2019 was another great year for the Zonta Club of Sydney and for Zonta International as we celebrated the centenary of Zonta. Here is a quick recap of 2019 before we kick off 2020 with our first meeting and Amelia Earhart day.
January 2019 got us off to a great start with our annual presentation of our award for a nursing and midwifery student, which is held at the National Council for Women’s Australia Day lunch. The awardee for 2019 was Anita Fowler.
March 2019 saw members attend our own International Women’s Day breakfast, and hear from a wonderful speaker, Sophie Bejok.
April held our first Jazz in the Crypt event, which was a hugely enjoyable evening and which we hope to hold again – watch this space for announcements for 2020 events.
May had our regular club meeting hear from Professor Jennifer Burn, Interim Anti Slavery Commissioner.
June was our month for packing birthing kits, with 600 packs with assistance from the corporate volunteers from Optiver Australia.
July held the first Elizabeth Todd OAM Memorial prize competition as part of the Sydney Eisteddfod for female voices, with Belinda Thomas being awarded first prize. Belinda also later sang the national anthem at our Centenary Luncheon, showing quite clearly her beautiful voice and why she was the winner.
September is the month for the annual Empowering Women, Changing Lives breakfast held by the Keeping Women out of Prison coalition, of which the Zonta Club of Sydney are a key member. The breakfast for 2019 was the most successful yet.
Also in September the combined District 22, 23, 24 and 16 Conference was held in Brisbane. At the District 24 AGM our club was successful in having our proposed advocacy project, Keeping Women out of Prison, adopted as the District project for the next biennium. More will follow!
November held our Centenary Luncheon at the Strangers Dining Room at Parliament House, a wonderful event with speaker Professor Kristy Muir and MC Philippa McDonald keeping us all entertained.
As well as our events, in 2019, the Zonta Club of Sydney funded the making of 530 breast care cushions. Many thanks to both sets of cushion makers – the Northside Wellness Group of the Older Women’s Network, who sew and stuff cushions for us at the Dougherty Centre in Chatswood, and In Stitches, a craft group based in Pyrmont who make both breast care cushions and delightful covers for drainage bags that some breast surgery patients need. We supply sufficient cushions for all breast surgery patients at the Mater Hospital, in Sydney’s Crows Nest. Staff at the Mater continue to be extremely grateful for the support and comfort that the cushions bring to their patients, and representatives of each of the sewing groups plus the Club were warmly thanked at the Mater’s Volunteers Christmas lunch in December.
All in all, 2019 has been a successful year, and we look forward to an equally busy and successful 2020.