The Zonta Club of Victoria is part of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women. Over 30,000 individuals are members of more than 1,200 Zonta clubs in over 65 countries.
The word Zonta means “honest and trustworthy.” Zonta was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, USA. With the formation of the Zonta Club of Toronto in 1927, Zonta became an international organization.
Throughout Zonta International’s history, improving the lives of women by enhancing their education, health, and socioeconomic status. Zonta says NO to violence against women. In effecting positive change in women’s lives, Zonta has been a motivating force.
Through service projects and advocacy events, Zonta International and individual Zonta clubs are laying the groundwork for women to achieve not just their personal goals but to improve conditions for women worldwide.
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History - Zonta Club of Victoria
The Zonta Victoria Club was chartered in April 1968. The charter president was Phoebe Noble, Dean of Math at the University of Victoria, ardent gardener known for her geraniums and assistance in redesigning flower beds at Govenment House. Phoebe Noble was also asked to be an observer at the UN.
The club originally held its monthly dinner meeting at the Strathcona Hotel and over the years, met at several other locations currently meeting at the University Club of Victoria. Our members have always been very active in service to the community as well as generously contributing to international projects. Victoria members proudly represent the club at District Conferences and International Conventions and a number of them have been active at the district and international level.
In 1977, the Zonta Club of Victoria initiated the first ever district project: a scholarship for a girl to attend Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific. Clubs in District 8 (of which Zonta is a part) contribute to an endowment fund for continued support of a female student.
In 2002 the Zonta International Foundation awarded the Zonta Club of Victoria a $25,000.00 grant to assist Rock Solid in the startup of their “WITS” programme. The club continues to support this programme. WITS has had very positive results in BC schools, reducing violence.