Zonta Club of Corvallis

Zonta Club of Corvallis Zonta is a worldwide organization dedicated to empowering women through service and advocacy. Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of professionals working together to advance the status of women.

Over 36,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs in 67 countries join to participate in projects supporting women. Zonta offers opportunities for service, professional growth, networking, and fellowship.

Over 36,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs in 67 countries join to participate in projects supporting women. Zonta offers opportunities for service, professional growth, networking, and fellowship.

Mission: "Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide"

An icon, a hero, and a champion for women- we thank you for your example and we honor your work by continuing your effor...
09/19/2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87

An icon, a hero, and a champion for women- we thank you for your example and we honor your work by continuing your efforts to empower women and girls.

“Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Rest in power. March 15, 1933 - September 18, 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/us/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dead.amp.html

The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s pointed and powerful dissenting opinions earned her late-life rock stardom.

In 2018, Oregon State University changed the name of Benton Annex to the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center. Harriet...
08/19/2020

In 2018, Oregon State University changed the name of Benton Annex to the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center.

Harriet “Hattie” Redmond was a leader in the long struggle for Oregon woman suffrage, especially during the successful campaign of 1912. The right to vote was especially important to Redmond as a Black woman living in a state that had codified Black exclusion laws in its constitution. Redmond’s work for voting rights helped lay the groundwork for the Black Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century.

Celebrating some notable women of color in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and beyond. (Links to biographies under photos)
08/18/2020

Celebrating some notable women of color in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and beyond.

(Links to biographies under photos)

As we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which states:“the right of citizens of the United States...
08/18/2020
The 19th Amendment didn’t give women the right to vote

As we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which states:

“the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex”

it is important to understand that women of color, including indigenous women had to continue to fight to exercise their right to vote long after 1920 and they are still fighting today.

https://www.vox.com/2020/8/18/21358913/19th-amendment-ratified-anniversary-women-suffrage-vote

Its language — and effects — were much narrower.

Zonta Club of Corvallis's cover photo
08/07/2020

Zonta Club of Corvallis's cover photo

Follow Zonta USA  or go to www.zontausa.org. Join in the fight so our nation’s underage girls never have to take out bil...
06/10/2020
Idaho teen uses billboard campaign to fight state child marriage laws

Follow Zonta USA or go to www.zontausa.org. Join in the fight so our nation’s underage girls never have to take out billboards to fight their forced marriages.

https://zontadistrict8.org/zonta-usa-caucus-a-new-program-for-national-advocacy-in-the-united-states/

https://ktvl.com/newsletter-daily/idaho-teen-uses-billboards-to-raise-awareness-against-child-marriage

Idaho has one of the country's largest rates of child marriage, yet 80% of child marriages across the country end in divorce. A high school senior from Coeur d'Alene is fighting to put an end to it. Gracie Messier started a billboard campaign to raise awareness against child marriage. She has billbo...

Say hello and congratulations to our incoming Zonta Club of Corvallis 2020-21 President, Andrea Shonnard, kicking off ou...
05/27/2020

Say hello and congratulations to our incoming Zonta Club of Corvallis 2020-21 President, Andrea Shonnard, kicking off our 80th birthday year in Corvallis!

Congratulations also to the incoming Club Board, Committee Chairs and Zonta Service Foundation Board!

Laurie Heltness Russell, Selma Starns, Ruth Johns, Becca Peterson Freeby, Ginny Gustafson Lucker, Sunny Welles, Mary Bentley, Kathleen Petrucela, Debrah Rarick, Karen Smith, Leigh Griffith

Zonta District 8 making history today with the first virtual all area workshop. Resilience during Covid-19!
04/25/2020

Zonta District 8 making history today with the first virtual all area workshop. Resilience during Covid-19!

Congratulations to former Corvallis Zontian Marianne Vydra! 🔥🔥🔥
04/09/2020

Congratulations to former Corvallis Zontian Marianne Vydra! 🔥🔥🔥

Congratulations to Marianne Vydra, who was voted as the Region 6 Administrator of the Year by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association! https://bit.ly/2VaW7uU #GoBeavs

Rose Day bouquet presented today by Zontian Ann Smart to the Old Mill Center Team. A small thank you for their work in m...
03/07/2020

Rose Day bouquet presented today by Zontian Ann Smart to the Old Mill Center Team. A small thank you for their work in mental health helping women and girls.
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#internationalwomensday #roseday #zonta #zontacorvallis #zontaroseday #oldmillcenter #mentalhealthawareness #supportwomenandgirls

It’s Rose Day!! In honor of International Women’s Day, we are surprising community members with yellow roses to say than...
03/06/2020

It’s Rose Day!! In honor of International Women’s Day, we are surprising community members with yellow roses to say thank you for their work in mental health for women and girls.
Here we have Zontian Becca Peterson Freeby presenting to Amanda Buduris at Oregon State University.

Happy birthday to our March birthday buddies Andrea, Selma and Karen!
03/04/2020

Happy birthday to our March birthday buddies Andrea, Selma and Karen!

Wow!
02/22/2020
ERA YES

Wow!

Helping new moms and dads helps everyone.

“UNICEF report noted that among the 31 wealthy nations it studied, the United States was the only country that has no na...
02/17/2020
Finland's Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent

“UNICEF report noted that among the 31 wealthy nations it studied, the United States was the only country that has no national paid leave policy for mothers or fathers.”

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/05/803051237/finlands-women-led-government-has-equalized-family-leave-7-months-for-each-paren

Under the new policy, families are entitled to a total 14 months of paid leave. The health minister says the goal is to both improve gender equality and boost a declining birth rate.

We have extended the deadline for Rose Day 2020 Nominations to Monday, February 10th!!  Find the online nomination form ...
02/05/2020

We have extended the deadline for Rose Day 2020 Nominations to Monday, February 10th!! Find the online nomination form at: https://www.zontacorvallis.org

Know someone who deserves recognition for providing or working to improve mental health access for women and girls in the Corvallis, Albany, Philomath area?

Nominate an individual or organization to receive a hand delivered rose of thanks from our organization on Friday, March 6th.

“January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month, and while Hollywood often projects images of kidnappings and vic...
01/30/2020
'It's a Pandora's box that we opened': Fort Collins police on human trafficking

“January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month, and while Hollywood often projects images of kidnappings and victims being tied up, the truth is surprising and eye-opening.”

January is National Human Trafficking month, and while Hollywood often projects images of kidnappings and victims being tied up, the truth is surprising and eye-opening.

Help support our youth club at Crescenr Valley High School! The CV Z Club is holding an event, this Wednesday, January 2...
01/27/2020

Help support our youth club at Crescenr Valley High School!

The CV Z Club is holding an event,
this Wednesday, January 29th from 6:30-8pm at the Corvallis Library, The club, along with Operation Period will be screening the film ”Period: End of Sentence” and then conducting a panel discussion about menstrual inequity and local resources.

Get your nominations in NOW!  Our club is honoring those in our community who volunteer or work in the mental health spa...
01/26/2020

Get your nominations in NOW! Our club is honoring those in our community who volunteer or work in the mental health space benefiting women and girls and we need YOU to nominate an individual or organization in the Corvallis/Philomath/Albany area by February 4th!

Nominate online at http://www.zontacorvallis.org

Meet the FIRST Zonta International WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARS!Zonta International announced the 2019 Women in Technolo...
01/26/2020

Meet the FIRST Zonta International WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARS!

Zonta International announced the 2019 Women in Technology Scholarship district/region and international recipients, who represent 22 countries. As a pilot program, these are the first recipients of the award.

FOR MORE INFO: https://foundation.zonta.org/womenintech

We were so pleased to have had the privilege of hearing from attorney Hermine Hayes-Klein at our evening meeting last ni...
01/22/2020

We were so pleased to have had the privilege of hearing from attorney Hermine Hayes-Klein at our evening meeting last night.

After giving birth to her sons in the woman-centered Dutch maternity care system, she focused her research on how women are treated during childbirth in maternal health systems around the world. She learned that women's fundamental human rights are routinely violated in maternity care systems. The disrespect and abuse of women during childbirth is an issue that inspired her to support activism and provide legal advocacy necessary to make women's rights a reality during childbirth. In 2012, before moving back with her family to the US, she led the organization of the first global Human Rights in Childbirth conference at the Hague University.

Hermine became licensed to practice law in Oregon in 2013 and has represented clients in family law, midwifery, and birth rights cases ever since. From 2013-2016, she organized five additional international conferences of maternity care stakeholders to discuss various aspects of human rights in childbirth.

We learned about how our systems incentivize doctors and hospitals to standardize care that values profit over proper maternal care which have increased the number of unnecessary c-sections and allow abuses against women during the most vulnerable experience of their lives-childbirth. We learned that most women arent' aware of their rights or sometimes even that they are being violated. They only know that they feel bad or wronged. There is much work to do to educate ourselves, other women and girls and even the medical community about informed consent and maternal rights that should be respected and protected over the financial gains of others.

Hermine intends to bring this issue in front of the Oregon Supreme Court which if successful, will be a start to tackling the policies in our healthcare system that standardize and normalize the violations of maternal rights.

😲 60 Years‼️ Miss Selma Starns joined the Zonta Club of Corvallis in 1959. Last night we honored her for 60 years of ser...
01/22/2020

😲 60 Years‼️ Miss Selma Starns joined the Zonta Club of Corvallis in 1959. Last night we honored her for 60 years of service to our club and our community. She is the heart and soul of our organization and we thank her for all she has done and all she will do as she shows us who we can and should be as leaders in advocacy for and the empowerment of all women —including each other.
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#zontacorvallis #adventuresofselma #service #women #advocacy #empowerment #empoweringwomen #empoweringwomennow #60yearsofservice #zonta #zontainternational #womensupportingwomen

ROSE DAY IS COMING AND WE NEED YOUR NOMINATIONS! If you would like the Zonta Club of Corvallis to hand deliver a yellow ...
01/20/2020

ROSE DAY IS COMING AND WE NEED YOUR NOMINATIONS! If you would like the Zonta Club of Corvallis to hand deliver a yellow rose of gratitude to someone in the Corvallis/Philomath/Albany area that works to improve the lives of women and girls in the mental health space, please fill out our online nomination form at https://www.zontacorvallis.org. DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 4TH!

Each year, on March, 8th, International Women's Day, our Service Committee seeks to honor those in our community working within an area of their choosing, that seeks to address issues that affect the lives of women and girls. This year, we will be hand delivering roses to those working or volunteering in the area of mental health which aids women and/or girls.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be delivering two days early this year on Friday, March 6th as March 8th is on a Sunday.

The first 100 nominees will be honored.

You may nominate an individual or an organization. We will deliver a yellow rose bouquet to organizations and a single rose to individuals.

We are so proud of our youth leaders!  Congratulations to our Crescent Valley Z Club member Iris Fu for being awarded Fu...
01/18/2020

We are so proud of our youth leaders! Congratulations to our Crescent Valley Z Club member Iris Fu for being awarded Future First Citizen at the Celebrate Corvallis awards put on by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce.

Zonta Club of Corvallis table at last evening’s Celebrate Corvallis event.
01/18/2020

Zonta Club of Corvallis table at last evening’s Celebrate Corvallis event.

"The failure to address #childmarriage is costing the world trillions of dollars in untapped contributions from women." ...
01/16/2020
#HearMeToo: Where Child Marriage and Violence at Work Intersect

"The failure to address #childmarriage is costing the world trillions of dollars in untapped contributions from women."

https://msmagazine.com/2018/12/10/hearmetoo-child-marriage-violence-work-intersect/?platform=hootsuite

It will take more than 16 days—but if governments, U.N. agencies and civil society activists work together toward ending child, early and forced marriage, a world where every girl can control her own future is possible.

Cheers erupt as Virginia lawmakers vote to become pivotal 38th state to ratify ERA - Virginia Mercury
01/16/2020
Cheers erupt as Virginia lawmakers vote to become pivotal 38th state to ratify ERA - Virginia Mercury

Cheers erupt as Virginia lawmakers vote to become pivotal 38th state to ratify ERA - Virginia Mercury

Cheers erupted at the Capitol as the Equal Rights Amendment cleared both chambers of the General Assembly on Wednesday, making Virginia the 38th and final state needed to ratify the amendment enshrining gender equality in the Constitution. Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, who sponsored t...

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Empowering Women Through Service & Advocacy

Located in Corvallis, Oregon, the Zonta Club of Corvallis is part of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization, dedicated to improving the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International has over 36,000 members in 1200 clubs in 67 countries.

As part of Zonta International, a portion of the funds we raise go to international projects that aid women all around the world. Many of our members have their own projects, like building libraries in Africa and many travel abroad regularly to contribute their skills to Zonta International projects.

Locally, the Zonta Club of Corvallis boasts as one of the most successful clubs in the region. Founded over 60 years ago, our club provides numerous scholarships & grants to women & organizations that aid women. We also work with youth & young adult women through our high school “Z Clubs” and Oregon State University “Golden Z Club”. Zonta of Corvallis partners with other like-minded community organizations that empower & raise women up in the community.

Our annual dinner and auction each fall raises the funds we need to distribute scholarships to students & grants to other community organizations that are working on projects in line with our mission. For example, we gave a grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis in 2017 that taught girls how to do computer coding. Each year we distribute on average over $80,000 total over 7 scholarships: General Zonta Scholarship, Young Women in Public Affairs Award, KlaumanS Scholarship for Women in Business Students, Starns Scholarship, Rusnak & Zonta Club STEM Scholarships, LBCC Career Technical Education Scholarship, & The Grateful Nation Scholarship Awarded to a Woman Who Has Served in the Armed Forces. How much we can give each year, is dependent on the success of our auction, so please support our efforts by attending this popular event. SAVE THE DATE: This year our “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” Themed Dinner & Auction will be held November 17th, 2018 at CH2MHill Alumni Center. Watch for ticket sales towards the end of the summer.

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It was fun having Past-President Priscilla Wu visiting the evening meeting. Glad she is back in Oregon. The three of us were part of the delegation to the Pocatello convention many years ago when Priscilla was President and Bill VP. We thought we should have won the diversity award!
A huge shout out to my beloved Corvallis Zontians who took the time to sign a birthday card for me and remembered me across the miles!! I just received it today :) A huge THANK YOU!! I miss you all very, very much!!! Sending you all tons of love, hugs, and power!!! You remain an inspiration and I am proud to have been a part of the team!!! Big hugs and high fives from Houston!!!
Jo Anne Trow was honored by the club with the Centennial Award for her a Leadership and Service.
I just finished reading Melinda Gates book, The Moment of Lift. I highly suggest it. It's smart, compassionate, culturally curious, savvy, educational and inspiring.
Zonta Club of Corvallis provided over $20,000 in community grants to the following organizations in May 2019: BENTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF CORVALLIS CENTER AGAINST RAPE & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GRACE CENTER FOR ADULT DAY SERVICES LINN-BENTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE – GED PROGRAM LUMINA HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE OLD MILL CENTER FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES ROOM AT THE INN STRENGTHENING RURAL FAMILIES VINA MOSES CENTER WE CARE