Our History

Zonta Club of Stratford

The Zonta Club of Stratford was chartered in 2000 with 21 members. We meet once per month September through June, on the first Thursday of each month.

In addition to supporting the programs and ideals of Zonta International, we provide service to our local community through:

Education

  •  Scholarships:                                                                                                                                           Zonta Club of Stratford 14 Roses Bursary. This award is presented annually for young women entering university in the fields of engineering or the sciences                                           – The Janice Bantle Memorial Award: Women in Trades Bursary.  This award is presented annually for young women entering a recognized skilled trade program … priority is given to those entering “non-traditional” skilled trades
  • Ongoing sponsorship of the Perth District Health Unit’s Teen Esteem program for Grade 7 & 8 girls. The program is delivered at various schools in Perth County each semester. Many of our club members have also volunteered their time to the delivery of the program.
  • Sponsored promotion of volunteer facilitators for the Perth District Health Unit’s Elements program
  • “Smart Girls Get Strong” Town of St. Mary’s, Grades 4-8 Child and Youth fitness and health Program
  • International Women’s Day breakfast celebration on the first Friday of March. Speakers share information on relevant international women’s issues and successes of the day.

Health

  • Purchase of breast cancer related equipment and education materials for the Stratford General Hospital, including Breast Biopsy Set, privacy curtains.
  • Women’s Health Event was devoted to topics related to women’s health and wellbeing. Originally known as Midlife Choices and Challenges, the event was started by the Perth District Health Unit and responsibility transitioned to the Zonta Club of Stratford in 2005.

Community

STOP Violence Against Women Committee membership and support of their initiatives.

Donated furnishings to the Sunshine Room at Stratford General Hospital where victims of abuse can be interviewed in a more comfortable setting instead of in the police station.

Paint the Town Yellow Contest: For a number of years, following Valentine’s day, we invited downtown merchants to decorate their shop windows in a manner that recognizes women and highlights the colour yellow a representative colour of Zonta. The windows were judged and the winner announced at the International Women’s Day Breakfast event.

International

Birthing Kits:  We also support a number of International Service and Funding initiatives through Zonta International and partner with local Zonta Clubs to assemble birthing kits that provide women in 3rd world countries an opportunity have a clean birth thereby reducing infection and both maternal and child mortality.   3000+ birthing kits were provided for women in Haiti and Nicauragua delivered through the Mennonite Central Committee. We are currently working with Medical Women International Association in Canada to deliver birthing kits to women in Kabul.  Our Toronto Club is working Not Just Tourists organization to deliver kits to Africa and rural Asia.