Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast
Zonta is an organisation of 33,000 executives in business and the professions around the world providing service and advocacy through projects to improve the health, education, economic and political status of women and girls.
The Zonta Club of Brisbane Breakfast meets over breakfast on the first Friday of each month excluding January) at the Brisbane Club. All members are actively involved in at least one committee and each committee aims to meet several times a year (if not monthly) to bring members together to discuss Club business and for fellowship.
We are most commonly known for our involvement in the annual Birthing Kits Day – organised by our club and Brisbane South, this is the biggest event in our calendar, and we look forward to the amazing work and efforts put in by so many people every year for this worth cause.
Scroll down for more information on Zonta International, the Zonta Emblem, and the Zonta Rose.
The Zonta Organisation
Zonta International began in 1919 in Buffalo, New York as a Service Club for women at a time when men’s Service Clubs such as Lions, Rotary, had already commenced.
From this small beginning, Clubs were established in other USA cities. The Clubs formed a Confederation on 08 November 1919, and the Charter President of this Confederation was Marion de Forest.
The name “Zhonta’ – from the Sioux Indian language – was chosen and later adapted to “Zonta”, and means “honest and trustworthy”.
Zonta became International in 1927 when the Canadian Zonta Club of Niagara Falls joined the Confederation. Zonta International now has over 1200 clubs in 63 countries.
The Zonta International Board, led by an elected President, oversees Zonta International activities. Headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Zonta International Foundation supports service programs of Zonta International by receiving, raising and investing funds for these International programs.
For administrative purposes, Zonta International divides the world into Districts, each led by an elected District Governor and elected District Board. Each District Board reports to Zonta International.
Districts are divided into Areas, with an elected Area Director who reports to the District Governor. Locally, Clubs are the basic units of Zonta International with each Club led by an elected Club President and Club Board.
If you were interested in inquiring about how to become a member of Zonta International District 22, please read our Prospective Member Form to find out more.
The Zonta Emblem
The Zonta Emblem is a composite of five Sioux symbols, which when superimposed take on a special significance for Zontians.
Read more about the Zonta Emblem here.
The Zonta Rose
The Zonta Rose was introduced at the 1984 Sydney Convention. In 1983, the Lieutenant Governor of District 16 (then Australia and New Zealand), Valerie Webster, proposed that a special rose be developed as a living symbol of Zonta International. Harkness Roses (UK) developed the rose, and an Australian Zontian, Marion Ross of Ross Roses in Adelaide, enabled the presentation of the rose in 1984.
Since 1999, the Zonta Rose has serviced as a symbol of Zonta Rose day on 08 March the same day as the International Women’s Day. The Zonta Rose is used as a symbol of friendship. The Zonta Rose is registered internationally and also is known as Princess Alice in the UK and Canada, Bright Lites in the USA and Hartanna.