ON October 12, 1982, a heroine, Judy Munroe chartered Zonta Club in the Bahamas.
She followed the non-partisan objectives of Zonta and 19 presidents later, the club still seeks to improve the legal, political, economic health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. Zonta Club of Nassau is celebrating 35 years of advancing the status of women both locally and internationally.
Zonta partners with NGOs to accomplish its goals. Entities like the Crisis Centre and the Department of Social Services are important partners. Notable achievements would be the formation of the AIDS Foundation, PACE and youth development through the Golden Z and two Z Clubs in New Providence.
"Our renewed commitment to PACE and AIDS is encouraging," a Zonta member noted in a press release.
"Zonta also contributes financially to the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged and holds an annual soup and fellowship thanksgiving affair. On an annual basis, Zonta members support the Salvation Army, Red Cross as well and contribute to hurricane relief efforts.
"ln observance of the 'day of charity,' Zonta outfitted the PACE centre with stoves. Pace recently relocated to its own facilities on East Street, and will be able to add technical cooking skills in addition to their regular curriculum, giving the teen moms opportunities for empowerment and advancement."
Each year, Zonta partners with Abaco Markets, who graciously allows its patrons at Solomon's to donate to Zonta, food and personal hygiene items along with cash and school supplies which are distributed to persons in need.