Build a Better World for Women and Girls’, honour our champions and raise the profile of Zonta in our communities.
D23 BKFA Ambassador
Breast Cushions Project
A strong demand for Zonta Breast Cushions continues. I am often asked about the number of cushions made and where they are distributed. The cushions are delivered to hospitals, McGrath breast care nurses, breast cancer clinics, friends of Zontians and individual who request cushions via the D23 website or email.
Based on reports received from 28 of the 30 clubs participating in the project, 2857 cushions were made in the six months ended 30 June 2022. This is a great achievement! Thank you all for your continued support of this project.
I would also like to share with you another great achievement by the ZC Melbourne on Yarra. Since revamping the look and size of the club’s breast cushion ‘gift card’ just over a year ago to prominently include the club’s bank account details, the club has received $1600 in donations from grateful cushion recipients for the breast cushion project. The size of the card is 10.5 X15 cm (quarter of an A4 page) which is big enough for the wording on the back and printed on semi-gloss paper (not card) which keeps the cost down.
It was created in Canva and if clubs wish to have the same card with their details, please provide your club logo/club website/bank account details to Caroline Kettle. She is more than happy to make a template for you. Caroline’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, I highly recommend adding your club’s bank account details to your existing card to source extra funding for the project to continue. The next report request is for six months ended 31 December 2022 withnreports to be returned by late January. I am hoping for a 100% response rate!
Breast Cushion Project Coordinator
Mental Aid First Aid Project
One of the most important conversations you may ever have could be with someone facing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid teaches the skills you need to help someone you’re concerned about.
Many Zonta clubs have already sponsored or assisted in running a MHFA course in their community. If your club is considering sponsoring or running a MHFA course and you would like to know more about how to do it, please see the club MHFA resources on the District 23 website; https://www.zontadistrict23.org.au/what-we-do/service-projects/mental-health-first-aid/ or contact me at email@example.com
Mental Health First Aid Project Coordinator
Lesley Sweetman is continuing as the D23 Advocacy Committee Chair for this biennium, having only served for part of the last biennium. As previously, she will be supported by Advocacy reps in each of the areas, who will work with their local clubs.
ZI president Ute Scholz has emphasised the importance of an advocacy presence around International Women’s Day (also Zonta Rose Day) and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Area 2 Combined Advocacy Workshop
This meeting was chaired by Jenni Foreman on 28 August at her home. Unfortunately, D23 Chair, Lesley Sweetman was unable to attend due to illness.
After Jenni shared the outcomes of the SWOT analysis that was undertaken at an Advocacy meeting last year, the group discussed the Area 2 Clubs’ commitment to being involved in the 16 Days of Activism this year. Listening to the enthusiasm around the room and the sharing of ideas of each of the clubs it was obvious that Zonta will have an even greater impact on “Orangeing the Community” than we did last year in our various communities and the City of Adelaide. ZC Adelaide Hills showed their Orange Lady cut out of recycled Corflute. Clubs are interested in seeing them distributed around the various communities.Picture right shows the animated conversation about orange ladies held at the Combined Advocacy Meeting.
Lesley Siegloff and Jenni Foreman have agreed to prepare a calendar of events and a resource manual to be shared with other organisations including the National Council of Women, MPs and media outlets.
Jenni Foreman Area 2 Combined Advocacy representative
Area 1&4 Advocacy Meeting
Areas 1 and 4 (Victoria) work together on advocacy issues. They are currently concerned with Homelessness in Older Women. In Victoria on any given night, there are approximately 1,100 people sleeping rough, making up around 5% of the state’s homeless population. The 2021 Victorian Government inquiry into homelessness found that the number of women in this situation is increasing.
As an example, a 70-year old woman rang a radio station to share her story. She had ceased work, her husband had died, she had had back surgery and was disconnected from friends. Her landlord of 12 years increased her rent and she was evicted. After living in her car, she moved to a motel as she was cold and did not feel safe. This story highlights issues around technology for older people (many applications are required to be done online), changing demographics/circumstances, difficulty managing living costs and a lack of social programs.
The focus of the group will be on:
- Ensuring women are not evicted into homelessness
- Advocating for an increase in public housing
- Supportive housing to be the centrepiece of government plans to address homelessness
Area 1&4 Advocacy representative
Some content courtesy of Glenda Lapsley
Debbie Schmidt : D23 Membership Chair / Lieutenant Governor
The beginning of a new biennium for Zonta is always an exciting time. A new Theme, new or continuing International Projects and of course the start of a new club year. As well as my role as Lieutenant Governor, Governor Kay has appointed me the District Membership Chair. A couple of changes in relation to membership were adopted at Convention earlier this year. They include:
It is expected that the updated Governing Document should be ready on the Zonta International website for download during September 2022.
- The membership category Independent Members will now be known as Supporting Members
- The age to qualify as a Young Professional has been raised from 30 to 35
- Clubs no longer need to classify new members according to the Marian de Forest Membership Manual – the relevant Article now reads Clubs shall have a membership composition that is inclusive and diverse.
- The annual fee for a Z Club or a Golden Z Club has been increased to $25
The latest membership figures by Area from Zonta International as at 5 September 2022 are: Area 1 – 96 Area 2 – 208 Area 3 - 148 Area 4 - 143 Area 5 - 85 Total 680
Membership continues to be a challenge for some clubs. Please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any membership matters. The New Member certificate has been updated for this biennium and is now available on the District website.
The District is excited to be close to chartering our first e-club, the e-Club of Central and Southern Australia, which will be allocated Area 1. Further information will be given to clubs as we get closer to a charter date. I would love to hear from any past member or friend of Zonta who may be interested in being involved but have struggled, or would struggle, to make face-to-face meetings. Please pass on my contact details or email the District directly email@example.com .
I am looking forward to celebrating with and assisting clubs to Build a better world for women and girls this biennium.
Debbie Schmidt Lt. Governor and Membership Chair
District Club Creator
I am sure that many of you are wondering what this new role of Club Creator is all about. ZI President Ute launched the ‘Club Creators’ at the Hamburg Convention, with the aim of increasing membership by creating new clubs.
I am looking for a person from each Area to offer to assist me in coming up with ideas of where and how we can create new clubs in D23. Much has changed in membership and the style of clubs, so I am looking for innovative ideas and discussions. Please email if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org ; our discussions will be via zoom.
Sandra Burns D23 Coordinator of Club Creators
Z Club and Golden Z Club News District 23.
What an interesting year it has been so far in 2022, with schools trying to function amid rising Covid cases, limited staffing and rules changing frequently!
We have a new Z Club in Area 5 – St. Brendan-Shaw College Z Club was chartered in August in Devonport, NW Tasmania. The new club has two Presidents, Amelia and Ella. They recently presented the new Z Club to their fellow students and the staff at the first School Assembly of the year. Their first project is highlighting the detrimental effects of fast fashion on the environment followed by an activity with upcycled clothing.
We only have one functioning Golden Z Club in WA, but universities have been particularly challenged since Covid began. It would be nice to see another Golden Z Club in District 23.
We currently have seven active Z Clubs and one active Golden Z Club in District 23. Unfortunately the Monash University Caulfield Campus Golden Z Club has had to close down. It is hoped that Area 1 can start a Z Club in Melbourne in the future.
What’s happening in some of our clubs?
Geographe Bay Z Club in Busselton (WA) held a fundraising campaign and a Donations Drive for Street Friends WA. The students teamed up with the SRC and collected sleeping bags, blankets, warm jackets, beanies and essentials for the homeless, and also held an Ice Bath Challenge. Staff and students went head-to-head in an Ice Bath competition. Z Club members were sponsored, and students voted for the staff they wanted dunked. A group of students then travelled to Perth with their donations and were given a tour of the premises, gaining an understanding of how a not-for-profit organization is run. A total of $2000 was raised. Well done!
Kingston High School Z Club recently featured in the local magazine Kingborough’s Young Reporters. They recently joined in with the Zonta Club of Hobart-Derwent, making birthing kits and meeting new Area Director Wendy Quinn.
Many thanks to the Zonta Clubs which support a Z Club or Golden Z Club. Could all clubs please like our Facebook page to spread the visibility of Z Clubs. Search for Zonta District 23 Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs.
Julia Taylor, Coordinator Z Clubs & Golden Z Clubs
This information about commemorating United Nations Day comes from Pamela Morgan, our ZI representative at the United Nations.
‘United Nations Day, 24 October, marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force. UN Day, celebrated every year, offers the opportunity to amplify our common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the UN Charter that have guided us for the past 76 years. (UN Website) In 1971 the UN recommended that member states observe UN Day as a public holiday…’
‘As we take the time to reflect on the importance of the United Nations on October 24, we should particularly reflect on ways in which the UN has been a strong force promoting the rights of women by developing entities that include: Four World Conferences on Women; The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW); UN Women, the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment; SDGs, particularly SDG 5 focused on Gender Equality; the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; the Convention of the Rights of the Child; and the General Assembly Resolution on Widows.’
‘Some activities that individuals and groups can employ to commemorate UN Day include:
Please share photos of your UN Day activities with our Greater Visibility Chair, Sue Hinton!
- Host an international fair;
- Host an international dinner where people dress in their ethnic style of clothing;
- Host a speaker who can highlight the work of the UN;
- Attend a cultural performance of international artists;
- Recognize an international group/organization that is located in your region;
- Host an international activity for girls;
- Screen a documentary focused on an international theme;
- Screen a documentary film from the United Nations Audiovisual Library and follow the screening with a discussion;
- Host a virtual meeting examining one of the UN actions affecting women and/or girls (CEDAW, SDGs, CSW, Resolution 1325, etc.);
- Volunteer at a center that houses migrants in your community;
- Host a virtual meeting on the importance of any of the four pillars of the United Nations: Peace and Security; Human Rights; The Rule of Law; and, Development.’
As the D23 UN Chair, I am happy to visit clubs in October...or other time!
UN Committee Chair
4 March – Area 3 – hosted by ZC Perth Inc.
18 March: Areas 1 & 4 – hosted by ZC Melbourne on Yarra Inc.
25 March: Area 5 – hosted by ZC Hobart Derwent
6 May: Area 2 – hosted by ZC Adelaide Hills
Join your Zonta friends in Bunbury for the District 23 Conference and be inspired to Build a Better World. The Conference Committee are busy organizing speakers and panelists, who will motivate us with ideas for achieving a better future for our world. The program will offer three fun filled few days in the southwest of WA.
So time to start making plans to holiday in WA . The program will begin with noon registration on Friday 1st and conclude at lunch time Sunday 3rd September.
A Conference Newsletter, with updates and accommodation options, will come out in November.
International Convention - 27 June – 21 July 2024