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Zonta Club installs new officers, board directors

By Staff | May 9, 2011

Pictured are the Zonta Club Board and Foundation officers and members, top row from left, board member-at-large Karen Pati, foundation president Carolyn Gray, recording secretary Barbara Marti; new Zonta president Barbara Nagle; president-elect Orlene Shimberg; out-going president Linda Robison. Bottom row from left is foundation member-at-large Lynn Ridlehoover, foundation secretary Sue Denham, foundation member-at-large Ruth Woodham, board members-at-large: Jan Alden. Robyn Moran, Ellen Strobel, Dalia Jakubauskas and Nancy Dreher.

With a successful year of fundraising, service and advocacy behind them and a new one about to begin, the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva met recently to install the incoming board of directors and officers for 2011-12. The club also welcomed new officers to the board of the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida, the non-profit arm of the club, which distributes grants to local organizations that improve the lives of women in need.

The installation ceremony was held at the Sanibel Community House on May 4 and presided over by Karen Pati, Area 6 Director and past president of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva.

Incoming officers for the club include new president Barbara Nagle; President-elect Orlene Shimberg; vice-president Joanne Marriott; treasurer Ginger Parker, recording secretary Barbara Marti; and corresponding secretary Ruth Woodham. The new board also includes past-president Linda Robison and members-at-large: Nancy Dreher, Phyllis Gresham, Robyn Moran, Gail Migliorini, Ellen Strobel, Karen Pati and Dalia Jakubauskas.

The new Foundation Board consists of president Carolyn Gray, treasurer Nori Ann Reed, secretary Sue Denham, and members-at-large Lynn Ridlehoover and Ruth Woodham. As president-elect and treasurer of the club, Orlene Shimberg and Ginger Parker also serve on the Foundation Board. Immediate past-president Carolyn Swiney also holds a non-voting position on the board.

Past club president Carolyn Gray presented outgoing president Linda Robison with a commemorative glass bowl created by local artist Luc Century. Gray thanked Robison “for leading this club by example and with such grace.”

Earlier, Gray struck a somber note paying tribute to activist, former Sanibel mayor and long-time member of the club Carla Johnston, who passed away recently after a short battle with cancer.

“Carla dedicated her life to the cultivation of civic culture,” said an emotional Gray.

Newly installed president Barbara Nagle added, ” Carla taught me a great many things. She was strong. She was gracious. I will miss her greatly.”

Nagle noted that it is teamwork that makes the club successful and she stressed, “I don’t think a president leads the organization. I think her job is to bring this team together.”

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva is a service organization of professional women dedicated to advancing the status of women in Lee County and around the world through Zonta International by providing funds, advocacy and hands on assistance to those in need.

For more information, visit www.zontasancap.com.