Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objectives.

Officers

  • President: Cindy Fox
  • Vice President: Belinda Hartnett
  • Secretary: Kit Nicholas
  • Treasurer: Ellen Wickey
  • Scholarship: Sherrill Pusey
  •  We meet the 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

  • 13875 Hedgewood Dr., Woodbridge (Long & Foster building)

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Fun/Fellowship

Semi Annual Yard Sale
/Craft Show Fundraiser

Famous Zontian

Zonta International was the only non-flying organization that Amelia joined in her short, intense life. She had been a member of the Zonta Club of New York, USA, since 1930 when she disappeared on 2 July 1937 while attempting to be the first pilot to circle the world by air at the equator. The following year, Zonta International vowed to honor her memory with a scholarship for women graduate students in engineering. There were very few women pursuing advanced postgraduate degrees in that field, and the women of Zonta in 1938 wanted to encourage women to think big and participate in this exciting new field.

To quote Amelia Earhart: “Women should do for themselves what men have already done – occasionally what men have not done – thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do.”

The women of Zonta were very wise when they created this fellowship, following the example of Earhart, who knew that women could succeed in fields dominated by men, which aligns with Zonta’s mission to empower women. Work in space and technologies is important for all nations to allow participation in the global economy.

In today’s world, women are still not perceived as equals. Last year, we had the unfortunate example of a Nobel Laureate’s disparaging comments to remind us that we have a ways to go until true equality. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship goals continue to be needed to assist women in the achievement of their career goals and become influential members of the scientific community.