The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 24, 2014 by inviting the community and supporters to a special anniversary celebration at FineMark National Bank in Bonita Springs. During the evening, a presentation of grants and scholarships also took place.
Chartered in July 1994, the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs continues to impact the lives of women as it begins its 20th year in service to Bonita Springs and the surrounding communities. Today, a young mother and her growing family live in a local Habitat for Humanity “Women Build” home, funded by a $50,000 grant raised by the club and furnished by member donations. The Club Continues support and commitment to Partners for Breast Cancer Care provides free mammograms and cancer care, if needed, for non-insured and under-insured women in Bonita Springs. Members actively participate in both Relay for Life and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure through service hours and monetary support to fight this disease that strikes 1 in every 8 women.
A bilingual (Spanish and English) poster campaign, targeting Violence Against Women, was funded and designed in collaboration with the Shelter for Women and Children in Naples and the Abuse Counseling Center in Fort Myers providing information and a toll free number for help to women as they visited restaurants, businesses, and other community facilities, such as local libraries and community centers. This past spring the local Zonta Club clubs worldwide in an international campaign to Just Say No to Violence against Women worldwide. Partnering with other Area 6 Clubs, thousands of birthing kits were created and distributed to midwives in Guatemala providing a cleaner birthing area in an effort to lower rates of infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. Additionally, more than 15 women have received financial assistance to begin or further their education through the club’s scholarship program over the past 20 years.
There is also a chance you may have seen Club members at any of the City of Bonita events and celebrations as the club has participated in the Bed Races and 4th of July parade and volunteers numerous service hours to city events like Celebrate Bonita, the Cupcake Wars, and Keep the Beautiful in Bonita.
Since 1998, the Club has selected a Woman of the Year from community nominations of women who are well known for their philanthropic and service contributions to improve the local community. Former recipients have all played key leadership roles in local charitable organizations and foundations or may have worked tirelessly on women’s issues that represent the heart of the Club’s mission; to improve the circumstances of women at all stages of life, both locally and globally.