San-Cap Zontians make a splash at international convention
Members of the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva made the long trip recently to Yokohama, Japan, to attend the 64th Zonta International Convention.
Held every two years, the event attracts thousands of Zontians from all over the world who join together for education, inspiration, sharing of ideas and conducting business. The local club received recognition in several areas, and its members contributed expertise, both before and at the event.
San-Cap member Linda Robison was installed as incoming governor of District 11, which comprises more than 40 clubs in the southeastern United States including Florida and the Caribbean; she also chaired the District 11 meeting at the convention.
San-Cap member and former District 11 Governor Karen Pati served as convention protocol chair, stepping in at the last minute to organize the traditional flag ceremony, which opens the convention and honors the 66 countries with Zonta clubs. Robison and San-Cap member Nancy Dreher helped her.
Zonta San-Cap was among 19 clubs that were recognized for increasing membership, largely due to successfully launching a new Zonta club in Cape Coral, which was headed by Dreher. During a special reception hosted by the Zonta International Foundation, the San-Cap club also was recognized for its financial contributions to Zonta International’s projects.
“We were very proud to be one of the top 15 clubs in the world for our foundation giving,” Karen Pati said. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sanibel community, businesses and individuals who helped us raise the funds that will support the important global initiatives of Zonta International.”
A signature project is a program to reduce early marriage and early pregnancy – a form of gender-based violence – in Niger, which Zonta International has committed $1 million. Niger has the world’s highest child marriage rate, with 77 percent of girls married by age 18 and 30 percent by age 15.
Local Zontians are now busy planning the annual District 11 annual conference, which will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Fort Myers. Planning is also under way for the 18th annual Peek at the Unique on March 16, which raises funds for grants for local non-profits that serve women and girls and for supporting Zonta International.
For more information, visit www.zontasancap.com.