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Save the Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017


An Evening with Geraldine Cox AM, 

Founder of the Sunrise Orphanage Cambodia


6.00 pm for a two course dinner,

Mercure Hotel, cnr. Gheringhap & Myer Streets, Geelong

 Tickets: $49.00 from

 For more information call Joy 0409 343950

Geraldine Cox AM




To find out more about Geraldine and her work, take a look at the following links.

Sunrise Cambodia

ABC - Australian Story 2015





Family Day Picnic


Celebrating Amelia Earhart Day


Thanks to all our Zonta members, family and friends who joined us on Lethbridge Group
Sunday 22 January 2017, for our annual fellowship day, held this year at Lethbridge Airport.

Garry Baum


Our host for the day, Airport owner Garry Baum, entertained us with stories about the development, operation and future of the airport, before taking the group on a guided tour of some of the facilities.


The day concluded with the Second Annual Paper Plane competition with some very serious designs on show - along with some very basic flops!Comp Winners

Competion winners Greg, Jamie and Fiona show off their winning designs:

A great day out for everyone.

membership Committee
















Family Day Picnic

Celebrating Amelia Earhart Day


Our first Zonta Geelong event for this year is a picnic at the Lethbridge Airpark to celebrate Amelia Earhart Day.

Date:            22nd January 2017 -  high noon till afternoon

Where:        Lethbridge Airpark 3429 Midland Highway, Lethbridge. (35Km from Geelong)

What:          Bring Your Own Everything Picnic Lunch (including chairs)

Who:            Members, family and friends.

Note:           Aero Club Rooms are available for tea and coffee making

Join us for a fun-filled day with lots of fun, laughter and fellowship:

  • Socialise with fellow Zontians, families and friends
  • Enjoy a guided tour from the owner of the Airfield 
  • Learn about the interesting history of the Airpark
  • Enter the 2nd Annual Paper Plane Competition (and win prizes)
  • Relax - no Zonta work allowed.


For further information contact Marion Wilde 0401209316

Click Here to download PDF of event flyer.


 Awareness Hour

23 November 2016


 Interested in learning more about the work of Zonta, both here in Geelong and internationally?

 If so, come along to our Awareness Hour this Wednesday evening ( 23 November)  from 6.00pm to 7.00 pm at the Belmont Library, 163 High Street, Belmont. 

Tea and coffee will be served at this informal hour, where you will have the opportunity to learn about our projects, what we do to support women and find out how you might become involved.. 

RSVP to would be appreciated.


eSafety for Women and Girls


Wednesday, 2 November 2016


The Zonta Club of Geelong was proud to be part of the Barwon Month of Action with a very special, and relevant, event.

 Greg Gebhart, a senior trainer from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, gave an extremely interesting, and enlightening, presentation on the risks inherent in cyber-space and ways in which we can protect ourselves and our families. Greg Gebhart at Zonta Presentation


Did you realise that location tools, built into most mobile devices, can be used to track your habits? Greg taught us about the basics of numerous features such as this, and advice on how to use such tools - or turn them off.

 A fascinating presentation - much appreciated by all who attended - so much so that we are looking at the possibility of a repeat presentation next year.

 There are numerous tips, hints and alerts available on the website - and the Zonta Club of Geelong is pleased to support the work of Greg and his colleagues at the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner.

Check out what the Commission does, the services on offer for children, and women, at



eSafety for Women and Girls 


Wednesday, 2 November 2016


 The Zonta Club of Geelong is proud to be part of the Barwon Month of Action - and once again we have a very special, and relevant, event.

 Join us at the Empire Grill for a professionally-run information session on e-Safety, aimed at empowering women and girls to take control of their online experiences.

 Cyber-bullying, identity theft, GPS tracking and abuse of social media are just some of the on-line weapons used against vulnerable women and girls.

 Greg Gebhart, a senior trainer from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, will explain how these tools are used and provide some guidance on how women and girls can protect themselves.

 This is an important session for parents of teenage girls, young women using social media, victims of abuse - in fact, any female wanting to take positive steps to protect themselves from existing or potential abuse from the on-line environment.

Tickets: $25 through Trybooking:

 Entry fee covers the session, a sweet/savoury supper with tea and coffee, with drinks at bar prices.


eSafety Poster


 CLICK HERE to download a copy of the flyer.



High Tea at ‘Truffleduck’


Sunday, October 9th 2016



What an amazing outcome from this wonderful event: we raised nearly $2000!



Many thanks to our MC, Roxie Bennett and our Guest Speaker, Robyn Winslow who entertained us, inspired us and made us think! 


It was a great afternoon - and we are very appreciative of the funds we have raised towards this important project.


Want to know more about this project: CLICK HERE


Missed the event, but would like to make a donation? CLICK HERE










Guest Speaker Robyn Winslow, MC Roxie Bennett and president Joy Herman







High Tea at ‘Truffleduck’

Sunday, October 9th 2016, 2.00 to 5.00 pm

Last Chance:

Bookings Close Wednesday, 5 October at 5.00 pm!!





 Click HERE to book!







Birthing Kit Assembly Day 2016




Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped us pack 1,000 birthing kits this weekend. We are very grateful for the support we have for this project, as are the women and babies in third world countries who are alive and healthy because of these kits.


Couldn’t make the event, but would still like to support our Birthing Kit Project?  Even a small contribution will help us save more lives.


To donate, please make payments to Zonta Club of Geelong Inc., BSB: 633 108, Account Number: 1565 99052 and note Birthing Kits on your payment.




Film Fest Postponed!




Sadly, we have had to cancel our Film Festival event for this coming Wednesday, 24 August. Our sincere apologies to those who have booked for the event (refunds will be coming your way!)


We hope to be able to hold the event on another date: watch this space! 



Trivia Night


 Saturday 18 June, 2016 





Can’t make the event, but would still like to support our Birthing Kit Project?  Even a small contribution will help us save more lives. To donate, please make payments to Zonta Club of Geelong Inc., BSB: 633 108, Account Number: 1565 99052 and note Birthing Kits on your payment.



Awareness Hour

Wednesday, 27th April 2016

Please join us for an ‘Awareness Hour’ to learn more about the work of the Zonta Club of Geelong.

Hear from club members about how Zonta’s reach extends across the world: locally through scholarships, service and advocacy, National Projects, including Birthing Kits and Breast-Care cushions; and our International Projects, including our “Say No to Violence” campaign.

We are working towards empowering women in Australia. Come join us.

WHEN: Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 6pm to 7pm

WHERE: CENTRA (Cnr of Myers and Yarra streets Geelong)

RSVP:            C.O.B: Friday, 22 April 2016

Email: contact Marion Wilde – Convener Fellowship/Membership Committee on M: 0401 209316

The Club President, Joy Herman, and the Fellowship/Membership Committee look forward to welcoming you to this informative session.


Dinner Meeting and AGM:  

Wednesday 4 May 2016


Special Guest Speaker: 

Patti Manolis, CEO Geelong Regional Library Service


Patti Manolis has committed her career to achieving excellence in public library service provision. She is dedicated to life-long learning, the exchange of ideas and information and the empowerment of communities. Patti Manolis has been recognised for her inspiring innovative learning and cultural contribution to Victorian public libraries as a 2016 Victorian Honour Roll of Women Inductee.

Wednesday,  4 May 2016, 6pm for 6.30pm start   

Berkeley Lodge

258 Pakington St

Geelong West


RSVP by May 1 to

or call Maria on 0400 664 576.

Cost: $30 for dinner and pre-dinner drink

Preferred Payment by Direct Deposit; Account Name: Zonta Club Geelong Inc.

BSB: 633 108 A/C No. 156599052

Please use your surname as a reference.




Zonta Club of Geelong—Family Day Outing


Sunday 31 January 2016


Zonta Fellowship Group


What a fun day we had at  the RAAF Museum at Point Cook for our 2016 Fellowship Day.


To see more images from the occasion, check out our Photos section.


Calling All Artists!





Friday 4th March 2016, 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Prizes Announced

Sparkling Wine & Cheese

All artwork offered for sale


First Prize – Jan Mitchell Memorial Award - $1000

Second Prize – Art Supplies Voucher

People’s Choice Award



  Winner 2014 Jan Mitchell Memorial Award. Artist: Mirjana Margetic



Artists may enter up to two pieces of work which may include painting, sculpture or any other medium.

  1. A fee of $15 must accompany each entry.
  2. An entry must be the original, unaided, uncopied work of the artist to be offered for sale and is non-acquisitive.
  3. Artists should give due consideration to the exhibition title and theme “IWD – Conviction, Commitment, Courage and can address all or any part of the theme. 
  4. An 80 – 100 word article describing their piece should accompany entries and how it relates to the theme of the Exhibition. 
  5. Artists are asked to consider the environment when preparing pieces for the Exhibition.
  6. Entry forms (including piece description) with postal note or cheque should be sent to Zonta Art Exhibition, PO Box 1120, Geelong 3220.  Cheques payable to Zonta Club of Geelong Inc. or direct deposit  BSB 063525, Account No 00903142, Zonta Club of Geelong Inc.
  7. Dimensions of 2-D work must be no larger than 1.2m₂ and suitably framed provided with D-hooks and wire ready to hang. 3-D work must be easily portable and provided with a suitable plinth, stand or locked showcase. 
  8. All artwork will be offered for sale with a 30% commission payable to the Zonta Club of Geelong’s Inc projects.

    Each exhibit must have, on the back or tagged, clearly displaying the artist’s name, the title of the work, the medium and the asking price, including GST if applicable.  

  9. Works are to be delivered on Tuesday 1st March to Art@ Wintergarden between 10am and 3 pm.  Works will be displayed from 4th to 15th March . (Unsold works must be collected at the same address on Tue 15th March between 2pm and 4 pm).
  10. The official exhibition opening will be held on Friday 4th  March 2016 6.30pm to  8.30 pm at the Wintergarden
  11. The Zonta Club of Geelong Inc in partnership with Art @ Wintergarden will exercise all reasonable care with exhibits, but does not accept responsibility for damage or loss.
  12. The Zonta Club of Geelong Inc and Art@Wintergarden reserve the right to select the works to be exhibited.
  13. Works are exhibited on the understanding that permission is granted to the Zonta Club of Geelong Inc to use images for promotional purposes at the club’s discretion.
  14. The judges’ decision will be final for the art awards.  The People’s Choice Award will be announced and presented at a subsequent Zonta Club of Geelong meeting.

Click Here to Download an Entry Form.





Awareness Hour


Wednesday 25 November 2015

 Would you like to know more about Zonta?

Come and spend just one hour to see if you would like to become part of this dynamic service club, whose primary focus is to empower women through service and advocacy.

Hear from club members how Zonta’s reach extends locally through scholarships, service and advocacy, together with National Projects and International Projects; securing the futures of women in Australia, and across the world.

WHEN:         Wednesday 25th November 2015      Poster Image

WHERE:      Bellarine Bar,   Mercure Hotel – Function Centre Foyer, 
                     Myers Street, GEELONG   3220  

TIME:           6.00pm to 7.00pm

RSVP:         C.O.B. Monday 23rd November 2015                                      

                    or contact Marion Wilde –                         
                    Convener, Fellowship/Membership Committee on 0401 209316

The Club President, Joy Herman, and the Fellowship/Membership Committee look forward to welcoming you to this informative session.

Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Domestic Violence Forum 


Wednesday 4 November,2015

 What an interesting, and thought provoking evening!

Held as part of our club's support for the Zonta International campaign, and our on-going partnership 
with other Geelong community organizations to support the Barwon Month of Action – Stop Men’s Violence against Women, our special Forum, on Wednesday 4 November, challenged us to look at how we, as a community, can Inform, Engage and take Action.

Many thanks to our wonderful panel: Forum Panel

Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Mem

ber for Corangamite Noelle Dickson, the mother of murdered woman Sarah Cafferkey,  Dr. Pam Bjork-Billings
Prevention of Violence Against Women, Sgt. Kevin Godfrey, Officer in Charge of Geelong Police Family Violence Unit,and , 
Cr Jan Farrell, City of Greater Geelong  and Fiona McCormack,  Chief Executive Officer at Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), Project Officer, Barwon CASA (Centre Against  Sexual Assault).

This expert group provided a number of insights into current projects and activities and their thoughts on future options - with the key message being that education and attitudinal change are the most important measures in our attempts to prevent violence against women and children.



Well Done!

Packed Birthing Kits 2015

 Congratulations and thank you,  to all the wonderful volunteers who took part in our 

Annual Birthing Kit Assembly Day on 15 August - 1,000 birthing kits in under two hours!  

Together we have potentially saved 2,000 lives!






Thank You


Many thanks to all our supporters who made our recent Trivia and Silent Austion Night, on Saturday 13 June, such a success.

We raised more than $2000 on the night which will go a long way in helping to pay for the Birthing-Kit materials for our forthcoming Assembly Day.




Our new Board for 2015-16 was installed by Area 4 Director, Margaret Lynch, at the Club's AGM on Wednesday, 3 June.

Many thanks to retiring President, Maria Zaluski; welcome to in-coming president Joy Herman.


Installation of 2015 Board

L to R: Lisa Savage, Shani Cain, Philippa Challis, Robyn Cameron, Fiona MacDowall, Robin Turner, Joy Herman and Area 4 Director, Margaret Lynch.



Recognising and Honouring Our Service Women: 100 Years of Women in War


Wednesday 6 May 2015

Wonderful night for our May Dinner meeting when we recognized and honoured our service women.Dr Ruth Lee

Special guest speaker,  Dr. Ruth Lee, spoke about her book "Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis".

One of the first of the women 'medicals' to graduate from Melbourne University, Mary De Garis was a pioneering doctor in the early 20th century. Of an established Mildura family, she practised in the Outback before serving in World War One as a doctor in Serbia. 

After the War she settled in Geelong where, beloved by generations of women, she was the city's first female obstetrician, providing safe childbirth before the advent of antibiotics and blood transfusions.

Dr Lee gave us a fascinating account of her life, her loves and the struggles she faced as a leader in her field  - and an exceptional insight into the problems faced by women serving on the Front Line during World War I.

Annual Awards Dinner


What a wonderful evening at our Annual Awards Night, recognising the achievements of local women and girls, with special Guest Speaker, Lizzie Corke, CEO and Co-Founder of the Conservation Ecology Centre.

More than 50 members and guests attended this special event, a highlight of the Zonta year, held to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.

Congratulations to this year's award winners:

Young Women in Public Affairs Award: Ms Jane Kennedy

Anne Hilda Sainsbury Memorial Scholarship: Ms Hope Baker

Marianne Zandren Memorial Scholarship: Ms Bryden Taylor

Woman of Outstanding Achievement: Ms Kate Betts 

These wonderful young women truly reflect the core values of Zonta, Empowering Women through Service and Advocacy.



Zonta Rose Day - 8th March


Zonta Rose

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. 

For Zontians across the world, it is also Zonta Rose Day. It is a day to celebrate the efforts we have made and reflect upon the achievements of the past year and to prepare for the challenges ahead of us to advance the status of women world-wide.

We invite you to celebrate Zonta Rose Day by making a donation to the Zonta International Rose Fund in honor of someone who has made an impact in your life. 

By honoring a family member, friend, colleague or mentor who has positively impacted your life, you will continue supporting projects and programs that help women achieve a life free of violence and empower them to overcome gender barriers that hinder their access to health, education and professional advancement. 


Thank You.


The Zonta Club of Geelong would like to thank all those who supported our "Evening with Rosie Batty" on Wednesday, 5 November.

Rosie, who tragically lost her son Luke through family violence, spoke movingly about her life and her experience with family violence - and gave an impassioned plea for more public recognition of the problem and support for not only the victims, but also for the perpetrators.

We were delighted to be able to give Rosie a cheque for $2,000 dollars towards the Luke Batty Foundation - and to raise a substantial amount, through our raffle, towards funding for Zonta projects supporting our "Zonta Says No to Violence" programs.            Rosie Batty with Luke

We would also like to thank our sponsors:       

    • Mercure Hotel Geelong
    • Hayeswinkle Estate Agents
    • Geelong Flower Farm
    • The Beach House
    • The Gordon Institute
    • soft - Geelong Catering Services



The Club President, Maria Zaluski, and the Fellowship/Membership Committee look forward to welcoming you to this informative session.



September 6, 2014  

Fabulous Celebration for 35th Anniversary!


Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 35th Anniversary celebrations such a wonderful success.

Members and guests were treated to a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment, with a special guest performance by Imogen Brough and the Sassy Soul Sisters proving some great dance music.

Many thanks too to our wonderful sponsors, without whom the evening would not have been possible:

  • Mercure Hotel, Geelong
  • @luxe by designBirthday Cake
  • Emblazon Clothing
  • Helloworld Travel
  • Fleetwood Print Group
  • The Flower Dispensary
  •  Hayeswinckle Real Estate
  • Noreen Salt
  • Kobi-Lee Photography
More photos of this fabulous occasion can be seen in our Photo Albums.



Bravo Rosie!


The Zonta Club of Geelong congratulates Rosie Batty - Australian of the Year. Rosie Batty with Luke

Rosie dedicated her award to her "beautiful" 11-year-old son Luke, murdered by his father in February last year.

"To my Luke, you did not die in vain and will not be forgotten," she said. 

"You are the reason I have found my voice and am able to be here."

For the first time in the history of the Australian of the Year Awards, women have been awarded the top honour in all four award categories - 2015 Australian of the Year, 2015 Young Australian of the Year, 2015 Senior Australian of the Year and 2015 Australia's Local Hero.

The Prime Minister, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, announced the Awards and presented the recipients with their trophies at a public event in front of Parliament House in Canberra this evening.

The 2015 Australian of the Year is Rosie Batty from Tyabb, Victoria.  Rosie has risen above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11 year old son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault.  Rosie’s story jolted Australia into recognising that family violence can happen to anyone and she has given voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard. Rosie now champions efforts to fight domestic violence, making many media and public speaking appearances to shine a spotlight on the issue and call for systemic changes.  Her incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many other victims of domestic violence, while her courage and willingness to speak out will make Australia a far better and safer place.  The 52 year old has won the respect and hearts of Australians for her strength of character and the way in which she has taken her own tragic experience and turned it into a call for change to help save others.

The 2015 Senior Australian of the Year is 61 year old Jackie French from the Araluen Valley, NSW.  Living in a shed and needing to register her car, Jackie wrote her first children’s book, Rainstones, in 1991.  While her editor said it was the messiest, worst spelt manuscript ever received, the book was shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year and Jackie’s career as a best-selling author began.  One of the few writers to win both literary and children’s choice awards, Jackie has published 140 books in 32 languages and received more than 60 literary prizes for beloved children’s classics such as Diary of a Wombat. Overcoming dyslexia herself, Jackie is a tireless advocate for children with learning difficulties.  As the current national Children’s Laureate, Jackie is travelling the country to promote literacy and share the transformational power of reading, creativity and story-telling in the lives of young Australians. Passionate about the conservation of wildlife and our planet, 61 year old Jackie is also a director of The Wombat Foundation which raises funds for research into the preservation of the endangered northern hairy nosed wombat.

The 2015 Young Australian of the Year is 21 year old Drisana Levitzke-Gray of Balga, Western Australia. The fifth generation in her family to be born deaf, Drisana is dedicated to helping other deaf people and advocating their human rights.  Born into a family with deaf parents, a deaf brother and a deaf extended family, Drisana cherishes her first language, Auslan. She promotes the deaf community as one without borders and one of rich language, culture, history and traditions.  As the only Australian selected to attend the Frontrunners international deaf leadership course in 2012 and 2013, Drisana worked with communities in Europe and Samoa to expand leadership capacity and human rights understanding of deaf youth.  In 2014, Drisana became the first deaf Auslan user to fulfil her civic duty as a juror.  Drisana is the embodiment of the concept of ‘deaf gain’, not ‘hearing loss’, inspiring the deaf community, encouraging others to accept diversity and promoting a positive image of deafness which says loudly and proudly: “it is OK to be deaf”.

Charity founder Juliette Wright is 2015 Australia's Local Hero.  The 41 year old from Camp Mountain, Queensland is the Founder and CEO of GIVIT,  a portal to ensure quality goods get to where they are most needed by safely connecting an online network of givers.  Inspired and relentlessly ambitious, Juliette is on a mission to alleviate poverty across Australia.  Establishing the online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need, Juliette is changing the face of how society helps its most vulnerable and marginalised people. Juliette’s vision, hard work and determination have resulted in donations of more than 126,000 items to disadvantaged members of the Australian community through GIVIT. Juliette’s passion is supporting each community by ensuring local donors give to local residents in need.  In 2011, when Queensland was hit by devastating floods, GIVIT became the state government’s official website for matching donors and recipients - with 1.8 million hits resulting in 33,500 goods matched in three weeks.  Juliette's positive ‘can do’ attitude inspires others to embrace philanthropy and she has just launched GIVIT Kids, a safe online platform for children to give new or pre-loved belongings. 

The Chairman of the National Australia Day Council, Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG, congratulated the Award recipients not only as great Australians, but also as role models.

"From an extraordinary group of finalists, all of whom are inspirational Australians and great ambassadors for their home states and territories, we have four Award recipients who stand as role models to us all," said Mr Roberts-Smith. 

"It is a great moment in the 55 year history of these Awards to honour four women.

For more information about these inspirational women, see








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