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Conference Edition                                                                                      Issue 7 October 2021   

Dear Zontians,

Thank you so much for your support of our “virtual Conference”.  We have had wonderful feedback and registrations were at 301. This is many more than we would have expected at a face to face conference.  We know that there were probably more than the 301 tuned in as some clubs were able to gather together to view the sessions and so some of those attendees probably were not registered.  But of course the more the merrier and it was wonderful to see on FB, pictures of Zontians sharing fellowship.

A huge thank you to Mission Control West (Perth) and Mission Control East (Geelong) with Carole Theobald and Past Governor Jane Adornetto providing all the expertise for our Virtual Conference to run so smoothly. It was very much like ducks on a pond - mad paddling beneath the surface.  In the background, they were constantly talking to each other or messaging so that all the sessions, voting, panels and awards were delivered over the 3 days.  

Carole has put the sessions on Saturday and Sunday on the D23 website so that we are able to share with members who could not attend or who missed a session or two.  Unfortunately, Friday’s session was not recorded.

The Conference Committee has done an amazing job over the last 18 months and we are so disappointed that we were not in Bendigo.  I do hope you saw the wonderful video of what the city offers and will visit once travel is again available to us. Huge thank you, Judy Gorton and Jane Adornetto (Co Conference Chairs),  Naidene Parry, Sally Thomson, Jan Buckland, Sue Clarke and Kay Stewart. The Board is planning to hold a face to face meeting in Bendigo in 2022, something this Board has not yet been able to do.

Congratulations to those who stood for leadership roles in 2022-2024 and to those who have been elected to lead the District.  You have a great team that will be ably lead by Kay Stewart. (See the elections section of this newsletter) Congratulations to Margaret Lynch and ZC Kyneton for organizing our online voting platform – all ran smoothly and to Chris Denmead and the ZC Geelong for managing the Credentials. Our business was conducted in this online format and thank you to Beryl McMillan for preparing, with her team, the changes to D23 Resolutions. The new version will appear on the website.

In this edition, you can read about the variety of speakers, panellists, topics and presentations made during the Conference and once again thank you to all who joined us to celebrate District 23’s achievements.

Our Conference has even scored a mention on ZI's 'Share your Story' - check it out!
Best Wishes,

Sandra Burns
Zonta International District 23
Governor 2020-2022

Zonta Club of Perth Inc.
Want to revisit the Conference?
If you missed the conference or would like to revisit some or all of the presentations, the exciting news is that you CAN, thanks to the dedication and pure hard work of Carole Theobald, who has created a YouTube channel for us! Many thanks to Carole for making this possible.
CLICK HERE to view the 2021 District 23 Conference Presentations
$6,095 DONATED

The District 23 Conference raised $6,095 for the Zonta International Foundation for Women and the ZI Endowment Fund.  
Thank you to all those who gave so generously when completing your online booking for our Virtual Conference.

Bylaws and Resolutions 
Beryl McMillan OAM - Chairman

Report from District Bylaws and Resolutions Committee

Thank you to clubs and their delegates for taking seriously the proposals for changes to the District Rules of Procedure, discussing them ahead of the voting period and asking questions for clarification.
All proposed changes were accepted and the current version (Version 4, September 2021) is now on the district website.
Clubs and individuals are asked to ensure that the current version is used. You will recall that the numbering system was amended to differentiate between minor amendments and more significant revisions. 
Thanks are also extended to the District Board, Parliamentarian Ann Horrocks and other members who provided feedback and advice to the committee.
My personal thanks also go to the other members of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee - Pru Blackwell, Dee Saunders and Debbie Schmidt.

Beryl McMillan

The following were all were accepted with the required 2/3rds majority.
  • The proposed changes to the Zonta International District 23 Rules of Procedure Version 4.0
  • Acceptance of the District Budget, District Strategic Plan for 2022-24 and the District financial reports
Access the above documents on the D23 website.

Conference Day 1
Friday 10th September 2021

Connecting the five Areas of District 23 - our virtual Conference is ready to go!

Conference Day 2
Saturday 11th September 2021

Day 2 began with an image of Bendigo and an acknowledgement of our generous sponsors.
Day Two Speakers
Panel: 'Learning the First Peoples Journey'
Panel: Gender Equality and Climate Change
RMCG, an environmental and agricultural consultancy kindly sponsored the second panel on day two.
From Top left: Claire Flanagan-Smith, principal for RMCG facilitated the panel comprising Ginny Tan from Sisterworks,  Natalie Isaacs CEO of 1 Million Women, and our District Futurist Carole Theobald.

Conference Day 3
Sunday 12th September 2021

Length of Membership Recognition

Kay Stewart - Membership Chairman
View the List of our Long-Serving District Zontians

District 23 Conference 2021 – Awardees

D23 Governor’s Award:  Heide Taylor Honour Roll
  • Judith Rothe, ZC Kyneton, Member since 2002
  • Beverley Newberry, ZC Adelaide, Member since 1982
  • Wendy Kirkby, ZC Peel, Member since 2000
Service and Advocacy Awards
  • Service:  ZC Bunbury – Community Breast Care Cushion Day
  • Advocacy:  ZC Wangaratta – International Women’s Day Breakfast for Students
  • Service and Advocacy: ZC Noarlunga Southern Vales – Christies Beach High School Young Mums’ Programme
  • Honourable mentions: 
    • ZC Adelaide Flinders – Food for Thought
    • ZC Mount Barker – Walk for Mental Health and Well-Being
PR and Communications Awards
  • Category 1 - PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
    • Winner- ZC Mitchell
    • Highly Commended – ZC Bendigo
  • Category 2 - MEMBERSHIP 
    • Winner – ZC Bunbury
    • Highly Commended – ZC Perth
    • Winner – ZC Bunbury
  • Category 4 - SOCIAL MEDIA
    • Winner – ZC Perth
    • Highly Commended – ZC Bunbury
  • Category 5 - NEWSLETTER
    • Winner – ZC Bunbury
    • Highly Commended- ZC Melbourne on Yarra and ZC Bendigo
    • Winner – ZC Adelaide
    • Highly Commended – ZC Bendigo
    • Winner – ZC Bunbury
    • Highly Commended – ZC Perth

District 23 Conference 2021 – Officers 2022-2024

Election of Officers for 2022-2024 biennium (Biennium starts at end of Hamburg Convention)

Governor – Kay Stewart, ZC Melbourne-on-Yarra
Lt Governor – Debbie Schmidt, ZC Geelong
Treasurer – Chris Frick, ZC Gawler
Area 1 Director – Yvonne Lockwood, ZC Melbourne-on-Yarra
Area 2 Director – Lesley Siegloff, ZC Adelaide Flinders
Vice Area 2 Director – Belinda Wise, ZC Lower Eyre
Area 3 Director – Pauline Vukelic, ZC Dunsborough
Area 4 Director – Christine Denmead, ZC Geelong
Area 5 Director – Wendy Quinn, ZC Hobart Derwent

Nominating Committee – Sandra Burns – ZC Perth, Chairman
                                            Erica Majba – ZC Adelaide
                                            Di Hillman – ZC Melbourne’s East

Response to District Advocacy Letter - Coercive Control

Minister Payne's response to District 23 Board and Clubs' letters to her regarding action on Coercive Control is attached. It has taken some months to get a response and I am not sure if clubs have received letters as well so I am sharing the letter with you all.
We will be looking to see that the current Government prepares an acceptable Strategy following the Women's Safety Summit held in early September. 
As a District Board, we have supported the joint statement on the Safety Summit by the three Australian Zonta District Governors and jointly presented with the Equality Rights Alliance of which Zonta is a member.
Please note that our Advocacy Chairman, Lesley Sweetman has shared through your Area Advocacy Representatives, the documents from the Conference session she ran with Victorian Women's Trust, CEO Mary Crooks. If you do not receive them please contact Lesley or your Area Rep. They are listed in the District Directory.

CLICK HERE to read Minister Payne's response.

Sandra Burns

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Jasmine Koch - District Coordinator


Applications are due for submission by 15 November 2021

So, there is still time for clubs to liaise with local universities and their networks to promote the program and connect with potential eligible applicants. It would be wonderful to have a recipient from D23.


The Amelia Earhart (AE) Fellowship was established in 1938 in honour of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart who actively promoted the ideals of Zonta by encouraging women to take on roles in non-traditional fields.

Zonta was the only non-aviation organisation to which she belonged.
The US$10,000 AE Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 35 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences.
To be considered for the 2022 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, all applications are to be completed in English and submitted online with all materials by 15 November 2021.
Hard copy and email applications will not be accepted.
Applicants may only apply for the 2022 Amelia Earhart Fellowships using the online application form at 
For more background information on the Amelia Earhart Fellowship visit the Zonta International website at  
Jasmine Koch
District 23 Amelia Earhart Fellowship Coordinator

Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs
Julia Taylor - Coordinator


The Glossup High School Z Club, sponsored by the Zonta Club of The Riverland, was officially chartered on 1st July 2021. The new club's charter ceremony was held on 6th September.

The Z club members are girls in Year 10, 11 and 12.

They have a Z Club notice Board in the main indoor learning area which the students use regularly, ensuring that other students know about the Z Club and its activities.

They have started a "Feminist Friday" music playlist at lunchtime on Fridays. While all the students are out in the yard they put on empowering songs about women, or those that were written by amazing female artists. Then girls choose the songs to go on the playlist.

In Term 1 this year the club celebrated International Women's day by having a stall at lunchtime. The girls made cupcakes to sell, set up the stall, made the posters, and wrote inspirational quotes to hand out to people who purchased a cupcake. They also invited people to write the name of a special woman in their life on a purple love heart and put it up on the glass windows to celebrate women in our lives.

In 2022 two campuses will join together so that Year 8 and 9 students can be included in the club.



District 23 Merchandise
Trish McLean

New Merchandise on the D23 Website

District Merchandise coordinator, Trish McLean, has now organised for the new badges that were going to be on sale at the conference, to be placed on the merchandise page of our district website. 

                                                   UN Sustainability Goals

Anyone wanting a scarf as worn by the Conference Committee should contact the Zonta Club of Bendigo and put in an order:

Clubs that were going to sell items at Conference are able to advertise on our district website. Club's items can be linked through our D23 website - with a picture of the item - then linked back to the club website or email to purchase.  The district cannot handle the sale of items. 
 The Zonta Club of Geelong has advised that it has T-shirts and Cards for sale. These can be ordered on the club's website:

Save the Dates

65th Zonta International Convention
25 to 29 June 2022
Hamburg - Germany

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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